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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Tim Eyman: Oversharer

posted by on June 5 at 15:36 PM

Looks like anti-tax, pro-roads crusader Tim Eyman finally got his hands on that $250,000 home-equity loan he was begging supporters to help him pay off last month. (To find out why Eyman needs so much cash, read this post I wrote in May).

From my inbox (and the inboxes of countless Eyman supporters, opponents, and reporters all over the state):

From: Tim Eyman To: Subject: RE: You’ve been approved for $250,000

Please prepare a $50,000 cashiers check tomorrow morning — I’ll pick it up around 11 am Friday.

Make it payable to: Reduce Traffic Congestion

I’ll be needing subsequent disbursements throughout the month of June and early July — I’ll try to give you at least a one-day notice for each one.


Regards, Tim Eyman, ph: 425-493-9127, email:


From: []
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 11:07 AM
To: Tim Eyman
Subject: You’ve been approved for $250,000

Hi Tim,

The Home Equity Line is ready to sign. The $250,000 amount was approved based on the equity in your home and your excellent credit. Sorry it took so long for the appraisal and processing, but US Bank’s 5.0% (prime+/-0) variable rate is extremely popular so there’s been some unfortunate delays. Thanks for being so patient. You can access all or part of the $250,000 this Friday. To answer your question, borrowing the full $250,000 will result in a minimum monthly estimated payment of $1030.00. Please let me know how much you would like to advance and the easiest way for you to pick up.

Thank you,
Susanna Treibel
Branch Manager
Mukilteo Branch
(425) 514-0192

Thanks for sharing!

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Time to kidnap Eyman and ransom him in a secret offshore location.

Ideally, the ransom wouldn't be paid and Eyman could be executed on video. But it's now apparent that the ransom would be paid. But that's ok, because such a deed could lead to a pretty nice payout to the would-be kidnapper.

Posted by Jay | June 5, 2008 3:45 PM

Hmmm. Wonder how many signatures he already has in the bag? If fewer than half, the money may have come in too late. Deadline to turn in 225,000 signatures (which in reality means over 300,000) is July 3.

Posted by Bill LaBorde | June 5, 2008 3:49 PM

PLEASE send a "reporter" there at 11 tomorrow with camera:

US Bank
Mukilteo Office
3710 Harbour Pointe Blvd SW
Mukilteo, WA 98275
(425) 514-0192

Posted by cochise. | June 5, 2008 3:51 PM

Dear Prayer Warriors: Join with me in praying for God to foreclose on Tim Eyman's house. Thank you.

Reverend Fnarf.

Posted by Fnarf | June 5, 2008 3:53 PM

And, Lord, Please make sure he pays all his debts in King County and Seattle before he declares bankruptcy. Thank you.

Minister Will

Posted by Will in Prayerful Seattle | June 5, 2008 4:25 PM

Can we make him move out of state when he loses his house.

Posted by big booger | June 5, 2008 4:37 PM

I wouldn't wish Eyman on Florida. No state deserves that.

Besides, Eyman needs to stay right here in the Puget Sound to appreciate all the damage he's wrought.

Posted by lostboy | June 5, 2008 4:41 PM

People are still getting variable rate loans? Jeez.

Posted by Levislade | June 5, 2008 4:55 PM

What a maroon. WaMu offers a prime MINUS .51 % HELOC that one could have had active for at least a year: I got mine a year ago. I pay 4.49% and dont need help accessing the money. Idiot.

Posted by calvin | June 5, 2008 5:28 PM

Get this: Eyeman had paid signature gatherers at my campus today (WWU). They were African-American men decked out in Obama pins.

They approached me and ask me if I was a registered voter. I said yes and that I was already volunteering on behalf of Obama. That's when they busted out with the whole I-985 thing. How deceitful, shameful and unethical of them to try to use Obama's name to get interest for Eyeman's stupid initiative.

Posted by Jake | June 5, 2008 5:45 PM

@11 I know they have done that in previous years, hoping that the progressive students don't recognize the nature of what they are signing.

Posted by vooodooo84 | June 5, 2008 6:50 PM

TO: Jake

I-985 has very progressive policies so why shouldn't our supporters collect signatures from progressive voters? Of the 10 initiatives we've qualified for the ballot over the years, voters have approved eight of them. In a blue state like Washington, that means by definition we are receiving enormous support from progressive voters.

Posted by Tim Eyman, I-985 co-sponsor, | June 5, 2008 8:27 PM

Ewww.. Eyeman posted on slog. I need to go wash my hands.

Posted by rb | June 5, 2008 8:41 PM


it is disingenuous to suggest I-985 is progressive. it's not progressive just because you choose to use that word to describe it.

and how is encouraging people to drive during off-peak hours instead of carpooling a progressive idea?

this is motivated by a dislike for HOV lanes, pure and simple, and uses faulty logic to pretend not to be.

if they are off-peak hours and not congested, why do we need to open the HOV lanes? as an incentive? but if they are already off-peak and that isn't incentive enough, how does an extra lane change anything? finally, if congestion does occur in an off-peak hour, why remove the incentive to carpool to avoid that potential hazard?

Posted by a non | June 6, 2008 12:29 AM

@13 - Tim, I have just one thing to say to your whiny combat-avoiding ass.

Fuck. Off.

Now go enlist and shut up, coward.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 6, 2008 12:47 AM

Tim, I hope you lose everything. Idiot.

Posted by Lobot | June 6, 2008 7:45 AM

I-985 has very progressive reforms in it and that's why it's popular with voters everywhere, including progressive college campuses.

Using what we already have more effectively, rather than constantly pushing for massive, huge, mega tax increases is very progressive.

Synchronizing traffic lights to decrease stop-and-go traffic and thus lower carbon emissions -- absolutely progressive.

Clearing out accidents faster so cars aren't idling for hours belching out smog -- absolutely progressive.

More effective use of the carpool lanes to get traffic moving again -- big time progressive.

As for everyone's personal comments, it's a sign you can't beat the message when you attack the messenger. It's clear that I-985's policies are very popular in the progressive community -- that's why you're trying to change the subject away from the policies. Hasn't worked in 10 years, why would it work in year 11?

Posted by Tim Eyman, I-985 co-sponsor, | June 6, 2008 9:17 AM

Eyman, you are talking out of you ass.

Posted by Dead Reagan | June 6, 2008 10:00 AM

This published email exchange reeks of Eyman's compulsive self-promotion. In this case it's "Look what I've done for my cause, I've mortgaged my house." It is a blatant attempt to garner pity donations. Eyman has a history of mis-managing and mis-appropriating funds, he is not to be trusted with a nickle.

Posted by inkweary | June 6, 2008 10:10 AM

Getting rid of carpool lanes in 'off-peak' hours, (which don't even exist in much of Seattle,) encourages more people to drive alone which subsequently puts more cars on the road, causing more accidents that emergency workers will have to clean up and negating any congestion relief that comes from traffic light synchronization. Of course you don't mention that to these 'progressives' do you Tim? Sometimes messengers deserve to be attacked. Like when they lie.

Plus, all this redirected revenue you're going to use to pay for your pipe dream, is only going to cause decent and good programs to suffer.

Not that you'll pay any attention to this, Tim. We're not changing the subject, we're just sick of ramming our heads against a brick wall of idiocy.

Posted by Lobot | June 6, 2008 10:19 AM

you are good at spin, tim, i'll give you that.

More effective use of the carpool lanes to get traffic moving again -- big time progressive.

effective to what? to get more cars on the road? that's neither effective as a progressive idea nor an effective use of a carpool lane. if you want to be more progressive you make more carpool lanes, and make them more restrictive. and to make a carpool lane more effective you don't open it up for other uses.

Posted by a non | June 6, 2008 1:49 PM

Your disagreement is not with me, it's with State Auditor Brian Sonntag and his team that he used to do a performance audit of the Dept of Transportation. Their recommendations form the basis of I-985's policies.

We're more than happy to let the voters decide what policies will reduce traffic congestion: the common sense recommendations by Sonntag's auditors or more of the same from the same transportation folks who've brought us our current and growing congestion problem.

As for I-985's dedication of existing revenues to pay for its policies, we firmly believe the voters made themselves very clear when they rejected Prop 1 last November: higher taxes is not acceptable. Using existing resources more effectively is what the voters want.

Again, you can attack the messenger all day long, but it's important to note that you're attacking Auditor Sonntag, not us -- good luck with that.

As for the media reporting that I'm providing a second mortgage on my house to loan to the campaign, it's on our campaign reports and it's certainly a newsworthy item of interest. That's kinda what the media's supposed to do: report news.

Posted by Tim Eyman, I-985 co-sponsor, | June 6, 2008 8:42 PM

well, i certainly don't want to disagree with the messenger -- i mean, you only mortgaged your house for this, it's not like you are the one who really cares about it!

but, no! you are just a somewhat interested bystander, who would only create and support initiatives based on what brian sonntag recommends, and you would only present those ideas with as little spin as possible!

so, could you please provide the link where brian sonntag says opening the carpool lanes is a progressive idea?

or, as i quote from the times, The audit doesn't recommend ...opening HOV lanes in off-peak hours.

so, you are outright lying to me when you say your plan to open carpool lanes is progressive, and that brian sonntag agrees with you. i read the report. the changes he recommends do not mirror yours in the least.

finally, as a unrepentant liar, that does open you up for personal attacks.

here are the report recommendations:

1. The Washington State Legislature should choose/identify projects based on congestion reduction rather than other agendas. WSDOT should commit to congestion management and reduction as a primary
2. WSDOT should use all tools at its disposal to mitigate the growth in traffic congestion recognizing the relative contributions each tool can make, its
benefits, and associated costs with a focus on generating maximum congestion relief.
3. WSDOT should reduce weaving and other traffic conflicts across the Puget Sound freeway network focusing on: improving interchange design,
eliminating some left-hand exits, reconfiguring key interchanges freeway segments that experience
significant weaving, merging, and safety hazards,
adding reversible lanes where practical, and using collector/distributor configurations wherever practical
4. WSDOT should accelerate design and construction of new roadway lanes to address the previous 20-year deficit.
5. WSDOT should apply congestion-related goals, objectives, and benchmarks to all highway and transit related investments.
6. WSDOT should elevate congestion reduction benefits in all decision-making processes.
7. WSDOT should better link project planning, prioritization, and programming to reflect congestion
reduction goals.
8. WSDOT (or a new regional entity)should manage traffic congestion through a system of measurable performance objectives.
9. WSDOT (or a new regional entity) should collaborate with the PSRC and other local jurisdictions to implement a traffic signal coordination program for major arterials in the Region.
10. WSDOT should deploy future HOT lane projects aggressively if the SR 167 pilot is successful.
11. The Washington State Legislature should implement new legislation to facilitate the expansion of road pricing should WSDOT's HOT lane pilot be successful.
12. The Washington State Legislature should empower a single body either WSDOT or a new regional transportation entity for the Puget Sound Region to allow for a more integrated approach to planning for congestion reduction.
13. WSDOT should expand its Commute Trip Reduction Program to include increased financial incentives, additional financial disincentives, and regional
14. WSDOT should implement a telecommute program focusing on telework incentives.
15. WSDOT should use available technology to expand coverage of real-time traffic information to all freeways and major arterials.
16. WSDOT should work to fully fund operations programs that emphasize congestion management.
17. WSDOT should continue to improve its ramp metering
system, to expand it to other locations, to assess its ramp control algorithms.
18. WSDOT should automate all freeway management tools.
19. WSDOT, in conjunction with the Washington State Patrol, should improve its current incident response system through resolution of WSP staffing issues and an all agency after-action review process for every closure over 90 minutes.
20. The Washington State Legislature should review whether new legislation is required for public private partnerships for transportation infrastructure and
implement any necessary changes.
21. WSDOT and the Region should pursue potential enhancements to I-5 in downtown Seattle.
22. WSDOT should:
- complete the core HOV network, with an emphasis on the I-5 corridor to Tacoma.
- consider adjusting current policy where needed in order to meet existing performance standards.
- critically examine expensive interchanges and direct ramp access before additional investments.

Posted by a non | June 8, 2008 11:58 AM

"Tim is less than a mediocre writer - he's a pitiful, lousy writer. His columns are nothing more than recycled talking points from his e-mails coupled with ranting and rambling at the courage of elected officials to do what it takes to tackle our state's toughest problems." ~Northwest Progressive Institute

This and so much more beautiful anti-eyman-ism is here:

Posted by Lobot | June 10, 2008 8:50 AM

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