Posts tagged ‘TriMet’

October 16, 2013

Stewart and Doan for City Council

by lewwaters

Vote 1Voters in Vancouver Washington have another opportunity to restore the city or just allow it to the slide into obscurity. You are facing another off-year election where a majority of voters don’t bother to vote, seeing no candidates for national office running.

Unfortunately, those that decline to vote this time hurt themselves more since these off year elections are when many local offices are filled with incumbents or replaced with new people.

The Mayor of Vancouver race has already been covered, but three seats on the city council are up this time and if you are fed up with being ignored, silenced or disrespected, this is an important election for you. You can change how the city has been going.

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October 16, 2013

Vancouver, You Can Restore Respect, Fairness and Honesty

by lewwaters
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Bill Turlay

Respect for citizens and honesty in local government has been seriously lacking for far too long. Our votes have been ignored, our voices disrespected and a small group has set themselves up as rulers over us, dictating what is to be, listening only to special interest groups salivating over adding more middle class tax dollars to their bank accounts.

Our own local mouthpiece for those special interests, the Lazy C has endorsed a solid slate of sell-outs candidates that have either a history of opposing citizens or are naïve and inexperienced over people who are willing to actually represent citizen interests, or have been doing just that for many years.

And we know that the reason boils down to special interest desires to force Portland, Oregon’s financially troubled light rail into Vancouver, draining revenues from our community to theirs and likely filling the pockets of special interests on this side of the river. A look at who the Lazy C is endorsing for office in Vancouver is a who’s who list of sell outs or naïve idealists sold a bill of goods.

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October 13, 2013

Lazy C: Whitewashes, Bias, Sell Out and Bankruptcies

by lewwaters

01I am left amazed how a flip-flop after lying your way into office brought out condemnation after the 2009 mayoral election, but is today being whitewashed by the Lazy C. Yes, for all the praise, ass-kissing and erecting a flimsy pedestal to place Tim Leavitt on today, the Lazy C wasn’t so pleased when he defeated ex-mayor Royce Pollard by nearly a 7-point margin.

In their endorsement of Pollard in 2009, the Lazy wrote of Leavitt, “has nowhere near the leadership capabilities that Pollard has,” describing him as “shallow, defensive and retaliatory” over a report issued by “the Vancouver Firefighters Union that Leavitt missed voting in 16 elections in 10 years.”

In the fashion we see continued today, Leavitt whined, “How does this sleazy maneuver help our struggling communities today?” The Lazy C then answered, “It exposes as delinquent the voting habits of a man who is courting Vancouver’s voters, and reasonable voters don’t see truth-telling as a sleazy maneuver at all.”

Courting ex-mayor Pollard some months after the election drew word that Leavitt had “duped the citizens of America’s Vancouver” and “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.”

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October 11, 2013

Carolyn Crain, The Ugly Side of the CRC

by lewwaters

Clark County, Vancouver, Washington citizen Carolyn Crain, speaking about the ugly underside of the Columbia River Crossing light rail project from Portland, Oregon being forced upon Washington State citizens against their will.

October 11, 2013

Tiffany Couch Testimony before Trans Committee Hearing

by lewwaters

Forensic Auditor Tiffany Couch speaks before the Washington State Senate Transportation Committee “Listening” Hearing, October 7, 2013 held in Vancouver, Washington.

October 9, 2013

Lazy C Was For a Vote Before They Were Against a Vote

by lewwaters

Boris ColumbianReaders know I have little regard for the Columbian, aka the Lazy C due to their shoddy reporting, lack of interest in reporting negative reports on Democrats and their continued inconsistency directed towards the public.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 shows once again why their subscriptions continue to decline and why so few in Clark County trust them.

We all know that the CRC light rail project is big news and the community remains divided, many citizens outraged over a recent agreement to enter into a binding contract with TriMet for their financially troubled light rail and surrendering our sovereignty to Oregon just weeks before a scheduled advisory vote by citizens, essentially ruling the vote null and void even before it is held.

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October 1, 2013

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road!

by lewwaters

 

College 4Submitted by Professor Robert Dean

 

MoellerAGO 2013 No. 1 – July 01, 2013
The Honorable Jim Moeller
State Representative, District 49
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600 Cite As:
AGO 2013 No. 1

Dear Representative Moeller:

By letter previously acknowledged, you have requested our opinion on a question I have paraphrased as follows:
Must a transit agency that elects to establish high capacity transportation service under RCW 81.104 obtain voter approval for its high capacity transportation system plan and financing plan even if the transit agency does not propose to use the dedicated funding sources provided for in RCW 81.104?

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October 1, 2013

Commissioner Stuart on Voters & Light Rail, 2005

by lewwaters

Proof, Steve Stuart sold out Clark County citizens.

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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September 29, 2013

Commissioner Madore Lodges Protest Over C-Tran Board Vote

by lewwaters

This blog no longer supports David Madore and calls upon him to resign immediately!

C-Tran RattledCopied in full from County Commissioner Madore’s facebook page, where he shared it with the public.

See also the preceding comment on receipt of a copy of the “40-page” contract already signed (executed), selling Clark County citizens down the river by that vote.

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September 26, 2013

Leavitt, Stuart, Hansen, Smith and Onslow Sell Out Clark County Taxpayers

by lewwaters

StalinRemember the five names listed, Tim Leavitt, Steve Stuart, Bart Hansen, Larry Smith and Ron Onslow. Each just assumed the position of Commisar’s and completely sold out Clark County to Portland’s Metro.

Larry Smith especially should be totally ashamed. A retired US Army Colonel acting like the very Communist enemy we fought in our youth. He is a disgrace to the uniform we both once wore.

In case you are wondering, those five voted to enter into a contract with TriMet for the CRC, without a vote of the people. Each basically gave citizens the middle finger.

No doubt Jim Moeller will be elated, knowing now that taxpayers are screwed.

One of the worst points they just voted for, TriMet will have eminent domain power as C-Tran will be required to impose eminent domain should Trimet want your property in Clark County.

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September 24, 2013

C-Tran Proposes Cutting Bus Service to Fund Light Rail

by lewwaters

First, a little trip down memory lane for you;

Yes, that was our former County Commissioner, Marc Boldt selling you on voting to approve a sales tax increase in the 2011 election in order for C-Tran to keep buses running. Or so we were to believe.

Voters approved that sales tax increase, fearing Granny would be left standing out in the cold on some street corner.

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September 23, 2013

Cleveland’s Talking Points Out Of Touch With Constituents

by lewwaters

Cleveland 3There is an old saying by Mark Twain that goes, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

The quote can fit no one better than 49th Legislative District Senator Annette Cleveland who tries to portray herself as learned and relevant, even though she has yet to complete a single year in office.

Face it, she didn’t win the election because of any great intellect or connection with voters, but solely because she registered as a Democrat running in the heavily Democrat 49th district. A district so out of touch with itself that it repeatedly reelects Jim Moeller, knowing he sued them to invalidate their votes so he can raise their taxes easier.

Even the Lazy C, in endorsing her last year admitted the Republican candidate, Eileen Qutub, was the more experienced and all around better candidate, but that Cleveland was running in a Democrat district so they went with her.

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September 23, 2013

Economist warns: Renewed CRC Promises Gridlock on I-205

by lewwaters

I-5 Bridge 02Joe Cortright is President and principal economist for Impresa, a Portland consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation and industry clusters. Joe is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and senior policy advisor for CEOs for Cities, a national organization of urban leaders.

An Economist with impeccable credentials that when he releases a study, we are assured it is well researched, deeply considered and very relevant to the subject at hand. As an old commercial said, he is one that when he speaks, people listen. Or at least, they should.

Mr. Cortright has deeply researched and released studies critical of the Columbia River Crossing light rail project and has grabbed our attention for his efforts. And as we now know, the once thought dead project is being brought back up with allegedly new considerations, but realistically, just the same old, same old we have rejected.

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September 19, 2013

Benton Pushes Back on “Oregon Only” CRC/Light Rail (UPDATED)

by lewwaters
Senator Don Benton

Senator Don Benton

Once more we see a prime example of why Senator Don Benton (R. 17th) is maybe the single most hated person in office by the Lazy C, he continues to stand up for the struggling middle class taxpayer over special interests like Identity Clark County and the rest of those hoping to straddle that same struggling middle class family with higher taxes, fees and tolls to pay for an extension of Portland’s financially troubled light rail into Vancouver.

As we know, the CRC was declared dead, but like a monster rising from the ashes, powers that be are trying to breathe new life into it, calling for wasting more tax dollars and forcing the community to accept a bloated transportation project that they refuse to let the community vote on, knowing that it will likely fail, as it did before.

Oregon Governor Kitzhaber is behind pushing what he refers to as an “Oregon Only” approach with Clark County commuters being straddled with the expense through tolls and fares for those forced to ride light rail into jobs in Portland, once C-Tran reduces bus service to meet the requirements of light rail.

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September 11, 2013

Mayor Leavitt and C-Tran Declare Jihad

by lewwaters

911 037We woke up to horror 12 years ago today. The worst terrorist attack in history had just occurred on the East Coast and we on the West Coast shook the sleep out of our eyes to view the horror in the media reports.

12 years later, we have changed leadership at many levels, sacrificed thousands of our own people fighting terror around the globe, but terror remains.

To a lesser degree, we have our own terror ongoing in Clark County. No, people are not being killed by suicide bombers, but it a form of terror as citizens are being ignored by an ever encroaching political ruling class to circumvent votes of the people and impose a costly project and its cost on them.

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September 6, 2013

Former Deputy Prosecutors Effort to Intimidate County Commissioner Madore Fails

by lewwaters

This blog no longer supports David Madore and calls upon him to resign immediately!

David Madore

Commissioner Madore

It is well known that the three most hated people in Clark County by those desiring to saddle the struggling middle class with more a burden to fund and construct an extension of Portland, Oregon’s financially troubled light rail is Sen. Don Benton (R 17th) and County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore.

While no doubt Sen. Benton remains the single most hated person, likely in the entire state by the powers that be and the local paper of record, the Lazy C, Commissioner Madore is proving to be a close second with them.

Their hate of Commissioner Mielke seems to be on hold for the moment as it appears they may be trying to use him as a wedge, but their hate is there none the less.

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August 30, 2013

Who Mitigates on Behalf of Taxpayers?

by lewwaters

Light Rail HellEven though once declared dead by both Governors of Washington and Oregon, the zombie-like specter of the Columbia River Crossing light rail project continues to have new life pumped into it by those very Governors along with deep pocketed special interests hoping to reap millions on the backs of a struggling middle class taxpayer.

And one of those special interests is our own local newspaper of record, the Lazy C who has blindly supported the project since its inception and helped cover up many of the shortcomings as well as ignored concerns expressed by citizens.

We saw this as it became known the proposed replacement bridge to cross the Columbia River was to create a choke point for river commerce by an insufficient height, providing only 98 feet initially, upped to 116 feet later, still far lower than the current 178 feet when the lift spans are raised.

Instead of seeing the folly, considering how much commerce travels under the bridge, officials merely decide to ‘mitigate’ with the three manufacturers likely to be affected the most, Oregon Iron Works, Greenberry and Thompson Metal Fab.

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July 9, 2013

Light Rail Can’t Fix Stupid

by lewwaters

Light Rail HellAmidst audible groans and moans, the Columbia River Crossing light rail project died as the Senate Coalition majority gaveled the end of the second special session in Olympia, having defeated a last minute effort by Democrats to force the $10 Billion Transportation Bill to a vote.

Years of scheming, planning, fearmongering and wasting over $170 Million went up in smoke as proponents saw the bill that would have funded the CRC light rail project and other mega-projects around the state dissolve, due primarily to proponents steadfast refusal to listen to voters and taxpayers who have been rejecting Portland, Oregon’s light rail forced upon them since 1995.

The anger coming from elected officials in support was immediate and continues, many vowing to keep pushing the project in one manner or another, others just lashing out in angry outbursts directed at Washington State Senate Republicans who actually listened to and abided by the voices of those who elected them.

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June 21, 2013

Mayor Leavitt: Conflicts of Interest or Incredible Coincidence?

by lewwaters

Leavitt Dean 8It has been well documented how Tim Leavitt lied his way into winning the 2009 election for Mayor of Vancouver by running on a “No Tolls” ticket and swiftly flip flopping before even being sworn into office.

His lies and flip flops were recorded in print and captured on video for all to see.

In spite of his own grandiose claims of how effective he has been these past 4 years as Mayor, the city of Vancouver remains mired in deep economic troubles, having once closed a much needed fire station, laid off firefighters only to beg for a federal grant to reopen and retrain new firefighters, all while monies were made available to go into debt to purchase the new Columbian Building for a new city hall and hundreds of thousands of dollars put forth to build a new waterfront park in hopes that future development would come around that park.

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