FW: MAKING IT WORK APRIL 1, 2003, Volume V, Special Edition
- I don't usually forward all the mail I get from City Councilmembers, but today's mail from Richard Conlin is particularly relevant to the issues of the day.
From: Richard Conlin [mailto:Richard.Conlin@...]
Sent: Tue 4/1/2003 9:16 AM
Subject: MAKING IT WORK APRIL 1, 2003, Volume V, Special Edition
MAKING IT WORK APRIL 1, 2003, Volume V, Special Edition
Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin
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STATE SENATE MOVES ON TRAFFIC DEREGULATION
Republican control of the State Senate has led to a new emphasis on
reducing regulations that may inhibit the successful operation of the
free market. One such measure that has received relatively little
attention is a bill to deregulate traffic signals.
"Straight Ahead on Red" extends the current provisions that allow right
turn on red to the next logical level. Under the Senate bill, drivers
will be free to proceed after stopping at red lights if there is no
traffic on the cross street. Regretfully, the legislation does not
"It's time that we cut through the red tape (sic) that is restricting
the liberty of drivers," Senate Republican leaders were quoted as
saying. "The best way to prevent accidents is to ensure that every
driver has to be alert and take responsibility for their actions.
Traffic signals encourage drivers to depend on state regulations to
control their actions, and this dependence discourages initiative.
"Straight Ahead on Red" means more freedom for all of us."
Other bills expected to receive future consideration include one making
seat belts, turn signals, and brake lights optional equipment, and
another that would allow the use of armored vehicles and small-caliber
machine guns to manage right-of-way conflicts.
ADJECTIVAL CONSERVATION ACT ENUNCIATED IN STATE HOUSE
Environmentalists have hailed the proposed Adjectival and Adverbial
Conservation Act as a major step in conserving both electricity and
paper. The AACA limits the number of adjectives and adverbs to a fixed
percentage of the text on each page of a document.
"If every American conserved just one adjective per page per day,"
House leaders noted, "the nation would save 600,000 reams of paper
annually. If people really and truly care about our beautiful and
endangered forests and our fragile environment, they will become
increasingly more chary of using superfluous, florid rhetoric, and will
return to the more Spartan and succinct simplicity practiced by our
thrifty and eloquently far-sighted foreparents."
In the spirit of the proposed act, the chief sponsor of the bill
declined to comment for the record. Next steps reportedly include a
pilot project which would require newspapers to eschew the use of one
letter each day, and a bill that would replace Mr., Mrs., Miss, and Ms
with a simple M.
NORTH SEATTLE ANIMALS BENEFIT FROM MAYOR'S PROPOSALS
In recent weeks, Mayor Nickels has proposed to "Unleash Northgate" and
"Lift the Lease Lid" in the University District. Careful examinations
of the details of these proposals reveal that the Nickels administration
is responding to the demands of animal lovers of all stripes.
The first proposal would make the entire Northgate Mall block an
off-leash dog park. The 52-acre off-leash area would be the largest in
Seattle. A spokesperson for the Nickels office pointed out that
off-leash advocates have often complained about the lack of interesting
and challenging environments. "Off-leash dogs will have a fascinating
and rapidly changing landscape of vehicles and shoppers," the
spokesperson noted. "These wonderful creatures will be able to fully
engage their alertness and agility." This park will also be very
inexpensive to develop, since there will be no need of fences because
the Mall block is surrounded by traffic 24 hours a day.
Observers had been puzzled by the Mayor's proposal to "Lift the Lease
Lid" in the University District, since no one has been able to figure
out what exactly this phrase means. However, text analysis by a team of
deconstructionists has revealed that the proposal is actually
misspelled, and is really "Lift the Leash Lid". This apparently means
that animals of all kinds will be free to roam in the University
District. Students who keep exotic pets have hailed the proposal, and
are looking forward to free-roaming ferrets, snakes, and small rodents
to create an interesting and ever-changing scene.
The Mayor's Office has denied that the real intent of these proposals
is to unleash vulpine developers to allow them to weasel out of their
obligations under city land use regulations.
APRIL 1, 2003
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