Posts tagged ‘CRC’

May 1, 2016

Lazy C Didn’t Always View Public Comment So Sacred

by lewwaters

City Council & Debbie PetersonThe local “newspaper of record,” the Columbian, or as this blog has long referred to them, the Lazy C for their lack of interest in shining light on Democrats, posted a column today, Sunday May 1, 2016 decrying efforts by Port of Vancouver Commissioner Jerry Oliver to bypass public comments recently pertaining to the proposed Oil Terminal.

Oliver gave as his reason, “They don’t come down to talk. They come down to protest.”

This seems to have raised the ire of the Lazy C editorial staff that opposes the terminal as the state in their Sunday column, “Attempting to stifle public comment no way to mitigate oil terminal concerns.”

April 2, 2016

Lazy C: Eulogizing and Hypocrisy

by lewwaters

Brancaccio FoolOur community suffered a grave loss last week with the death of John McKibbin and his passenger, Irene Mustain when McKibbin’s North American AT-6 crashed into the Columbia River.

I never had much interaction with McKibbin that I can recall, although I do believe our paths likely crossed at some community events, enabling me to once video tape him in his airplane, starting it, taxiing and later flying overhead.

A former County Commissioner, legislator and community leader, he was well liked and honored in the community and will be well remembered, I am certain. And by all accounts, an honorable man.

March 14, 2016

Can We Please Drive a Stake Through The Heart of Light Rail?

by lewwaters

I am convinced that light rail, whether we like it or not, must be a part of the project. As such the responsibility, again whether we like it or not, falls on the community to cover the cost of the operation and maintenance…” Former Port of Vancouver Director Larry Paulson March 26, 2012

Light Rail HellThe words above spoken by former Port of Vancouver Director Larry Paulson is indicative of the uphill battle we waged for nearly 20 years against forcing us to accept Portland, Oregon’s financially ailing light rail system a few blocks into our community, across state lines.

“It’s a done deal,” “Nothing you can do will stop it,” “Hounds of Whinerville,” and of course, “like it or not” were repeatedly heard as we plowed ahead, elected representatives that supported us over Portland and eventually, saw the ill-fated Columbia River Crossing project die painful death.

Or so we thought.

February 24, 2016

Rep. Wylie & Sen. Cleveland on “That Bridge”

by lewwaters

An excerpt from the Feb 23, 2016 tele-town hall convened by Rep Sharon Wylie (D. 49) and Sen. Annette Cleveland (D. 49) responding to a constituent question concerning “That Bridge.”

Of note is how both craftily avoided using the words “light rail” since the effort to force light rail on the community against our wishes is what forced the bloated boondoggle into a comatose state.

February 16, 2016

Updated: Deny, Deny, Deny, but Stack the Deck

by lewwaters

It seems the very instant anyone brings up mention of the comatose CRC light rail project or even light rail itself, they are quickly deluged with denials and ridicule over it with the usual call of the project is dead and buried and we will not see a new bridge over the Columbia River for at least a generation.

We see comments from C3G2 as, “THE SKY IS FALLING! AKA, THE OREGON-ONLY CRC IS BACK! (….not)” in response to observations from an Oregon resident concerning efforts south of the river.

This blog has shown the gradual efforts from our side of the river in calling for a reassessment of transportation needs similar to those seen years ago as the CRC light rail project grew into the bloated boondoggle it promised to become.

February 14, 2016

Did Madore Claim a New Bridge in 5 Years?

by lewwaters

Since early 2014, the Lazy C and Democrats have claimed Councilor Madore said we would have a new East County Bridge in 5 years. He recently claimed that has been a “misrepresentation” of what was originally said.

To set the record straight, let’s look at what was said and you can make up your own mind about it.

February 3, 2016

Herrera Beutler Sets Leavitt Straight on Pike and I-5

by lewwaters

Herrera Smile 2As we all know, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt ran for his first term on numerous promises to fight against tolling the now comatose CRC light rail project, flipping his position soon after defeating incumbent Royce Pollard. The flip left Pollard to state in a radio interview, “I want to puke.”

Pollard went on to say that Leavitt had “duped the citizens of America’s Vancouver” and that he had “checked his honesty and integrity at the door somewhere way back down the line … people bought that bull … this was a campaign based on a lie.”

In his 2013 bid for reelection, all was forgiven by the Lazy C editor, Lefty Lou Brancaccio when Leavitt merely admitted to him in an interview, “I was wrong.”

January 15, 2016

Will Light Rail Win This Time?

by lewwaters

Light Rail HellI have said all along that the CRC did not actually die, but fell into an induced coma as both states, Oregon and Washington failed to fund their portions amidst much teeth gnashing and wailing on the part of proponents, some elected officials and business people that left the appearance of missing out on personal profits.

While there is no official announcement of a CRC light rail type of project coming back into play, there are a few indicators being heard of just that possibility coming out of light rail proponents.

The Lazy C has run numerous articles and editorials extolling once again, the need to replace the I-5 Bridges across the Columbia River between the states of Oregon and Washington. Of course, each makes sure to mention those that listened to constituents and worked to stop funding in a negative manner.

January 3, 2016

What We Really Need Is Good Paying Jobs

by lewwaters

Tenement 3Not too surprising to see the Lazy C editorializing in the Sunday edition, “Make Housing Affordable” with, “In order to thrive, our community must accommodate young families, newcomers.”

Wasn’t it years worth of pushing for more and more “affordable housing” that led to the mortgage bubble that burst and saw our economy tank?

How about instead of pushing for more government involvement in housing, government and envirowackos get out of the way and allow some good paying, family wage middle class jobs be created instead of pushing for taxpayer subsidized playgrounds for the wealthy like the concrete jungle planned for the waterfront?

November 20, 2015

What Killed the CRC?

by lewwaters

CRC TombstoneInteresting to see KGW 8 publishing yet another article on the comatose CRC, 8 things that wrecked the new I-5 bridge with the usual calls and blame of what they feel brought the project down.

Listed are 1. Washington Legislators; 2. Transit; 3. Extras; 4. Tolls; 5. Finances; 6. Bridge Design; 7. ODOT and 8. Oregon legislators.

I can’t argue that each played a role in seeing the project closed down.

But ultimately, one thing is primarily to blame and that is the project never had the support of citizens north of the river, in Clark County.

October 27, 2015

More Lies and Desperation from George Francisco

by lewwaters
George Francisco

George Francisco

Just like his mentor, Tim ‘the Liar’ Leavitt, George R. Francisco is running for office and basing his campaign on a flat out lie.

Even though brought to his attention long ago that incumbent council member Turlay had distanced himself from county councilor Madore and the Liz Pike write-in effort, Francisco continues to claim a false linkage of Turlay and Madore due to support from over 4 years ago.

Isn’t one proven Liar enough on Vancouver City Council?

Why can’t George Francisco stop lying about the incumbent council member and address issues of importance to the city? I ask that due to seeing just today next to a Lazy C article addressing a $4 Million projected surplus for Vancouver revenues, the following ad for Francisco, again making the false claim on Turlay

October 9, 2015

Bully’s Are Not “Willing Partners”

by lewwaters

While many are upset over Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow referring to 18th Legislative District Representative Liz Pike as a “Farm Girl” during the October 6, 2015 Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council meeting, I am more concerned with the blarney uttered by Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick.

“I’ll just be snarky. You had a willing partner on the Oregon side, and it was the state legislature in Washington that didn’t support this package. So when you say you don’t have a partner, you need to take some responsibility in that.”

Ms. Craddick is dead wrong when she said, “You had a willing partner on the Oregon side…”

September 30, 2015

Why Is Light Rail Being Discussed Again?

by lewwaters

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.

June 25, 2015

Who Are The Real Culprits?

by lewwaters

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.

We read,

“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.”

June 17, 2015

Need for Third Bridge Remains Ignored

by lewwaters

Miami Traffic bAs 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 12, 2015

Cleveland Still Doesn’t Get It! Updated

by lewwaters

April 23, 2015: Liz Pike’s Bi-State Bridge Coalition Q & A

Cleveland 3Annette 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.”

March 28, 2015

Inslee Tipped His Hand

by lewwaters

Inslee 002Once again, the Governor snuck into town with little or no fanfare, not even much prior notice, to “hear the need for the $83 Million Mill Plain I-5 exchange that nobody seems to know too much about.

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.

March 25, 2015

Spider Freezes Traffic

by lewwaters

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.

I-5 Spider

Light rail would not have made it across either, Rep. Moeller😉

January 22, 2015

Is There An Echo Around Here?

by lewwaters

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.

November 27, 2014

BRT Lawsuit Filed

by lewwaters

Lawsuit GavelOnce 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.