Post by Carl Ballard
Maybe it’s because McGinn’s stated position on the tunnel is more or less the same as my position on the tunnel (it sucks hard. Still, our asshole city council hemmed us in to it, so we might as well figure out how to not get screwed as much as the state wants to screw us on it — although he probably would say it more politely) but I hate these sorts of assertions in the press.
This editorial page has one more bit of advice for McGinn: He should come out and say honestly he is trying to block the tunnel and wants to use his time in office to make it go away. That campaign line about not standing in the way of the tunnel was just something he said to get elected.
He isn’t trying to block the tunnel. If the city is a co-lead or not won’t change the schedule or make it more or less likely to be built. It’s almost certainly going to be built. From the time the City Council voted to screw its citizens a month or so before the election to the present, his position has been the same: the state can build their bullshit 6 story tunnel, taking away exits and on ramps from downtown, but they have to pay for it.
Now don’t get me wrong, if McGinn has a plan to monorail the tunnel to death, I support it. If McGinn is playing some game of 12 dimensional chess, and at the end we get surface, transit, and a pony, he can have my vote for everything he ever runs for. I just don’t see any evidence he’s actually moving in that direction. And I’d appreciate the Seattle Times and everyone else who is making that argument to provide some actual proof he’s doing it, or at least a roadmap of what they think his actual strategy is.
The mayor’s day-to-day actions speak much louder than those silly campaign words.
Oh, you must mean proposing a budget that pays for the utilities portion of the project that we’re on the hook for. Or moving forward to figure out what’s going to go on top of the tunnel when its built. No, wait, those are things that imply he’s moving forward with the tunnel. Look, all I’m asking for is a little more proof of your thesis than he asked for some more time to review a draft EIS when he said his budget was more pressing, or he was against the tunnel at some point in the campaign before the facts changed.