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Council News Release

3/31/2011  12:24:00 PM
Josh Fogt, Councilmember Mike OBriens Office, 206-684-8800
Dana Robinson Slote, (206) 615-0061

Councilmember Mike O'Brien

Seattle City Councilmember O'Brien defends the right to vote
on the SR 99 deep bored tunnel

Seattle Today Councilmember Mike O'Brien released the following statement in response to City Attorney Pete Holmes's lawsuit that could deny the people of Seattle the right to vote on the deep bored tunnel project:

"This morning leaders from Washington State, King County, the Port of Seattle, and the City of Seattle told the public they want to move forward with the deep bored tunnel project, but they still plan to make Seattle pay for cost overruns. Meanwhile, only 35 percent of Seattle voters even want the deep bore tunnel.

"While elected officials gather today to insist on their right to make decisions for the public, I am standing with the 29,000 residents who signed a petition asking for a chance to speak for themselves with a vote on this project."

On Tuesday, more than 29,000 signatures were submitted to the City Clerk to refer City Council Ordinance 123542 to the August primary ballot. King County Elections is in the process of validating the signatures and 16,500 valid signatures are required to refer the measure to the ballot.

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