On November 19, 2008, more than 4 1/2 years ago, the email below was submitted to the Mercer Island City Council.
Mercer Islanders are still waiting for an answer from our elected leaders!
Claus V. Jensen
email dated November 19, 2008
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Subject: Judy Clibborn - and HB 3096
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 15:01:38 -0800
TO:The Mercer Island City Council The Open House on 520 Tolling meeting at the JCC on Monday was attended by Mercer Island State Representative Judy Clibborn.
I took the opportunity to ask Ms. Clibborn if she supported the NO TOLL ON I-90 petition. Ms. Clibborn's answer was "I introduced the bill". I had no idea what Ms. Clibborn was talking about, but I assumed she had introduced a bill to exempt Mercer Island from any toll. But just to make sure, I found the bill she introduced - House Bill 3096: "Introduced by Rep. Judy Clibborn, (D-Mercer Island) on January 22, 2008, to provide for tolling of state route number 520 and to seek advice from the Federal Highway Administration on the necessary process to collect tolls on the Interstate 90 floating bridge.". So, much to my surprise, "our representative" Judy Clibborn introduced the bill to toll I-90, thus creating the nightmare scenario that Mercer Islanders now face! Did Ms. Clibborn consult with the Council before introducing her bill? Did the council have an opportunity to consider the bill before it was submitted to the Legislature? If not, I think the time has come for the Council to draft a resolution admonishing Representative Judy Clibborn for acting against the very interests of the Mercer Islanders she was elected to represent. Claus V. Jensen