The P.I.'s Angela Galloway has put some facts behind an opinion that's been circulating for some time: that the City Council doesn't do shit.  Why?

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P.I.: City Council Worthless

A couple theories on why the City Council ain't what it used to be.

The P.I.'s Angela Galloway has put some facts behind an opinion that's been circulating for some time: that the City Council doesn't do shit. Why? Well, for one, there aren't any roll-'em-up bruisers among the nine. Sure, Nick Licata, Peter Steinbrueck and Dick McIver are plenty quotable and independent at times, but the Council needs to develop a Lex Luthor to Nickels' Superman. Secondly, beginning after Norm Rice's tenure, the Seattle business community stopped investing time and money into pushing City Council candidates and began focusing all its energy and clout on getting a Mayor of its liking elected. The result of this strategic shift is not only an uber-powerful, pro-business chief executive, but also City Councilmembers who pander to human service constituents as though they're all that matter -- thus short-shrifting broader interests and alienating voters who aren't true-blue leftists. Just my two cents, folks.

 
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