This post has been updated with Rep. Deb Eddy's (D-41) comments.
It's a mob scene down here today (the MLK holiday has given everyone—union activists, high school kids lobbying for school funding—the opportunity to show up.)
So who did I run into? A pack of Seattle City Council Members: Council President Richard Conlin, and Council Members, Tim Burgess, Jean Godden, and freshman Mike O'Brien. (Seven of the nine are actually down here. Bruce Harrell and Tom Rasmussen didn't come.)
They say the goal is to change Seattle's image—to ask legislators how Seattle can be helpful.
Awkwardly then, they met with Western Skagit and Island County-area Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10)—co-sponsor of an anti-Seattle bill that would take away Seattle's right to permit state project's that run through the city. Sen. Haugen told the Seattle troupe it wasn't her bill (even though she's been listed as a cosponsor), and she moved on to chat about visiting Seattle.
Hopefully, they'll get a chance to meet Kirkland Rep. Deb Eddy (D-41) who introduced another problematic bill for Seattle just today. The bill redefines what tolling money on 520 can be used for, stripping out old language that allowed the money to help pay for landings—exits into the neighborhoods—undermining Seattle's ability to mitigate and deal with the project.
The money would be limited to paying for the bridge and roadway itself.
I have a call into Rep. Eddy's office.
Rep. Eddy says: "The sooner that we can get the transit lanes operational from the Eastside to the Link light rail station … well, the better for the economy and the environment. The City of Seattle has still got some decision-making to do on the Westside, this bill just makes clear that we should be able to proceed with whatever’s ready, whenever."