1. Last Friday, the plaintiffs in the case against the proposed arena plan filed their brief seeking summary judgment (essentially, an order shutting the plan down), arguing that the proposal violates state environmental law because it is biased toward one particular location: The land that San Francisco hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen has acquired in SoDo, which Hansen has said is the only place where he will accept an arena.
The colorful complaint, signed by environmental attorney Peter Goldman, begins, "If there ever was a case in which the proverbial [State Environmental Policy Act] cart was put before the horse racing to the finish line, this is it."
"If there ever was a case in which the proverbial [State Environmental Policy Act] cart was put before the horse racing to the finish line, this is it."
Goldman's primary argument against the city's agreement, or Memorandum of Understanding, with Hansen is that the city has passed a binding agreement approving Hansen's SoDo arena location without doing the required environmental review, which involves looking at other viable locations, such as the Rainier Valley and Bellevue, resulting in "virtually unstoppable political momentum to approve the Arena on the SODO site," according to the complaint.
2. At his mayoral candidate announcent before the holidays, SoDo arena opponent Peter Steinbrueck, sounding a bit like 2009 candidate (and now incumbent) Mike McGinn about the tunnel, said he would "honor the process" on the signed arena deal—adding that he would use the process to check out other locations.
3. Speaking of pro sports and Mayor McGinn: No word yet from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on when the Seahawks flag will fly over D.C.'s city hall. (McGinn and Gray made a little wager over the game last week—the loser had to fly the other team's flag over their own city hall.)
McGinn did sent out this tweet yesterday, though, after the Hawks' 24-14 comeback win:
Great game @seahawks. Flag is in the mail @mayorvincegray. #Seattle wishes speedy recovery for @RGIII. #GoHawks