Lisa Herbold, the former Nick Licata aide, is officially the Councilwoman-Elect for Seattle City Council District 1 after a manual recount. Nick Licata was a council member who once testified to Congress (along with economists Brad Humphreys and Heywood Sanders and Field of Schemes author Neil deMause) about professional sports’ extortion of the cities, particularly from his experiences with the Sonics. Nick is retiring from the council and was one of the two members who voted against Hansen’s SoDo arena MOU.
In Lisa’s interview with Tracy Record of the West Seattle Blog, Lisa mentioned a desire to keep a close watch on the SoDo arena proposal and that no NHL-first scenarios happen. This should not surprise anyone who listened to the Seattle Arena Review Committee’s report or the councilmember comments while voting on the MOU (which, when first announced by McGinn and Constantine, was “must have NHL and NBA both before building”).
She also plans to keep close watch on the SODO arena proposal, insistent that it can’t be built “hockey-first.”
Personally, I wish she’d also commit to shelve any street vacation votes as well. It only serves to pave the way for Hansen’s land parcels to be stitched together.