February 26, 2007
An international laughing-stock
From this week's issue of The Economist of London. "Tunnel vision"
The spectacle of the bulky, dark-haired Mr Nickels mud-wrestling with the diminutive, honey-haired Ms Gregoire has not been edifying. "These people are going to go down as some of the worst urban leaders in America," comments Bryan Jones, an expert on public policy at the University of Washington. At present Ms Gregoire is coming off worse. Now in her third year in office after an election so tight that it had to be decided in court, she had gained respect as an effective legislative manager. But her ambitious education and health-care plans have disappeared in the viaduct's shadow. And the bitterness of the fight is expected to sour debate over future projects in and around Seattle, including the need to replace a vital floating bridge that carries traffic to the city's eastern suburbs.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at February 26, 2007
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It's a sad day in February when the whole world begins to realize that Seattle is run by incompetent nincompoops.
Laughing stock? Gregoire and Nickels wouldn't lose a vote among their supporters regardless of what they do. What does that say about the voters the elect these people?
The real laughing stock are the voters that keep electing these clowns.
3. John, I think they realized that on a couple dreary days in November with WTO. What we've learned now is... the citizens actually do like incompetent nincompoops.
Socialism has long term effects.
It makes one stupid.
Now, now now. They may be nincompoops, but by golly they're BRUCE's nincompoops.
Besides, David Mathews has assured us that it's all a catastophe and a calamity, anyway. Except in Florida. Between hurricanes.
And I thought Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio made a cute couple. Ellen Degenerate and Rosie O'Donnell: not so much.
Begs the question doesn't it....How much Liberalism is too much?
$30 BILLON in new taxes for tunnels, floating bridges, rail (lite or regular) or maybe an elevated freeway (lite or regular). And, they want to cut a few thousand parking spaces.
Hail King County...the Workers Paradise.
7. I'll admit, I'm just hick from the dry side of the state, but I have to ask: Isn't this a state highway? If so, tell the mayor to put it where the sun doesn't shine and fix the darn thing. Then, perhaps, we can get some other work done. Good Lord...what a waste of money these two clowns have cost all of us.
"These people are going to go down as some of the worst urban leaders in America."
LOL!!! We already knew, Mr. Jones.
9. Is this international recognition and comments the "World Class" Nickels keeps blabbering about?
10. Seattle has turned into San francisco North, several years back Believe it or not Seattle was a nice liveable town with a sane goverment then the loonies moved in, We left and moved into the sticks.
Hear hear! Right frigging on. Some objective press is exactly what this burg needs.
The local political leaders around here are total losers when it comes to transportation planning. That is why we need an accountable RTC of the kind SB 5803 would provide.
For G*d's sake, call off the RTID and ST2 disaster-in-waiting scheduled for eight months from now! Talk about not ready for prime time . . ..
These bozos (Nickels, Sims, Haugen, Clibborn, everybody on Sound Transit's staff) need a time out. The Economist is spot on - deal with the SR 520 funding and design FIRST. The vanity train project enlargement can wait.
If the viaduct dust-up has proven anything, it is that political leaders that hang out in Seattle can not plan transportation infrastructure projects in a responsible manner.
And the local daily rags are depressingly incapable of writing about any of this. Notice the full page color ads ST ran last week pimping ST2? ST buys great press in this town. There has not been a single solid story on ST's finances in three years in either daily. $$$$ from ST pays the Seattle MSM organs to look far, far away.
Ah, them good old days. Hookers up and down Pike Street. Police on the take. Anna Louise Strong. Albert Rossellini. Dave Beck. Later on back room deals with a railroad to dump land for a do(o)med stadium.
Yep, them was the good old days. Yep, them damn outsiders caused all the problems here. And them outsiders don't drive no good neither.
It has all gone downhill since Seattle turned her back on hosting the Olympics.
I recall one of the proponents saying "..Seattle doesn't want to be a world class city" On his way out of town.
Nickels' tunnel is our only hope to regain respectability.
BTW: What happened to Nickels saying a vote on the viaduct would be a waste of money, and if the state wanted a vote the state would have pay?
14. Between Baghdad Jim, Pacifist Patty, Maria Cant-Do-Anything-Well and these two knuckleheads, Washington politicians are keeping the world entertained. Maybe it's all part of Jimmy Mac's Department of Peace proposal--to make terrorists laugh so hard they stop the killing.
For the first time, congrats, great link.
Clearly we are excessively shitting in our hometown nest.
16. OK, I can't stand Greg Nickels and this whole "non-binding-vote" is retarded. But how does "Ms Gregoire is coming off worse" with "the mayor as immovable" on a tunnel which DOT considers "would not work as a safe, effective roadway"
A fair share of blame for this lies at the feet of Washington's Supreme Court. Those nine enable this sick political culture.
Nickels, not unjustifiably, believes acts his administrations take to be above legal bounds. For that reason his transportation planning is designed to serve whom the Court has said are his only bosses: special interests that make massive campaign contributions.
The Supreme Court recently and repeatedly disregarded citizens' meritorious legal claims. To dismiss property owners' claims, the Court went so far as to invent spurious assertions for its opinions. By failing to vindicate citizens' rights, the Court became a primary instigator of our extant dysfunctional transportation governance systems.
The Court could, and should, remedy this wrong. At a small cost to the offending entity, every single politician in this State could be set back on the right track. Peoples' rights matter and they should be considered in future transportation planning. In contrast, if the Court allows this boil on our community to continue festering, the factotums will be impelled to maintain their anti-citizen bent.
18. Eh... Seattle becoming San Francisco North was an old phrase. I am convinced that San Francisco will soon become Seattle South, if it hasn't already.
19. Great question, redkittyred! The mayor is coming off way worse in this - he seriously reminds me of a cross between a frustrated gradeschool bully and belligerent teenager who is also a pathological liar. On the other hand, while the governor has stumbled, her current position is backed by facts and common sense - she is in a position to save us from the mayor's insanity and it looks like she just may do so. As I wrote her in a letter advocating a modern, quiet, new viaduct, I have never voted for a democrat in my life (and few are more vocally anti-socialism than I am), but this issue is so important to Seattle's future, the tax structure of the city, that if a new viaduct is constructed, and she turns out to be a major reason, I'd vote to re-elect her.
20. As I recall, in the ill-run election where the initiative to recall the gas tax was de-railed (pun intended), the mantra of the nutjobs was" The sky - I mean Viaduct is falling and must be replaced NOW" Now must have a different definition to the lefties than the rest of us.
21. every story has a good side: if this becomes governmentally-sanctioned, then i will no longer get fired for wishing someone "peace on you!"