Posts tagged ‘Tolls’

February 18, 2014

Clark County, Let Oregon Know We Oppose ‘Go It Alone’

by lewwaters

Light Rail HellAs we all know, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber continues to hallucinate under a misguided impression that he can force Clark County Washington taxpayers to pay for his long wanted light rail extension into our community, completely ignoring that voters have rejected it at every step allowed.

After the Washington legislature allowed it to die, Kitzhaber took it upon himself to resurrect the misguided notion with the help of our C-Tran Gang of Five that hastily entered into a contract with Trimet for their light rail, also turning their backs on Clark County voters.

A bill in the Oregon legislature that would authorize Oregon to proceed, setting the collecting of tolls on the already paid for bridge and construct this monstrosity is currently pending before the Oregon Joint Ways and Means Committee, having narrowly passed out of the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee.

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June 9, 2013

Lie To Me!

by lewwaters

 

College 4Submitted by Professor Robert Dean

Leavitt Dean 1

Prof. Dean: Welcome back, Class! Let’s get started.

Prof. Dean: Welcome back to the Second Quarter of Psychology 601: TRUTH OR FICTION? I trust you all had a good break and are ready to explore the wonders of Chapter Two: Deception in the Modern Era.

Prof. Dean: You all are graduate students but we have a new guest, undergraduate Jim Moeller, who has joined us. I see him in the back there. Welcome Mr. Moeller. And, of course, we welcome back Ms. Tiffany Couch who is auditing the class. Welcome back Ms. Couch.

Prof. Dean: Now, last term we divided into groups. Each group was given an assignment to be presented to the whole class this first week of the second term. Let’s see, first up we have the Copperheads with a presentation they have titled “Lie to Me.” Sounds relevant and interesting.

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April 7, 2013

Jim Moeller, Time To Come Out Of the Closet

by lewwaters

CRC RobberIt would appear that Jim Moeller, Democrat so-called Representative of Washington State’s 49th Legislative District still tries to hide in a self imposed closet. No, I don’t mean his homosexuality, he’s very open about that and in fact, wears it like a badge of honor on his left sleeve.

I’m talking about his disdain for constituents, especially any who do not immediately jump up to agree with his communist positions and even more so, his advocacy for Portland, Oregon over the district he has been reelected to represent 5 times now.

That my fellow 49ers remain so blind to Jim Moeller’s advocacy for Portland over the well-being of the 49th Legislative District is astonishing to me. What will it take for these people to ever open their eyes?

Moeller has shown himself to be a real enemy to the middle class families of Washington State by advocating higher taxes, higher fees and higher costs all to be piled on the backs of the struggling middle class families.

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March 23, 2013

Sen. Benton Rebuttal of Gov. Inslee On CRC

by lewwaters

As was acknowledged by the Columbian, concerning Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s sneaking into town to hold what can only be described as a Cheerleading Session promoting the CRC, encouraging the hand-picked supporters to “raise the decibels,” meaning to squash struggling middle class taxpayers unwilling to send even more of their dwindling tax dollars to Olympia, Senator Don Benton, (R. 17th) held his own impromptu presser right after Inslee’s.

Part 1

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March 12, 2013

Toll-dependent Columbia River Crossing halted by Roach inquiry

by lewwaters

In a press release today issued by State Senator Pam Roach, by the same title, we read:

         For Immediate Release:                                  For Interview Contact:

March 12, 2013                                                       Sen. Pam Roach (360) 786-7660

Toll-dependent Columbia River Crossing halted by Roach inquiry

OLYMPIA… Despite the Supreme Court’s decision last month to throw out the Initiative 1185 requirement two-thirds vote for tax increases, it is now required that certain transportation fee and toll increases be approved by the Legislature. This includes the proposed Columbia River Crossing Project.

“This should be a big wake up call to proponents of the CRC project and similar projects throughout the state,” said Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn. “In response my inquiry to the attorney general’s office, I received a letter written by the Office of Financial Management on March 8 stating that the Transportation Commission no longer has the authority to impose tolls needed to fund the CRC due to provisions in I-1185.”

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December 8, 2012

Do Polls Only Matter If They Support CRC?

by lewwaters

CRC Poll PiechartAs if we really needed a poll to tell us, recently the Columbian ran an article telling us that most of us would divert to I-205 to cross the Columbia and avoid the tolls planned to soon be in place.

As with most polls, demographics and question wording means a lot when interpreting the results, something the Columbian is quick to bring up now.

We read in their Saturday December 8, 2012 Cheers & Jeers column,

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December 4, 2012

Doesn’t Patty Murray Have Some Cliff to Worry About Falling Over?

by lewwaters

Patty Murray 2Patty Murray, the so-called senior Washington State Senator has long advocated for the Columbia River Crossing and forcing Clark County to accept Portland, Oregon’s financially ailing light rail, even though Clark County voters have voted it down in every ballot measure perceived to support it.

But that doesn’t stop dictatorial Democrats like Patty Murray, even though she is clueless about what goes on in Clark County since we never see her unless she is up for reelection or seeking donations to retain her in the cushioned seat of authority she has gotten accustomed to.

In spite of the apparent corruption surrounding the CRC, having sucked up over $160 Million in planning and can’t even design a bridge with enough clearance to meet U.S. Coast Guard specifications for river traffic clearance, she lends her voice to Oregon’s Governor in the call for “damn the voters, full speed ahead” with the project.

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October 24, 2012

$8 Tolls On the Interstate Bridge

by lewwaters

It was surprising to see so many comments deny that tolls to cross the I-5 Bridge have been estimated to be as high as $8 under the Columbian article Toll signs attract state’s attention, ire. Surprising because that is exactly what we were told back in 2009 by one of today’s biggest CRC supporters.

I make no comment concerning the use of signs the articles addresses, nor does this blog approve of their use since in 2010, the use of very similar campaign signs was condemned by this blog. The responsible party has claimed ownership of them as he should.

August 31, 2012

HOW MUCH FOR THE LOCAL CONTRIBUTION?

by lewwaters

 

Contributed by Professor Robert Dean

 

HOW MUCH FOR THE LOCAL CONTRIBUTION?

What are the direct costs of the CRC light rail project to the local community?

Frankly, I don’t concern myself too much about the projected $4.2 billion price tag[i] of the CRC light rail project. If the feds want to further squander our gas taxes, or borrow from China, there’s not much I can do or say that would dissuade them. I got a little more concerned, though, when, in 2010, Joe Cortright alerted us that the total 30 year cost of the CRC light rail project would approach $10 billion.

He published his report and it caught the attention of the public and the CRC. The CRC, by way of ODOT, posted a weak refutation, mostly arguing semantics; if you buy a house for $300,000 you don’t count up the mortgage payments and say you are living in a $600,000 house. To which Mr. Cortright answered: no, but you’d better be sure you can make those payments before you borrow to buy the house.

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July 13, 2012

Mayor Leavitt Declines Open and Transparent Discussion With CRC Skeptics

by lewwaters

Ask any conservative in Southwest Washington about the reliability of the newspaper of record in Clark County, the Columbian, when it comes to political coverage and you will likely be met with laughter. The blatant left lean of the paper has many of us dubbing it the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party.

Nowhere is this better seen than the papers continued promotion of the largest and most expensive boondoggle to ever hit Southwest Washington, the Columbia River Crossing being shoved down citizens’ throats to force acceptance of Portland, Oregon’s financially troubled light rail into our community.

In spite of 3 past votes in the county declining light rail, once directly in 1995 and twice indirectly in 2002 and 2004, it came out in a recent Oregon Supreme Court ruling that the sole reason for project is to force their light rail into our community along with the desire that Clark County residents pay for operations and maintenance of the new line all the way from Oregon’s Expo Center, across the state line and into our community.

In spite of costing so far nearly $150 Million in studies, several deficiencies continue to crop up that even though reported in the pages of the Columbian, are marginalized along with any who speak out questioning the validity of such an undertaking, skeptics often dubbed with such pejorative descriptions as “the Hounds of Whinerville” and “ankle biters” by Editorial Page Editor, John Laird.

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April 6, 2012

Mayor Leavitt Likes “The Dreams Of The Future Better Than The History Of The Past”

by lewwaters

Tim Leavitt, understandably one of the poorer mayors to preside over the city of Vancouver, Washington, ended his Columbian live chat Friday, April 6, 2012 with the above quote, in part to reply to my question, “after your turn around on tolling, how can the public place trust in your words on opposing tax increases?”

The mayor made himself available for a good hour replying to several citizens concerned over the Columbia River Project and the continual problems that keep surfacing in regards to it, although it has already consumed nearly $150 Million of taxpayer funds and all there is to show for it are stacks and stacks of paper.

In my opinion, his replies were considerably less than forthcoming. I have to even wonder if he has a grasp on just what the “future” holds should this as currently planned CRC project go through.

An earlier reply to a question on why we don’t put the matter to city or county-wide vote he said,

“LRT is more efficient to operate than BRT and busses…besides that BRT simply cannot practically handle the demand. Remember that our population increases, our Port is doubling in size…and we already have unreasonable traffic jams. Alternatives must be included. And, why not tie into the 55 miles of LRT south of the river, for virtually no direct cost to us locally?”

A 2009 study showed Bus transit better than light rail for a planned project in Maryland. The study by the World Resources Institute determined, “buses would be cheaper and combat global warming better than a light-rail system.”

Too, we must wonder, if BRT simply cannot handle the demand, why is Leavitt and C-Tran proposing BRT for the Fourth Plain corridor?

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February 28, 2012

TriMet GM Sees A Problem, Will CRC and C-Tran Take Note?

by lewwaters

The excessively high cost and expense of the Columbia River Crossing project is no secret. This blog, other Conservative blogs such as Clark County Politics, Couv.com and even the Columbian sometimes have spoken about it.

The Oregonian, Willamette Week and the Reflector in Clark County have lent their voices to the problems seen by citizens and some elected officials, to no avail. Any and all voices are written off as “designed to stop the project” of replacing the aging Interstate Bridges and dragging Portland’s financially ailing Light Rail into Clark County, even though 3 times in the past voters indicated in election we did not want it.

Even an independent forensic audit was soon shoved aside by WSDOT officials who seem to have no problem with millions of our tax dollars being unaccounted for in this project.

Tiffany Couch, the forensic auditor stands behind her report.

Couv.com recently informs us of how business owners downtown Vancouver are being left “in the lurch” as CRC admits their scheduled date of 2013 to start likely will not happen until 2014 or later.

They also inform us of officials looking for new ways to squeeze funds out of citizens for transportation upgrades, realizing there just is not funds readily available in this “Great Recession.”

So what possible problem could Portland’s TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane see that hasn’t been already seen?

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January 16, 2012

Does Herrera Beutler Actually Have a Position on CRC?

by lewwaters

From the Columbian

Okay, I’m confused. She was asked point blank, do you think it can be built without tolls?

After rambling on a couple minutes, she says yes, she thinks so under one plan, but is not going to advocate that plan, but also the tolling plan should be sold better?

Follow up will appear in Tuesday’s Columbian

Classic Jaime, squarely on top of the fence.

November 28, 2011

Live from Post-CRC Clark County‏

by lewwaters

 

By Professor Robert Dean

 

Ring Ring!

Brancaccio: Columbian, sup?

Stuart: Lou, Steve Stuart.

Brancaccio: Who?

Stuart: Steve Stuart – Clark County Commissioner.

Brancaccio: Baby! Sup?

Stuart: Commissioner Marc Boldt and I would like to take you on a tour of post-CRC Clark County, or rather, of I-5, from Woodland to the Tim Leavitt Bridge.

Brancaccio: You mean, outside – in the field? Sounds like fun.

Stuart: We’ll pick you up in one of our county limos at your office Downtown.

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August 24, 2011

CRC Funding on the Chopping Block?

by lewwaters

A coalition of 4 advocacy groups calling themselves “Green Scissors 2011” has issued a report identifying programs that they see as “wasteful or environmentally harmful” and are recommending to the recently formed super commission to cut funding. Page 18 of the report lists “Columbia River Crossing” at the lower cost of $3.6 Billion saved.

In reality, we here in Clark County know that if cut, much more than that will be saved.

The coalition comprised of Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Heartland Institute, Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen has no personal stake in these programs and recommends over more than $380 billion in wasteful government programs the commission could cut.

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August 8, 2011

Herrera Beutler on Federal Funding Availability for the I-5 Bridge Replacement

by lewwaters

Taped August 4, 2011 on Jaime Herrera Beutler’s tele-townhall. Her reply to the question on whether or not federal funding is still available for the bridge project.

Of concern to me, the song & dance in regards to local matching funds. She mentions taxes, but we have also been hearing about tolls. While she calls for a county-wide vote, does she support or oppose Clark County residents coughing up more taxes or paying tolls in perpetuity to pay for a bridge and extending Light Rail into Clark County?

June 3, 2011

This is Why, Mayor Leavitt

by lewwaters

In a recent exchange with Vancouver’s Mayor Tim Leavitt on the Columbian’s web page (in comments), he wondered about my saying I would not make the mistake of supporting him again. In addition to the reasons I listed there, the following video compilation should also explain the beginning of my decision to not support him should he run for another term when this one is up.

Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I believe every effort must be made by people to keep their word.

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