This is an image from the briefing on the tunnel today—where the council confirmed it would put off authorizing any contracts with the state until next February. This was characterized as a "win-win" and "a good day." But this strategy is also part of a tactic, many poeple at City Hall say, to block a referendum this summer and thus avoid a public vote. So who trumpeting this strategy?

Council Members Richard Conlin, Tim Burgess, Sally Clark, Sally Bagshaw, Tom Rasmussen, Jean Godden, and City Attoreny Pete Holmes
  • Council Members Richard Conlin, Tim Burgess, Sally Clark, Sally Bagshaw, Tom Rasmussen, Jean Godden, and City Attoreny Pete Holmes

Of absence are Mike O'Brien, a tunnel critic, and Nick Licata, who argued hard for a public vote in the viaduct and tunnel in 2007. Licata was at the council meeting just before this media briefing. Bruce Harrell is out of town.