Tag: Citizens for More Important Things

Urban Politics #226: County Support for Sonic Subsidy

January 4th, 2007

Today I released the results of a poll of King County residents about tax subsidies for sports teams. With the Washington State Legislature set to convene on January 8, the Seattle Sonics basketball team is preparing to ask state Legislators for hundreds of millions in subsidies for a sports arena in Bellevue or Renton.

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Urban Politics #66: Mariners Want More Public Dollars

June 27th, 1999

This Monday Night at 8 PM I will be appearing on KOMO ( Channel 4) TV’s “Town Hall” Show for a live panel discussion on the above topic. Others on the panel will be, Former Governor Mike Lowry (who called the special legislative session to publicly finance the Mariner’s baseball stadium), Rep. Steve Van Luven (a leading legislator promoting the stadium legislation), and County Council Member Greg Nickels (a leading County Council Member advocate for the Mariner’s stadium).

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Urban Politics #16: Westlake And Dogs And Discovery Park

March 15th, 1997

On Wednesday, March 26th at 2PM, there will be joint working meeting – not a public hearing – of Jan Drago’s Economic Development Committee and Sue Donaldson’s Park Committee in the City Council Chambers to work on the future of Westlake Park and the Unleashed Dog Areas in city parks.

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Urban Politics #14: Seahawks In The Legislature

March 1st, 1997

Governor Gary Locke’s office has been calling on House Democrats to support the Seahawks legislation. House leaders have been skittish. Most do not want to vote for the bill but feel obligated to support the Governor in case the Republicans are pressured by big business to support the Seahawks. Nevertheless it took over a dozen calls to finally locate a House Democrat willing to sponsor the bill. No wonder, building a new football stadium was not even listed in the top ten items of the House Democratic Agenda for 1997.

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Urban Politics #9: Initiative #16 Status – Suit Filed In Federal Court

January 12th, 1997

On Friday 1/10/97, Citizens for More Important Things, CMIT, filed a suit in the US District Court asking for an injunction and declaratory judgment to demand a County commitment to submit to the voters the ordinance proposed by initiative 16, should it qualify. The suit charges that the County’s authorization of the stadium bonds last Monday violates voters’ rights under the Federal Civil Rights Act.

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Urban Politics #8: Initiative #16 Status – Bonding Of Stadiums

January 5th, 1997

Initiative 16 by Citizens for More Important Things is now circulating for signatures. A rally at the Edgewater Inn was attended by over 500 supporters. The initiative will require voter approval of county bond issues in excess of $50,000,000 for constructing or remodeling buildings. This will force the county to obtain voter approval for the new Mariner’s and Seahawk’s stadiums.

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Urban Politics #7: Initiative Status – The Mariner’s New Stadium

December 22nd, 1996

Initiative 16 by Citizens for More Important Things is still waiting for final approval from the County Clerk before we can begin collecting signatures. The initiative will require voter approval of county bond issues in excess of $50,000,000 for constructing or remodeling buildings. This will force the county to obtain voter approval for the new Mariner’s and Seahawk’s stadiums.

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Urban Politics #6: County Initiative on Bonding

December 2nd, 1996

Citizens for More Important Things filed an initiative today (12/2/96) requiring voter approval of county bond issues for buildings costing in excess of $50,000,000.

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