Posts tagged ‘C-Tran Board’

May 12, 2011

Herrera Beutler Joins Call for Countywide Vote on Light Rail

by lewwaters

C-Tran Board members have received a letter from Washington 3rd Congressional District Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler indicating her support of allowing a countywide vote on the issue of raising a sales tax to fund light rail maintenance. In spite of Clark County citizens being promised a vote on the in September 2010, Mayor of Portland’s Vancouver Tim ‘No Show’ Leavitt has steadfastly worked to ensure only a small portion of taxpayers would be allowed to vote on that sales tax, which inevitably would spread countywide.

The Columbian’s Andrea Damewood has supplied a copy of the letter in her post on All Politics is Local.

Bringing light rail from Portland into Vancouver has been a very contentious issue and as is noted by Herrera Beutler in her letter, without a countywide vote, it is impossible to gauge the true public sentiment on the issue.

Of late, under the guidance of ‘no show’ Leavitt, the promised vote that Clark County citizens was supposed to receive in the November 2011 election has stalled under threat of a block veto by Vancouver’s city cartel comprised of Tim ‘No Show’ Leavitt, Bart Hansen and Larry Smith, all in lock-step with ‘no show.’

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May 9, 2011

What’s Leavitt & Crew Up To Now?

by lewwaters

UPDATE: Latest tweets from Andrea Damewood

Interesting tweet from the Columbian’s Andrea Damewood tonight.

Do voters and taxpayers mean anything to Mayor Leavitt and the city council?

Vancouver might veto countywide light-rail vote

“Led by Mayor Tim Leavitt, the Vancouver City Council indicated Monday that it may use its block veto powers to keep the C-Tran board from making a final decision on just who will get to vote on a proposed sales tax for light rail and bus rapid transit.”

Candidate Leavitt Said,

“Our vote at CTRAN came with siginificant deliberation and consideration of the data, alternatives and estimated costs of the project. I was extremely pleased, as Chair of the Board, that 8 of the 9 elected officials arrived at a conclusion that they could support. It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure! As a Board, we supported (in general terms) a replacement bridge with light rail transit. However, we did place conditions on our approval; most of important of which (in my opinion) is that a) CTRAN won’t ask the voters of Clark County for additional tax to pay for light rail construction, and b) additional tax to support the operation/maintenance of light rail in Clark County would require asking the voters to approve. I believe those are reasonable caveats for the high capacity transit component of the project.”

LRT into Vancouver January 2, 2009

It is time a recall was launched on this egomaniac.