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Perhaps it was inevitable. But anti-tunnel advocates have amassed enough signatures to force Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to take the next step in putting

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Anti-Tunnel Advocates Turn in Signatures for Vote on Project, Seattle City Attorney Sues Everyone

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Perhaps it was inevitable. But anti-tunnel advocates have amassed enough signatures to force Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to take the next step in putting the question of whether to build the $2 billion "deep-bore tunnel" to voters. Unfortunately for signature-gatherers, the "next step" might be the last one.

KING-5 News reports that tunnel referendum-seekers say they have 29,000 signatures, and that they delivered them to Holmes today in large boxes.

Holmes, in turn, announced plans to file a lawsuit against, well, everyone--anti-tunnel advocates, pro-tunnel advocates, and the Washington State Department of Transportation, saying that the decision of whether to build the tunnel isn't something that can be decided by voters.

He writes:

I believe Ordinance 123542 [the tunnel agreement-adoption ordinance] is more likely administrative than legislative. . . . Administrative acts are not subject to the local referendum power."

Holmes is asking a King County Superior Court judge to decide whether the tunnel project could be subject to a vote.

Meanwhile, an Elway poll (the same one that shows Mayor Mike McGinn's favorability rating hovering at a dismal 28 percent) shows Seattleites split on what to do with the tunnel.

KING-5:

38 percent of those surveyed favor a new or repaired viaduct.

35 percent would like a tunnel.

21 percent favor new and improved surface streets.

6 percent had no opinion.

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