City Wherein We Tell You How to Vote
posted by October 17 at 16:25 PMon
Our election endorsements just came out. You can read the full lineup (and full-length versions of the endorsements excerpted below) here, but here are a few of the highlights.
Prop. 1 (Roads and Transit): Vote No.
Rather than letting compromised politicians tell us what’s possible, the people should tell the leaders what’s needed: more light rail without massive roads expansion. It’s time to flex some urban muscle. Seattle voters shouldn’t have to fund roads on the Eastside in order to get light rail.
Seattle City Council Position 1: Vote Jean Godden.
She supported a tax on commercial parking that now helps pay for transportation maintenance around the city. She stood up for cyclists when the powerful industrial lobby wanted to eliminate the planned “missing link” from the Burke- Gilman Trail in Ballard, and she says she’ll fight to restore a bike lane on Stone Way. And she has fought hard for her budget priorities.
Seattle City Council Position 3: Vote Venus Velazquez
We believe Venus Velázquez, a public-affairs consultant whom Steinbrueck has endorsed, will be a forceful, independent, and effective voice on the council. Her social-service advocacy on behalf of clients such as CASA Latina, her no-nonsense approach to negotiating issues, and her firm commitment to social justice and working-class people convince us she has what it takes to fill Steinbrueck’s shoes.
Seattle City Council Position 7: Vote Tim Burgess: His past work for right-wing groups like (anti-gay, anti-woman) Concerned Women for America and (anti-sex, anti-birth control) Food for the Hungry gives the apostate progressives on the SECB the willies. [But] He’s in the right place on some of our most important issues, including nightlife and the environment. Sealing the deal: Lightweight incumbent David Della—a seat-warmer who never met an environmental policy he liked—simply isn’t intellectually fit to be on the council.