Let’s be honest. None of us know enough about Macro-economics to know if $700 Billion to make sure Wall Street doesn’t collapse is a good idea in the long run. It’s just too complicated for us, and our voice is one of millions, unlikely to be heard.
But we can affect stupid decisions at home. When the Sonics were abandoned by the Seattle City Council, I started subscribing to email lists from Council members. I wanted to believe that they couldn’t really be as clueless and inept as they had been portrayed in the media.
Usually the email newsletters make me do nothing more than chuckle and be happy that these people are not in charge of building airplanes or elevators. But Nick Licata can sometimes make me do something rash, like run to AndyBoyer.com and vent.
From this week’s newsletter:
Time: 6:00-8:30 Doors open at 6pm with refreshments, presentation begins at 6:30pm
Location: Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall, 4th Ave and James
Date: Monday, October 6
Presentation by Council Member Nick Licata
Councilmember Licata proposes redirecting a $43 million bond allocated to the Mercer Project to building new sidewalks in Seattle, funding the recommendations of the Bicycle Master Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan, and providing a long-term capital program for meeting our freight mobility needs.
Reply to Presentation by SDOT: The Seattle Dept of Transportation (SDOT) has been invited to explain why the Mercer Corridor Project is needed and the $43 million should be spent on creating a two-way Mercer Street and a narrowed Valley Street.
(Editor’s insertion: The Mercer Project is the one where they are widening Mercer Avenue into a two way avenue, so it’s easier to get on and off I-5 when leaving downtown, the Space Needle, Eastlake or Westlake.
Summary: Nick Licata wants to stop funding that I believe has already been approved, for construction on a road that will alleviate traffic, in order to build sidewalks and bike lanes. Please people, it’s time we moved this guy back to another commune where he can cause less havoc to our lives. I think it’s great that he wants a society where we can bike and walk everywhere – and maybe he should go build that society in Cle Elum, not a place where we all have cars and jobs.