After a few slow days last week, Aaron Reardon is back on fire. Yesterday, he expanded the reach of his incredibly strong arms and his influence by being named the new Sound Transit chair. Simultaneously, he opened his tender heart to people seeking respite from the bitter cold.
All in a day's work for our dreamy hero.
With the mercury dipping to 18 degrees in Everett, Reardon announced that several area shelters are available for people in emergencies. None are actually run by Snohomish County, but Reardon and his human services department are getting people out of the cold by at least telling us where they are.
For those of us with a roof over our heads, Reardon offers helpful safety tips, including:
Keep adequate food, water and prescription medications available.
Keep a shovel, windshield scraper and blankets inside your vehicle.
If caught in a car during a winter storm, remain in your vehicle until found.
"Following simple steps such as these can be the difference between life and death in some cases," Reardon says, hands on his hips, his cape fluttering gently behind him.
But bigger news for Reardon fans is his unanimous election as the next two-year chair of the Sound Transit Board. Until now, Reardon has been best known to people in Snohomish County, playing perpetual second fiddle down in these parts to people like King County Executive Dow Constantine and Mayor-elect Mike McGinn. In taking over the board, politicos from Tacoma to Bellevue must now answer to him. Constantine's on the Sound Transit board, but he sits waaaay down the table.
You may be thinking, who would want to take over Sound Transit and its projected $3.1 billion deficit? But when Reardon fixes this little budgetary crisis, mayors, business leaders, and all of us train-riding citizens will be indebted to him. The only suitable reward, it seems, is the Governor's mansion.
More importantly, from his new position at the top, Reardon can perhaps speed up the process for sending light rail to Snohomish County, thereby making it easier to stalk... er... admire our hero up close!