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Topic: Proposition 1

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November 10, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Prop. 1: Metro should improve driver conditions

The Seattle electorate did the right thing in passing Proposition 1 to improve bus service operated by Metro [“Metro bus service to get boost with passage of Prop. 1,” Local News, Nov. 4]. “Fixing” unreliable schedules is one of the stated goals for the new tax revenue. In 2009, an outside auditor recommended a reduction in…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: David Bailey, King County, Metro Transit

October 21, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Metro funding: There are many more priorities for taxpayer money

This is in response to the editorial “This time, vote to expand Metro’s service” [Opinion, Oct. 11] regarding Seattle Transportation District Proposition 1. We all need to step back and regroup. Metro’s financial circumstances have improved dramatically since the proposal to add .01 percent to the sales tax and $60 to car-tab fees was…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Janet Michaelsen, Metro Transit, Proposition 1

October 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Metro and Prop. 1: Don’t throw caution to the wind, plan better for downturns

The Metropolitan King County Council’s “optimism about future cash reserves” for Metro Transit is better understood as throwing caution to the wind [“Bus plan accelerating as Seattle hopes for windfall from Prop. 1,” Local News, Oct. 7].  The state agency whose forecasts figure heavily in the County Council’s decision to table planned cuts…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Connie Voget, Metro Transit, Metropolitan King County Council

August 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Woodland Park Zoo: Open records

Kudos to the editorial board for its unwavering advocacy for the Woodland Park Zoo elephants — and its demand that the City Council live up to the accountability and transparency promises of Proposition 1 advocates by requiring the zoo to open its records [“Council can pressure zoo,” Opinion, Aug. 10]. In addition to the…

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Comments | More in Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: Beverly Marcus, City Council, elephants

August 4, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Seattle Prop. 1: More time needed before deciding Park District

Seattle’s Proposition 1 should not be the subject of a special election [“Is a Seattle Park District the best way to fund parks?” Opinion, July 12]. No urgency is apparent. Much further discussion is needed before voters approve a new independent taxing authority. Rejecting the proposition provides the necessary time. Seattle parks and the…

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: John Longfield, Proposition 1, Seattle Park District

July 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Seattle parks: Provide equal access for biking; don’t limit it under Prop. 1

Joel DeJong heads out from a section of woods in Cheasty Greenspace where volunteering Cleveland High School students helped clear away blackberry vines and English ivy. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

In response to Lynn Thompson’s article “Residents split on parkland bike trails” [Local News, July 27], I would argue that there is no division about mountain bicycling in Seattle parks. In fact, there is currently only one Seattle Park that allows mountain biking on trails — Seattle Colonnade Mountain Bike Park.

Meanwhile, Seattle has invested millions of dollars in

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Comments | More in Parks | Topics: Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club, mountain biking, parks

April 17, 2014 at 6:31 AM

King County Prop. 1: While buses are valued, we can’t afford more taxes and fees

Lurking within the current debate about Proposition 1 for Metro and roads funding is a significant irony [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7]. Backers of Proposition 1 are right that seniors rely on the bus for most transportation around Seattle. While we, my…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: metro, Michael W. Shurgot, Proposition 1

April 9, 2014 at 5:59 AM

King County Prop. 1: Metro forced into limited revenue options

The Seattle Times’ editorial opposing Proposition 1 is extremely disappointing [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7]. I don’t have space to address all the distortions, so I will pick just one: The reason Metro is in bad financial shape is ignored in the…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: king county metro, Melanie Mayock, Proposition 1

April 8, 2014 at 6:53 PM

King County Prop. 1: Buses critical for underserved communities

Although it’s definitely regressive, it’s critical we vote yes on Proposition 1 [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7]. I implore you to support your community — the disabled, handicapped, elderly, working class, low-income folks, homeless and others who have no choice but to…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Kim Loftness, King County Metro Transit, Proposition 1

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