Dear fellow tax hikers, we have great news to share. This week Cincinnati City Council will be approving another $17 million for our beloved Cincinnati Streetcar! This vote will occur tomorrow and Wednesday.
We can exclusively report that it has already passed - likely on a 6-3 vote. We strongly endorse its passage.
The three no votes will be streetcar opponents Christopher Smitherman and Charlie Winburn, along with Presidential candidate P.G. Sittenfeld. P.G. says he's for the streetcar when speaking to certain streetcar supporters, but he feels he can't have the streetcar on his record when he runs for County Commissioner next year and for President in 2040.
Automatic yes votes include Mallory yes-men Roxanne Qualls and Laure Quinlivan, along with the ultra-obedient Councilmen Wendell Young and Yvette Simpson. The latter two, in particular, would not dare question the Mallory administration and will gladly cast their yes vote as ordered.
That leaves Pamula Thomas and Chris Seelbach. As we have already covered, Pam Thomas is voting yes. She knows she is not allowed to make up her own mind. That was a condition for being appointed to Council. She has been ordered to vote yes and that is what she will do.
That leaves City Councilman Chris Seelbach, a City Councilman on Cincinnati City Council. City Councilman Seelbach has been lobbied heavily by the downtown urban hipsters, and he knows he can't get re-elected without their 45 votes. City Councilman Seelbach will do the same thing he usually does - pretend to show concern about the costs to appease one side, while still making sure it passes so he doesn't risk upsetting Mallory and Qualls.
This is what City Councilman Seelbach did on the Parking Plan. He voted Yes to make it a 6-3 vote in favor of making it Emergency legislation, which made it referendum-proof. Then after he saw the legislation had 5 votes for passage, he voted against it on the final vote. City Councilman Seelbach voted for it before he voted against it. He made sure it passed and was referendum-proof.
Expect City Councilman Seelbach to take a similar approach to the streetcar vote. Under no circumstances will he be a vote that kills this important streetcar funding. We applaud City Councilman Seelbach and the rest of Council for the blank check they have provided for this important streetcar.