Stranger Election Control Board At the Anti-Roads and Transit Party
posted by November 6 at 22:35 PMon
ECB again: The mood at the anti-Roads and Transit party at Piecora’s Pizza was, predictably, far more upbeat than the pro-Roads and Transit shindig at the Westin. Despite predictions that there would be an odd mix of anti-transit and anti-roads opponents of the proposal, the room was jammed with enviros, with only about five anti-transit opponents in evidence. I missed King County Executive Ron Sims’s appearance earlier in the night, but I did manage to snag a slice of cold pepperoni pizza and sit down with roads opponents Mike O’Brien and Tim Gould of the Sierra Club and get their take on the results. O’Brien said that he called more than 150 undecided voters yesterday, and the number one concern in their minds was the prospect of expanding roads. O’Brien said he expects the Sierra Club will have a place at the table in crafting a replacement ballot measure. “There’s lots of safety and maintenance needs, so there will likely be a roads component,” O’Brien said. “I hope it’s going to be a safety and maintenance component. I don’t think [elected officials] are going to say, well, we just ran the wrong commercials.” He noted that Sound Transit has the authority to go back to the ballot next year by itself, as do any of the three counties in the regional package. When I talked to Sound Transit spokesman Ric Ilgenfritz earlier, however, he didn’t say anything to indicate a standalone ballot measure was in Sound Transit’s plans.