Archive for ‘CRC/C-Tran’

March 7, 2017

Son of CRC

by lewwaters

I have stated all along that the failed CRC (Columbia River Crossing light rail project) wasn’t “dead,” but in a politically induced coma. And while the latest effort to “begin a discussion or process” is claimed to not be about resurrecting the failed CRC, the following short clip of Rep. Sharon Wylie (D. 49) speaking in support of HB 2095 indicates to me that the end goal is a resurrection, either in whole or part.

Full floor debate

Due to several circumstances, Clark County Conservative will maintain a neutral stance on this as it moves forward. I am told by many self professed better than me’s that they have it handled, so I defer it to them.

February 23, 2017

Orcutt Speaks Against HB 2095

by lewwaters

Rep. Ed Orcutt (R. 20th) speaks in opposition to HB 2095 before the Washington State House Transportation Committee, Feb 22, 2017, a bill to “develop a process for planning for a new Interstate 5 bridge.”

Likely one of the more sensible and logical comments heard yet.

TVW – House Transportation Committee

The bill passed out of committee by a 14 to 10 vote.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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…”

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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.”

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May 12, 2015

It’s Only Your Tax Dollars

by lewwaters

Reminiscent of the failure of the CRC

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.”

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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.

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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.

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December 17, 2014

What Happens With the “Will of the Voters?”

by lewwaters

C-TranIt is well known that the Lazy C and editor Lefty Lou are total hypocrites when to comes to matters and issues affecting our community. We have seen far too many times they support neglecting the “will of the voters” to move ahead with something in spite of public opposition.

But we also see when it is what they and the downtown mafia want, such as the Home Rule Charter and the recent ordinance proposed by County Commissioner Mielke, they fall back on “will of the voters” that passed the Home Rule Charter to oppose the ordinance that was defeated just yesterday.

But, over the years, that “will of the voters” did not seem to matter as repeatedly, voters rejected any proposal funding CRC light rail and BRT down Fourth Plain, just to mention two.

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December 4, 2014

Investigations, Lawsuits and Injunctions: Oh My

by lewwaters

Greg Kimsey 2The dust from the 2014 election has barely settled as we now see allegations of wrongdoing on the part of County Auditor, Greg Kimsey from the Clark County R3publicans and calls for an injunction to be filed to stop the restructuring of the C-Tran Board of Directors from the Clark County Commissioners.

As can be expected, sides are forming both supporting and blasting the moves from the left and the right, with finger pointing, cries of sour grapes, accolades for the effort and even cries of hypocrisy.

I am not a part of either side in this, but let me say at the outset that I lost all respect I once had for Greg Kimsey in how he supported the Home Rule Charter, though I am not convinced it rises to any illegal activity. That will be left up to the State Attorney General to determine as County Prosecutor Tony Golik has rightfully referred the matter upstairs over his own conflict of interest in the matter or the appearance of such.

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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.

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November 10, 2014

Updated: Hate To Say ‘I Told You So’

by lewwaters

Dog FrustrationIn the November 10, 2014 Lazy C: CRC lingers in long-range plans

Ask yourself, why didn’t they admit any of this BEFORE the election where they pushed for a transformation in county government?

This blog was among the few that shined light on the Home Rule Charter effort being in part to resurrect the comatose CRC light rail project. While others focused on claims of diluting the Commissioners to councilors and gerrymandering of districts in hopes of benefiting the left, this blog focused on motives of the effort.

In part, that effort was to undo the 2012 election to oust two conservative Commissioners that stood in the way of the CRC light rail project at the behest of the citizens of Clark County. It grew out of an effort to recall them that was unwarranted.

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September 29, 2014

BRT is Dead

by lewwaters

(A spoof by Professor Robert Dean)

JEFFREY HAMM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, C-TRAN

JEFFREY HAMM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, C-TRAN

Jeff Hamm: Hey, Lew! Thanks for agreeing to meet with me.

Lew Waters: No problem, Jeff. I wouldn’t have chosen Bryan Wray’s coffee shop, though.

Jeff Hamm: Sorry about that, Lew. I need the cover.

Lew Waters: Oh, you mean the tar and feathers stuff. Look, I wouldn’t…

Jeff Hamm: I’m not, really – just precautions.

Lew Waters: What’s up?

Jeff Hamm: Did you bring your tape recorder?

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September 22, 2014

Jeanne Stewart vs Craig Pridemore: Who Will Stand For Citizens?

by lewwaters

If you have any doubts about who will stand up for you and the rest of the citizens of Clark County, let this brief exchange put that to rest as both Jeanne E. Stewart and Craig Pridemore are asked about the citizen vote on Bus Rapid Transit in Clark County.

Jeanne E. Stewart has my vote and support as she will stand up for us and not downtown special interests. She honors our vote, Craig Pridemore does not.