Monorail, The Police

Monorail

Contributions to both sides of the monorail recall campaign hit $1,103,227 this week, spurred by new fat-cat donations. The pro-monorail group, No Recall–Go Monorail, raked in $67,817 more on Monday, Oct. 18, including $10,000 each from Alcatel Transport of Pittsburgh and builder HDR of Omaha. No Recall also got $500 from Gordon McLeod, president of SportsIllustrated.com, and $500 each from Editor Dan Savage and Publisher Tim Keck of The Stranger, which has waged a breathless pro-monorail campaign in its news columns. No Recall has collected $280,955 in just a few weeks, including $20,000 from developer Michael Slade; and $10,000 each from monorail contractors Fluor and Washington Group International, Sonics owner and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and the Seattle Mariners. Monorail board Chair Tom Weeks and wife Deb Oyer each gave $10,000 loans. A new group, Environmentalists for the Monorail, headed by Peter Hurley and Bruce Gryniewski of Washington Conservation Voters, was formed four days after it collected and spent $28,500 on pro-monorail advertising. Records also show that Sue McGrath, wife of Seattle Monorail Project Executive Director Joel Horn, was reimbursed by No Recall for $20,000 she spent on pro-monorail advertising. Meanwhile, the cash-flooded, anti-monorail Yes on I-83 campaign added $34,097 more to its coffers this week. Formed in April as Monorail Recall, the group has now amassed $793,772 in donations—almost half from monorail-loathing, deep-pocketed, office-building-developer Martin Selig ($345,980). Other top donations include $110,000 from Second Avenue property owner Equity Office of Chicago, $85,000 from Washington Mutual, and $50,000 from Pine Street Group. (And for the record, the Richard Anderson who gave

$49.99 to the recallers is notyours truly.) For much needed comic relief, the father of the monorail expansion, cabbie Dick Falkenbury, last week launched the Campaign for Levity. Though a serious monorail supporter, his official city filing mocks the big-money campaigns: On a line where one is required to note the location of campaign records, Falkenbury wrote: "Front porch, in a box." The campaign has no money—or even a bank account. RICK ANDERSON

The Police

At least one job cut proposed by Mayor Greg Nickels in his 2005–06 budget is drawing fire. It's the position of associate director of the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), one of two civilian jobs in the office that watchdogs the Seattle Police Department. On Oct. 15, Peter Holmes, Bradley Moericke, and Sheley Secrest—civilian members of the OPA review board who audit the office's oversight of selected misconduct cases—wrote City Council President Jan Drago, exhorting the council to restore the position, lest the mayor run roughshod over a faint semblance of civilian oversight and hand off "essential management discretion" in misconduct cases to the Seattle Police Officers Guild. The City Council created OPA in 1999, thereby placating a restless public with supposedly transparent civilian oversight. But the body that the council created, inside SPD but reporting to the council, is a line item in the police budget, which falls under purview of the mayor. Are you a regular civilian? Move along. There's nothing to see here. PHILIP DAWDY

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