Seattle Tunnel Ballard Community Forum
This forum left more questions unanswered than were answered.
Tolls for one. How much on the tolls. Will it be feasible to collect tolls or will the operations bog down and choke off the entrance.
No answer as of yet on the quality of the dirt. How far down will the dirt dictate to go to non-shifted dirt. Remember that the phrase “Shop ’till you drop” was originated in Seattle. From Western Avenue every 1st floor was at the street level. At First Avenue the second floor was at street level. At Second Avenue the third floor was at street level. So in order to get from the street level on Second Avenue on had to climb down a ladder to get to the first floor of a building to enter the building. If your packages were too heavy or cumbersome then you could literally drop down the ladder. Of course, at that time it was time to drop. This happened when the fill-in dirt was put in. Subsequently the Second Avenue entrance is the equivalent of the former second floor level. The first floor is two stories down.
Why was the above raised is that also in consideration is the slope of the grade for the truck travel. A literally only 5% grade is extremely hazardous to the semi-truck industry. It was mentioned that this grade could possibly be a four percent grade or even a three percent grade when the question was raised. The tone of the answer was not based upon any studies or half-breed evidence but rather what the questioner probably wanted to hear. This type of answer is not conducive to the perception of confidence being instilled by anyone. But rather I smell an alternative plan or in other words a snow job. Is this really how government is supposed to conduct a community forum.
Another comment is that the construction of the tunnel will generate 2.9 jobs for every tunnel job created. Is this really true. I say the 2.9 jobs are just old smoke and mirrors for this particular project. When one job is created additional delays of travel are created for the rest of us. So if I want to go to another job for my second part time job and presently work downtown this will be impossible to do unless I also have a second job outside of the core downtown Seattle area. At night downtown Seattle virtually is dead. An occasional job at the Quest filed or Safeco field could be worked at but will the job expire if no one is traveling to downtown due to the traffic congestion created by a few Tunnel workers. In certain situations an economic model of the creation of 2.9 additional workers is not applicable.
This project also ignors the will of the voters from two years ago. Overwhelmingly the voters said “NO” to a cut and cover Tunnel along the waterfront. What is the difference here. Should not a vote of all of the alternatives be given to the citizens to exactly find out what the voice of the people are for them, “the community”.
The clearest and least expensive choice still is a retrofit which would only cost around $1B. In this day of economic crisis and of BOEING’s major buyer not being able to get financing for jet purchases should not the belt be tightened. The yearly accumulation of funds for this project could be done and this would truly lessen the burden and the interest costs of construction. Interest expense on bonds is really the cost of construction.
The Port of Seattle is also talking about contributing $300 million of the costs and it is really questionable whether infrastructure renovations not directly associated with the Port is part of the Port’s charter. What we do not need is a law suite contraditory to a Public Agencies Charter. Let’s think this thru and VOTE NO on a Seattle Tunnel. Sign I-99 or download and sign I-99 so this City Hall con-game can stop.
Dear Senators and Representatives
Would like to find how the Washington State budget will be balanced. Could you indicate to me the method which you will be using. Please mention a bill or how much of a particular program you would be cutting off. Of course a dollar amount should also be indicated.
My method is to
1) Save $1 bilion by passing Initiative 1043 – illegal immigrants initiative.
2) Cut $2 billion from the medical insurance to children. The amount which it has grown by in the last several years could be cut back and the parents would have to assume their childrens health care insurance amounts.
3) Cut $3 billion by implementing State Auditor Brian Sonntag’s performance audit recommendations. Although many will take several years to get this type of a savings it is really a sound step in the start of this process.
4) Cut $2.5 Billion from the state nursing home care portion of the budget. This would be accomplished by making senior citizens either pay for their own nursing home insurance and by electing out of state coverage or by starting to pay for nursing home state insurance at the age of 65 and taking out 15% of the monthly amount from the senior citizens social security checks monthly and automatically. The exact numbers on this I have not received back from my own representative, Mr. Scott White, but they should be close.
Total savings of about $8.5 Billion
Please indicate some recommendations which you would recommend. If you wish to include only a minimum of $1 Billion please advise. Will keep your information private for your purposes but will include as a whole for party declaration purposes. Will not send this to your opposing party however except in the format of a blog or newspaper article unless you specifically say not to include your information. Again, not from an individual basis but from a collective basis. So if three representatives say they would cut $75 million and another says $400 million and another says $300 million then the amount indicated would be $75 million – $400 million or the highest/lowest amount showing from a party collectively. amount.
House Bill 1793 – alternative student transportation
from page 1, line 19 equal to one percent of all funds, both state andfederal, expended for the construction of state highways in such year
This amount is being increase from the previous bill from three-tenths of one percent to one percent. For an extremely negative amount showing in the budget perhaps to as much as $8 Billion this increase would show imprudence on the part of the legislators in the State of Washington.
Yes, I would agree that sound and safe pathways for school children should be a priority but these funds should be coming from the general budget and not from the vehicle tax imposed for improving our roads. Perhaps each city and county needs to pass a bond for this extra item. Later, if the budget is fixed, then and only then should extras be put in the capital construction budget. Once again, the left sided agenda is putting pressure on the infrastructure and making it want for a better purpose. Social programs should be reduced or eliminated in order to make programs such as this safety feature a reality.
House Bill 1612 – Prevention of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases
On page 2, line 9-12 reads: ” ‘Evidence-based’ means a program that uses practices proven to the greatest extent possible through research in compliance with scientific methods to effective and beneficial for the target population.
What this means to me is that they say they are right all of the time and I am wrong all of the time. Such arrogance.
In the olden days the scientific methods were:
1) Get the shotgun out honey, we are going to have a wedding tonight. This was just after the board in the center of the bed was kicked out.
2) What is wrong with the mother or father or the brothers and sisters being around each other continually while in the presence of a non-family member. This can reduce pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases to unprecedented levels.
3) Why does a scientific method need to be introduced when true unscientific methods have been used and have stood up to the test of time.
Is it really a duty of the state government to watch over someone when the family unit is supposed to do this. The basic government formation is the family unit.