The Seattle City Council is preparing to vote at 2:00 p.m.—nowish—to ratify council president Richard Conlin's signature on a state document that studies the environmental impact (EIS) a deep-bore tunnel would have in Seattle. Conlin bypassed the mayor's authority by signing the document, which essentially allows the city and state to move forward as co-leads on the project and open the tunnel up for public comment.
Emily Heffter at the Seattle Times reports that Conlin, along with a number of other city council members, haven't yet read the state's EIS document:
Asked about it Monday morning, Conlin was unapologetic. He said the point of the signature is to advance the document — which is thousands of pages long — to the public comment phase.
"It has nothing to do with the content," Conlin said.
Councilmember Sally Clark, who also hasn't read the document, agreed with Conlin. "I think it's a little bit of a red herring" to say councilmembers or the mayor had to have read the document, she said. A signature "doesn't say you love or hate the policy statements in the document. It just says, yes, we're ready to move it forward."
But Tim Burgess has read it. Mike O'Brien has read it. I know it's thousands of pages long, but can you even advance to loving or hating policy if you haven't read, at least in part, the goddamn policies being proposed? If all we need in city council is nine monkeys and one pen, frankly, I can recommend better-read monkeys.
McGinn had asked for an additional week to review the thousand-page document before having it signed. As Dom previously reported, studies like these are normally signed by the head of a city department at the mayor's purview—in this case, the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Watch the meeting at the Seattle Channel here.