I'm posting here an email I received from Curt Firestone, who, joined by other seasoned local activists I respect, provides suggestions about how to vote in the upcoming elections for Seattle, King County, and Washington State. Regarding the issues below that I know something about, I agree with their positions. Some of them I know very little about, but I generally trust these folks' judgment.
Here is my list of how I am going to vote. It is a little different this time. First, it is signed jointly by Phil Bereano, Cindy Domingo, Dan Merkle and myself. Second, after much discussion, we have decided to make no suggestions regarding any candidate elections this year. Each of you has been following the candidate campaigns and I am sure that you will use your best judgment.
I hope that you find the following guide helpful.
*I-960 No. ( makes it more difficult to properly set taxes)
*Ref 67 Yes. (Makes insurance firms more accountable)
*SJR 8206 No. (Removes some budgetary flexibility from the legislature)
*SJR 8212 No. (Brings private industry into our prison system--we are not Louisiana)
*HJR 4204 Yes. (Makes school tax levy passage by simple majority instead of 2/3)
*HJR 4215 No. (why would we want to gamble with our education funds in the stock market?)
*KC Initiative 25 No. (Election of Elections Director. This position should be based on professional credentials not on political opportunity)
*KC Prop 1 Yes. (Keep those ambulances running)
*Transportation Prop 1 No. (Roads- no; Mass transit- Yes. Why be bought off to increase global warming; Sound Transit will be back to the ballot with a mass transit measure).
*Seattle 17 Yes. (A nice charter preamble written by Peter Steinbrueck)
*Seattle 18 yes. ( Support Nick Licata in requiring the Mayor to make the State of Seattle presentation February of each year)
Curt Firestone, Cindy Domingo, Phil Bereano, Dan Merkle