Posts tagged ‘Portland’

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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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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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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August 4, 2014

Mike Briggs, Ready To Sell You Out

by lewwaters

For all of you voters still marking your ballots and something to retain should by some miracle, Briggs make it through the top two primary, an excerpt of an interview Briggs had with KPSU’s “the Raging Moderate, not afraid to tact to the left” on June 26, 2014. Full interview can be heard on Briggs’ campaign page.

Photo by Clark County Politics blog

Such dependence on Portland has contributed to our economic problems in Clark County as they seek more ways to suck our revenues out and entice our citizens to spend their money over there instead of in our own community. Portland needs to become a friendly neighbor to us, not the out of state special interest interested only in what they can take from us.

February 18, 2014

Concrete Jungle and a Choo Choo Train

by lewwaters

Concrete JungleWhile not exactly the imaginary city of Mayberry, the city of Vancouver, Washington has long had a degree of rustic charm missing from the larger megalopolis south of the Columbia River, Portland, Oregon.

But, if city leaders, city government, Democrats, Developers and the city of Portland get to have their way, that rustic charm will be soon be buried deep under a Concrete Jungle built along the northern banks of the river and catered to by an eight-story monstrosity of a bridge built only to carry Portland’s light rail to Vancouver to ferry citizens, and their money, to Portland, leaving Vancouver with an ever dwindling revenue for her citizens.

This blog is just one that has written on the folly of the Columbia River Crossing light rail project over the years, but little has been said about another Portland envy dream of city leaders and developers, a Waterfront Project along the banks of the river that will offer high end shops, apartments and condominiums for the more wealthy, leaving the struggling middle class in Vancouver floundering and hoping to somehow gain employment as either housekeeping staff, wait staff or grounds keeper for those wealthy who would live there.

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September 29, 2013

Updated: Haste Makes Rage

by lewwaters

Added copy of contract

CRC RobberAs you all know, the Columbia River Crossing light rail project, declared “dead” by the Governors of Oregon and Washington at the close of June and scheduled to have been closed down by September 1, was revived and rapidly pushed through this week, a 40 page contract actually signed immediately after 5 C-Tran Board member approved entering into that contract, none having actually read it.

That protocols and bylaws were cast aside to hastily approve and get a binding contract executed is of no concern to a segment of our community blindly following along the path of sheeple, doing as they are told.

Others that stand to profit over such a project, regardless of how it stands to hurt the middle class in Clark County do not care, naturally. Their greed takes precedence over common sense and if it takes selling out the county to build their wealth, so be it.

But the rest of us, likely the majority are enraged that this declared dead project is now an executed, binding contract and are not going to roll over and take it lying down.

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April 30, 2013

Making Clark County Government Better

by lewwaters

CCBGClark County Washington sits in an awkward position at the southern most point of Washington State where the Columbia River separates the state from its Southern Neighbor, Oregon.

Positioned where we are, Washington State often ignores us, except of course when the time comes to want taxes, and Oregon treats us as their bedroom, the hicks to north they like to poke fun at.

All too often our elected officials, seeing Portland, Oregon as that “economic powerhouse” south of us, cater to the whims of Oregon over the desires of Clark County citizens.

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February 20, 2013

Seattle & Portland in the Running for 2024 Summer Olympics

by lewwaters

OlympicAs if we don’t have enough trouble in the Northwest with high taxes, pie in the sky dreams of bloated projects taxpayers can ill afford, we now see that the cities of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon were among 35 cities contacted by the U.S. Olympic Committee to gauge their interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics.

With 35 cities contacted it is far from a done deal by either city, but we all know that both cities operate along narcissistic lines, constantly doing what they can to draw attention to themselves and hiding the seedier sides of the respective cities, no matter the cost to taxpayers.

The Seattle PI is asking whether or not readers would want the 2024 Olympics and as of this posting those in favor are in the lead, labeling it an awesome idea.

The no ways are second by several votes.

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February 3, 2013

CRC Petitioners Put City on Notice

by lewwaters

Tilted ScaleCitizens of Clark County Washington, primarily within the City of Vancouver are not going to just lie down any longer as efforts to force the promised vote on light rail from Portland, Oregon are thwarted at every turn by elected officials. They are fighting back.

As we all know by now, several elected officials have been making promises of a citizen vote on the CRC (Columbia River Crossing), more precisely the light rail prospect of the project. To date no vote has been held or scheduled and efforts by citizens to get a vote fall by the wayside in some fairly unseemly ways.

The latest being the petition effort that was first rejected with the claim that many signatures were from voters outside the city limits.

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January 31, 2013

Elected Officials Raise More Questions On CRC

by lewwaters

CRCFrom 3rd Congressional District Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, to 17th Legislative District Senator Don Benton and to 14th Legislative District Senator Curtis King, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, critical questions are beginning to be asked and recommendations made to clear up the many discrepancies surrounding the Columbia River Crossing project.

Senator Benton has long been a critic, having seen early on in the project that it could not live up to promises or expectations and would be a massive waste of tax dollars as planned. His calls and cries for reining the project and the steady flow of tax dollars in, over $160 Million to date, have been largely ignored and cast aside as what now appears to be the biggest swindle ever to hit Southwest Washington forged ahead amidst growing public opposition.

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January 12, 2013

The Petition That Refuses To Die

by lewwaters

PetitionExtending Portland, Oregon’s financially beleaguered light rail line into Vancouver and Clark County Washington has been and remains a very contentious matter. Even though every single vote perceived to provide funding for part of the project has been easily defeated at the ballot box, even within the confines of a gerrymandered sub-district thought to give the project an edge for approval, voters have not been given a vote on the project itself and proponents forge ahead with plans and spending tax dollars in planning for it.

It is now known, thanks to an Oregon Supreme Court ruling on another matter, that the only reason Oregon agreed to a new bridge was to force us to accept their overly expensive and failing folly of light rail.

Hence we hear words like “no light rail, no bridge,” “deal with it, its coming” and as we always hear from the overbearing left, “the debate is over.”

To that end citizens in Vancouver, Washington and Clark County have rallied together, speaking against the project at city council meetings, C-TRAN Board Meetings, County Commissioner Meetings and collecting as much information showing the futility and costly expenses associated with light rail that we in Clark County simply cannot afford.

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December 19, 2011

Vancouver Strikes Back! Dream of the Suburbs – Vancouvria

by lewwaters

“If Portland is the place where 20 year olds go to retire, Vancouver is the place where 50 year olds go to avoid income tax. Welcome to Vancouvria – it’s what Portlandia would be if it was filmed in Portland’s northern suburb of Vancouver Washington.”

Vancouver, Washington, affectionately referred to as “the Couv” by many, looked down upon by Portlanders who erroneously believe they are better than anybody or anything has our own answer to Portlandia’s Dream of the 90’s

Portland can stay as weird as they wish, I’ll stay in Vancouver, no matter how much Boss Leave-it tries to make us like Portland.

Tip of the hat to Brighton West for his Vancouvria

December 16, 2011

Will ‘Boss Leave-it’s’ Choo Choo Train Die Like Detroit’s Did?

by lewwaters

An interesting article from the Detroit Free Press tells us how Detroit’s dream of a choo choo train died and was killed off due to “doubts that Detroit could pay operating costs over the long term for the light-rail line because of its and the state’s financial problems…”

While we in Clark County aren’t in quite as severe financial problems as is Detroit and the state of Michigan, we do continue to see middle class taxpayers struggling well into our 3rd year of double digit unemployment, not helped by the recent slate of tax and fee increases handed to us by the state, county and city.

We also have the little matter of strong opposition still to the Loot Rail aspect of the CRC and that recent polls indicate how SW Washington remains strongly opposed to tolling. None of that seems to matter to ‘Boss Leave-it’ as he remains determined to tax and toll us to ensure he gets his choo choo train from Portland.

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June 22, 2011

Portland’s Homeless Rate Increasing

by lewwaters

From KGW:

“The latest numbers are in. Portland’s homeless problem is worsening, despite tens and tens of millions dollars spent on the problem over the last five years.”

“The most recent count shows homelessness is up seven percent overall. There are now more than 1,700 people sleeping on the streets and about 1,000 more sleeping in shelters and low-rent or subsidized motels.”

Portland Housing Commissioner Nick Fish says, “the city must stay the course.”

“We know what the long-term solution is: homes with services for people that need it. It’s expensive but we get great outcomes and it’s humane, pragmatic and I think it’s the right thing to do.”

See also: A 10 Year Plan to end homelessness in the City of Portland and Multnomah County by 2015

From CBS, July 2009:

If you pay people not to work and tax them when they do, don’t be surprised if you get unemployment.” Milton Friedman

December 17, 2010

The Dream of the 90’s

by lewwaters

By Portlandia

I have to wonder, how many taxes are drawn off of dreams?

August 11, 2009

Rep. Moeller, What Are You Smoking?

by lewwaters

jim-moellerJim Moeller, Democrat Representative for Clark County’s 49th Legislative District, Position 2, is surely no stranger to controversy or positions that involve a cranial anal inversion disorder.

Although he has a history of petty sniping at others, especially constituents that disagree with him and continually displays a dramatic passion for raising taxes, I have to admit his latest tirade in a letter to the editors of the August 11, 2009 Columbian shocks even me.

In the July 29 edition of the Columbian appeared an editorial, Thanks, Oregon, in which the editors acknowledged the Oregon legislature’s efforts to “backfill their budget with $733 million in new personal and corporate income taxes,” which carries the potential to drive many wealthy and businesses to relocate to Washington, very likely Clark County.

Our own legislature plugged our deficit by making some very deep cuts that curtailed much spending. It may hurt some, but in times as these sacrifices across the board must be made.

Moeller, instead of being pleased that we now face a good likelihood of gaining wealthy residents, who would purchase upscale homes, deposit money in our banks, make purchases in Clark County, paying our sales tax, possibly starting businesses or relocating businesses, which means jobs, jobs, jobs, to supply wages to middle class workers unemployed currently, who then would also pay more in taxes through increased purchases, wrote a scathing letter that was published.

That letter says,

Working folks make up tax difference
It’s been hot. Way too hot. And we all know how too much sun can make you hallucinate and think recklessly. Clearly The Columbian editorial board needs to come in from the sun.

In the July 29 editorial, “Thanks, Oregon,” dangerous lightheadedness evidenced itself in their whining about the efforts the Oregon Legislature to raise taxes on the wealthiest of Oregonians and corporations from an obscenely low amount of $10 a year to a percentage accurately reflecting the profits they reap. This all done in an effort to save programs designed to help the most vulnerable of Oregonians, with The Columbian stating it’s wrong to “single out and punish the better-off residents or the business community.”

Excuse me, but who profited in the economies of the last 30 years but the very wealthiest? All as their tax contributions were repeatedly slashed. Today the wealthy and corporations contribute a measly proportion of taxes compared to a generation ago — and ordinary working folk have been forced to make up the difference. Talk about punishment?

The editorial board suggested recently that Democratic legislators “pull their head out.” I suggest the editorial board come in out of the sun, or at least put on a hat. Preferably a thinking cap.

Rep. Jim Moeller

Is this man nuts? Does he not know who pays the most taxes already?

An April 2009 CNN Money article reveals the top 20% of wage earners paid 69.3% of federal taxes, the middle 60% of wage earners paid 29.7% of federal taxes with the bottom 20% paying 0.8% of federal taxes.

As he rails on about all the breaks the wealthy received over the past 30 years, we need only look to the National Taxpayers Union to see that the amount of taxes paid has gradually and steadily increased for the top wage earners while the bottom 50% of wage earners actually saw what they paid in taxes decrease.

This during those years of “tax breaks only for the wealthy” Democrats used to slander President Bush.

Moeller says in his letter, “ordinary working folk have been forced to make up the difference.” Would that difference be in paying in fewer taxes, Jim? They sure didn’t pay more, unless he means the tax increases we have seen fronted by him and the rest of the Democrats in our legislature today.

You vote to raise taxes on tobacco claiming it will result in less smoking. You raise taxes on energy and gasoline claiming it will result in less usage. You want to raise taxes on fatty foods claiming it will result in less obesity by those foods not being consumed as much.

And somehow you don’t think raising taxes on business will result in less business and jobs.

In a December 7, 2008 letter to the editor, Moeller wrote asking for “Citizens’ help needed in budget crisis”

In that letter he said in part, “Our state faces a revenue shortfall of several billion dollars. Hard economic times dictate tough budget choices lurking dead ahead. I’ve heard it described as a knife fight, amongst friends, in the dark,” and “We need a public commitment of new tax dollars,,,” and “I believe citizen input is needed to help identify new revenue.”

And now that we face a “gift” from Oregon, he complains in favor of Oregon?

Personally, if those looney liberals in Oregon want to drive their wealthy businesses and taxpayers to our side of the river, who are we to stop them? Don’t we need the revenue here? If enough come over, will we really need Loot Rail for travel to Portland for job seekers? Will we really need to anticipate outrageous tolls to pay for it?

Moeller campaigned last time on the slogan, “Leadership That Works For Us.” Maybe that slogan should be changed to “Leadership That Works For Portland.”

I hope you aren’t too comfortable in that legislative seat, Jim. Advocating Portland over Clark County, you just may lose it next election.

UPDATE: KGW in Portland reports today, Portland fifth in nation for small business bankruptcies

June 26, 2008

Forcing You Out of Your Car

by lewwaters

Re-Posted by permission

Yes that is right! Mayor Tom Potter of Portland Oregon was interviewed by Bob Miller of KPAM 860 talk radio. The I-5 bridge from Vancouver to Oregon needs to be replaced, it is just to narrow and too old. Looks like the only way to get a new bridge comes with a huge price to pay. Seems like bringing in a new bridge will be a package deal, it will come with light rail, like it or not.

I have linked to the interview (06/25/08 – Mayor Potter endorses new I-5 bridge, about 8 1/2 minutes in) where the mayor of Portland actually tells Bob that bring light rail is a way to force us out of cars. I could not believe what I had just heard, and apparently Bob felt the same way, and had to ask him again.

Not to mention it will open up a huge city to our small town of Vancouver, along with it’s crime rate and nonchalant attitude of bicycling in front of moving autos.

I have paid quite a bit of money to park there when I work; I have gotten parking fines for parking in the wrong places. There is no parking in downtown Portland, and it is hard to navigate to a jobsite with so many bicycles that don’t respect the laws of the road.

I have made my decision to boycott downtown Portland, if they want someone to do my work, look to one of their own. I don’t want to have to deal with that greedy communist city, all it’s fines and parking lots, where they want to force people to do what they want. Sounds like the Taliban in disguise.

Every time I have to travel there, I tell my husband it seems as though I have entered into another country that is removed from America.

I say let’s force Tom Potter out of his stretch limo or provided SUV, and force him to walk the streets or ride a bicycle for more than just photo ops.