End of update.
After several forums (most of which I was invited to), I've learned a lot about the two campaigns for childcare/preschool, 1A and 1B.
Here's my vote:
Vote NO on the first question (and your conscience on the second one but I'm voting for 1A because I believe that, overall, it will serve more low-income children, faster, than 1B. That's where I want my tax dollars going.)
That will get the City Council and the unions back to the table to deliver one early learning proposition they both agree on.
- Just nice people. I mean, you'd hope so because most of them take care of children all day.
- They have a couple of good/great speakers but most of those nice people? Not so good at communicating what their measure would do and why it's a better bang for the buck than 1B. (I personally think that voters have a right to consider the money end of any item on the ballot.)
- Talk about being a nice guy (or maybe it's a sneaky strategy); 1A sent out a 4-page election book, "An Election Guide for Seattle Voters on Early Learning and Childcare." (They brilliantly left out the word "preschool" everywhere in it.)
But turn to the back page and they have what the ballot looks like and they have the Yes oval blackened out for the first question and leave the second question - which one?" blank, saying "You decide!" Gotta say, a bit risky but much more generous than 1B would ever be.
- In an odd way, 1B treats 1A like with the same thought pattern as how the average American feels: people hate Congress but like their representative. 1B says how the unions are only concerned with their own self-interest (that comes from Councilman Burgess) but he likes caregivers. Apparently, he misses the connection between unions and their members.
- The cry from 1B is, "Where's the money for 1A?"
- I only encountered men speakers for 1B and two were/are elected officials. There's the head of the 1B campaign, Sandeep Kaushik. He's a fast talker and a even longer talker. He also started Publicola which endorsed 1B. He also worked at The Stranger which endorsed 1B.
Last is my favorite, Michael DeBell, who just doesn't know how NOT to be a gentleman. He wasn't as prepped at the other two so he got some things wrong but he was quietly unyielding in his belief in 1B. (He, like Peter Maier and Steve Sundquist, have given large sums of money to 1B. Directors Martin-Morris and Carr gave token amounts.)
In the "C'mon" section:
- "Where's the money for 1A?" Gee, 1B, your prop was created by a city entity that can put forth levies. That's where your money would come from, taxes. Just like where 1A's money would come from but you get to create your own revenue stream.
- 1B claims that the unions would benefit from 1A because, well, people would be working and earning more money because of it. Yes, and the YMCA, Boys and Girls clubs, etc. that endorsed 1B? They will be working and employing more people with the passage of 1B.
Everyone involved in childcare/early learning will be affected by passage of one of these. And some of those people will get more business/expand their business and yes, make money.
- How did we get to this place with two propositions that have very little in common on the same place on the ballot? To be clear, the City could have taken their preschool plan and sent it to a vote of the Council as an ordinance. I believe it would have passed and they have been planning their preschools right now. But, of course, where would they get the money?
Meanwhile, the unions had been working on their plan and gone out and got the signatures needed to get it on the ballot. They had thought they would be on the there alone.
They "tried" to negotiate but that didn't work. Neither side agrees on what tripped it up but I say both are wrong to have walked away.
Because now what do we voters get? Confusion and division when we should have clarity and unity. Thanks a lot, governance and labor.
- I'm hearing that those ballots are coming in slowly. Let's get with the system and get the vote out. It's the democratic thing to do.
- I urge you to consider voting NO on the first question. These are vague and confusing propositions. Honestly, that is the number one thing that comes across when people ask questions. The voters are completely befuddled and frankly, a bit irritated. They know they are not stupid people but somehow this whole thing is not computing to them. (The other question that came up at nearly every forum? "Can't we vote for both?" No, you can't.