In case you weren't certain, the culture at City Hall is now completely toxic. City council member Tom Rasmussen has introduced a bill that would prevent the mayor from updating the Transit Master Plan without the council's approval. Reports STB:

The bill says that while the Mayor already has the authority to coordinate with the City “Council and Council Central Staff to frame for Council review and approval the vision, goals, schedule, and scope of work to update the,” the bill would disallow the executive from actually working to ”implement the update” to the Master Plan “until authorized by future ordinance.” [...]

Rasmussen may be trying to separate the Mayor’s light rail election promise from an update of the Transit Master Plan, which would otherwise focus on how to align bus service in the coming years. Another motive could be a turf war: in effect, letting the Mayor know that the council should have a big say in the parameters guiding the Transit Master Plan update. Note the “Council review and approval” in the bill language.

I get that the city council believes the mayor is a bumbling dishrag, spitting out ideas without vetting them and rolling out proposals before polishing them for prime time, but it's unclear just how this strategy plays out in the council's favor. The council has come down on the side of not planning for light-rail accommodations on the 520 bridge, not addressing the question of what happens if cost overruns occur on the deep bore tunnel, and now hamstringing the mayor's office from studying light rail to Ballard and West Seattle. Seattle loves light rail. Seattle hates cost overruns. Seattle wants a more walkable, bikeable, train-rideable city. The council has legitimate practical concerns, but it seems to be taking an unpopular tack in Seattle's transit planning debate.