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Tag: David Boe


Boe’s light rail option deserves a (quick) look

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

The Tacoma City Council has complicated an already complex decision on light rail in Tacoma. That’s OK – as long as it doesn’t also derail the decision.

Some background:

The regional transit package Puget Sound voters approved in 2008 didn’t give Pierce County a rail connection to Sea-Tac Airport and beyond. But the county did get a consolation prize: a promise to expand Tacoma Link, the small electric rail line that already runs from the Tacoma Dome north through downtown Tacoma.

The Sound Transit board is now poised to make good on

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UPDATED: Council newbie David Boe getting schooled

Tacoma City Council freshman David Boe just can’t seem to get it right. He votes “nay” when he should abstain, and abstains when he should vote no. Or so it seems to the likes of editorial board members.

Boe, who goes before the city ethics board tonight on a complaint that he should have recused himself from a vote on the Cheney Stadium redesign, raised a few eyebrows again this week when he ducked taking a position on the Tacoma City Council’s attempt to denounce Arizona’s immigration law.

Boe abstained because he objected to the resolution as written. Sounds like a perfect reason to oppose the measure outright to me. Was this a case of a councilman simply not wanting to be on the record? No, Boe says. He explained in an email:

my abstaining on this issue was to remove my vote from consideration… because the resolution as revised … had no business coming before the Council.

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Tacoma councilman’s sin was not disclosing conflict

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

David Boe should have known better.

The newly minted Tacoma City Councilman admits as much now. Unfortunately, the damage to the public trust is already done.

Boe, an architect and small business owner, was the hands-down favorite earlier this year when the Tacoma City Council was selecting from applicants for two vacant council seats.

Council members liked his creativity, independence and wealth of urban planning credentials. They liked that he wouldn’t be someone who would go with the flow.

He has certainly lived up to that billing in recent days as an outspoken critic of the city’s process for picking a team to renovate Cheney Stadium.

Boe was not the only council member to fault the winning concept’s look and roof line. But his critique carried the most weight, coming as it did from the council’s resident architect.

What Boe didn’t think to share – until questioned Tuesday – was that he was not a completely impartial observer.

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