Clark County voters defeated a measure to extend Portland’s light rail line into Vancouver in 1995 by a 2 to 1 vote. Beginning in the early 2000’s, light rail became a growing issue and by 2008 it became the “Locally Preferred Alternative” chosen by the C-Tran Board of Directors, Vancouver City Council and the RTC.
Earlier in the month, the Lazy C saw fit to publish a series of Letters to the Editor condemning the actions of officials in killing off the CRC light rail project.
“Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, has burned any and all bridges when it comes to starting a new dialogue about the construction of a new Interstate 5 Bridge.”
“There is solid evidence that Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, worked hard to kill the Columbia River Crossing project because she was opposed to light rail coming into Vancouver.”
“The most important reason to build a new Columbia River bridge is safety. When the big earthquake strikes this area, the bridge will collapse and many people will die. An eastern bridge won’t help.”
As everybody in Clark and Multnomah Counties saw, the Wednesday, June 17, 2015 commute was a mess, a real nightmare as once again, a Semi Truck accident closed the bridge in the early hours of the morning.
As has happened before, traffic had to be diverted several miles east to the Glenn Jackson Bridge to cross the Columbia River, causing a massive traffic back-up for several miles for commuters.
Almost immediately we heard the cries of supporters of the now comatose CRC light rail project of how certain people were to blame not approving that light rail project, as if somehow magically, forcing light rail a few blocks into our community would have prevented a driver from drifting too far to the right, striking the bridge and rolling over.
April 23, 2015: Liz Pike’s Bi-State Bridge Coalition Q & A
Annette Cleveland, Democrat 49th Legislative District State Senator once again fires and misses the target! In an op-ed published by the Lazy C, pertaining to renewed efforts to engage Oregon in discussions on alleviating traffic congestion on the overcrowded I-5 corridor, she once again spews her misguided view.
“As we consider any renewed effort to come up with a plan to replace the dangerous Interstate 5 Bridge, it is imperative that we apply the lessons of the more than 10-year effort to build the Columbia River Crossing,” Cleveland writes.
She continues, “First, we learned that a decade-long process of designs, plans and public meetings can be derailed at the 11th hour, wasting millions of dollars already spent and leaving hundreds of millions of federal dollars on the table. We can’t afford to squander taxpayer dollars like that.”
Somebody knows, of course, but aren’t speaking very loudly.
Some speculate if the plan isn’t to piecemeal the failed CRC light rail project into place before the voters that have rejected every single funding mechanism are wise to it.
An unusually large spider disrupted the I-5 northbound commute as it held off traffic trying to cross the bridge into Clark County about two hours.
Light rail would not have made it across either, Rep. Moeller ;-)
Simply amazing to read in the Lazy C from one of America’s wealthiest individuals, Ken Fisher of Fisher Investments;
He advocated for embracing the non-urban nature of Southwest Washington, and urged local leaders not to tie themselves to Portland as they develop the community.
Portland may be trendy, but Southwest Washington is less concerned with taste and style, and more concerned with the “real” world, he said.
“I’ve got a lot of class and all of it’s low. I got a lot of taste and all of it’s bad. I see all these people who suffer from inferiority complexes who want to go and be a foodie in Portland. I will do that when I’m dragged across the river,” Fisher said, in a characteristically dry dig at urban America.
“Let Portland be Portland, you guys be you,” he continued, winning applause from the crowd.
Once again we witness a group of Clark County citizens filing a lawsuit against C-Tran over their moving ahead with plans for Bus Rapid Transit after voters overwhelmingly voted down a funding measure for construction of BRT.
Two years ago this blog raised the question Voters Slap Down CRC & C-TRAN, But Will It Matter? and wrote of subsequent efforts by C-Tran to Bypass Voters on BRT and LRT to see them moving ahead with an approval of BRT this past April.
I was not included in the loop on this lawsuit, only receiving copies of the Summons and Complaint with no explanation or background on it. But it is obvious that a familiar group of names got together to seek an attorney to file it.
In the November 10, 2014 Lazy C: CRC lingers in long-range plans
Ask yourself, why didn’t they admit any of this BEFORE the election where they pushed for a transformation in county government?
This blog was among the few that shined light on the Home Rule Charter effort being in part to resurrect the comatose CRC light rail project. While others focused on claims of diluting the Commissioners to councilors and gerrymandering of districts in hopes of benefiting the left, this blog focused on motives of the effort.
In part, that effort was to undo the 2012 election to oust two conservative Commissioners that stood in the way of the CRC light rail project at the behest of the citizens of Clark County. It grew out of an effort to recall them that was unwarranted.
(A spoof by Professor Robert Dean)
Jeff Hamm: Hey, Lew! Thanks for agreeing to meet with me.
Lew Waters: No problem, Jeff. I wouldn’t have chosen Bryan Wray’s coffee shop, though.
Jeff Hamm: Sorry about that, Lew. I need the cover.
Lew Waters: Oh, you mean the tar and feathers stuff. Look, I wouldn’t…
Jeff Hamm: I’m not, really – just precautions.
Lew Waters: What’s up?
Jeff Hamm: Did you bring your tape recorder?
Now that the plug has been pulled on the bloated CRC light rail project, it is very apparent that proponents of that boondoggle are going to oppose any and every suggestion to actually work towards easing congestion along the I-5 Corridor through Vancouver, out of pure, hateful spite.
Never mind that their darling light rail extension from Portland that commanded the project never enjoyed the support of Clark County citizens, it was light rail or nothing at all, evidence by the calls of “no light rail, no bridge” from several proponents.
Figg Engineering has now provided the community with a proposal for an East County Bridge , a proposal they drew up at no charge to taxpayers. Contrast that to the CRC light rail project that sucked over $200 Million away from taxpayers, leaving us with nothing to show for our money, just bitter memories of out of touch elected officials ignoring our voices and attempting to go against our desires.
Previously unknown (to me) press conference by then Mayor-elect Tim Leavitt
Larry Patella has been a staunch advocate for the people of Clark County & Vancouver, Washington. He has been in the forefront of many battles with the City Council’s desires to separate taxpayers from their hard-earned paychecks over several years.
And circumstances have proven him correct many times over, even though ultimately, taxpayers have ended up stuck with a bill they shouldn’t have. The list is too numerous to post here, but all too often his warnings have fallen on deaf Democrat ears and we taxpayers have ended up with the bills.
But, when he is wrong, he’s wrong and when he is too stubborn to admit it, even though several show him where he is wrong, I must defend what is right, let the chips fall where they may.
If ever there is an example of just how ridiculous Republicans make themselves appear, it is the furor over Willamette Week reporter Nigel Jaquiss seen writing “blah, blah, blah” on his note pad during a recent candidate endorsement interview.
According to KGW News, it irked Callahan enough for him to light into Jaquiss with “I see what you’re writing down there, you just wrote down ‘blah, blah, blah, blah, blah’ for everything that Joe Rae said. Joe Rae is a respectable woman. Why are you not respecting her?”
Who hasn’t either said or thought the same during some long, drawn out talking by someone else?
Reminiscent of an editorial after Barack Obama won his chance to dismantle American freedoms in 2008, now comes Lazy C editor, ‘Lefty’ Lou Brancaccio with yet another smokescreen call of “come together.”
Now, as then, it is nothing more than a partisan call to isolate those he dislikes, conservative Republicans and fall into step with his preferred socialistic and beloved Democrats as we see the call is always “come together” under Democrats with him.
The editorial, Press Talk: It’s time to move forward is nothing more than another thinly veiled attack against conservative Republicans, focusing on the same three, Benton, Mielke & Madore that we have seen every week for months now.
So much for all the calls of hope and change from a few years ago. If that change doesn’t suit the crooks that tried desperately to ram Portland, Oregon’s financially troubled light rail down the throats of Clark County taxpayers, well, let’s just say the small minority of fatcats intend to take action to restore their power balance and ripping off taxpayers.
Paul Montague, who was tasked with leading the rip-off light rail project has announced his intent to resign as president of Identity Clark County to now lead a political action committee specifically to “counter the direction of commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke” according to a Lazy C article by Cami Joner.
That both were elected by wide majorities specifically by voters to change the direction of the county rubs Montague and his ilk the wrong way, displaying the disdain they hold for middle class citizens desiring to retain a little of their own paychecks so they can care better for their families.
Former mayor Royce Pollard, displaying the very conduct he would never tolerate when he was mayor
I won’t discuss the merits of a much-needed third bridge across the Columbia River at this time or the aggressive 5-years Commissioner Madore claims, but this is indicative of what I have said before of spiteful opposition from CRC supporters for our not allowing them to force Portland’s financially troubled light rail on us against our will.
Keep it classy, Royce. What a jerk you are.
We all know that such speeches are designed to be boastful and filled with platitudes and claims of how good things are under the official giving them. And we also know most spin the facts to make the giver appear better than they are.
But, Leavitt took the opportunity to show just what an immature asshole he really is.
I can’t say it is unexpected, given strong citizen opposition and poor support in the Oregon legislature, but news is out that Oregon Governor Kitzhaber’s Sunday, March 9 deadline for funding an “Oregon Only” CRC plan to ram their financially failing light rail onto Clark County will see the demise of the project, again.
We heard this before, though. Just last year the Washington Senate failed to bring a funding measure to the floor, effectively ending Washington State’s involvement in the boondoggle.
But special interests hell bent on forcing light rail across the Columbia River, thereby enhancing their bank accounts, revived the project under an ill-advised “Oregon Only” plan, where the state of Oregon appeared to take on construction by themselves and funding to be placed on the backs of Clark County commuters with expensive tolling.