Thursday, August 24, 2006

"Big Dig" Players are among the biggest pro-tunnel donors

Because What I really wanna do in life is wonder when a 40 ton piece of concrete is gonna fall from the cileing and kill me. 

'Big Dig' players among biggest pro-tunnel donors

The Seattle PI is reporting that among the biggest supporters of  the campaign to replave the Alaskan Way Viaduct are firms that were involved in the "Big Dig".

That's understandable the Big Dig was a huge project and the Alaskan Way Tunnel will be also, if it is approved.  But the way they are going about supporting it just seems sleazy to me. 

Personally I like the Viaduct it has that "Industrial Ugly Cool" going on, but if it was replaced by a different span or a surface street I would be OK with it.  Not a tunnel though.  A tunnel will just restrict port traffic and push it into downtown and onto the Interstate, and those both have enough problems already.

NO TUNNEL

TUNNEL BACKERS

Two players in Boston's notorious "Big Dig" tunnel project donated $15,000 to the Washington Engineers Political Action Committee in July. Earlier this month the PAC gave the $15,000 to Citizens for a Better Waterfront, a group pushing to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel.

CITIZENS FOR A BETTER WATERFRONT DONATIONS
A sample of large donors, 2006

DATE
AMOUNT
CONTRIBUTORS
WHO?

Aug. 11
$15,000
Washington Engineers' PAC
Affiliated with the American Council of Engineering Companies, a political action committee.

Aug. 11
$10,000
Retiree Ginger Ackerley
Wife of former Sonics' owner Barry Ackerley.

July 18
$10,000
Glacier Northwest
A building material supply company.

May 27
$5,000
American Council of Engineering Companies
The industry group behind the WA Engineers PAC.

May 27
$5,000
Washington State Council of County and City Employees
A public employee union group affiliated with AFSCME, AFL-CIO.

Aug. 14
$5,000
Frank Stage
CEO of the Nitze-Stagen development firm, which is among the largest property owners along the viaduct.

Aug. 17
$5,000
Laborers Local 440 union
A street pavers' union.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO WASHINGTON ENGINEERS PAC
$5,000 or more given in 2006

DATE
AMOUNT
CONTRIBUTORS
WHO?

July 10
$10,000
Parsons Brinckerhoff
A New York-based international firm that oversaw Boston's "Big Dig" tunnel project.

July 17
$5,000
Hatch Mott MacDonald LLC
Civil engineering firm based in New Jersey. Also worked on Boston's project.

 

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