Friday, February 18, 2011

Seattle: Hizzoner Vetoes Tunnel Contract and "Speaks Softly, Carries No Stick, in Responding to Police Shooting Case"

UPDATE: Just as I was posting this, Pete Spalding and Vlad Oustimovitch put this up on Facebook:"McGinn's Flipflop," video (01:11).

"McGinn makes it official: He vetoes tunnel deal" (Cris
Mayor Mike McGinn on Thursday vetoed the legislation approved earlier this month that allows the tunnel replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct to move forward.

McGinn, who had previously signaled his intention to reject the agreement with the state of Washington, sent a letter to the Council Thursday afternoon. The Council has more than enough votes to override his rejection. MORE...
Rick Anderson (The Daily Weekly):
Privately, a mayoral aide says, Mike McGinn has all along asked what the hell was Seattle police officer Ian Birk thinking when he tossed aside his training and marched within a few feet of a man with a knife, then in four seconds shot John T. Williams to death? Publicly, the mayor has been less outspoken, and yesterday, sitting uncomfortably at a table in the middle of a City Hall meeting room, for the most part disadvantaged--having to look up to questioning reporters and Williams supporters--he seemed passively resigned to the news that Birk would not be charged with a felony. MORE...
Howie P.S.: I have an idea for the theme song for his reelection campaign: "I Fought the Law (and the city council and numerous others) and they all won!"

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