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Seattle Voters Only

A few Monkey readers may be registered to vote in Seattle. If not, skip this post. If you are, I'll keep it short.

The I-83 Monorail Recall initiative is a corrupt vanity initiative and does not deserve your support. Here's two reasons why:

  1. The initiative will kill the construction of the monorail but WILL NOT REMOVE THE MONORAIL TAXES! This is because the initiative changes the permitting process for construction, but does not (in fact cannot) repeal the taxes that three previous monorail votes approved. In essence, if Seattle voters approve I-83, they'll continue paying for a monorail that will never be built. Who knows where the money will wind up.

  2. The initiative is entirely a vanity voter project funded by Seattle's largest developer, millionaire Martin Selig. It's not grassroots; it's pure astroturf at the whim of the wealthy. Selig is afraid that public transit downtown may bring the "wrong element" downtown and may interfere with some sight lines from his luxury condos on 2nd Avenue. For this, he's willing to keep traffic snarled in the city for the rest of us, and overturn the measure that has already gotten broad popular support three times. Bastard.


No more delay. Build the monorail. Vote NO on I-83.

Comments

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damndirtycrane
Oct. 25th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC)
I was already planning to vote no on this, but the first point you made on it is news to me. I find that a huge reason to vote no, even if the second point didn't already have me voting no on it. The fact that the allegations of Selig buying signatures to get the initiative on the ballot is likely to be true just irritates me.

When does the voting for this take place?
the_monkey_king
Oct. 25th, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC)
November 2, same as the general election. It's one of the last items on the ballot (if you get the absentee ballot).
wrdnrd
Oct. 25th, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)
Selig is afraid that public transit downtown may bring the "wrong element" downtown

You mean, like, workers? And tourists? Oh, yes, god forbid!
godeater_sw
Oct. 25th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC)
Politics
On the topic of politics (national as opposed to local), I've e-mailed you, Monkey King, a link to a conservative American magazine editorial that disavows Bush's re-election and expresses the view that Kerry is the more desirable choice as the next POTUS.

Funny stuff. And it might prompt another LJ entry, I'm guessing.

Speaking as both a liberal and as a Canadian, I can't imagine anything worse than another four years of Bush and his equally-misguided cronies in the White House.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 25th, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)
Done!
Done and done! j.m.
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