We covered the Mike McGinn for mayor announcement because it happened on our home turf at Piecora’s and his politics line up pretty well with Capitol Hill. We covered Dan Savage’s candidacy because he is already Mayor of Capitol Hill.
We are now covering James Donaldson’s announcement that he is running for mayor because, well, the former Seattle Sonic is running for mayor. Here is a list of things Donaldson pledged to do if elected from his announcement press release posted on Publicola:
· Initiate performance auditing in every city office.
· I support the City Council’s efforts to implement a new zero-type budget process that requires city agencies to prioritize their activities and responsibilities.
· Based on those audits, work with the City Council in re-inventing Seattle City Government.
· Freeze all utility increases not associated with the increased costs for current service.
· Appoint a Blue Ribbon commission of small and large business leaders to make recommendations on how the city can become more business and jobs friendly. I will also involve the appropriate members and committees of the City Council.
· Reach out to local, regional and state officials and start new dialogues.
· Ask that the current viaduct replacement tunnel proposal address better solutions and access for the Port of Seattle and for the northwest corridor of Seattle.
· Review the viability of the current Mercer proposal given the lack of funds for that project and for the tunnel.
· Establish a new and more proactive relationship with the Seattle School System to look for new ways for cooperation.
· Work to eliminate the “L” 520 option that is widely opposed by Seattle residents and interests and, frankly, should never have been on the final list for State consideration.
Meanwhile, incumbent Greg Nickels has a new Seattle travel information Web site that he’d like you to know about. Glad to see it includes streets outside of West Seattle.