While the rest of the country is fixated on the California recall, Seattle goes to the polls on Sept. 16 to elect a host of local officials.
The most serious candidate in the race is Cindi Laws, director of the Rainier Institute, which is described as a "non-partisan progressive think tank" ("non-partisan" in the sense that is "non-Republican"). Although the monorail is funded by a tax on automobiles[sic], Cindi Laws' main qualification for the job is that she rides the bus.
"I make less than $50,000 a year," she said. "I came from a background off and on public assistance."Better put her financial acumen to work overseeing the Monorail's multi-billion dollar budget.
Laws' best known opponent, on the other hand, is no idiot. Stan Lippman has earned a B.S. in physics from New York University; a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University; and a J.D. from the University of Washington. He's not a dummy, but he is a lunatic. His prior experience is that he
has entered local races on a platform of opposing mandatory vaccinations. Regarding the monorail, Lippman said the region would be best served by a 200-mile elevated system that uses frictionless, magnetic-levitation train technology.Maybe Spacely Sprockets can win the contract. Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 03, 2003 07:00 AM