About this blog

My name is Bill Hirt and I'm a candidate to be a Representative from the 48th district in the Washington State legislature. My candidacy stems from concern the legislature is not properly overseeing the WSDOT and Sound Transit East Link light rail program. I believe East Link will be a disaster for the entire eastside. ST will spend 5-6 billion on a transportation project that will increase, not decrease cross-lake congestion, violates federal environmental laws, devastates a beautiful part of residential Bellevue, creates havoc in Bellevue's central business district, and does absolutely nothing to alleviate congestion on 1-90 and 405. The only winners with East Link are the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington and their labor unions.

This blog is an attempt to get more public awareness of these concerns. Many of the articles are from 3 years of failed efforts to persuade the Bellevue City Council, King County Council, east side legislators, media, and other organizations to stop this debacle. I have no illusions about being elected. My hope is voters from throughout the east side will read of my candidacy and visit this Web site. If they don't find them persuasive I know at least I tried.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

More Bellevue Reporter Machinations

This week’s Bellevue Reporter (11/03) continues their months long policy of refusing to acknowledge my candidacy.  (See 8/14 and 5/26 Posts)  They noted the opposing views of Janet Hague and Kevin Wallace concerning the 48th district candidates for Position No 2, but never mentioned my opposition to Rep. Hunter for Position No 1. 

Not that there was any doubt as to whom the two of them would have supported.  Wallace has been a staunch supporter of East Link for some time and Hague has never chosen to respond to the many emails I sent to the King County Council concerning the Sound Transit/East Link.   

The BR obviously felt the less said about my candidacy and my opposition to Sound Transit, and East Link in particular, the better.   The Reporter publications could have stopped East Link a long time ago with a single story exposing Sound Transit incompetence and mendacity.  (I sent them many emails detailing the issues.)

Instead they continue to simply refuse to acknowledge the fact the billions spent on East Link will devastate the route into Bellevue, gridlock the 1-90 bridge, and do absolutely nothing to relieve congestion on SR405 and I-90.  

Sooner or later my concerns will be vindicated by some media outlet or by future cross-lake commuters.  This blog is an attempt to make it the former.

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