City Hall

A Preview of this Afternoon's Tunnel Meeting

A preview of this afternoon's city council meeting on the deep-bore tunnel, which is expected to stretch on well into the evening.

08/02/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

The Disappearing O'Brien-Creighton Facebook Flap

City council member Mike O'Brien got into a Facebook scrap yesterday over the Port's vague commitment to spend $300 million on the deep-bore tunnel. However, you wouldn't know it from looking at Creighton's Facebook page; the port commissioner deleted the

07/30/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Shocker: Godden Opposes Amendment Affirming Right to Vote on Tunnel

City Council member Jean Godden says she'll oppose two amendments to the upcoming tunnel resolution proposed by Friends of Seattle—one that would affirm citizens' right to vote on the tunnel, and one that would reiterate that the state is responsible for

07/30/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

A Humble Request of the Tunnel+Transit Coalition

Dear Members of the Tunnel+Transit Coalition: In a previous post I called you out on the disconnect between the name of your coalition and the lack of transit funding in the deep-bore tunnel project you support. But today I'd like to give you all the chan

07/30/2010 By Dan Bertolet

City Hall

Tunnel Initiative Filed

A pro-viaduct-rebuild activist has filed an initiative that would block the deep-bore tunnel.

07/29/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

O'Brien to Propose New Limits on Tunnel Agreement

City council member Mike O'Brien will propose five amendments to a resolution on the deep-bore tunnel aimed at funding transit and protecting the city from cost overruns on the tunnel.

07/28/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

McGinn: Council's Resolution Won't Protect City

At a press briefing this morning, Mayor Mike McGinn said a council resolution delaying agreements between the city and state on the deep-bore tunnel will not protect the city from cost overruns on the project. And he accused the council of seeking to avoi

07/27/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

O'Brien "Disappointed" that State is Backing Away from Environmental Goals on Tunnel

City council member Mike O'Brien says he's "disappointed" that the state transportation department appears to be backing away from some key environmental goals in planning the deep-bore tunnel.

07/26/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

Opinion

Hey Tunnel Agreement: Got Transit?

Here's another reason that the Seattle City Council should not sign off on the state's deep-bore tunnel agreement: the promised transit funding commitment is still missing.

07/23/2010 By Dan Bertolet

City Hall

The State's Tunnel Study, from the Pro-Surface/Transit Perspective

An analysis of the state's deep-bore tunnel study by Cary Moon of the People's Waterfront Coalition argues that state planners skewed the criteria for replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct so that only the deep-bore tunnel would make the cut.

07/23/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

Opinion

Let's Give New Orleans Our Tunnel

Civic activists and planners in New Orleans have a wacky idea for the 2.2-mile elevated section of Interstate 10 known as the Clairborne Expressway: remove it and replace it with a surface boulevard. Obviously, someone needs to clue them in on the wonders

07/22/2010 By Dan Bertolet

This Washington

State Rep: Overruns Provision Would Have Died if Chopp Hadn't Pushed It

Conventional wisdom that tunnel legislation wouldn't have passed without Frank Chopp's language putting Seattle on the hook for cost overruns is wrong, a house transportation leader says.

07/22/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Overruns Provision Was "All Chopp," State Legislators Say

In a cheesy political move, Speaker of the House Frank Chopp suddenly says overruns provision wasn't his. State legislators beg to differ. THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH COMMENTS FROM STATE SEN. ED MURRAY, THE AUTHOR OF THE TUNNEL BILL ON THE SENATE SIDE

07/21/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

New Poll Shows Tunnel Would Impact Elections; Referendum on Tunnel Could Win

A new poll by Friends of Seattle finds a majority of voters would vote against a city council member who supported signing a contract with the state that left Seattle taxpayers on the hook for cost overruns on the deep-bore tunnel.

07/21/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Advocate Says Tunnel Agreement Won't Protect Human Services

Advocates remain unconvinced by the city council's reassurances that cost overruns on the proposed deep-bore tunnel won't impact funding for basic human services.

07/21/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

This Washington

Pro-Tunnel Group Funded by Downtown Businesses

A group of downtown and waterfront businesses is funding a campaign to support construction of the deep-bore tunnel on the waterfront.

07/21/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Burgess to State: Don't Hold Off on Reconnecting South Lake Union Street Grid

City Council member Tim Burgess says he's concerned that the state's viaduct replacement proposal doesn't address traffic flow in South Lake Union.

07/20/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

McGinn Says Council's Tunnel Agreements Are Insufficient

Mayor Mike McGinn says language proposed by the City Council stipulating that the city isn't on the hook for tunnel cost overruns is a step in the right direction, but doesn't go far enough to protect the city.

07/20/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Proposes Language "Indemnifying" City from Tunnel Cost Overruns

The city council considers agreements with the state that would, in theory, eliminate city responsibility for cost overruns on the downtown deep-bore tunnel. But Mayor Mike McGinn and Council Member Mike O'Brien say the language doesn't go far enough.

07/19/2010 By Erica C. Barnett