Consider attending/viewing a debate on this issue at a Town Hall presented by Seattle Channel, Town Hall Seattle and Seattle CityClub. It's next Wednesday, the 24th at 7 pm. It's cable channel 21 (or HD 321). They will be having polling during the event. It's free but you have to register. (I am not on the panel but did a pre-recorded interview with host Brian Callanan that will be shown.)
Register at www.seattlecityclub.org or call (206) 682-7395. Doors open at 6 p.m. with audience instructions at 6:30 p.m. and the live televised program at 7 p.m.
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My concerns are outlined - for both preschool propositions - at Publicola. I flesh out those concerns in detail there but broadly:
- did the City and the unions really try to find unity? Because I believe a joint-measure would have passed easily. Instead, we have two nearly completely difference measures. What happens if one side wins? Will we see complete unity from the other side (for example, if the unions' measure - Prop 1A - wins, will the City fund it?)
- why didn't the City do the groundwork to find out how many preschools there are in Seattle and who they serve? They admit they don't have any idea in their early documentation. How do they know where to start if they don't know where the starting line is?
- and, of course, my concerns for Seattle Schools in the City's Prop 1B (as the unions' plan does not include the district).
As for voting, here's how the City Attorney explains it:
City Attorney’s Explanatory Statement
This measure presents voters with two questions.
The first question is whether either of the two alternative propositions, both of which concern early learning and providers of such services for children, should be adopted.
The second question is which of the two alternative propositions should be adopted.
If a majority of voters voting on the first question vote “No,” then neither alternative proposition will be adopted.
If a majority of voters voting on the first question vote “Yes,” then the alternative proposition receiving the greatest number of votes in the second question will be adopted.
Voters may vote on the second question regardless of how they voted on the first question.
So here's the dilemma. If you are like me and don't like either measure, you could simply vote "no" on the first question and call it a day (hoping that a majority of voters do the same and that vote ends the discussion).
What if you worry that a majority of voters might not vote "no" on the first question, so you hedge that bet by voting for the prop you like/is the lesser of two evils. Which one would you pick?
Because if the first question passes, then, for the second question, whoever gets the most votes - small as that may be - will win.