Morgan's Brain

Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:22pm

The Vote on the Murray Morgan Bridge is Tonight!

The Tacoma City Council is expected to vote tonight on the turn-back agreement to TAKE THE BRIDGE BACK FROM THE STATE. The last I heard, Talbert and Ladenberg were holding out their support. We need to let the council know WE WANT THE BRIDGE BACK NOW! Contact the city council here:


comments [12]  |  posted under tacoma, take back the bridge


by Erik on 12/1/2009 @ 2:57pm
Thanks for the alert.

by Nick on 12/1/2009 @ 3:03pm
Awww, can't liveblog tonight! Hopefully others will be watching closely...

by Erik on 12/1/2009 @ 4:31pm
Wow. Feed Tacoma now allows edits or hours apparently. I still have 226 minutes left to edit my above entry.

Was this intentional?

by Erik on 12/1/2009 @ 7:35pm
Anyone have the outcome of the meeting tonight yet on the MM bridge?

by Non Sequitur on 12/1/2009 @ 8:03pm
Eric Anderson declared it a public safety hazard, and demanded Olympia cough up $100M by Friday. If the funds are not delivered to his office in unmarked bills in unmarked briefcases by 9:00 AM, the bridge will be torn down.

by fredo on 12/1/2009 @ 9:02pm
I only saw the last half of the meeting.

The one thing I noticed was the disappearance of some of the council members near the end of the meeting. One member had to be called back because there was no longer a quorum. Apparently the departing council members weren't interested in what the speakers came to say or had other, more pressing, business elsewhere.

by Erik on 12/1/2009 @ 11:51pm
Looks like the Council voted to save the MM bridge!!!!

Congrats all. Looks like Tacoma City Council are avid readers of Feed Tacoma.

by morgan on 12/2/2009 @ 6:18am
Phew! That is awesome news! Baby steps, Tacoma. Slowly, we will rebuild you.

by fredo on 12/2/2009 @ 7:02am
...more on last night's council meeting...

(sorry Morgan, didn't hear anything about the bridge)

Quite a few public speakers were upset about the low wages paid by the Point Ruston developer and also that the housing being built there would not be affordable for these workers and therefore the workers would have to drive to work on Ruston Way and create a huge traffic jam. I never heard why the city council was behind this or why the workers were required to work for this greedy developer.

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/2/2009 @ 12:04pm
Who is gonna pay for that bridge? I'm not saying we should let it rot. The bridge needs to be fixed. I just wonder where the $ is coming from. The city is $7M in the hole, remember? And don't get me started on the State. Those multi $Billion shortfalls didn't go away, Olympia only pushed them off for a year or two.

ALSO: Why does the City care what Pt Ruston pays? As long as the developers obey state/federal/local wage laws, what's the big deal?
This is how the market is supposed to work. The MARKET sets the prevailing wage. If Pt Ruston paid too little, (in theory, especially if the unemployment wasn't headed for 11% and beyond), then no one would work there.
But the economy is in a state of deflation, and salaries across the board are falling. It's the nature of the market.

Has anyone stopped to consider that if workers @ Pt Ruston can't afford to buy what they're building then the prices are too high?

You can SAFELY afford between 3x and 3.5x what you earn annually. So either the prices for Pt Ruston are too high, or they are catering (with the views, naturally) to a different clientele than blue collar construction workers.

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/2/2009 @ 12:17pm
You know, I was just reading about the AFL-CIO investing their pension funds to get the Chicago Spire going again, with the cravat that they hire only union workers.
For anyone who doesn't know, this is supposed to be a 2,000 ft tall all condo super-tall skyscraper built on Chicago's lakefront. They had like 40% condos sold and the foundations complete before they lost financing when the banks went T/U.

The units in that building AVERAGE $2000/sq ft. Considering the penthouse on floor 148 already sold for $40M, these are not condos for us "little people".
Should the City of Chicago demand the Shelbourne (the developer) pay wages that would allow plumbers and cement finishers to be able to buy units in this thing?

by Nick on 12/2/2009 @ 1:24pm
Yeah, I don't get the wage thing either. Unless we as voters decided wages were a city issue, it sure seems to me like people should be complaining to those that actually control the minimum wage (the state/federal gov't).