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Friday, May 9, 2014

Three Seattle City Council Members Would Like to Remind You: They're Pro-Everything on Transit

Posted by on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 3:08 PM

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We just received this statement from Seattle City Council members Tom Rasmussen, Mike O’Brien and Sally Bagshaw, who are following the transit debate closely and apparently are in favor of every single solution presently under discussion. They like the idea of voting on something in November, they like that the mayor has a plan, they like that Keep Seattle Moving has a plan, and they like buses. Oh, and they like their constituents, too!

Seattle voters deserve a chance to preserve bus service in the city and we are committed to giving them that opportunity in November. We are exploring every option available to keep the busses [sic] running in Seattle in cooperation with our colleagues on the City Council and Mayor Ed Murray. We are also committed to working with King County Metro and cities in our region to ensure that we preserve and build a strong regional transit system.

We commend Mayor Murray for his leadership in developing a proposal, which will be released next week. We also commend Keep Seattle Moving for keeping public momentum going to ensure we do not lose the bus service we so critically need in Seattle.

On Monday, May 19 we will have a briefing in City Council Chambers at 9:30 a.m. to learn more about the impacts of the potential loss of bus service in the City and to learn more about the Mayor’s proposal. We will convene additional City Council meetings as needed throughout the summer to develop a proposal to send to the voters for the November ballot.

Shorter Rasmussen, O'Brien, and Bagshaw: We have watched the pissing contest, and we judge everyone to be a winner.

 

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theophrastus 1
beware of bagshaw. she smiles at almost everything like dolores umbridge.
Posted by theophrastus on May 9, 2014 at 3:16 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
Actually Bagshaw is why you got a workable compromise on a lot of things.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on May 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM · Report this
gttrgst 3
The mayor doesn't have a plan. He plans to have a plan. If he had a plan its merits could be debated. Don't eat the yellow snowjob.
Posted by gttrgst on May 9, 2014 at 3:48 PM · Report this
Posted by TCLballardwallymont on May 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM · Report this
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So... all the people who voted for Murray because he could work with the city council better than McGinn...

Posted by LMcGuff http://holyoutlaw.livejournal.com/ on May 9, 2014 at 7:08 PM · Report this
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Murray actually wrote back to me. There was mention of a "temporary funding" to address "immediate needs". If his plan does something to stave off the cuts without any loss of service, that's a good feature. As I understand it, I-118 would involve at least a few months of severely reduced service including the loss of my beloved #8 bus.
Posted by wxPDX on May 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM · Report this
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@6, this seems to be Murray's modus operandus: say you're going to release a plan that's much better than what other people have proposed, which distracts the public from the first proposal. That gives him time to flail around and come up with something as weak and needlessly complicated as the $15/hr plan. It also allows him to just ignore the Council.
Posted by sarah70 on May 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM · Report this
cressona 8
Mike McGinn was an anomaly. He was an activist mayor. Ed Murray is something more normal, a professional politician mayor. And if you want a professional politician to do something, you're going to have to pressure them. This is what activists normally do. (And I say this as someone who wishes we had more activists in elected office.)

The fact that Ed Murray hates Ben Sch's guts is only natural. You're not going to get Ed Murray to do something he's naturally disinclined to do by throwing roses at his feet.

I'm ambivalent about the initiative process. I'm not crazy about the use of property tax for transit operations. I'm not even so thrilled about how Metro spends money. And frankly, as a transit supporter, I loathe Ed Murray. My longstanding belief about Murray is, with friends like him, transit doesn't need enemies.

And yet, if the blunt instrument that is this "Plan C" initiative is the mechanism that forces this professional pol I loathe to come up with a better plan--and that plan succeeds--then I'll be happy with that result. I won't mind who delivered it or how.

Which gets me to the topic of this post. O'Brien, Rasmussen, and Bagshaw make a credible pro-transit coalition, and I think they're playing this just right. Instead of taking sides in the "pissing contest," see if something good might come out of it.
Posted by cressona on May 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM · Report this
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A vote in November? Don't the cuts come in September?
Posted by Latetotheparty on May 10, 2014 at 6:48 PM · Report this

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