I realize that Erica Barnett is using this post at Publicola to be humorous and make the point that all the anti-rail usual suspects are donating to Susan Hutchison. Still, that effort ought not to spread misinformation about how the process works:
So who might those board members be if light-rail opponent Susan Hutchison is elected? Hutchison’s spokesman Jordan McCarren did not responded [sic] to an email asking that question, but here are some educated guesses.
1) Kemper Freeman. The Bellevue developer and longtime light-rail opponent…
It goes on like that. For the record, here is the requirement from the State law authorizing Regional Transit Authorities like Sound Transit:
The regional transit authority shall be governed by a board consisting of representatives appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the council or other legislative authority of each member county…
Each member of the board, except the secretary of transportation or the secretary’s designee, shall be:
(a) An elected official who serves on the legislative authority of a city or as mayor of a city within the boundaries of the authority;
(b) On the legislative authority of the county, if fifty percent of the population of the legislative official’s district is within the authority boundaries; or
(c) A county executive from a member county within the authority boundaries.
When making appointments, each county executive shall ensure that representation on the board includes an elected city official representing the largest city in each county and assures proportional representation from other cities, and representation from unincorporated areas of each county within the service area. At least one-half of all appointees from each county shall serve on the governing authority of a public transportation system.
None of the figures Barnett lists is actually eligible to serve on the board. King County controls 10 of the 18 seats, with a two-thirds vote necessary for most major decisions.
Pointing this out may make me humorless, but gives me an excuse to actually put this information in a post.