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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Attorney General Ferguson's Response

I thought viewers might be interested in Attorney General Ferguson’s response to the complaint detailed in the previous post regarding Sound Transit’s failure to comply with the state’s Revised Code of Washington RCW 81.104.00 (2)(b) concerning planning requirements for HCT with their light rail spine.

Consumer Protection Division
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 464-6686

January 25, 2017

William James Hirt
 2615 170th SE 
Bellevue, WA 98008

RE:   Sound Transit / Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority
File #:   498774

Dear William James Hirt:

Thank you for contacting the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office. Your complaint has been reviewed and it was determined that the issues presented are under the regulatory authority of another agency. Your complaint has been closed accordingly.

We referred your complaint to the following agency. Please contact the identified agency directly with questions about the status of your complaint.  

Sound Transit Board of Directors
c/o Board Administrator
401 Jackson S
Seattle, WA 98104

 My "guess" is Sound Transit Board of Directors will "conclude" they complied with the RCW. 

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