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West Seattle Herald Friday, April 8, 2011 9 Photo left by Steve Shay City Attorney Pete Holmes is suing Protect Seattle Now Coalition 's Drew Paxton, an unemployed signature gatherer. "I've never been sued before," he told the West Seattle Herald. Photo left is Port CEO Tay YashitanL City Council Pre. Richard Conlin, Gov. Gregoire, and K.C. Exec., and WS resident Dow Constantine at a pro-tunnel press conference last Oct. Pictured right is Paxton. Governor supports Named first in the suit is Drew to argue a position that denies the suit, mayor cries foul Paxton, a "Coalition Chair" and public a right to vote. The timing "Principal Signature Gatherer," is ominous. Here's a guy who cam- according to the suit. Paxton spoke paigned on being the 'people's' By Steve Shay to the West Seattle Herald that city's attorney, and now he's suing City Attorney Pete Holmes is aftemoon to give his reaction, the people for wanting the right to suing the Protect Seattle Now "It's a very new development," vote?' Coalition for collecting what he he said. "I'm a little shocked by it. Elizabeth Campbell, a board believes is enough signatures to I've never been sued before, and member of Protect Seattle Now, is put the deep bore tunnel project never been sued by the city.also in charge of signature-gath- to a vote. He filed the suit the "I'm not in any position of ering for Initiative-101 for Seattle morning of March 29, just one power," he added. "I don't even Citizens Against the Tunnel, or hour after the organization filed have a job for Christ's sake. SCAT. She recently turned in over 29,000 signatures with the City They're not taking anybody down 28,000 signatures, currently being Clerk's office. The election board by suing me. validated. Because it is an initia- requires 16,500 validated signa- "Regardless of which position tive and not a referendum, law tures for the referendum to. get they take (on the tunnel) I think dictates she needs about 20,500 on the ballot, it's perilous for any elected official validated signatures. She told the West Seattle Herald she assumed ect. Gregoire declared the tunnel SCAT's signatures were in play "is a done deal" at an Oct. 29 press with Holmes' lawsuit, but was not conference attended by the West certain. Seattle Herald. "If the referendum goes down "The talk about changing in flames, what doesthat portend course and revisiting the same for me?" Campbell asked in an issues we've been debating for interview with the West Seattle years is nothing new," Gregoire Herald, referring to Initiative-1011 said. "But to change course now - "This lawsuit will cost the city after more than 10 years of public money. The city is walking a legal debate - will set the city of Seattle tightrope. They act like they're back and force taxpayers to shoul: not building the tunnel, but they der a huge burden?' are building it. They claim they Anti-tunnel advocates reacting to never made (an official) decision, this statement were quick to point but if the decision to build it is an out that the city's taxpayers would 'administrative act' as Pete HOI- be shouldering a burden by build- mes claims, then they did make the ing the tunnel, even before factor- decision." ing in potential cost overruns, as Mayor McGinn reacted to the the mayor warns. suit with this, "State law says Seat- "I need to be able to assure that tie will pay for all cost overruns on our Metro buses and new Rapid- the deep-bored tunnel. Before put- Ride bus rapid transit - already ting the public on the hook for cost serving communities south of us overruns, we should first ask their and moving quickly into Ballard permission. That's why I support a and West Seattle - will not be stuck public vote?' in gridlock through downtown," City Councilmember Mike Constantine said. '~'he tunnel is an O'Brien also weighed in, "While 'approved solution' that has state elected officials gather today to funding and building it is the best insist on their right to make deci- way to deliver transit dollars today sions for the public, I am stand- and in the future?' ing with the 29,000 residents Officially, however, the deep who signed a petition asking for bore tunnel is not "an approved a chance to speak for themselves solution" until the final Environ- with a vote on this project?' mental Impact Statement passes Just three days following the federal criteria, to be determined signature submissions from the in late summer. 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