posted by October 16 at 10:36 AMon
I’m heading down to the Washington Athletic Club to see Tim Eyman debate Ron Sims on Eyman’s latest, the traffic-congestion-worsening I-985, but I just looked in my inbox and saw I needn’t bother: In an email, Eyman has already declared victory. His reasoning? “Putting a spotlight” on 985 “can only help the ‘Yes 985’ campaign. And getting the media to report on this critical issue during a crowded presidential/ gubernatorial election year is a real coup.”
That’s a pretty bold assertion, considering that the media coverage of I-985 has been overwhelmingly negative—and considering that just one newspaper, the Olympian, has endorsed Eyman’s latest proposal. (I know that, in part, because Eyman cites the endorsement endlessly—in emails, in press releases, and during our endorsement interview with him last week). Far from “reducing traffic congestion,” I-985 would make congestion worse—by opening HOV lanes to everyone 18 hours a day, eliminating a major funding source for rebuilding the 520 bridge, barring the use of local transportation dollars for local transportation solutions, and effectively eliminating red-light cameras that prevent accidents.
Should be a fun debate.