Smarter Bridge Committee Rally

by lewwaters

Short notice, but please attend if you can

Who: All citizens in the region are welcome to this event put on by citizens seeking an efficient, environmentally friendly and fiscally sound Columbia River Crossing.

What: Smarter Bridge Committee Rally at Vancouver Landing-

Where: Vancouver Landing Park (West of the Vancouver downtown Red Lion Hotel)

When: Thursday Jan 12, 10 AM

Why are residents hesitant to ride the MAX line? (includes links to audio from KPAM 860 interview with the young victims Mom)

PS. Questions from a citizen. When I travel in Portland on I-84 or I-205, even during peak traffic periods, I observe that there are few MAX riders on the trains that occasionally whiz by. I’ve often wondered how many people ride the MAX? Since fare enforcement isn’t part of the light rail ride, it seems like any ridership would be an estimate at best.

CRC History FYI attached, a 2006 letter about concerns that alternatives for the transit part of a Columbia River Crossing (light rail AND busses) were not being given equal consideration, LIGHT RAIL was being pushed. Since then, Mayor Leavitt has explained to citizens at Vancouver City Council meetings that there WILL be an I-5 bridge replacement, and that it WILL include light rail,(apparently regardless of what transit capacity fits our region, what citizens or others think, what we can afford to build or operate at the local, state, or federal level, what will best address traffic conjestion for freight, commercial passenger, emergency vehicles etc).

Full video of the news conference

6 Comments to “Smarter Bridge Committee Rally”

  1. KGW asks the police sergeant if the attack could be considered a hate crime, and he responds that It could be considered an “intimidation” (as well as an assault)??

    “A hate crime is usually defined by state law as one that involves threats, harassment, or physical harm and is motivated by prejudice against someone’s race … [snip]” (from

    How about considering it a hate crime?!


  2. DANG, DANG, DANG, I would have loved to attend this gathering this morning!!! Thanks to a winter cold and resting up all day yesterday and this morning, I missed your notice, Lew. Oh Drat! (Head down, shuffling feet, kicking a pebble in the road…frustrated because I missed the CRC event of the year!)


    BTW Lew, anybody mention the teenage boy who was attacked by the 30-year-old male…was headed to the Yellow Line.

    And the young girl attacked by the three…wasn’t that coming from the NEW and EXCITING Clackamas route???

    Oh Joy, what it is our city leaders want coming to our town!!! Just think…more police presence, more emergency calls…



  3. Not to worry, Goldie. I taped it and it is uploading to YouTube now, so I’ll be able to post it in it entirety (about a half an hour) when it is finished (a few hours from now I’m sure).

    Yes we spoke about eh 3 on 1 assault yesterday on Victoria’s and heard about the 15 year-old this morning.

    Yeah, just what we want coming to Clark County,,,,,,, not!


  4. Oooh!!! Was it a good turnout at the gathering???

    Lew, after seeing what my old neighborhood (Rockwood) used to be and what it has turned into…I’d hate to see the work to improve Rosemere…er, Rose Village…destroyed by infiltration of the riff raff just south of the neighborhood which typically follows mass transit improvements(?) such as light rail…what I’d prefer to call Light Fail. Never mind what it will do to Central Park neighborhood!!! So much for property values.

    Also…there isn’t one lick of proof that replacing the bridge with an iconic folly such as the current design, coupled with MAX will improve traffic and freight flow. In fact, I believe it will do just the opposite and only encourage more expansion of city limits as the need for more tax dollars to pay for maintenance and operations as well as improvements will continue.

    When will they ever learn that money does NOT grow on trees.


  5. And Lew, I’ll be looking forward to the video. Thanks.


  6. Goldie – It should be noted that Rose Village isn’t the only gang infested area in Clark County. It is just the most visible to the local snooze media patrol that hovers around downtown Vancouver and its haunts.

    I know of several places near east 4th plain and east mill plain that are just as bad. They just plain go unnoticed.

    I’m not as worried for Harney Heights and the other Heights areas along with Central Park or Fruit Valley – Westside and downtown areas. They’ll get cleaned up when people get tired of being pushed around by local thugs-in-harmony…


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