Tell Leavitt, ‘We Want A Vote!”

by lewwaters

UPDATE: Leavitt is not expected to be at the city council meeting this evening, due to being sick. Regardless, the rest of the council will be there and also need to hear your views.

LeavittIf you are upset over being denied a clear vote on accepting Portland’s financially ailing light rail and the appearance of underhanded tricks to deny you a vote, as recently mentioned in the post The Petition That Refuses To Die, Mayor Tim ‘the liar’ Leavitt and Vancouver City Council needs to hear from you, now.

The city council next meets Monday January 14 at 6:30 PM at city hall and is a night for citizens comments. You don’t need a long eloquent speech to fill the 3-minute limit, just a quick, “I want a vote on light rail.” Quick, simple and easy.

Just fill out a yellow comment card with the same words. The more of you willing to say those words in front of city council, the more they see we are serious and getting fed up being denied a promised vote while be forced to pay for a project most of us do not want. But we need a show of force in numbers of people telling them that we demand a vote. We were promised a vote and haven’t been given one.

The need of numbers was expressed long ago in a cult song, Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie. The lyrics toward the end of his song says,

“You know, if One person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and
They won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony,
They may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them.
And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in
Singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an
Organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said
Fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and
Walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.”

We don’t need to sing a bar of Alice’s Restaurant, though. We just need to let them know we want a vote!

8 Comments to “Tell Leavitt, ‘We Want A Vote!””

  1. We demand a vote!

  2. One Term Tim

  3. “You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant”

    See its on the menu, A “No Tolls” lunch includes a side of “No Light Rail”

  4. It’s about time the city of Vancouver accepts the state law! Two signatures on a state initiative are handled by accepting the first and removing the second. Leavitt is about to come unglued on two levels – 1-He knows if the city council denies the request to count the duplicate votes there will probably be a law suit and the city will probably lose 2. He’s up for re-election along with Burkman, Stewart and Harris this November. My suggestion to Timmy is to allow the votes to be counted or plan on going back back to his day job!

  5. Lew, thanks for all that you do. Your recent blog was a good wake up call on the CRC and the hard work of Tiffany trying to get to the bottom of this utter political scam. Shortly, you will see just exactly what I mean. The CRC is a most confusing Project involving the States of Oregon and Washington and the Feds. At Saturday’s Town Hall, Moeller said he was going to Olympia to get $430mil for CRC. I suggested to him that if he finds that kind of money, he should used it to fix Medicaid. I told him I was his opponent on the CRC. Of course he was angry to hear such a direct statement made to an elected official. I would also appreciate you re-posting how City Hall derailed the CRC vote recently published in the Columbian. OBTW: Did you know that the Columbian was on our side when we told Oregon to go pound sand when we became a Territory back in the 1800s? “A newspaper, the Columbian, was established at Olympia on September 11, 1852, being the first newspaper published north of the Columbia River. The editors took up the struggle for the division of Oregon Territory and urged the construction of a wagon road across the Cascade Range to Puget Sound.” Source: “A History of the State of Washington” by Lancaster Pollard (Revised 1951), page 107. Today, The Columbian is urging Oregon to invade our sovereignty and stick its Light Rail System up our septic tank and clog our toilets. They are on their way now: Reps. Moeller & Wylie and Sen-elect Annette Cleveland. God speed to them. A Revolution must never go backwards. The Revolt against the CRC and Light Rail is full speed ahead. Yee Haw!

  6. You want to know what really ticks me off people…! Even if Mayor Leavitt approved a vote for the people to decide on the light rail, it makes no difference to folks like me who live just outside the city boundary line and cannot vote on city issues BUT we still have to pay tax on the BRT project which just happens to coincide with the proposed LRT connection. It shouldn’t be just a citywide vote. This should be a countywide vote…1000%!!!

    Remember this, folks…TriMet started with just ONE line as they transitioned out of the Bus Rapid Transit system with those articulated behemoths that turned out to be a failure for Portland…and look at the mess they’ve made of the city and outlying areas!!! Mark my words…the same headaches will plague Vancouver and all of Clark County. The old cliche’ that “More is Better” doesn’t always hold true and MAX has proven that time and time again.

  7. Yep, I think Tim got the pneumonia or cold bug going around because he was excused from hearing the onslaght of community concern over the Bridge and other similar, associated projects like the BRT.

    Well, maybe in two weeks he will be back and into form…

  8. Well, people. Please remember, the communications forum should again, be coming up soon. So get your ducks in a row, yout thoughts written down and go let the city council know how you feel…

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