It's Tuesday morning, which at The Stranger means we're already drunk. And we're printing a paper (made from the pulp of dinosaur bones). So I don't have the wherewithal or time to detail all of Mayor Mike McGinn's proposal to replace the downtown seawall, which he sent to City Council President Richard Conlin this morning. In his letter, McGinn asked the council to forward a levy to voters, who would need to vote by a 60-percent margin to fund the seawall replacement with a $243 bond measure. (Here's past reporting on his proposal. Here's the ensuing dust up with the council.)

I've copied the letter from McGinn here (.pdf) for your reading pleasure.

A few highlights: McGinn makes the cases that a voter-approved levy is the best way to fund the seawall replacement—"Excess levies are designed to support long-term critical capital projects." He dismisses the council's proposal for a local improvement district (a plan that would tax properties closest to the seawall) because it would take too long to establish and would be a funding mechanism best used on other projects. (From a less technical perspective, taxing the businesses that will be most put out by the construction of a seawall and demolition of the viaduct seems like a shitty thing to do. We all use downtown; we should all share the responsibility of the seawall.) McGinn also rejects the council's proposal for raising commercial parking taxes and vehicle license fees for the seawall, saying those should be reserved for funding the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans.

And last, McGinn puts the brakes on the 1st Avenue streetcar. "I am recommending delay to the 1st Avenue Streetcar planning work," he writes, "As such, the costs for this project are not included."

McGinn asks the council to place the measure on a special election ballot ballot on May 18. That, in my opinion, is not going to happen—a special election is expensive, there are ruffled feathers on the second floor of City Hall that need to be smoothed out, and it will take some convincing that the seawall replacement can be decoupled from the viaduct replacement without killing the tunnel project. But a levy seems like the best funding option, and one voters would support, despite anti-tax, Teabagger rhetoric at the Seattle Times. If I had to bet, which I'll do because I'm drunk, I'd say we'll be voting on a seawall replacement in the primary election in August.