Erica C Barnett at the Stranger wrote a piece lauding the Sierra Club for fighting against Prop. 1, and then turning around to lobby Sound Transit into put “station access funds” in place of park-and-rides for suburban stations. Station access funds could be spent on anything, including parking, but the use is decided by the local government and not prescribed by Sound Transit.
Nice idea, but I find this piece extremely self-congratulatory and completely off-mark, Erica wrote the piece as if Sound Transit 2 had passed already:
Environment Washington program director Bill LaBorde, who appeared alongside TCC’s regional policy director Rob Johnson at last week’s Sound Transit board meeting to praise the agency’s change of heart, agrees that “the Sierra Club has definitely been the most vocal” in pushing for improvements to Sound Transit’s plan.
Mike O’Brien, chairman of the Sierra Club’s Cascade Chapter, says the Club is “very encouraged” by Sound Transit’s statements at last week’s board meeting and is leaning toward getting behind a 2008 ballot measure, pending the actual release of a plan. Sometimes, it would seem, standing your ground is a better option than capitulating to the forces of “compromise”—even when your entire movement is lined up against you.
Most vocal of whom? Improvements? This could end up a complete waste of time, since it’s looking ever less certain we’ll get a ballot measure this year. In fact, I think the odds are slipping past even as I write this, if they haven’t already. I’ll congratulate the Sierra Club when they actually endorse a plan that passes.