David is correct: http://www.startribune.com/local/west/272957251.html
I have to imagine that's probably it for the "no" votes. Based on his voting record on a number of things, Yang seems more interested in lawyering every argument than being a councilmember. How the **** does the Ward 5 councilmember vote against this when basically the only touted benefit to Minneapolis (aside from moving more suburbanites into the city on rails instead of buses & cars) is the prospect of development around the Near North stations?
Granted, he's basing his rejection around the fact that an EIS for the tunnel has not been completed. That was Gordon's reasoning as well. They sorta have a point, but if the study comes out and says the tunnel is going to impact the lakes, it won't get built. Period. As much as Hennepin County and Met Council want to keep moving forward on this path, they aren't going to build a line that intentionally harms the lakes, and they know Minneapolis will not allow all three modes at grade. If the tunnel is infeasible or gets scrapped for whatever reason, it's probably back to the drawing board and Bottineau skips ahead.
EDIT: Seriously guys, MinnPost is the best: http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy ... thwest-lrt
If you aren't giving them at least $3/month, [insert petty insult]. Superb, unbiased reporting that is often unmatched by MPR or Star Trib (save for Eric Roper). This particular SWLRT piece isn't Karen Boros, but she is a phenomenal city/politics reporter. And now with Bill Lindeke writing Cityscape? Take my money!
Also, cheers to Lisa Bender for her quotes referencing the "other" alignment. There's two different quotes in the Strib piece and MinnPost regarding Uptown and her take on the issue. Minneapolis is so lucky to have her.