1. Fizz hears that fundraising for Streets for All, the group that's raising money for the $60 car-tab fee on the ballot in November, isn't going so well. Deep-pocketed donors who've given to previous transit- and bike-friendly campaigns (the fee would pay for road maintenance, bike and ped infrastructure, and transit improvements) aren't as eager to step up this time, perhaps realizing the measure faces a tough road to victory.
So far, the campaign reports just over $15,000 raised, including big contributions from Vulcan ($5,000) and the Transportation Choices Coalition ($5,375).
Asked about the measure's chances on Monday, Mayor Mike McGinn said, "I have concerns about it whether the public will support it. I hope they can see that these are good investments."[pullquote]"I have concerns about it whether the public will support it. I hope they can see that these are good investments."—Mayor Mike McGinn on the $60 vehicle license fee for road, bike and ped, and transit improvements.[/pullquote]
2. Re: Mayor Mike McGinn's budget, Council Member Tim Burgess expressed some concern to Fizz about the mayor’s plan to completely freeze police hiring over the next year.
“I get his position that it’s tough right now financially,” Burgess said. However, “We do have concern about the length of time it takes to get recruits into the pipeline.”
It takes approximately a year to get officers from the police academy out onto the street so, according to Burgess, “any time the pipeline is not active, it sets us back a bit.”
Additionally, Burgess says 350 of the department’s 1300 sworn officers are eligible for retirement. “If a big chunk of them decided to leave tomorrow, we’d be hard-pressed” to fill those positions.
3. Yesterday, we noted that a new Elway poll on I-1183, Costco's liquor privatization measure, showed support for the idea slipping from 50 percent in favor last month to 46 percent now.
Going into the details, things get even worse for the proponents. Given that it's an off-year election, the results are likely to hinge on more regular voters, or perfect "4-4" voters. The majority of that bloc are older voters and Elway reports:
I‐1183 opponents have been winning among this key voter group. There was 20‐point drop in support among voters over age 65—the most significant difference between the August and September surveys.
4. As for the other poll we reported on yesterday, the new KING 5 poll that shows Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna leading Democratic US Rep. Jay Inslee in the 2012 governor's race 44-38, we left this finding out: Voters appear to be splitting their ballots. The Democratic candidate, King County Council member Bob Ferguson, is beating the Republican candidate, King County Council member Reagan Dunn 39-34.[pullquote]Voters appear to be splitting their ballots. [/pullquote]
5. As part of the city's 2012 legislative agenda in Olympia, the mayor's office wants to come up with "appropriate regulations" to make sure that non-disabled drivers aren't misusing disabled parking placards to park on city streets all day for free. "We suspect there's abuse," McGinn said yesterday.
6. Speaking of Seattle's legislative agenda in Olympia, social service advocates were abuzz yesterday that the city added Kelsey Beck, longtime lobbyist for the Food Lifeline (a nonprofit that advocates for food banks), to its lobbying team in Olympia.