ELECTION 2019: 20 questions for City Council District 1 candidates @ West Seattle Summer Fest forum

(View from the stage during Sunday’s forum)

Later this week, King County Elections will mail ballots for the August 6th primary, and you can vote as soon as yours arrives.

With that looming, the three contenders in our area’s highest-profile race, Seattle City Council District 1, spent an hour answering questions Sunday afternoon on the West Seattle Summer Fest Community Stage – Lisa Herbold, Brendan Kolding, and Phil Tavel. Your WSB co-publishers (Tracy Record and Patrick Sand) moderated the forum, which we presented in partnership with the West Seattle Junction Association (which brings you the festival each year). We chose the questions, some ours, but mostly from readers, as solicited here last week. Here’s how the hour went:

(One caveat about our recording – about halfway through, internal condensation blurred the center of the lens, so it’s more useful as audio than video from that point, fourth camcorder we’ve worn out in 12 years.)

As with our recent video interviews, we are not transcribing the questions and full answers – you’ll have to watch/listen for those – but rather, summarizing. Words are only exact quotes if you see them inside quotation marks. We had each candidate answer each question, with a :30 hard cutoff, plus a closing question and closing statement for which we allowed 1 minute each. Ahead, summaries of the 20 questions and answers:

#1 – Should Seattle continue to be a “sanctuary city”?

LH – Yes.
BK – Didn’t say unequivocally yes or no.
PT – Didn’t say unequivocally yes or no.

#2 – What more can/should city do to help immigrants?

PT – Outreach in multiple languages so they understand their rights.
BK – Agreed.
LH – “Translation services won’t do it alone.” Legal services too. Also “ready to work” and citizenship classes.

#3 – Library levy, renewal/expansion, is also on the August 6 ballot. Is this needed?
LH – Yes. Library use is rising, needs are too.
BK – No. “I support libraries” but because people feel “tapped out on taxes.”
PT – Agrees with Kolding. Need to look for $ elsewhere.

#4 – Do we need a public-safety levy?
PT – No. “We don’t need more levies and taxes,” need to audit how spending $ we have now.
BK – No. “We have more than enough funds” but can’t spend the $ because people don’t want to work for SPD.
LH – “Not a question of more money,” need to figure out how to spend what we have.

#5 – If a recession hits, what would you cut first?

LH – First Avenue streetcar project. “We have sufficient bus services” to meet the transportation needs in that corridor.
BK – “I don’t think it’s going to be about cutting from one department” but rather reviewing everything.
PT – First, look at SDOT, “the green median strips” and “bike lanes.”

#6 – Light rail to West Seattle should be tunneled to The Junction, you all say, but $ has to come from somewhere. Where?

LH – Could also look at saving money via engineering.
BK – Private-sector partners, most likely.
PT – Talk with potential partners like Nucor, Port.

#7 – If we can’t pay for a tunnel, and light rail will be all elevated, do we build it anyway?

PT – “Not completely certain. … need to go back to the community” and ask.
BK – No.
LH – Can’t make changes to a voter-approved measure without going back to the voters.

#8 – Do you support congestion pricing (street tolling downtown)?

LH – Needs to be an equity analysis based on geography of drivers arriving downtown. Or maybe an alternate approach, like using it on Uber/Lyft.
BK – No.
PT – No.

#9 – Parking requirements have been loosened by the city. Has it gone too far or not far enough?

PT – “Gone far enough, if not too far.” Cites concern about how ADU/DADU changes will affect things.
BK – We’ve gone too far. “Need to go the other way.”
LH – Should not treat this as a cookie-cutter approach, should treat neighborhoods individually.

#10 – Pedestrian safety. We’ve had a death in West Seattle recently. What more could/should the city do?

LH – Has been trying to get something done in area where that happened.
BK – Always something can be done.
PT – SDOT’s “not willing to do something until something happens.” Mentions 39th/Oregon attempts to get something done.

#11 – Climate crisis – what more should the city be doing?

PT – Should be talking more about sustainability, clean and fresh water.
BK – Carbon-neutrality for institutions, carbon credit program.
LH – Mentions the Green New Deal proposal for more green jobs. Also, improving recycling topics.

#12 – What do you support for maintaining and increasing tree canopy?

LH – Need to strengthen tree ordinance. She’s been working on illegal tree removal.
BK – Trees are important. City could help by helping educate homeowners about assessing their trees.
PT – On the Seattle Green Spaces Coalition board. Need to protect more open/green spaces, educate people.

#13 – How do we attract more employers to West Seattle?

PT – Add a telecommuting hub. Be more inviting to companies.
BK – “In general we can do a lot more in the city to promote West Seattle” – it has a good supply of talented people and office space.
LH – Support our small business districts, not just The Junction.

#14 – What more does the city need to do to fund affordable housing?

LH – Use bond authority. Announcement forthcoming “doubling our housing investment using this resource.”
BK – Revisit MHA to require that affordable housing be built in upzoned areas.
PT – In-lieu MHA fees are too small. Lower barriers for not-for-profit development

#15 – Support the ADU/DADU changes just signed into law?

PT – Worried about speculation, parking requirements.
BK – Has concerns. Far from perfect, though.
LH – Proposed amendment that her colleagues didn’t support. But doesn’t think the projected 400 to be built annually will “destroy neighborhoods.”

#16 – What do you think we should be talking re: homelessness that never gets talked about?

LH – We know what interventions work and need to bring them to scale. Like enhanced shelter and permanent supportive housing.
BK – How we got into this situation and how we solve it.
PT – That this is a problem of substance abuse, mental health, affordable housing.

#17 – Camp Second Chance’s site on the Myers Way Parcels might be leased to a faith-based organization as a way to get it out of being hosted on city property. For or against?

PT – Lot of good things happening at C2C but “city needs to follow through on its promises to the neighborhood.”
BK – C2C is better than sleeping on sidewalks and parks, “better than nothing,” but we need a better solution.
LH – Dozens of churches in WS support C2C.

#18 – Is the city reaching enough of West Seattle’s people – how can it be more inclusive?

LH – Says she’s been lauded for constituent services.
BK – Most people didn’t even know there was an election until he showed up at their doorstep.
PT – Need a constant daily presence in the district and reaching out in a major way.

#19 – What would you do about the Delridge “food desert”?

PT – Shuttle to the Farmers’ Market.
BK – He lives on Delridge. Need to aggressively find a location and solicit a grocery store.
LH – She lives in east West Seattle too. Working with Northwest Harvest on “mobile food pantry” and Food Lifeline re: nonprofit grocery store.

#20 – In 2 years, what will we be talking about, not previously discussed in this forum, a topic that nobody saw coming.

PT – Access to fresh water. Pipes are ancient. Big earthquake could ravage the system.
BK – Sees “the next big Seattle business boom” sparked by a “new City Council.”
LH – Change of our workforce because of a change in the structure of jobs (including automation, contract employment without jobs).

(Again, a 1-minute closing statement by each followed – if you just want to forward to that, it’s 48 minutes in.)

NEXT FORUM: The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s pre-primary forum is Thursday (July 18th), 6:30 pm at Olympic Hall on the south end of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus.

VOTE! As noted, your ballot will be mailed on Wednesday. Once you get it, you have until August 6th to mail it (or get it to an official dropbox by 8 pm that night)

57 Replies to "ELECTION 2019: 20 questions for City Council District 1 candidates @ West Seattle Summer Fest forum"

  • Thomas Wood July 16, 2019 (4:53 am)

     Lisa says she supports SPD, does she really?Then along with Mosqueda and Gonzalez says we need to reopen the contract and make changes.It only took four years to get it done. All the while cops are leaving faster then they can be hired. Yet Lisa disagrees with the Chief that the cities leadership doesn’t support the police.

  • Jess July 16, 2019 (6:50 am)

    PT lost me with his “cut the bike lanes.” (if there is a recession). Earlier in the post he mentioned “look for money elsewhere” and I have a feeling, recession or not, where he will take money from. I’d really like it if alternative forms of commuting were safer, for pedestrians and cyclists.

    • Concerned Constituent July 16, 2019 (11:24 am)

      Tavel didn’t say he would cut bike lanes. He said we should question the prioritization of spending on bike lanes during a recession IF they are still being pushed to the front of the line for funding. Do you disagree that their are better areas to spend money if they City is in the middle of an economic crisis..?? 

      • Uh July 16, 2019 (3:38 pm)

        The question was: If there was a recession, what would you cut first.  It wasn’t about economic crisis nor was it about total cuts, just “what’s first on the chopping block.”  I see bike lanes as a public safety issue (for motorists and pedestrians, not just cyclists) so to me, he’s literally saying public art is more important than public safety.  That’s alarming.  It demonstrates that he is a candidate who cares more about his own point of view than looking at the bigger picture and seeing what works best for the whole.  (And just so we’re clear, I’m not against the arts, nor do I find them unimportant).

        • Mike July 16, 2019 (5:50 pm)

          Public art is required by law.  Bike lanes are not.  Bike lanes in Seattle are more dangerous than you’d like to think they are.  A false sense of security, an imaginary bubble of paint on the road.  Bike lanes as implemented in Seattle need to be rethought completely.  Without a physical barrier, like a curb or raised path, there’s absolutely nothing that keeps either bike nor motorized vehicle from going into each other’s pathway.  Paint is a waste.

  • Mike July 16, 2019 (7:08 am)

    This is frustrating and comical all at the same time reading Lisa’s responses.  It’s amazing how out of touch she is.

    • Nolan July 16, 2019 (11:09 am)

      Care to name specifics?

      • Jon Wright July 16, 2019 (3:52 pm)

        It feels like this election is about everything EXCEPT specifics.

  • KM July 16, 2019 (7:17 am)

    Shout out to Phil Tavel who said SDOT is the first place he would cut in a recession, while suggesting a shuttle to a farmers market and saying SDOT isn’t improving pedestrians safety until it’s too late. I honestly laughed at that disconnect. For someone who is involved in the community and has run for campaigns before, he sure hasn’t thought his positions through.

    • Nolan July 16, 2019 (9:03 am)

      The only surprising thing is that he committed to a policy position at all. His campaign has been defined almost entirely by an intangible theme of “change”, I think he — and especially big business — knows the specifics will only hurt his chances at election.

    • Lagartija Nick July 16, 2019 (10:29 am)

      I literally laughed out loud at the shuttle to the farmer’s market ‘solution’. Does he understand that grocery stores carry more than just (expensive) produce? And cutting SDOT? Our streets are in terrible condition affecting the flow of people and commerce which is a massive drain on our economy. I thought he was supposed to be FOR small businesses? I used think he was a reasonable alternative to Herbold (Kolding is a non-starter for me) but his tenuous grasp of policy positions are all over the place.

      • Gatewood July 16, 2019 (11:26 am)

        So let me get this straight.  Lisa says she would cut the 1st ave street car and thats ok? Yet, Phil says SDOT, which by the way is building the 1st ave street car and now he hates small business and won’t pave roads in your opinion?  If you think the first ave street car is the only bad project SDOT is running I have a bridge to sell you.

        • Lagartija Nick July 16, 2019 (12:22 pm)

          No, my point is that Tavel claims to be a champion for small business but would cut SDOT during a recession that would have a compound negative affect on their bottom lines during said recession. His few policy positions are not well thought out per their ramifications in the long run. As for the streetcar, it would be a nice addition to downtown but it’s duplicative nature leaves me ambivalent about it and I think the money would be better spent on other (especially crosstown) transit options in the city outside of the downtown core.

  • Concerned citizen July 16, 2019 (8:10 am)

    It will be a sad day for West Seattle if Herbold wins this…

    • Peter July 16, 2019 (12:18 pm)

      It will be a sad day for all of Seattle if any of these idiots wins.

  • neighbor July 16, 2019 (8:29 am)

    In all the years Lisa Herbold has been working for city government (decades if you’re counting her unelected roles), public safety is the only thing I’ve ever heard her say they don’t need more money for. And while I would love to hear her say that more often, I’m inclined to disagree with her on this one. 

  • janet July 16, 2019 (9:19 am)

    Lisa was just there to defend her poor track record of not supporting our community. She thinks she’s responsive to her community but only spends an hour/wk in the district….she’s delusional. It’s for sure time for change. Phil’s policy is nuanced and thought through. Let’s get Phil elected! It’s time for change. 

  • Mr E July 16, 2019 (9:24 am)

    Kolding was aware that he would be attending a Q&A, right? Did he do, like, any research, or is his strategy to shrug his shoulders.I would be hard pressed to vote for Tavel, he seems to have a bare minimum of how cities work. Whatever it is our neighbors see in him is lost on me.Lisa gets my vote again. 

  • Gatewood July 16, 2019 (9:25 am)

    I think PT the as accurate with the SDOT comments.  SDOT has been possibly the worse run department in the city with almost zero accountability. So much waste in that department.  Also bike riders, get over yourselves just a little bit.  When a recession hits and it comes down to money for homeless service and basic civil services or bike lanes, I will choose delaying bike lanes every day of the week.Also, from start to finish it’s a minimum 3 years to build a grocery store in Delridge and someone has to want to do it.  How would pairing with a nonprofit to run a shuttle from Delridge to the Junction for the farmers market be a bad thing?  The ideal solution would be a grocery but in the meantime a shuttle is a cool solution. 

    • Tsurly July 16, 2019 (10:13 am)

      Fair enough, but no complaining when cyclists take the lane and slow down traffic.

      • donttreadonme July 16, 2019 (11:55 am)

        Exactly. I think a lot of people who are opposed to cycling-specific infrastructure don’t get that bike lanes are for getting bikes out of the general purpose lanes that cars also use. Taking the lane with a bike is safe and legal. If you don’t want to have to share roads with people on bikes, stick to driving on the interstate.

    • Peter July 16, 2019 (10:40 am)

      Keep in mind that cyclists have full legal right to use any and all traffic lanes, just like drivers, and without bike lanes that’s exactly what we’ll do because there’s no other choice. Remember, when you get stuck behind a bicycle going uphill, that is exactly what you’re advocating for, so I expect you to be happy about getting your way.

      • gatewood July 16, 2019 (12:25 pm)

        If I have to drive slower because of a bike I am ok with that if a recession hits and we need to prioritize funding for basic and emergency services.  This statement is coming from a person who has been hit while in a bike lane.  I am for bike safety and also understand priorities in times of recession.  What would have been cool is if we actually saved some of the 2 billion dollar increase in the city budget so when that recession hits we wouldn’t have to make drastic cuts.

      • S - in West Seattle July 16, 2019 (12:41 pm)

        Yes, Bikes can share the road, but also they need to follow the same rules. Aka the same speed limits. If you cant go 30 mph in a 30 mph zone get out. 

        • WSB July 16, 2019 (1:29 pm)

          Sorry, that’s the speed LIMIT, not the speed REQUIREMENT.

          • Rick July 17, 2019 (2:44 pm)

            With that reasoning I should be able to walk in bike lanes and car lanes. I mean, come on. Let’s be fair. Otherwise I suppose I’m not in a “protected” class. Then again, I should also be able to drive in bike lanes and on sidewalks.

          • Tsurly July 17, 2019 (5:46 pm)

            Except that is not how state law is written. It is truly amazing how hypocritical you conservatives are. Super preachy about “law and order”, then totally dismiss it when it doesn’t fit your narrative. 

        • Peter July 16, 2019 (2:25 pm)

          S, you don’t know what your talking about and your ignorance of the law should disqualify you from operating a motor vehicle. 

    • Ice July 16, 2019 (12:03 pm)

      As Tsurly said, fair enough. However, keep in mind that that bike lanes improve safety for everyone, not just people on bikes. This has been shown over and over again in study after study. Many cities in the world are doubling down so hard on bike lanes for exactly this reason. Here is one such Study.  There are a lot more if you look.

  • Rachel July 16, 2019 (9:26 am)

    Let’s get Lisa off the Council. I was the candidate forum at South Park last week and she was on her phone most of the time. She then took most of the time she was there to only talk to one person, who already seemed to know…unapproachable. She barely was on time this last weekend. I wanted to ask her a few questions but she just left, whereas I ran in to Phil a few times over the weekend since he was around in our community.  I’m a Starbucks employee, and they wonderfully hosted all of the candidates from across Seattle so their employees could have a chance to get to talk to their candidates. I was hoping to talk with her there…she was a no show. Hopefully she will be more responsive at the forum hosted by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce on Thursday (at South Seattle College for those who don’t know about it!). So far, this track record is pathetic……after talking with Phil on multiple occasions, his presence in our community, and I like his policy ideas–he has my vote. 

    • Everett July 16, 2019 (10:20 am)

      I did not see this question and answer.  Did anybody ask Herbold why after 4 years there are still city campers living by the side of the freeway as you come into Seattle *Middle of the Freeway by Seneca Exit also taking I-5 south from I-90*. It seems like there is never any enforcement of the law against City Camping. It’s so embarrassing to live in a city where the City Council and the Mayor never really accomplish anything, and there excuse is, we will have a meeting about it! We taxpayers deserve better. if you go with the status quo it will never be fixed. What good has Herbold done for us? Vote her out.

      • Mr. J July 16, 2019 (2:46 pm)

        She’s answered that question before. Fun fact, that’s not the city’s land, it’s the State’s! Know your jurisdictions and bark up the correct trees. Lisa isn’t responsible for everything that you dislike about the City.

        • Nolan July 16, 2019 (4:06 pm)

          Isn’t it fascinating how Herbold’s loudest detractors so often blame her for things that are firmly out of city council jurisdiction?

          • Lagartija Nick July 16, 2019 (7:35 pm)

            Nolan, fascinating yes, surprising no. I find the loudest anti government folks are the least knowledgeable about how it works.

          • JVP July 17, 2019 (8:53 am)

            I don’t buy that excuse. The city needs to take the initiative to work with the WashDOT (or whoever it is) and clean up that land. Intra-agency agreements are a thing.  It’s not easy, I get that, but they’re not voted into place to do the easy things. We’re tired of passing the buck. 

        • Um, No! July 17, 2019 (6:27 am)

          Huh,  I didn’t realized City Counsel was unable to work or even attempt to work with the state on issues like this?    Learn something new every day.   

    • Bertha July 16, 2019 (8:18 pm)

      I cannot agree more with lack of interest in her constituents. I attended several meetings regarding the HALA/re-zoning a few years back. She tried to hush people in the crowd from asking questions stating that everything would be answered in the presentation (they were not). She turned to myself and several constituents and hushed us. She tried to stifle our concerns for her agenda. She and her office did not attend the info session I attended on light rail coming to West Seattle where several people were concerned about losing their home. She should have had someone from her office there to hear our concerns if she could not attend.It is time for a change with fresh, new ideas to solve the problems that the Council has ignored! Enough with ineffective government!

      • Nolan July 17, 2019 (4:46 pm)

        Did it ever, even once, cross your mind that maybe you deserved to be hushed?

  • Jort July 16, 2019 (10:00 am)

    Wait, did anyone ask first to see if Kolding was actually telling the truth in his answers? Or was he just outright, pathologically lying, like he did when he was at the brink of being FIRED from the SPD? Just wondering, as I am curious just how many lies can fit in one FEMA tent. 

    • Jethro Marx July 16, 2019 (7:29 pm)

      Gee, I don’t know if there needs to fact-checking; we’re going more for the vague answer that sounds truthy and real but seems to be crafted such that it is not after all clear if you have answered the question. Here’s a question for the candidates: Will you, or will you not honor the West Seattle Turkey with some kind of accolade, holiday, or (please let it be this) PARADE! #Minerva

  • Mj July 16, 2019 (10:17 am)

    City spending is out of control.  SDoT costing is far too expensive, too many chiefs and not enough Indians.Homeless spending is frustrating of why it has gone up at a rate far greater than inflation.  Jobs are plentiful and it is time to expect more from people.  It’s time the City reduce spending on this issue and redirect the resources in a manner to avoid Levy requests.  The Library Levy was supposed to be a one time request!

    • Jethro Marx July 16, 2019 (7:38 pm)

      Um, maybe you should worry less about getting taxed to provide public access to information in the form of libraries and more about strewing racist idioms among your political musings about things you are extremely unlikely to know much about, like how much it costs to maintain the transportation infrastructure of a major city with terrain complications.

  • Peter July 16, 2019 (10:43 am)

    None of the above. They’re all horrible candidates and all of them are bad for the city and for West Seattle. I’m hoping a worthy write-in candidate emerges after the primary, because I will never vote for any of them.

  • BrainTrust July 16, 2019 (11:11 am)

    “I have done so much for you. People appreciate me — I’ve asked them!” That’s all I heard in Herbold’s closing statement. Tavel absolutely crushed this forum! Effective and efficient spending, environmentalism, keeping and increasing job market in D1, affordable housing development, quality addiction and mental health services, strong in-District presence, building strong and effective public-private partnerships, and improving the quality of life for all. Beats the hell out of wasteful spending, opposition to the small business community, failed affordable housing policy, inaction toward addiction and mental health, one hour per week working in-District, turning the private sector into enemies of the City, and empty promises to improve the quality of life that Herbold represents. Kolding did okay, but at this point seems to just agree with Tavel on socio-economic issues and maintain his “carrot and stick” approach to law enforcement.We need a Councilmember with a vision for the future – an improved Seattle. Not one who reverts to exaggerated self-aggrandizement when asked about any issue the City’s facing. 

    • East Coast Cynic July 16, 2019 (2:25 pm)

      Is cutting SDOT as Tavel advocated efficient spending?  I’m not so sure about that when you consider that a car accident pileup in Shoreline close to 3am in the morning still had the effect of compromising the morning commute!  Not to mention cheese grater street conditions all over the city.

      • gatewood July 16, 2019 (3:18 pm)

        Shoreline isn’t Seattle but I get your point.  I wish SDOT would stop going over budget on everything.  I agree they should look at their budget and processes.  If you could get things done on budget we could then do two things:1)pay less in taxes or2) Have money left to do more projects and also have the trust of the voters the next time they ask for a levy. 

        • JVP July 17, 2019 (9:58 am)

          It chaps my hide when I see SDOT replace 50′ of concrete that was busted up by buses, with cracked concrete next to it. 2 years later they do another 50′. Then later another. Super inefficient. Do more of it at once and lower the costs dramatically. This is just one example.We need some business sense in city gov’t to find efficiencies and longer-term thinking. I feel like the whole city machine has gotten lazy and stopped trying hard on things like this. Shake things up at the department level. Move some of those lifers into other jobs for fresh thinking. Put some fire under their cans and ask everyone to find efficiencies. You know, stuff biz has to do just to survive.

      • janet July 17, 2019 (11:02 am)

        east coast cynic–tavel on mentioned that if there were to be a recession… 

  • Alex July 16, 2019 (2:48 pm)

    I was hoping Tavel would step up, but between this and the Seattle Times questionnaire, I’m finding it hard to justify supporting him.https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattle-city-council-questions-district-1-candidates-on-the-issues/– He’s a “maybe” on the First Avenue Street Car vanity project- Supports shareable e-scooters- Apparently thinks Sunday farmers market shuttles are a viable food-desert solution- Wants to roll back the soda tax- Lots of, “Things shouldn’t be this way” and “The problem with…” without concrete solutions mentioned (though I will say the idea of a telecommunication center, while probably impossible to implement, is intriguing)If this were a Phyllis Tavel I really don’t think we’d be seeing the same level of enthusiasm.

  • Lori July 16, 2019 (5:26 pm)

    How can West Seattle, with so many enlightened and intelligent (I hope) residents, produce such mediocre politicians? Where are the smart, sensible, pragmatic candidates who care about the environment, unbridled growth, small business, crime, homelessness in the Junction and elsewhere, preserving our green spaces, etc., etc. AND who are willing to stand up and speak up to get things done? Or perhaps the smart, sensible people are too smart and sensible to run for office.And I had to look up “telecommunications center.” Having done that, I still don’t get why we need this. Telecommute, YES, Telecommunications, WTF.

    • donttreadonme July 17, 2019 (11:59 am)

      Intelligent people are smart enough to stay the hell out of politics. Which ironically is why we have a bunch of nonsense politicians instead of actual leaders.

  • Joe Z July 16, 2019 (7:01 pm)

    Lisa has done a good job overall, I feel like she has found a good balance of progressive policies and advocating for the needs of West Seattle. Easy decision against this competition. 

    • B.W. July 16, 2019 (10:27 pm)

      Voting for Lisa will equal more of the same trash we’ve already experienced. Stop being afraid to try something different like a vote for Kolding or Tavel. Clearly this is the best West Seattle has to offer. Lisa was never the answer. She only cares what the community thinks AFTER she gets major push back and complaints. I hope West Seattle has had enough of her.

      • Joe Z July 30, 2019 (12:40 pm)

        I would vote for a candidate more progressive than Lisa but not more conservative like the 2 challengers this time. 

  • raybro July 17, 2019 (9:57 am)

    Phil Tavel is ‘Mr. Maybe’. 

  • IvanTheHammer July 25, 2019 (5:31 pm)

    The thing I like most about Tavel is that he give genuine, well thought out answers.  Not “preconceived political robot answers” that have been focused-grouped or practiced in front of a mirror. Yeah, he’s a straight shooter that has real, honest, genuine answers. I like Phil. I’m voting for Phil. I hope you do too.  West Seattle needs a change people. I’m sure Herbold is a nice person, but she’s had her shot. Time to pass the torch.

  • Jacki Bree July 28, 2019 (6:21 pm)

    j.a.s.Speaking of SDOT, how about taxing/charging developers for their heavy trucks destroying our streets?

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