The Daily Troll: Holdengate continued. Senate stiffs teachers. Preparing for a transit election.

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Holdengate

Seattle Police have reinstated a misconduct finding against the officer who threatened Stranger editor Dominic Holden. At a hastily called press conference, Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey said he had "sent the wrong message" to the public when he dropped the original misconduct finding. Mayor Ed Murray, who had supported Bailey's initial reversal, sent out a statement saying "the buck stops with me." He said he directed Bailey to reinstate the finding, which goes on the officer's record, but he praised Bailey at length. Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com called the misstep "the new administration's first major embarrassment." Murray has been on the job since Jan. 1. A lot of critics thought then-new Mayor Mike McGinn's first stumble was the mid-January 2010 press conference where he announced plans for a seawall replacement without getting City Council members lined up to support him. So, Mayor Murray, join the club.

Budget proposal stiffs teachers

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus unveiled a supplemental budget of $96 million on Monday afternoon. One key addition, according to Crosscut's John Stang, is $38 million for improving education but nothing for teachers. Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed $200 for education, including cost-of-living raises for teachers. John will have a full report shortly. 

Metro Transit rescue

Members of the King County Council were holding a meeting this afternoon to discuss an April 22 public vote on a rescue for Metro Transit, which faces a possible 17 percent cut in services, and local roads. The measure would ask for public approval of a .1 percent sales tax and a new $60 annual fee on vehicles. The agenda for the Transportation Benefit District provides for a possible vote, but the council has until March 7 to get the measure on the ballot.

Floating a gondola idea in Kirkland

In an effort to speed up mass transit improvements, the City of Kirkland is considering gondolas — a relatively low-cost option that could be up and running much more quickly than light rail, according to The Seattle Times. (And so much more romantic.) The comprehensive article by Alexa Vaughn notes that the unexpectedly high costs of Portland's gondola system initially scared some Kirklanders, but Oragon's difficulties were deemed an exception. If nothing else, the gondola idea could keep radio talk shows gainfully employed. On KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, Dori Monson immediately proclaimed, "This is the stupidest idea ever," suggested that we all get out of our cars and trains and gondolas and lose weight by walking. 

Seattle's boom

Seattle's is adding population at a faster pace than its neighboring cities in suburban King County, The Seattle Times reports. Incredibly, notes the paper's FYI Guy Gene Balk, this is the first time Seattle has outpaced its neighbors in a century. The new census estimates cover the years 2010-2012.

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Joe Copeland is political editor for Crosscut. You can reach him at Joe.Copeland@crosscut.com.


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Comments:

Posted Mon, Feb 24, 7:41 p.m. Inappropriate

While I like my friends the Kirkland Council, Dori is right. WTF Gondolas. Like to ride in them to get a territorial view, but as a transportation system? Naaawwwwww.

Geezer

Posted Tue, Feb 25, 7:13 a.m. Inappropriate

Mayor Murray and Chief Bailey have revealed themselves as ridiculous.

First a press conference in which the Mayor says that he has delegated this authority to the Chief and that he trusts the Chief to make the right decision. Followed by a statement to the press in which the Mayor says that he kibbitzed in the reversal of the decision. So I guess he doesn't trust the Chief to make the right decision after all and he didn't really delegate this authority to the Chief after all.

First a press conference in which the Chief said that he absolutely knew that his change in the punishment meant the erasure of the finding of misconduct by the officer. Followed by a press conference in which the Chief said that he was unaware and confused and did not intend to erase the finding of misconduct. I'm not sure what to believe, but I'm sure not to believe the Chief.

coolpapa

Posted Tue, Feb 25, 7:34 a.m. Inappropriate

And the mayor, on the radio, said a one day suspension would be WITH PAY?????

Did you misspeak, Mr. Mayor? Or are you suggesting cops screwing up get an extra paid vacation day?

KOMO played that sound bite a couple of times that I heard yesterday.

WTF?????

Geezer

Posted Tue, Feb 25, 9:07 a.m. Inappropriate

Hmm. So now we get a King County election that asks for the same things that the legislature won't pass re transportation. And it will fix King County roads, too (but not Seattle roads, I assume). And then the state will be back with its hand out, too?? So, can we expect an extra $150 for our car tabs and an extra 10% sales tax if they both get what they want?

I vote no, no, no. Metro needs to manage its money better, including executive and managerial compensation. Bus riders need to pay the full freight. And someone please explain to me how, if the sales tax increase passes, I am going to pay a fraction of a cent rather than a whole cent? Please tell me what real percentage of dollars spent this .1 % will add up to since to my knowledge our monetary system does not have fractions of cents, or at least I'm not getting them in my change at the store.

mspat

Posted Tue, Feb 25, 11 a.m. Inappropriate

"...but Oragon's difficulties..."

"Like what you just read? Support high quality local journalism. Become a member of Crosscut today!"

Apparently "high quality journalism" no longer requires editors. Or spell-check.

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