Posted: November 9, 2011
An intriguing thread was woven into yesterday’s elections.
City Hall’s proposed car tab increase was rejected by a hefty 60% “no” vote. Opposition was based in part on criticisms the package was regressive and didn’t do enough to rehab city roads and bridges while spending too much on alternative transportation.
At the same time, five Seattle City Council incumbents were re-elected by a combined average margin of more than 60% voter support.
All the incumbents supported the deep-bore tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Even six months ago, some were claiming the pro-tunnel stance would cost at least some of the councilmember’s their jobs.
Election night winner: Seattle kids
The council outcomes take on added meaning because of the vote in August on Referendum One, a pro-tunnel measure that was approved by a robust 58% of city voters. The size of the “yes” margin contrasted sharply with predictions by tunnel opponents that the city’s “grassroots” were against the tunnel plan.
Politics isn’t baseball and those in power get many more swings than three.
But at least in the near term, the three outcomes are bad news for those who believe the city's future is being rewritten by the extreme wing of the Mean Green Political Machine.
Seattle voters also approved the new family levy for the school district. Three of four school board members also won re-election by comfortable margins in spite of the Silas Potter scandal. The board election outcomes are good news for those of us who want to see the permanent leadership post go to interim superintendent Susan Enfield.
Crapshoot Chapter II
The best reader response in the history of the Seattle Industry ebulletin came in the wake of last week’s item about new state regulations to control fecal coliform in stormwater runoff.
The reader asked, “What’s all this about endangered feces?”
Endangered businesses is more like it. The new stormwater regulations will be the primary discussion item at the November 22 meeting of the Manufacturing Industrial Council. The stormwater discussion starts at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held at the MIC conference room located in B113 of the Georgetown campus of South Seattle Community College at 6770 East Marginal Way.
If you missed it, last week’s article, Stormwater Crapshoot, can be found here.
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