1) The Everett Herald came out today against Initiative 1163, which would mandate training for long-term health care workers. Arguing that the "timing... couldn't be worse" for the measure, the Herald's editorial board writes, "Voters may well say yes to Initiative 1163, having passed a nearly identical measure in 2008 by a 73-27 percent margin. That won't make it any more affordable than it was then, when lawmakers facing deep budget cuts declined to implement the unfunded mandate."
2) Meanwhile, if you're wondering just what the heck I-1163 is all about, the Seattle Times has a pretty comprehensive (and relatively unbiased) overview.
3) "Relatively unbiased" certainly doesn't describe the Times' Monday overview of Proposition 1, which uncritically reports that the proposed $60 car-tab fee for transportation, on the ballot in November, is a "recipe for disaster." Their source: A spokesman for the National Center for Pavement Preservation, a national pro-highway lobby group, who tells the Times that the city "will never have enough money to rebuild your system before the rest of the system comes caving in on you."
As "transportation funds over the past 10 years have increasingly been allocated for transit, bike and pedestrian safety ... City Council members have described the proposal as 'responsible' and 'balanced,' but none of them suggest it will put more than a dent in what's needed to fix major roads and keep them from slipping into further decay," the Times' front-page story editorialized. The story follows up by bemoaning the fact that people are driving more slowly to avoid car-damaging potholes.
The inherent assumption, of course, is this: Fixing roads for drivers should take priority over all other transportation priorities, including "frivolous" investments in transit and sidewalks.
4) Think this kind of misinformation doesn't matter? It's certainly becoming more and more widespread, with the City Journal only the latest national publication to reprint the fiction that McGinn is "fundamentally anti-car," responsible for pro-bike policies that have actually been in place since as early as the 1970s (see: Wes Uhlman's road diets).
5) A new Elway Poll shows Costco's Initiative 1183, the liquor-privatization measure, gaining ground, with 53 percent of likely voters saying they support the measure. Meanwhile, 64 percent said they were definitely voting "yes" on I-1163, with another 4 percent "probably" supporting the health-care initiative.
6) In pro- and anti-car-tab fundraising news: Citizens Against Raising Car Tabs has reported raising $11,455 in October, including $100 each from Fremont developer Suzie Burke, Sound Transit planner Roger Pence, and former state supreme court justice Phil Talmadge, for a total of $24,433. Streets for all Seattle reported raising $43,775, including $2,500 from the Downtown Seattle Association and $1,500 from SEIU 775, the home health care workers' union, for a total of $98,681.