Posts tagged ‘TriMet’

June 1, 2014

Prosper and Thrive?

by lewwaters

Never Push

As you all know, I have been subjected to a massive smear campaign of late because of exposing some underhanded tactics by the Clark County Republican Party. It backfired on them as a surprising number of people, young and old, Democrat and Republican even an Independent or two sent me messages of support, agreeing that what I exposed needed to be exposed.

It is widely believed that this current group of what I can only describe as “hotheads” was funded in their takeover of the CCGOP by current County Commissioner, David Madore, also owner of US Digital. Whether he has any direct involvement in this smear campaign, I really do not know, but he told me he does not and added he has no idea who they are.

May 7, 2014

Meanwhile, Out Back at the Woodshed

by lewwaters

Woodshed 1Larry 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.

March 12, 2014

Leavitt’s State of the City, A Travesty

by lewwaters

Leavitt Dean 6Vancouver’s Mayor, Tim ‘the Liar’ Leavitt gave the annual State of the City address today, March 12, 2014 at Fort Vancouver High School, his alma mater.

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.

March 7, 2014

CRC Dead? Or Just In A Coma, Again?

by lewwaters

I-5 Bridge 02I 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.

February 20, 2014

About the Inevitable CRC Cost Overruns

by lewwaters

Still think Oregon will pay for any cost overruns associated with the CRC light rail boondoggle?

Oregon State Democrat Senator Michael Dembrow is letting you know, Clark County commuters, that you will be paying for whatever it is Oregon wants.

His cavalier attitude rivals the cluelessness of Washington State Democrat State Senator Annette Cleveland as she expressed the evening of Feb 19, 2014 during the tele-town hall held with constituents of the 49th legislative district.

I’d post the audio, but I guess you’ll have to wait for the Lazy C to post it since that is the preferred source of information.

January 15, 2014

Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber Receives CRC Award

by lewwaters

Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation announces their award to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber of the Petunia’s Porker Award for “his ‘go it alone’ proposal in building the wasteful, Columbia River Crossing boondoggle.”

January 12, 2014

C-Trans Omitted Details

by lewwaters

Why is there no criminal investigation into this out of control agency?

Video credit: Jim Karlock

December 12, 2013

What Does C-Tran Have to Hide?

by lewwaters

C-TranTransparency, a word we often hear thrown about during political campaigns or read in editorials claiming we should see more of it.

Bombastic former editorial page editor for the Lazy C, John Laird, whipping up support for a new County Charter claimed in a July 14, 2013 editorial, “Commissioners run roughshod over their dual dominion of executive and legislative powers, with far too little transparency and a glaring shortage of accountability.”

November 6, 2013 saw Lazy C Madore critic Erik Hidle actually credit County Commissioner Madore for instituting an “open checkbook” online so citizens could see where our tax dollars have gone and admitting, “It’s also not the only thing Madore has done to make Clark County more transparent.”

November 21, 2013

Why is Ed Barnes Still So Angry and Bitter?

by lewwaters

The C-Tran/TriMet deal has essentially gone how former union boss Barnes called for, yet he still shows up at various meetings, bitching?

He got what he wanted, so why keep bitching?

November 4, 2013

Keeping Our Transportation Dollars for Our Needs

by lewwaters

Let’s not send our transportation dollars to Portland, Oregon in support of their failing light rail system forced into Clark County against the wishes of taxpayers and voters. We need to use our tax dollars to solve transportation issues in our own state before giving anything to Oregon’s bottomless pit Metro.

While there are no legislative races in tomorrows election, we can begin returning sanity to our local government by reelecting Jeanne E Stewart to the Vancouver City Council, elect Bill Turlay over Tim Leavitt as Mayor of Vancouver, elect Micheline Doan and Frank Decker for Vancouver City Council, Vanessa Amundson for Camas City Council and Lyle Lamb for Battle Ground City Council while keeping Lisa Walters. Write in Tim Wilson for Ridgefield City Council.

While not directly related to transportation issues, a vote for Lisa Phifer Ross for Vancouver School District will be an improvement for our schools.

November 3, 2013

Ignore the Smokescreen and Vote

by lewwaters

Vote 1Clark County Conservative would like to remind voters in Clark County to get those ballots in soon. There are only two days left before the election.

Although it is an off year election, this one is just as important as any we have ever had.

Vancouver will be selecting a new mayor and three city council seats as well as smaller cities around Clark County will be selecting their own city council members.

Voters will also be selecting 15 freeholders to begin a process that could lead to a restructuring of the county government.

November 1, 2013

Forward Vancouver, Trashy and Dishonest

by lewwaters

Leavitt 5As we have seen, downtown special interests desire to keep rubber stamp Tim Leavitt in office as mayor of Vancouver and retain full control over the C-Tran Board of Directors ramming Portland, Oregon’s financially failing light rail down our throats.

Leavitt, known for his dishonesty in seeking office in 2009, took to facebook when it was falsely alleged that philanthropist Ed Lynch was labeled “corrupt” by Vancouver Vitality saying, “No matter what your political views are, we can all agree that making personal attacks on such a fine citizen is reprehensible.”

But, Leavitt remains mum on those from his camp smearing and leveling false allegations against another “fine citizen,” County Commissioner David Madore.

The despicable acts of Forward Vancouver, a PAC set up solely to support the reelection of Tim ‘the Liar’ Leavitt has previously been covered here and here.

October 29, 2013

(SPOOF) Ed Lynch: Turning More than Heads

by lewwaters

College 4A spoof by Professor Robert Dean. Where appropriate, names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Photo by Jim Mains

Photo by Jim Mains

Ed, Dollie Lynch honored for a lifetime of giving

Buzz! Buzz!

Jim Mains: Yes, Betty?

Secretary: There’s a Mr. David Madore here to see you sir. He says he has a 4 o’clock.

October 25, 2013

Little Slips Can Tell a Lot

by lewwaters

C-TranSomething unscrupulous media has been known to do is try to slip something past readers, citizens of their communities, in an effort to push forward an agenda that a majority in the community might oppose. Other times it might be a small sliver of truth in an agenda driven article, buried deep in the article with hopes that busy people will just read a biased headline and maybe skim the first part of the article.

Some claim they are not biased because there is that hint of truth in an otherwise heavily biased article, all too often missed or overlooked by readers.

And other times a quote is included in what might otherwise be considered an unrelated article that actually sheds light on another matter citizens of a community should be made aware of.

October 25, 2013

Corruption at the C-Tran Board of Directors

by lewwaters

An example from two consecutive meetings of the C-Tran Board of Directors, calling for postponing resolutions made by Clark County Commissioner David Madore, who is standing up for citizens against multi-Billion dollar light rail project they have repeatedly rejected and is being rammed down their throats anyway, after the same Board approved a resolution just presented moments before at the previous meeting that authorized entering binding contract with the Light rail provide, Portland, Oregon’s TriMet that was signed the very next day, apparently unseen or not open for discussion by Board members or the public.

October 24, 2013

Shouldn’t Those Demanding “Put Up or Shut Up” be Willing to “Put Up?”

by lewwaters

“reasonable voters don’t see truth-telling as a sleazy maneuver at all” Columbian Editorial, October 11, 2009

Robber Baron Union BossThe above quote was in reference to now incumbent mayor Tim Leavitt allegations of supporters of his opponent exposing his lack of voting over the years, Leavitt calling it a “sleazy maneuver” to let the public know something truthful about him.

But in this election it would appear that the Columbian, better known here as the Lazy C, has flipped on that position and now is the one expressing that exposing candidates and supporters is sleazy. Candidates that support positions they favor, that is.

As shown in the post The Little Paper That Cries Wolf, there is a recently formed group of concerned citizens and business owners that has been making noise and apparently, in spite of making a couple errors in navigating the complicated world of political rules, this group of political novices seems to be worrying some supporting the special interests in our fair city.

October 23, 2013

Citizen Sees Waste Connections Connection

by lewwaters

Waste Connections to Local Politicians

Submitted by Margaret Tweet, Oct.23, 2013

Waste Connections Inc. (WCI) has exclusive contracts for garbage and recycling services with Clark County, Vancouver, and other cities. WCI connects with local politicians who approve their contracts via generous campaign contributions. According to the Public Disclosure Commission, top recipients of WCI associated largess are County Commissioner Steve Stuart ($20,271) and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt ($14,650). In contrast, Commissioners Madore and Mielke  as well as Vancouver City Councilors Bill Turlay , Jeanne Stewart, and Jack Burkman show no donations on file. A spreadsheet of noteable donations is available for details, and links are also included in the article.

October 22, 2013

The Little Paper That Cries Wolf (Updated)

by lewwaters

Wolf 2We all know the fable of the Little Boy Who Cried Wolf and how he liked to stir up people by warning them of a wolf stalking the sheep, ready to eat them up, knowing it was false. When one day a real wolf did appear and he cried warning people, nobody believed him and the sheep were scattered.

The moral of the story is that after many lies, false claims or in the case of our news media, biased reporting, even if they were to report something truthful, who would believe them?

We need look no further for a prime example of this than our own local newspaper of record, the Columbian, or Lazy C as I refer to them due to their lack of interest in reporting anything negative about Democrats while building mountains out of molehills to smear Republicans or conservatives and anybody not supportive of the Columbia River Crossing Light Rail project.

October 17, 2013

Lazy C Goes Barrel Scrapping, Again (Updated)

by lewwaters

Barrel 2It’s a given that a conservative candidate, for the most part, cannot get a fair shake when it comes to news by the Lazy C, aka the Columbian. Especially if they oppose the CRC they can expect to never see a positive word about them in the pages.

Editor Lou Brancaccio has claimed many times now that it is not so, but the evidence of their bias is so blatant it literally screams.

Such is the case with Vancouver City Council member Bill Turlay, running to replace Mayor Tim Leavitt.

Turlay has not once received the papers endorsement in previous tries for office, but the people rallied behind him since he actually sides with the people against special interest groups promoting the disastrous CRC light rail project.

October 16, 2013

Stewart and Doan for City Council

by lewwaters

Vote 1Voters in Vancouver Washington have another opportunity to restore the city or just allow it to the slide into obscurity. You are facing another off-year election where a majority of voters don’t bother to vote, seeing no candidates for national office running.

Unfortunately, those that decline to vote this time hurt themselves more since these off year elections are when many local offices are filled with incumbents or replaced with new people.

The Mayor of Vancouver race has already been covered, but three seats on the city council are up this time and if you are fed up with being ignored, silenced or disrespected, this is an important election for you. You can change how the city has been going.

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