On the ballot on Election day earlier in the month was a measure to spend nearly $2 billion for a monorail. After counting nearly 180,000 ballots, and with perhaps 2,000 - 6,000 absentee ballots outstanding, the measure was leading by a decided margin of ___329___ votes. That is, if only 165 people on the Yes side had voted No instead (out of nearly 200,000 voters) the measure would be on losing.
Yeesh. It's after election like these that policians say inexplicable things like "we have the public's mandate to go off and spend lots of money." It seems that exactly half Seattle's population is going to be disappointed when the results are certified next week.
[Don't get me wrong -- I'm all for mass transit and such. At present, I'm recoiling mostly from the amazingly even split. "Maybe they should build just half the monorail."]