Yesterday I posted to The Daily Weekly about the Seattle City Council's Richard Conlin, and more specifically an e-mail he recently sent to constituents regarding Chris Hansen's proposed NBA/NHL arena in SoDo. In the email, Conlin says he doesn't think the project deserves public funding, and he doesn't believe the City Council will approve the proposal when it's all said and done.
As the post notes:
"It wasn't my intention to create a big public splash," says Conlin of his e-mail, which questions the need for a public investment in Hansen's proposed SoDo arena, and which he says he probably sent to 50 people or so, all of whom had contacted him regarding Hansen's proposal. Conlin classifies yesterday's e-mail, and providing responses to constituents, as something that's part of his normal daily routine.
As for the e-mail's contents, and Chris Hansen's time spent earlier this month trying to persuade the City Council, Conlin simply says, "I don't feel like I got information that's persuasive ," in making the case for a public investment in the project. He says his prediction that the arena would ultimately fail to be approved by the City Council was "pure speculation" on his part.
Naturally the post spurred some disgruntled reactions, including one from commenter Ryan H.
Ryan H. writes:
"It wasn't my intention to create a big public splash,"
If he didn't think that would happen after making the statement that he did, then he's even dumber than I thought. Which is saying quite a bit, because I attended the Budget and Finance Committee hearing at which Hansen testified. He answered Conlin's questions, though the information - stated repeatedly and in ever simpler terms - seemed to sail right over the councilman's head.
It's also worthy of note than in the email Conlin sent out yesterday, he misspelled Hansen's name repeatedly.