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Video: Mayor Murray announces new waterfront department

In an exclusive interview, Ed Murray talks about making sure waterfront projects fit together, his biggest frustration in office and changes in the police department.

With a seawall project that's over-budget and the state struggling to dig a tunnel to replace the viaduct, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced plans Monday to create a new city department to oversee the waterfront. In a Crosscut interview conducted by veteran journalist Bryan Johnson, Murray said the city has not had the expertise to deal with megaprojects.

The new Office of the Waterfront will include Ken Johnsen, known for managing the construction of Safeco Field. The Office will also include staff from the Department of Transportation, Department of Planning and Development, Seattle Parks and Seattle Public Utilities.

Johnson also asked Murray about the future of pensions for city employees, changes at the Seattle Police Department and the cost of living in Seattle. His biggest frustration been during his first six weeks in office? You'll just have to watch and find out.


Bryan Johnson is a former television journalist who has covered the Northwest for more than 50 years.

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Comments:

Posted Tue, Feb 11, 5:05 a.m. Inappropriate

Form a new department, put together a task force, how about a blue ribbon committee? It's only money.

Cameron

Posted Tue, Feb 11, 8 a.m. Inappropriate

This helps to explain why Murray's proposed 2014 budget included a 9% increase in administration department expenses. Every new mayor creates a new department to support their favorite pet project but never do we eliminate the old ones.

jd8686

Posted Tue, Feb 11, 2:34 p.m. Inappropriate

Enough is enough. The waterfront mess has grown to gargantuan proportions due to incompetence and arguably what will be prosecutable manipulation and mismangagement. Notwithstanding the new mayor’s newly elected and highly paid waterfront circus, the only entities who should be administering to this problem now are the courts, the Feds and whoever produces and assigns investigative reporters for “60 Minutes.”

At last…we finally do have a world class issue.

jmrolls

Posted Tue, Feb 11, 8:58 p.m. Inappropriate

Yikes. Are there any consulting economists in the budget for this department?

Posted Tue, Feb 11, 11:25 p.m. Inappropriate

Puget Sound islander: first I'd say all/any tunneling was blatantly wrong! As Carl Sagan used to talk of BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of stars, we will be talking of BILLIONS AND BILLIONS, AND BILLIONS, of dollars --and for what?!! "Are y'all digging for? -- building a subway system?" Oh, NO! just all for a little old, 1.7 mile, skinny, low capacity for cars, highway tunnel!!! that should be ABOVE ground!! ('bout a billion dollars a foot maybe, most expensive two miles in the world, when it's all said and done.) Just for boutique, aesthetic reasons, will serve/solve no traffic problems.

But you do have the right understanding -- I read the same thing -- it is documented that WSDOT chose the wrong design - the other engineer scientist involved in the beginning of this nightmare said he told WSDOT "best of luck but you are choising the wrong design"for the conditions you will face, for the boring machine you are choosing and the scientist/engineer said in the article that WSDOT blatantly ignored him --they had two choices of design and insisted on choosing the wrong one -- you can find this information it it is documented.

albert2

Posted Wed, Feb 12, 10:10 p.m. Inappropriate

Why bother?

Seattle has no interest in its waterfront, amy more than Bill Gates has in Lake Washington. Both are something pretty to look at but also something to keep at an arms distance.

Better to waste the tax revenue on your famous sports stadiums. That is was the masses can understand.

Leave the waterfront to the seagulls.

Posted Fri, Feb 14, 2:46 p.m. Inappropriate

while I'm reasonably certain any paragraph with in this story can be repronouned and interchanged with any paragraph in the "contractors seek political cover story"..surely I'm not the only one looking at this and thinking mayor mike won..he couldn't stop the tunnel..but, he never set up any coordination..what a great guy..soon we'll all be on bikes..the blind squirrel got the nut..as crooked as the courts are in our state the contractors are done, unless they're smart the machine doesn't move until the contract is rewritten..thanks DOT, thanks mike..we just flushed any money spent to this point..

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