More Questions for the Candidates
People in the audience at our Candidate Debate Wednesday night turned in a bunch of questions for the candidates. We couldn’t get to all of them. Hell, the candidates were bickering so much, we couldn’t even get to most of our own questions.
We’ve forwarded all the audience questions to the candidates, and we’ve asked them to e-mail responses back. We’ll post their responses.
Here are your questions:
RICHARD McIVER: A great many Seattle parks are not usable, such as Occidental, Cal Anderson, and Denny Parks. Why are they not usable, and what are you going to do about it?
RICHARD McIVER: You said, "Mass transit must serve the masses.” Yet in last year's effort to get a sound transit bus to serve Capitol Hill, you were no help at all.
Both Dwight Pelz and Richard Conlin actively supported the effort, resulting in a good compromise for Capitol Hill. You were Seattle's only representative on the State Finance Committee and why did you take no interest in this issue which was important to a great many Seattleites?
FOR ALL THE POSITION 8 CANDIDATES (McIVER RACE): How do you plan to make sure that low-income and middle-income families can remain in Seattle and not be priced out?
LINDA AVERILL: Why are you running as a socialist?
JAN DRAGO: What is downtown going to look like when I am (24) your age?
JAN DRAGO: If Seattle should look like San Francisco in 50 years, will housing in Seattle be as unaffordable, will traffic be as terrible, will suburban sprawl be as terrible as San Francisco?
JAN DRAGO: How do you justify the construction of the South Lake Union Trolley, which is only beneficial to Paul Allen and his special interest?
JAN DRAGO: Are you in favor of regenerating the Key Arena lease for the Seattle Sonics?
CASEY CORR: You've been very "John Kerry” on the subject of the monorail. Do you actually support mass transit and how?
FOR ALL THE POSITION 4 CANDIDATES (DRAGO RACE): Would you support a requirement for SPU trucks to be powered by propane? These trucks are a major source of carcinogenic diesel smoke in our residential neighborhoods.
PAIGE MILLER: Does your former boss, Seattle City Councilmember Jim Street, support you?
PAIGE MILLER: Will mass transit to the Eastside encourage suburban sprawl and impact wilderness areas? Please elaborate.
RICHARD CONLIN: How important is gender balance on the City Council?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: The mayor has proposed impact fees for parks. What do you think of this? What should the fees be or how should they be assessed? Are impact fees practical for anything else?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: In no more than one sentence, please describe your position on gay marriage.
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: Biotech is touted for brining jobs to Seattle; will it do anything to reduce unemployment?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: Question to those who changed positions on the monorail: How do you expect anyone to see you as anything other than opportunistic and full of shit?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: It looks like "Husky Greg” Nickels will be our mayor for 4 more years. How will you work with-or against him-during your term on the Council?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: What will you do to get more people out of cars and onto their feet or bikes?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: When do you think the Alaskan Way Viaduct should be closed?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: In order to reduce traffic, are you willing to require each employer to, where possible, assign employees to the work site closest to their homes?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: Do you support continued funding/partnership of the Vera project?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: What will you do to ensure that the mayor doesn't subsidize the Sonic's remodel of the Key Arena?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: Should we accommodate commuters who work in Seattle, but live in the suburbs or should we not?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: Are there any REFORMS you would bring to the City Council itself as an institution?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: What is your plan to create affordable and desirable housing for families in downtown Seattle?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: The city's comprehensive plan, in keeping with the Growth Management Act, seeks to encourage growth in established urban centers. One of the keys to increasing density in urban centers is attracting families who would otherwise locate in the suburbs. What can city government do to attract more families to our urban centers?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: Seattle has had the same problems for many years and nothing seems to have improved (i.e. transportation, affordable housing, etc.). Why should we expect anything to change?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: What is your position on the Viaduct replacement/tunnel/ diverting traffic downtown?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: Do you volunteer for any local organizations? If so, who and why?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: Some say that with the strong mayors office, the City Council has been fractured and unprepared to counter his control agenda. Please give your thoughts on how best to deal with the mayor's office and what you've done to build consensus and react effectively.
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: Foreign Policy: Name Premier of British Columbia.
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: How would you critique the government's response to Katrina? How would you respond to Katrina as a city council person?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: Given the overwhelming support for the monorail just last fall, who here is willing to work productively with the Seattle Monorail Authority to make sure the public gets what it voted for and those votes are respected?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES:What will you do to restore affirmative action in Seattle?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: How much money have you collected so far for your campaign?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: When will you synchronize the streetlights?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: How can citizens be assured that city government takes police oversight and police accountability seriously?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: Say the one most positive thing and the one most negative thing about the monorail project that you can think of?
A QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES: For those of you who don't support the monorail, what alternatives do you propose to make sure West Seattle is NOT cut off after the viaduct comes down?
AND FROM OUR INTERN: "Sin Taxes”, such as those on cigarettes, provide funding to the general fund, water quality, drug enforcement, health services, and salmon recovery programs, in the order of $20.25 in taxes per carton. If the smoking ban passes, it is certain that both cigarette and liquor sales (from people who won't want to patron bars anymore) will plummet. With Seattle's purse strings so tight, how do you plan to compensate the tax money that products with such "Sin Taxes” provide to the city?