After King County Superior Court Judge Laura Gene Middaugh ordered a single section of an ordinance related to tunnel construction to be placed on the ballot, many voters rightly wondered: How does this impact the overall project? Fortunately, Judge Middaugh answered that question in court: “This decision is not a referendum on whether we’re going to have a tunnel or not.” publicola.com
Once upon a time I took several classes with Edward Said, the critic and Palestinian activist. He taught me a lot. For example, when starting with a text -- as this Referendum is, a "text" -- he said to start with verbs and nouns -- what is actually happening. The basics. Who is speaking? Doing what? etc etc
And then once you are clear about the people and their actions, then you can interpret to heart's content. As an old carpenter told me, "First you carpent, then finish." Get the framework right and then customize and smooth things out as you like.
The Seattle City Council passed Ordinance Number 123542 entering into agreements related to the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement. Section 6 of that ordinance has been referred to the voters for approval or rejection.
Section 6, if approved, would authorize the City Council to give notice to proceed, beyond preliminary design work, with three agreements concerning the State’s proposal to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel. Section 6 states:
“The City Council is authorized to decide whether to issue the notice referenced in Section 2.3 of each Agreement. That decision shall be made at an open public meeting held after issuance of the Final Environmental Impact Statement.”
Should this ordinance section be: