“Aspirational, not workable”: Another City Council debacle
August 18, 2021
If you read the Seattle Times Editorial Board’s takedown of the City Council’s latest debacle you might have caught this one key statement:
“More adept administrative oversight might have kept such a project on the rails, even despite the questionable insistence on handing out the no-bid deal. But this council was performing a hurried gesture toward equity, not thoughtfully governing.” [emphasis added]
That could serve as a good summary for most of the Council’s record.
Another possible summary was provided by one of the proponents of this debacle, Councilmember Tammy Morales, when she said the project’s research was “an ‘aspirational,’ not workable solution.”
All-in-all, the City Council has been defined by hurried gestures toward equity, rather than thoughtful governance and most of their proposals can be summarized as aspirational rather than workable.
Unfortunately, their knee-jerk leadership has cost Seattle deeply in lost progress and lost trust. It could take years to get back on course.