Monday, November 9, 2009

Seattle Times Newspaper: Mallahan concedes Seattle mayor's race to McGinn

Best of luck to Mayor-elect Seattle Mike McGinn. Today his opponent, Joe Mallahan conceded the race to McGinn.
Read the newspaper report, here.

See Mike McGinn's campaign stump speech here:

My reasons for voting for Mallahan left with him, but not my reasons for voting against McGinn.
To quote myself:

The knock I have on Mike McGinn is that he has promised all kinds of things, with many of them requiring cooperation from the state government. Asking for help keeping some of his promises while Mike McGinn battles the state for two years trying to stop the current plan to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep bore tunnel, sounds absurd. He has ideas, not really a plan. Much of his leadership experience appears to be pitting one group against another and fighting.

How would he be viewed at the state level, by the rest of the state? Is he the scruffy lawyer finding every hair to split in his battle with the State of Washington on one hand, while on the other claiming that the state will just fall in line to support his "surface" proposal. That is laughable.
Me, on 10/10/2009

It is up to me to stay engaged in the things that are important to me, even when opposed by Mike's way, or the highway attempts to run me over.

Word to the mayor, I have no fear.

Have a great day,
Mike Baker

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Peter said...

how much do you think engaging mcginn on the NBA in seattle issue is worth it? i know BR said on SC that mcginn wants a deal that "makes financial sense", but he also said mcginn commited to trying to meet the settlement deadline, which he can't do because he doesn't take office until january.

Mr Baker said...

It is hard for him to promise things that he is not in position to do. Unless the legislature has a special session Clay Bennett is off the hook on 12/31/2009.

That really does not matter, if they had past legislation a team would be purchased and he would still be off the hook for the $30 million.

The financial package the Ballmer proposed is a good plan, and would be acceptable to the city council and likely McGinn. My guess is that the council would propose a broader plan for Seattle Center in support of the 50th anniversay of the World's Fair for the entire site.
If the legislature provides some funding sources from SB6116 to allow Seattle to tap the local hotel tax I think in support of the broader plan then you get broader support.

The questions for SOS to ask are (maybe they have already asked, I would not really know): Would McGinn, the Council, the Legislature, Dow Constantine, and most of all Steve Ballmer support a plan that could come together during the January 2010 legislative session.

I know there is a strong desire to have a Seattle Center celebration in 2012 by many civic leaders. It would be best to have something there to celebrate. The Fun Forrest contract end in 2010. There is no funded plan yet, so the pressure is on the politicos to get their act together.

Peter said...

i don’t know if anyone wants to vote for my idea on mcginn’s idea bank to bring a anchor tenant back to key arena (NBA), but if there are a lot of votes, mcginn might consider it. c’mon, it can’t hurt anything for people to vote for it, can it? btw, you have to register.

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