Citizens Turn Out To Defend Council Woman Jeanne Stewart

by lewwaters

Ever since Vancouver, Washington Council Member Jeanne Stewart stood up for the citizens of Vancouver and cast the vote to grant citizens a vote on funding light rail from Portland, Oregon into the community, she has come under fire from Mayor Tim Leavitt. The latest being a comment made and quoted by the Columbian newspaper, accusing her of “pandering.”

“With exception of one pandering Council Member (who previously voted in support of a replacement bridge and light rail transit), I have no reason to believe that the Vancouver City Council has an inclination to reverse direction from its decision of 2.5 years ago.”

Four citizens stood up at the April 25, 2011 City Council Meeting in her defense. Not one other council member defended her, much to their shame.

September 9, 2009 on his blogsite he put up campaigning, Tim Leavitt wrote a post “Continuing to stand up for the Residents of Vancouver and Clark County”

“Portland Mayor Sam Adams insisted that from his perspective, no tolls means no project.”

“I made it perfectly clear that I have no intention of rolling over on tolls.” “Tolling is an extremely regressive tax. Whether one has an income of $10,000 or $100,000, everyone will pay the same toll. To suggest a tolling ‘credit’ or ‘mitigation’ for the low-income is simply to admit that tolling is unfair to the working class and those of lesser financial status.”

On August 7, 2009 Tim Leavitt wrote in his blog post “OREGONIAN Editorial Board Out of Touch–Tolls are Unnecessary and Unjust!”

“Who is representing the hard-working families and businesses of the Portland-Metro region, and particularly SW Washington? It’s certainly not the Oregonian Editorial Board. It’s certainly not local elected officials, like Vancouver’s current Mayor, Royce Pollard. Nor are a number of other higher-up elected officials. Nor are transplants from the east coast, who proudly proclaim that tolls are a way of life. Tolls may be a given on the other side of the country, but one of the reasons many of us are here in the west coast is because it’s NOT like the east coast!”

“You see, it’s quite easy to force an issue onto the public when you don’t have to worry about facing that public every day to listen to the hardship and explain why your position just cost jobs, homes and closure of businesses. It’s easy to force a matter onto the public when you have only a few months or years left in public office, and then can go into retirement and out of the public eye.”

July 27, 2009 he wrote in his post, “How to Pay for a New Bridge without Breaking the Backs of Vancouver’s Working Class.”

“Our current leadership has failed to create good, new jobs locally–forcing our citizens to cross the river to earn a decent wage, for the dubious privilege of paying Oregon income tax. And now, after this failure, that same incumbent leadership is saying that we need to just “accept it,” and “get over it.” and prepare to pay tolls.”

“I submit that tolls are not a foregone conclusion, and this project can be done without detrimental financial impact to our hard-working families, employers or seniors on fixed incomes.”

On September 14, 2009 he wrote in “Tolling is NOT the Only Answer!”

“In the Editorial section of the September 9 Columbian, Tom Koenninger writes that tolls on the new I-5 crossing are a foregone conclusion, and insinuates that anyone who claims otherwise is a fool or a liar.”

“Indeed, since Mr. Koenninger and the current Mayor of Vancouver, among others, have been stubbornly trying to force tolls onto our community for years now, one can hardly expect that they’d suddenly come to their senses.”

“It’s because of this hard-headed refusal to do what is right for our community, and to defend the very people who need it most, that I am running for Mayor. Our community really does deserve better ideas, better leadership, and a stronger commitment to our citizens.”

Who has been “pandering,” Mayor Leavitt? You have!

13 Comments to “Citizens Turn Out To Defend Council Woman Jeanne Stewart”

  1. Lew, the Oregonian’s Steve Duin has written a couple of interesting pieces on the bridge boondoggle.

    Check it out at:

    http://tinyurl.com/6ftdptl

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  2. What would make you people all think he was referring to Stewart? Why is nearly everyone jumping to that conclusion? Shame on you!

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  3. LOL Pat. I admire your devotion to Tim Leavitt, but apparently you don’t read the Columbian either. Allow me to point it out for you;

    Leavitt finished with a clear reference to Councilor Jeanne Stewart: “With exception of one pandering Council Member (who previously voted in support of a replacement bridge and light rail transit), I have no reason to believe that the Vancouver City Council has an inclination to reverse direction from its decision of 2.5 years ago.”

    http://www.columbian.com/weblogs/local-politics/2011/apr/21/benton-vs-i-5-bridge-leavitt-vs-benton/

    Perhaps you should direct your “shame on you” to the Columbian if you think the comment pointed to anyone on the council other than Jeanne Stewart.

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  4. Now let’s see if Pat will come back and admit his “error”.

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  5. I hope you aren’t holding your breath, Jack.

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  6. I’m not, Lew. Pat never comes back after someone points out his “errors”.

    Elitists can’t admit “error”.

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  7. I know of at least 2 letters sent to City Manager Eric Holmes calling for an ethics investigation agaiinst Mayor Leavitt.

    We’ll see just how the city responds to citizens seeing Mayor Leavitt ignore The Vancouver City Council Code of Ethics (Policy 100-36) section 6.0 (A) “Council member will at all times treat each other with respect and dignity.”

    His arrogant refusal to comment on his quote Monday evening included.

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  8. It’s like asking the fox to keep order in the henhouse, Lew. You already know where that one will go.

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  9. Harris’ outburst wasn’t swept under the rug. Even though she received a slap on the wrist, action of some sort was taken.

    Citizens need to rise up and demand a stop to these public attacks against Ms. Stewart solely because she listened to citizens and acted accordingly.

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  10. You know Lew, it might time to have a few hundred guests (hey, the more, the merrier, you know!) attend a couple of the Monday night council meetings to teach our young mayor and council a little common decency can go a long way. All they would have to do is just sit in silence for the four hour meetings.

    Do that a couple of weeks and you’ll see Tim Leavitt changes his tune. And maybe a few other council members that we as a community are sick and tired of hearing the childish backtalk back and forth between city council members.

    Mrs. Stewart has been just listening to her constituents and advocating for their desires and wants. She may not agree with all commentary she has to say politically but she’s there to be an advocate for the local community, some times I wonder if I have to remind some of the other fellow council members of that fact.

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  11. The main obstacle, Jeremy, would be getting them to listen.

    I swear most of them wear ear plugs during citizen comments

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  12. One more thing, if you watch the city council meetings, how many meetings do you ever see that are more than just a handful of the same people over and over again? Very few new faces….. With some new and fresh faces, maybe their public and private chorus line might change its tone and tune…..

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  13. While it would be great to see and hear others show up, many people realize they’re just spitting into the wind.

    I commend the repeat commenters for their tenacity, but I believe many others see the effort as futile since the council continually ignores citizens.

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