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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Anti-Sound Transit Group Has Not Filed With PDC

posted by on August 20 at 17:38 PM

No to Proposition 1, the group that’s opposed to this year’s light rail expansion measure, has not yet filed as a political campaign with the Public Disclosure Commission despite the fact that they’ve begun campaigning against this year’s ballot measure.

Mark Baerwaldt, spokesman for the No to Prop. 1 campaign, says the campaign hasn’t filed any public-disclosure forms yet because it doesn’t have to. “The minute thereís a penny raised, the minute thereís a penny spent, itíll be reported,” Baerwaldt says. “Are we going to be out there in full force with a massive campaign? Absolutely. … [But] we are still in the process of planning” what that campaign will look like.

Lori Anderson, a spokeswoman for the PDC, says whether the campaign has spent money isn’t the issue; the law says that what matters is whether they intend to do so. “They donít have to actually do it; they just have to have the expectation,” Anderson says.

“They’ve been told that they need to file.”

Although Baerwaldt responds the campaign has no expectation yet of raising or spending money, Anderson says their web site suggests otherwise. The siteóoriginally put up in opposition to last year’s Prop. 1, the roads and transit ballot measure that was defeated in Novemberórefers repeatedly to the 2008 ballot measure, includes the text of a radio ad clearly aimed at this year’s measure, not last year’s, and includes news stories from as recently as late July 2008—eight months after the 2007 ballot measure was defeated. The site also includes a form, left over from last year but still apparently active, for visitors to contribute to the campaign. “That says to me that they have the expectation of receiving contributions or making expenditures,” Anderson says.

Nonetheless, Baerwaldt insists that “everything we’re doing is completely in compliance with the law.” He says that the campaign has been in contact with the PDC about filing as a political committee, which they plan to do in the next couple of weeks.
Here we go again with all the piddly little nonsense,” says Baerwaldt, who calls Sound Transit a “rogue agency.”

“This is trivia. It’s not really important,” he adds.

The PDC, naturally, does not agree.

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Mark "I'm filthy rich and don't want mass transit" Baerwaldt is back on track with this year's new set of lies and misinformation.

Posted by Andrew | August 20, 2008 6:19 PM

"This is trivia. Itís not really important"

should that read trivial? for a second, i thought baerwaldt was summing his own banal life.

Posted by mike | August 20, 2008 6:34 PM

I love it!

The eastside can keep its traffic and smog. :)

Posted by AJ | August 20, 2008 6:38 PM

Having jury duty today, I had to leave the beloved idyll of dear Kent East Hill and descend into the jungle of downtown Seattle.

I chose as my transport the trusty express from up hill to downtown.

One thing seems to spend a lot of time going a long way to get on the highway (I-5). Like instead of going to Kent Transit and then hopping on the 169 and taking the express lanes to 405 and then 5 North from Southcenter, it menders down the Kent-Desmoines Road, until it finds the entrance having sloshed through dense traffic everywhere...coming back was ever more viscous a commute.

My own take on this is that they really want to force commuters who would be happier just taking one bus to and from their hamburg to Seattle, to exit and get on the Sounder. In fact, they seem to have curtailed some routes around here that would do the non-stop flight daily even from remoter parts of Kent.

So, I really don't trust Sound Transit myself for that.

On another note, and forgive me if I'm entirely OT -- but back in the flame wars about Critical Mass, it was constantly argued that riding two abreast is illegal.

Well, while waiting in the Jury Waiting Room at King County Courthouse, I was rifling through my backpack and persued the Kind County Bicycling Map -- a colorful highly legended display of suggested bike routes that reminds me of the old New York City subway map from the 1970s (the one after the Mondrian abstract style one where stations were not positioned geographically, but logically...still that was a different time and era). Well, on one of the tiles of the folder map was this "common question:

Riding side-by-side. Cyclists may ride side by side, but not more than two abreast (RCW 46.61.770)

Meaning, you CAN ride two abreast legally...

Read it and weep, O bitter motorists:

Posted by John Bailo | August 20, 2008 7:12 PM

So Mark Baerwaldt is calling Sound Transit a "rogue agency" when it sounds like he has himself a rogue campaign going. I guess it takes one to know one.

Posted by cressona | August 20, 2008 7:34 PM

Here's what I take issue with.

If Sound Transit is a rogue agency, then how come the elected officials in this region who support it overwhelmingly outnumber the elected officials in this region who oppose it? If Sound Transit is a rogue agency, how come the Sound Transit board is made up of elected officials--officials who overwhelmingly support it?

And the one most vocal opponent on the board happens to be Ron Sims. Well, how come he's looking like the most vulnerable incumbent in King County? Coincidence?

Oh, and how could Sound Transit be a rogue agency if it was effectively created by voters in this region--or if it is so anxious to put itself at the mercy of the voters again.

I have a feeling Kemper Freeman, Mark Baerwaldt, and gang's measure of a democratic election's legitimacy is whether they themselves voted on the winning side.

Posted by cressona | August 20, 2008 7:35 PM

Kemper Freeman is Ann Coulter's used douche bag, after a night with a biker gang and a morning with particularly strong coffee.

Posted by I don't heart Kemper Freeman | August 20, 2008 7:40 PM

one more body on the foundation of barack HUSSEINS empire funny how clinton supporters keep dying and they say hillary had a body count but it doesn't compare to what barry has been up to no one in the media will ask questions because their still firmly in his camp because their sexist hillary is the only one who can beat mccain in november delegates you still have time to avoid the end of the democratic party because we will overcome and beat hussein no matter how many of us he kills do you think he had rezko do it I think he did or one of his muslim buddies at crazy wrights chruch did you know he killed hos commanding officer in vietnam go read no quarter for the scoop but no one in the sexist media will report on it we wont let barry steal the nomination from our girl it is time for a woman a woman who will put this country right because men have made a mess of it all thats what i support hillary and i cant stand to see misgynistic men attack her for being a woman stupid man world slick barry is going to send the party into ruin in my day we didnt let his type get that far no matter how mayn of us they killed eighteen million votes cant be wrong we wont let the media and the racist dnc and howard dean and the liberals steal this nomination from our girl

And that's why we need a real mass transit solution for the Seattle-area so that we can address the upcoming energy crisis.

Unity y'all.

Posted by nobamano8 | August 20, 2008 7:56 PM

Stop this thread.

nobamano8 wins reply of the century.

Methinks s/he writes those meticulously hand-typed letters that get stuffed into newspaper boxes.

Posted by AJ | August 20, 2008 8:09 PM

Speaking of rogues, Erica, you failed to update your voter registration after moving. You don't live at 12th Ave E anymore.

"You must be registered to vote at the place you reside. To update this information, call 206-296-VOTE."

We all know that hypocrisy in your scale of values isn't a big deal, but you might want to update your voter registration before the general election In November so that your vote is legal.

Posted by RogueObserver | August 20, 2008 8:11 PM

Speaking of rogues, Erica, you failed to update your voter registration after moving. You don't live at 12th Ave E anymore.

"You must be registered to vote at the place you reside. To update this information, call 206-296-VOTE."

We all know that hypocrisy in your scale of values isn't a big deal, but you might want to update your voter registration before the general election In November so that your vote is legal.

Posted by RogueObserver | August 20, 2008 8:11 PM

Speaking of rogues, Erica, you failed to update your voter registration after moving. You don't live at 12th Ave E anymore.

"You must be registered to vote at the place you reside. To update this information, call 206-296-VOTE."

We all know that hypocrisy in your scale of values isn't a big deal, but you might want to update your voter registration before the general election In November so that your vote is legal.

Posted by RogueObserver | August 20, 2008 8:11 PM

Wow. I'm glad I don't have RogueObserver stalking me!

Posted by Andrew | August 20, 2008 8:24 PM

Obsessed weirdo @ 10, 11, & 12: I'll save you the trouble of looking up my registration again--I updated it a while ago. It just hasn't gone through yet. Calm yourself.

Posted by ECB | August 20, 2008 8:54 PM

Remember kids, it's OK to speak your mind, so long as you register with the government first.

Posted by Brandon J. | August 21, 2008 3:05 AM

These people are fools

Who needs bad media at the start ref. the Sunshine Laws

Filing takes five minutes at this stage can be amended as you move forward


thank Erica - nice scoop - good news nose on this one

Posted by Ed | August 21, 2008 4:14 AM

Well, let the sillyness begin, with Sound Transit and supporters claiming were long overdue for mass transit, we should have done this decades ago, and if we don't we'll all be stuck in 24/7 gridlock forever. Meanwhile the opposition is dredging up the same old hash, about overdue, overbudget, and overtaxed. So what's new? Both positions are equally true!

When are the media, public, electeds, and staffers going to address the big issue? Is raising taxes by about 20+ Billion over the next couple decades, to extend a light rail line to Microsoft, Lynnwood, and Des Moines a wise investment? More importantly, are there other investments that accomplish the task better or cheaper?
When will the public get a chance to have there money spent wisely, or not at all?
Seems to me, we should as a society and planet be focussed like a laser on global warming, and all the baggage that comes with a climate change in the same time period that Prop 1 will be built.
If the majority of scientist are even close about a warming planet in the next few decades, the CO2 and pollution caused during construction of the light rail lines will be more than any savings could be gained in our lifetimes.
Most of the riders on the new rail system will come from the buses they were riding before. The light rail line will not reduce congestion, only provide an alternate for some (one of my favorite pro arguements, but nonsense anyway).


Posted by Big Picture | August 21, 2008 8:43 AM

@17: Here's how you solve global warming. You fire an ICBM at Moscow, wait for all the other ones to come back, watch while India and Pakistan get into it, etc. etc. All that dust in the atmosphere will put us right into nuclear winter, and poof! No more global warming. Problem solved.

Posted by Greg | August 21, 2008 9:13 AM

Can't we just arrest them and sort it out later - like in December?

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 21, 2008 11:31 AM

@18 - sounds like a plan to me!

Posted by McCain Campaign For Global War | August 21, 2008 11:35 AM

ďThis is trivia. Itís not really important,Ē (Baerwaldt) adds.

From his personal life to political foibles & ego-driven vendettas, Mark Baerwaldt finds only one single thing to be "important": himself.

For instance, after the defeat of last year's ballot, Baerwaldt got on board with a governance and planning overhaul, known as "buses for poor people, and Lexus Lanes for me and my elitist friends":

Baerwaldt's big "regional transportation overhaul" attracted the support of a telecom billionaire, the Discovery Institute, some washed up crank named Ted Van Dyk, and a handful of other anti-rail & anti-transit activists, and some clueless eastside Democrat legislators. Talk about a broad base for launching "Plan B." (like most weirdo ego-driven ideologues, Baearwaldt has got the coalition-building skills of a cannibal)

Look out for the anti-transit rich guys to continue pushing a fringe agenda: "HOT lanes", which will allow Baerwaldt and his buds to pay their way into bus lanes, and "congestion pricing" which will make system-wide rush hour tolls so high, the bottom 4 steps of the economic ladder simply won't be able to drive at all during certain parts of the day. As in, the certain parts when they need to get to work.

And elitist Baerwaldt identifies himself as a progressive populist - proving he's also not playing with a full deck.

Posted by Jack | August 21, 2008 2:27 PM

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Posted by Axydlbaaxr | August 21, 2008 5:49 PM

@17: Do you know how much pollution is created by repeatedly repaving roads?

Yeah, sounds like light rail is a pretty good compromise to me!

Posted by AJ | August 21, 2008 6:07 PM

Tons and Tons and Tons. That's just the point I was trying to make. It's not cars and roads v. trains and buses.
It's about prioritizing our TOTAL needs, and allocating precious resources (money, time, emissions, quality of life, etc) based on sound judgement -- not the warm and fuzzy ads of the pro and con groups.

Posted by 18 | August 21, 2008 8:18 PM

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