A group led by Magnolia activist Elizabeth Campbell plans to collect enough signatures to get an initiative about the Highway 99 tunnel on the ballot in February 2011. They will need to gather more than 20,000 valid signatures in the next three months.
Campbell’s group is called Seattle Citizens Against the Tunnel, or SCAT. If it passed, the initiative would bar construction, operation or use of Seattle property for a Highway 99 tunnel. Campbell, a transportation activist who ran for mayor last year, told our news partners at the Seattle Times today that she hopes the state rebuilds the elevated viaduct. "I prefer the elevated," she said. "I like the view."
SCAT has plans to use a number of methods for gathering signatures, including unattended signing kiosks. These all weather A-frame easels will be set out in key 2007 tunnel/elevated vote neighborhoods. They will also put signing boards at select businesses and downloadable petitions will be available through the SCAT website. The group does not plan on using paid signature gatherers.