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Monday, January 22, 2007

Nickels’s Web Site Violates City Code

posted by on January 22 at 15:35 PM

Now that there’s an election, the Mayor is required to stop
campaigning on the public’s dime.

Currently, Nickels’s web site, which proclaims, “The right choice for Seattle & the region…The Alaskan Way Tunnel” and links to an anti-rebuild ad and pro-tunnel propoganda, is a bona fide campaign headquarters.

“It’s not kosher,” says Seattle Ethics and Elecions Director Wayne Barnett. “If this doesn’t change soon we’ll be looking at enforcement action.”

You can’t use city resources to promote the tunnel (or the rebuild). Although, you certainly won’t find any rebuild propoaganda on Nickels’s web site.

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Next thing the underwater tunnel will have a big cost page at the state site ... showing how little in real funds is set aside for it, compared to what Greg says.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 22, 2007 3:52 PM

um, who's Wayne Barnett? is he the guy that enforces these kind of things?

Posted by jak | January 22, 2007 3:54 PM

Sorry about that. He's the Director of Seattle Ethics and Elections.

Posted by Josh Feit | January 22, 2007 3:58 PM

come to think of it, I saw a thing on Seattle Channel from Sound Transit last night discussing the ST2 options. Is that election (in Nov.) far enough off that it isn't an problem to spend public money on that kind of advertising?

Posted by fair's fair | January 22, 2007 4:05 PM

#4 - It is not a problem for Sound Transit to be communicating with the public at this time - in fact they have a responsibility to do so. The Sound Transit Board has yet to take the legislative action necessary to place ST2 on the ballot - they may even decide not to. The City of Seattle, however, has crossed the Rubicon of placing the future of the viaduct on the ballot. At that point, informing becomes campaign advocacy, especially when it is one-sided and filled with subjective statements designed to influence - like "the right choice."

Posted by Lionel Hutz | January 22, 2007 4:24 PM

@4 - what about the RTID?

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 22, 2007 4:35 PM

Yo, No. Four:

Sound Transit is required, by statute (RCW 81.112.030) to put ST2 on the November ballot. It is mandatory. ST has no option of NOT putting ST2 up for the vote.

Posted by roger p. | January 22, 2007 4:45 PM

Will: The State PDC should prohibit both ST and RTID from continuing to expend public funds touting all the benefits of the upcoming transportation ballot measure.

Posted by Farafel | January 22, 2007 7:24 PM

But if Bush can use the White House to lie to us about why we should spend more money and lives in Iraq just because his wee ego is bruised and he doesn't wanna talk to the other kids on the block, doesn't that make it ok?


Posted by Will in Seattle | January 23, 2007 1:05 AM

Who tunneled through I90?

Will someone put a dick in this guy's mouth?

Stop tripping. You don't want to go to jail on handlebars for hatecrimes so just let us have cars you fucking weirdo. Ideal Americans invent things, Cool Americans improve things, bitch made sissies try to run game on people who depend on American engenuity. Buy a fucking oil rig Bush bitch, stop hating on the freedom of mobility(no hoveround intended, G). Cars are not goin anywhere, just like abortions ain't. Let's just make them sensible and available to all(except drunks and druggies, you fucking head case. The world has to be GUARANTEED SAFE™ always. ). Feel me, Powerplay Lilly? Fuck. Have you no poor man in you?

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