City Sierra Club Victory Still A Long Shot
posted by August 31 at 16:42 PMon
That’s what I think, anyway.
As Josh notes below, I didn’t cover the hearing on the Sierra Club’s court challenge against the makeup of the anti-roads and transit committee, which will write the “con” statement for this November’s voting guide.
While I didn’t go to the hearing, I did talk with Sierra Club political director Mike O’Brien immediately after the ruling. He told me that although “we lost our motion” asserting that Sound Transit didn’t have the authority to choose the entire con committee this morning, there’s still a chance the judge could rule that anti-roads views should be incorporated into the “no” voters’ guide statement. (Currently, the entire Sound Transit-chosen committee consists of anti-transit activists whose message will go over poorly and may even help the measure in pro-transit King County.) “The problem with the hearing today is that Sound Transit still gets to pick the opposition,” O’Brien said. As for getting an anti-roads message into a “con” statement written by an anti-transit-dominated committee, O’Brien said, “I’m not optimistic.” Neither am I, but I hope, in the interest of fairly representing all points of view opposed to the measure, that they do.
Meanwhile, on another front, two challenges to the ballot title are moving forward—one in King County Municipal Court, and one in front of the state Supreme Court. The challenges allege that the ballot title violates the single-subject rule at the county and state level, respectively. However, at this late date (the ballot and voters guide go the printer on September 17) it seems unlikely that the judges will choose to derail the entire proposal.