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The Seattle Monorail Swindle



The citizens of Seattle have voted for an expanded citywide Monorail transportation system five (5) consecutive times in eight (8) years.

1997 - For Monorail Initiative 41;

2000 - For Monorail Initiative 53;

2002 - For Monorail Plan Citizen Petition #1;

2004 - Against Monorail Recall Initiative I-83 and,

2005 - For Proposition #2 / Majority-Elected Authority.

2005 Proposition No.1 - A FRAUD!

On November 8, 2005, the Seattle Popular Monorail Authority ("SPMA") placed an unauthorized and fraudulent ballot measure designated Proposition No.1 before the voters proposing that the Monorail Plan be unnecessarily changed, ruinously diminishing the system while adding $billions to the project, or no new monorail would be built.  Proposition No. 1 was a blatant attempt to defraud Seattle of the SMP by ignoring specific Monorail Project legal safeguards with a scam vote designed to sabotage the people's monorail project mandate. See RCW 35.95A.120.

Here's a heads up.  A lawful ballot measure would never be worded something like: "Approve this or else." 

See transcript of Proposition No.1 below.

King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

November 8, 2005 General & Special Election


Simple majority


The Board of Directors of the Seattle Monorail Project adopted Resolution No. 05-36-A which concerns constructing a monorail by modifying the Seattle Popular Monorail Plan. This measure would modify the Plan to allow SMP to: initially build a monorail from Dravus (Interbay) to Alaska Junction (West Seattle); further modify the Plan’s route if necessary to obtain City consent for construction permits following City review of SMP’s finance plan; and, if possible, build the remainder of the 14-mile Green Line. If this proposition is enacted, SMP would be directed to build a monorail. If it is rejected, no new monorail would be built. Should this proposition be enacted into law?



An ultimatum such as Proposition No.1 does not make for a lawful ballot measure under any circumstances.  An unconstitutional proposition such as Prop. 1 is what is known as a "logrolling" bill where goals lacking rational unity within a bill are proposed to guarantee some result.

Do you see how voters are taken by such a proposition?  "Accept "A", or suffer "B" as a consequence.  You see that Nickels' and the SPMA's Prop. 1 was a deliberate cheat designed to kill the Monorail Project no matter whether voters accepted or rejected the measure.

Accept: Modify the plan / modify the modified plan as necessary (who would know what that would deliver / Monorail would automatically become cost prohibitive) and / give ultimate control of the Monorail project to the City Council (dissolving the people's vote for an independent Monorail Authority subjugating the Monorail Project to a City Council hostile to the SMP.)

or, no new Monorail will be built.

You see that 2005 Prop. 1 was designed to kill the SMP either way. 

The illegal call for; construction and submission to the voters of, 2005 Seattle Prop. 1 gives you a clear picture of the plot to swindle Seattle out of the people's Monorail Project and who was behind it.  

The SPMA had not shown any real justifiable need for changing the Monorail plan voters had previously approved. What had been shown was that the SPMA had not been operating in the best interest of the public and it was with them that voters prudently chose to make a change.  The SPMA was seeking more than $150 million a monorail mile when comparable contracts for Monorail systems were being made in the low to mid $30 million a mile range.

It was obvious that the SPMA was working to artificially inflate Monorail costs to a level they knew would be repulsive to the public, and that the Monorail Authority had no real intention of ever complying with their voter mandate to produce a citywide Monorail transportation system.

Seattle therefore rightfully rejected SPMA's proposition and, by passage of Proposition No.2, directed that the SMP proceed under new management by changing the composition of the Monorail Authority to a majority-elected Board starting in 2007.

The SPMA displayed its intent (not the voters' desire) to terminate the SMP if Prop. 1 was rejected as shown below.

"FURTHER RESOLVED: That in the event that the voters do not approve the ballot measure set forth below, the SMP Board shall terminate SMP as quickly as practicable, consistent with maximizing the realized value of SMP assets and efficiently discharging all obligations of SMP;" - SPMA Prop. No.1 Resolution, Local Voters' Pamphlet 2005


Although initially portrayed as a legitimate vote, Seattle City administration and the Monorail Authority have since admitted that Proposition No.1 was not a lawful ballot measure.  Prop. 1 did not empower the SPMA to terminate the Seattle Monorail Project, and it is not SPMA's prerogative to decide to terminate the SMP on its own. Despite the lawful voter mandate charging the SPMA with building, operating and maintaining a citywide Monorail transportation system for Seattle, the SPMA persisted in its endeavor to defraud Seattle of the SMP and the Monorail Authority Board members have simply abandoned their civic duty and walked out of public office.

To recap, NO LAWFUL VOTE has ever been taken to terminate and dissolve the Seattle Monorail Project. The specific lawful procedure for termination and dissolution of the SMP is prescribed in RCW 35.95A.120.

Moreover, in a 2004 lawsuit concerning I-83 and the SMP, King County Superior Court Judge Steven C. Gonzalez found that, since having been designated an "essential public facility" under the Washington State Growth Management Act ("GMA"), the Seattle Monorail Project was something that could not be re-voted. See RCW 36.70A.200(5)

Any problems the Seattle Monorail Project had were the result of deliberate sabotage by the SPMA itself.  City administration vs. the SPMA and their bad Monorail plan was merely a charade.  The SPMA Board was made up of appointees by the City Council and Mayor, and they were working together to kill the Monorail Project.

The budget the Seattle voters had approved for the 13.7 mile Green Line Monorail route was realistically at least 4 times as much as the Monorail Authority needed to complete the initial Monorail segment. It had become obvious that public officials backing the Sound Transit Light Rail boondoggle were resentful of the people's vote for Monorail and covetous of Monorail funding. Seeing Monorail as a threat to the "success" of Light Rail and ST's probable future requests for more funding, the SPMA, operating at the behest of Sound Transit Board member and current ST Board Chair Seattle City Mayor Greg Nickels et al., worked to dishonestly depict the Seattle Monorail Project as a financially impossible fiasco toward the goal of defrauding the people of the SMP. It would be Mayor Nickels who would ultimately call for the unlawful/fraudulent Prop. 1 vote to cheat the people out of the SMP.

Also recognize that the Seattle Monorail Project was permitted by the superior authority of the people's initiative. The SMP did not actually need "city permits" to build, and Mayor Nickels' statements that the SPMA could not build without city permits demonstrates his intent to deceive the public about the Monorail Project.

To clarify, by mentioning the SPMA it was apparent that only a couple of people on the Monorail Authority Board were directing SMP operations, those two being the Board Chair and Vice-Chair.  And, it was revealed that these SPMA officials were having regular closed door discussions on the SMP with the Mayor. The rest of the Monorail Authority Board members were essentially disengaged (or actually locked out) from any real SMP oversight with a majority of them simply being yes men to the MA Board Chair and Vice-Chair outnumbering and marginalizing the few dutiful Board members.

 Immediate reactivation of the Seattle Monorail Project is completely appropriate.

When challenged, the Seattle Monorail Authority has never denied that their arbitrary termination of the Seattle Monorial Project was a violation of state law and their municipal-voter mandate to build a citywide monorail transportation system.

The "courts" have continuously chosen to block the matter from judicial consideration by request of the fraudster Monorail Authority.