Politics שקט בבקשה
posted by December 1 at 11:05 AMon
This was originally posted yesterday, but Slog disappeared yesterday. So….
That’s Hebrew for Shut the Fuck Up. It’s pronounced Sheket Bavakasha! Literally, it means: “Be quiet please.” But generations of angry Hebrew school teachers, scolding noisy students, have transformed the polite admonition into a nuclear threat.
Starting today, I’m going to start issuing semi-regular Sheket Bavakasha! awards. The first Sheket Bavakasha! goes to Team Nickels for the ridiculous press release it just sent out.
In the release, titled “Corrections and clarifications to today’s news stories” Team Nickels whines about the PI:
In today’s Post-Intelligencer, the following passage is incorrect:
“Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels … is still scrambling to come up with a finance plan to cover the additional expense of tunneling.”
Correction: The City of Seattle, in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Transportation, has developed a detailed funding package that would cover the costs of replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a cut-and-cover tunnel. That funding package has been fully vetted and endorsed by an independent Expert Review Panel appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire.
Sheket Bavakasha! Team Nickels. The project is estimated to cost between $3.6 and $5.5 billion. You’ve got $2.2 billion from the state (and that might only be for a rebuid or retrofit…not a tunnel.) And then you’ve got $3.75 billion in “anticipated” funding … counting iffy money from an iffy regional package that hasn’t been worked out yet…that still may fall apart once it is finalized. And then it still has to go to voters.
The PI is right: Mayor Nickels is “still scrambling to come up with a finance plan to cover the additional expense of tunneling.”