King County Executive Ron Sims pulled a shocker last month when he decided to knife Proposition 1, the rail-and-transit package he helped put on the November ballot.
Et tu, Sims?
Now another pillar of the Seattle establishment, The Seattle Times, has done the same – savaging Prop 1 in a full-column editorial Sunday. (Inside dope: An editorial board believes it’s communicating a Major Statement when it runs an opinion piece this long, however drearily logorrheic it might be.)
Ouch. Some of us in Pierce County have been waiting since the Seattle line was approved in 1996 for a second phase of light rail construction to connect us to Sea-Tac Airport, the UW and other points north. That’s what Prop 1 would chiefly do. The plan was to build Seattle’s line first, then push it out to the provinces. But Sims and other Seattleites are having second thoughts about the provinces now that their own rails are getting laid.
Prop 1 (and light rail to the South Sound) won’t succeed without a strong majority vote in Seattle. The slam from the city’s major newspaper is another stab from the north.
At least it’s not – like Sims’ switch – a stab in the back. To their misguided credit, the Times’ editorialistas were principled enough to oppose light rail before Sound Transit started building the Seattle line.