Monthly Archives: February 2012

Oregon Supreme Court Blows the Whistle on CRC and Metro

Found in the Willamette Week, The $2.5 Billion Bribe Oregon’s Supreme Court says light-rail politics drove plans for a new I-5 bridge.
Of course, we in Clark County have known this, as CRC continues forcing us to accept the project with Light Rail, in spite of 3 past indications we did not want it.
In response to allegations filed by opponents to the Metro, the Oregon Supreme Court stated in their decision, “The massive Interstate 5 bridge and freeway project is a “political necessity” to persuade Clark County residents to accept something they previously didn’t want—a MAX light-rail line from Portland to Vancouver.”

The Willamette Week adds, “Chief Justice Paul De Muniz highlighted Metro’s land-use decision. In it, the regional agency explains the freeway bridge and associated improvements were necessary to get the light-rail line built after Clark County voters in 1995 overwhelmingly rejected funding for a new light-rail line.”

Or as Metro later summarized it: ‘There is no light rail without the freeway bridge[s] being replaced’.”

While the court decided in favor of Metro overall in the case, the glaring admission in the written opinion (pg 8, lines 9 through 12) is one many of us have stated and has been denied, that replacing the bridges is primarily to carry light rail from Portland to Vancouver. 


Perhaps not the intent, but Oregon’s Supreme Court unwittingly reveal the main reason the I-5 Bridges ‘must’ be replaced is to force Portland’s financially failing Light Rail upon us, whether we want it or not.
I urge all to read the Willamette Week article and the complete 18-page decision here
Ironic in timing, but Vancouver mayor Tim Leavitt wrote an op-ed that appears in the Reflector the same day where he claims to be “Setting the Record Straight.”
One claim he makes is, “The CRC has been driven by extensive citizen input over many years, thorough planning and scientific/engineering analysis, and the collaboration of local, state and federal agencies and representatives of the people.”
He also states, “The current bridge crossing is dangerous. Period.”
The spans are not listed on the WSDOT Structurally Deficient Bridges list.
Bridgehunter.com lists the ratings of the Interstate Bridge as of a 2009 Inspection as:

Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 31.5 (out of 100)

The definition of “Functionally Obsolete” found HERE is: “A functionally obsolete bridge is one that was built to standards that are not used today. These bridges are not automatically rated as structurally deficient, nor are they inherently unsafe. Functionally obsolete bridges are those that do not have adequate lane widths, shoulder widths, or vertical clearances to serve current traffic demand, or those that may be occasionally flooded.”

On needing replaced now, ODOT wrote in 2005 HERE
“The Interstate (twin) Bridges on Interstate 5 connect Portland, Oregon with Vancouver, Washington across the Columbia River. The bridges consist of northbound and southbound spans built in 1917 and 1958, respectively. The side-by-side steel structures have tandem lift-span capabilities to accommodate a national and international shipping industry.”

“The two bridges have a full-time crew on

deck to keep the aging structures in top operating condition. Only three other Oregon bridges — all in Astoria — have a designated maintenance crew.”

“This personalized care, combined with large maintenance projects, has kept the spans healthy and free of weight restrictions. With ongoing preservation, the bridges can serve the public for another 60 years.”

“The Interstate Bridges continue to be a vital link between Portland and Vancouver and complement any long-range plans to manage and improve transportation in the I-5 corridor between the two states.”

On Seismic Vulnerability, a 2006 CRC Report where they commissioned a “panel of experts” to perform a seismic assessment and they reported it was “technically feasible” to upgrade the spans and at a much lower estimated cost than we are now facing.

Not addressed still is the impact on businesses during the upwards of 10 years construction or the increased congestion during the same time period as commuters will be navigating through a construction zone that entire time.
As I have said many times, this project needs to be brought to a screeching halt and redesigned to what we actually need and more importantly, can afford!
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Admin Note: This is not an official list of demands. The user “bchang1987” who posted this speaks only for themself, not the movement. This website would never in a million years endorse a list of demands of the 1%.


Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act. Unionize ALL workers immediately.
Raise the minimum wage immediately to $18/hr. Create a maximum wage of $90/hr to eliminate inequality.
Institute a 6 hour workday, and 6 weeks of paid vacation.
Institute a moratorium on all foreclosures and layoffs immediately.
Repeal racist and xenophobic English-only laws.
Open the borders to all immigrants, legal or illegal. Offer immediate, unconditional amnesty, to all undocumented residents of the US.
Create a single-payer, universal health care system.
Pass stricter campaign finance reform laws. Ban all private donations. All campaigns will receive equal funding, provided by the taxpayers.
Institute a negative income tax, and tax the very rich at rates up to 90%.
Pass far stricter environmental protection and animal rights laws.
Allow workers to elect their supervisors.
Lower the retirement age to 55. Increase Social Security benefits.
Create a 5% annual wealth tax for the very rich.
Ban the private ownership of land.
Make homeschooling illegal. Religious fanatics use it to feed their children propaganda.
Reduce the age of majority to 16.
Abolish the death penalty and life in prison. We call for the immediate release of all death row inmates from death row and transferred to regular prisons.
Release all political prisoners immediately.
Immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Abolish the debt limit.
Ban private gun ownership.
Strengthen the separation of church and state.
Immediate debt forgiveness for all.
End the ‘War on Drugs’.

UPDATE: Occupy Portland Fires Up Mob With Phony Story

Occupy Portland’s useful idiots staged their street theatre even more convincingly than maybe even they knew today. At one point during their planned civic blackmail stops at various businesses, they were either beguiled by or indeed staged a mob friendly bit of theatre. Steve captures the story in a email:

Victoria,
Just before 3pm someone claiming to be a spokesperson for Regence Blue Cross told the Occupy crowd that Regence was resigning from ALEC because of its undemocratic attempts to derail national health care reform.  The LiveStream lady is giddy that they got an ALEC member to resign on live TV.
I checked with a Regence spokesperson – that guy was a FAKE. Not sure if someone in Occupy did it or someone else.
Another Regence person told me Regence is not even a member of ALEC, but the Occupiers apparently didn’t know that.
What fun!!!
 
 

Meantime, Occupiers tried to scare off Regence customers. Another 5th Listener today, who was NOT scared, reported they had their doors locked at their downtown office.

UPDATE: He wrote me tonight with more detail on his encounter this morning:

At around 11:15AM on a Wednesday morning, I couldn’t figure out why the Regence building was fully locked down.  
I just wanted to get inside to make my insurance payment.
After trying two sets of doors, all locked, I was finally able to squeeze inside after following an employee.
A security guard immediately walks up to me inside and says “May I help you?”
I say “I’m just trying to pay my bill.”
I get inside and ask the receptionist giving me a receipt if there’s a problem.
She says “Just today.”
A lightbulb goes on.  I say “Is it the occupy thing?”
She rolls her eyes, says “Yes” and we both agree Portland has changed.
Not long afterward, news reports indicate the building was swarmed by protestors.

What was this again? Oh, yes, a “family friendly” event.

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Occupy Oakland Biz Owner Has Advice for Portland Businesses at Risk Today from Occupy Portland

Since Portland Police have all but conceded to Occupy Portland’s blackmail on this #F29 planned riot, may I direct you business owners to this post about minimizing the damage to your business and our city  (here) AND an exhort you to take a page out of the Phil Tagami Anti Occupy Play Book:

    “I just racked it and they ran.”

Oakland developer Phil Tagami is used to working behind the scenes to broker some of the biggest deals in town. Late Wednesday, he was using different persuasive skills – holding a loaded shotgun to scare away rioters trying to get into a downtown building.

“We had people who attempted to break into our building,” the landmark Rotunda Building on Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, Tagami said Thursday. He grabbed a shotgun that he usually keeps at home, went down to the ground floor and “discouraged them,” he said.

“I was standing there and they saw me there, and I lifted it – I didn’t point it – I just held it in my hands,” Tagami said. “And I just racked it, and they ran.”
Although they didn’t get inside the building – Tagami, 46, oversaw its $50 million renovation and has an office there – vandals did scrawl graffiti on the outside walls during the post-midnight riot that broke out after Occupy Oakland’s daylong general strike.

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UPDATE: Occupy Anarchists Start Riot Early; Attack Bank in SE Portland

In addition to the hit at the US Bank in SE Portland (see below), Portland Police say this morning that two more businesses were vandalized along 39th, this time in NE Portland.

On Wednesday February 29, 2012, at 2:17 a.m., Portland Police officers from North Precinct responded to the report of breaking glass at Northeast Broadway and 39th Avenue.
A neighbor heard the sound of glass breaking near the Key Bank branch, located at 3839 Northeast Broadway. Officers arrived in the area and located a number of windows and the ATM had been damaged with rocks.

Officers also located windows damaged at Starbucks across the street. The address of the Starbucks location is 1633 Northeast 39th Avenue. 

 Here’s the video from Laughing at Liberals showing damage during last nights episode in SE Portland along 39th Avenue (now Cesar Chavez Blvd):
Claims of responsibility by Occupy were sent to police via Indymedia.

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Five Ways to Stop Damage From Occupy Portland’s Planned Riots

Jamison Sq; Photo: Victoria Taft

The damage from Occupy Portland’s planned riot for today, March 4th (March Forth!) and possible May Day melee can be minimized.
 
Here’s how (after the jump):


Yesterday on the program I talked with former Multnomah County Sheriff and Gresham Police, Chief Bernie Giusto, who also blogs here at www.VictoriaTaft.com. He had some suggestions on what should be done to plan for Occupy riots. I added a couple of my own. Together we have Five Ways to Minimize Damage from Occupy Riots:

 
1) Give Occupy Portland a map.

Occupy Portland rarely, if ever, gets a permit for any of their planned riots. It’s easy to get one. It allows protesters to march in the street as long as they work out a route with the cops. Without one they can’t march in the street. But because Occupy Portland doesn’t appear to care much about getting along with the rest of the citizens, they don’t bother to get one.

Occupy’s Slogan is Found on Twitter

A map and permit allow the police to know where the planned route is so they can stage officers along the route to keep the peace. Occupy Portland’s planned defiance and disregard for the law means that the taxpayers have to pay for even more overtime as cops place more officers on standby in case the need for them arises.

Giusto says when Occupy Portland gets to Waterfront Park this morning Portland Police should hand them a map and tell them: If you don’t comply we will arrest your participants.

2) And Then Arrest Them

Jamison Sq, Photo: Victoria Taft

Work out deal with the Sheriff–as Vera Katz and Bernie Giusto did after the melee of the May Day riots–to get plenty of jail beds ready for protesters.

And then take them to jail. None of this catch and release stuff. If someone is not obeying the law or is doing the usual black-bloc-bottle-throwing-violence-and-vandalism in this environment, they should go to jail. This ensures less violence in the future.

As Giusto points out: If you arrest ten then 20 leave. If you arrest 100 then 200 leave. And so on.

And then prosecute them.

3) Protect Businesses

The violent children of Occupy are bankrolled by the unions. Who bought all those purty umbrellas you’ll be seeing in the news today anyhoo?

This is an anti corporate” (read: anti business) planned riot. Police should be watching these sites which unions and their Occupy useful idiots have been targeting: Dosha Salon, Pioneer Place, Chase Bank, B of A. They should have officers there PROTECTING THESE SITES.

If they don’t, they should:

4) Encourage businesses to hire real security.

Portland Police have advised people not to come to downtown Portland between 1pm and 5pm today because they just don’t know what chaos will ensue.  While I understand that advice, it’s basically capitulating to these blackmailers which only creates problems for us in the future. And where does that leave the businesses? I’ll tell you where: without customers.

After Hurricane Katrina high value businesses hired private, heavily armed security to, ah, dissuade looters from entering. These were former IDF and no nonsense Blackwater types. The Portland Business Alliance should hire them and protect their members.

5) Send the unions a bill for the taxpayers’ real costs and businesses’ loss of income from these planned riots. AFL-CIO, ILWU, SEIU, AFSCME all have had a hand in supplying help and bankrolling the Occupiers in Portland. They’ve given birth to them, nurtured them and have kept them on life support.

As lawyers fish for deep pockets in a lawsuit, so should the City of Portland in recovering the costs for its citizens from the lawlessness of Occupy Portland.

And, as an added bonus:
6) Snow on them.

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Oregon Supreme Court Blows the Whistle on CRC and Metro

Found in the Willamette Week, The $2.5 Billion Bribe Oregon’s Supreme Court says light-rail politics drove plans for a new I-5 bridge.
Of course, we in Clark County have known this, as CRC continues forcing us to accept the project with Light Rail, in spite of 3 past indications we did not want it.
In response to allegations filed by opponents to the Metro, the Oregon Supreme Court stated in their decision, “The massive Interstate 5 bridge and freeway project is a “political necessity” to persuade Clark County residents to accept something they previously didn’t want—a MAX light-rail line from Portland to Vancouver.”

The Willamette Week adds, “Chief Justice Paul De Muniz highlighted Metro’s land-use decision. In it, the regional agency explains the freeway bridge and associated improvements were necessary to get the light-rail line built after Clark County voters in 1995 overwhelmingly rejected funding for a new light-rail line.”

Or as Metro later summarized it: ‘There is no light rail without the freeway bridge[s] being replaced’.”

While the court decided in favor of Metro overall in the case, the glaring admission in the written opinion (pg 8, lines 9 through 12) is one many of us have stated and has been denied, that replacing the bridges is primarily to carry light rail from Portland to Vancouver. 


Perhaps not the intent, but Oregon’s Supreme Court unwittingly reveal the main reason the I-5 Bridges ‘must’ be replaced is to force Portland’s financially failing Light Rail upon us, whether we want it or not.
I urge all to read the Willamette Week article and the complete 18-page decision here
Ironic in timing, but Vancouver mayor Tim Leavitt wrote an op-ed that appears in the Reflector the same day where he claims to be “Setting the Record Straight.”
One claim he makes is, “The CRC has been driven by extensive citizen input over many years, thorough planning and scientific/engineering analysis, and the collaboration of local, state and federal agencies and representatives of the people.”
He also states, “The current bridge crossing is dangerous. Period.”
The spans are not listed on the WSDOT Structurally Deficient Bridges list.
Bridgehunter.com lists the ratings of the Interstate Bridge as of a 2009 Inspection as:

Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 31.5 (out of 100)

The definition of “Functionally Obsolete” found HERE is: “A functionally obsolete bridge is one that was built to standards that are not used today. These bridges are not automatically rated as structurally deficient, nor are they inherently unsafe. Functionally obsolete bridges are those that do not have adequate lane widths, shoulder widths, or vertical clearances to serve current traffic demand, or those that may be occasionally flooded.”

On needing replaced now, ODOT wrote in 2005 HERE
“The Interstate (twin) Bridges on Interstate 5 connect Portland, Oregon with Vancouver, Washington across the Columbia River. The bridges consist of northbound and southbound spans built in 1917 and 1958, respectively. The side-by-side steel structures have tandem lift-span capabilities to accommodate a national and international shipping industry.”

“The two bridges have a full-time crew on deck to keep the aging structures in top operating condition. Only three other Oregon bridges — all in Astoria — have a designated maintenance crew.”

“This personalized care, combined with large maintenance projects, has kept the spans healthy and free of weight restrictions. With ongoing preservation, the bridges can serve the public for another 60 years.”

“The Interstate Bridges continue to be a vital link between Portland and Vancouver and complement any long-range plans to manage and improve transportation in the I-5 corridor between the two states.”

On Seismic Vulnerability, a 2006 CRC Report where they commissioned a “panel of experts” to perform a seismic assessment and they reported it was “technically feasible” to upgrade the spans and at a much lower estimated cost than we are now facing.

Not addressed still is the impact on businesses during the upwards of 10 years construction or the increased congestion during the same time period as commuters will be navigating through a construction zone that entire time.
As I have said many times, this project needs to be brought to a screeching halt and redesigned to what we actually need and more importantly, can afford!
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Occupy Oakland Biz Owner Has Advice for Portland Businesses at Risk Today from Occupy Portland

Since Portland Police have all but conceded to Occupy Portland’s blackmail on this #F29 planned riot, may I direct you business owners to this post about minimizing the damage to your business and our city  (here) AND an exhort you to take a page out of the Phil Tagami Anti Occupy Play Book:

    “I just racked it and they ran.”

Oakland developer Phil Tagami is used to working behind the scenes to broker some of the biggest deals in town. Late Wednesday, he was using different persuasive skills – holding a loaded shotgun to scare away rioters trying to get into a downtown building.

“We had people who attempted to break into our building,” the landmark Rotunda Building on Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, Tagami said Thursday. He grabbed a shotgun that he usually keeps at home, went down to the ground floor and “discouraged them,” he said.

“I was standing there and they saw me there, and I lifted it – I didn’t point it – I just held it in my hands,” Tagami said. “And I just racked it, and they ran.”
Although they didn’t get inside the building – Tagami, 46, oversaw its $50 million renovation and has an office there – vandals did scrawl graffiti on the outside walls during the post-midnight riot that broke out after Occupy Oakland’s daylong general strike.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

UPDATE: Occupy Anarchists Start Riot Early; Attack Bank in SE Portland

In addition to the hit at the US Bank in SE Portland (see below), Portland Police say this morning that two more businesses were vandalized along 39th, this time in NE Portland.

On Wednesday February 29, 2012, at 2:17 a.m., Portland Police officers from North Precinct responded to the report of breaking glass at Northeast Broadway and 39th Avenue.
A neighbor heard the sound of glass breaking near the Key Bank branch, located at 3839 Northeast Broadway. Officers arrived in the area and located a number of windows and the ATM had been damaged with rocks.

Officers also located windows damaged at Starbucks across the street. The address of the Starbucks location is 1633 Northeast 39th Avenue. 

 Here’s the video from Laughing at Liberals showing damage during last nights episode in SE Portland along 39th Avenue (now Cesar Chavez Blvd):
Claims of responsibility by Occupy were sent to police via Indymedia.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Five Ways to Stop Damage From Occupy Portland’s Planned Riots

Jamison Sq; Photo: Victoria Taft

The damage from Occupy Portland’s planned riot for today, March 4th (March Forth!) and possible May Day melee can be minimized.
 
Here’s how (after the jump):


Yesterday on the program I talked with former Multnomah County Sheriff and Gresham Police, Chief Bernie Giusto, who also blogs here at www.VictoriaTaft.com. He had some suggestions on what should be done to plan for Occupy riots. I added a couple of my own. Together we have Five Ways to Minimize Damage from Occupy Riots:

 
1) Give Occupy Portland a map.

Occupy Portland rarely, if ever, gets a permit for any of their planned riots. It’s easy to get one. It allows protesters to march in the street as long as they work out a route with the cops. Without one they can’t march in the street. But because Occupy Portland doesn’t appear to care much about getting along with the rest of the citizens, they don’t bother to get one.

Occupy’s Slogan is Found on Twitter

A map and permit allow the police to know where the planned route is so they can stage officers along the route to keep the peace. Occupy Portland’s planned defiance and disregard for the law means that the taxpayers have to pay for even more overtime as cops place more officers on standby in case the need for them arises.

Giusto says when Occupy Portland gets to Waterfront Park this morning Portland Police should hand them a map and tell them: If you don’t comply we will arrest your participants.

2) And Then Arrest Them

Jamison Sq, Photo: Victoria Taft

Work out deal with the Sheriff–as Vera Katz and Bernie Giusto did after the melee of the May Day riots–to get plenty of jail beds ready for protesters.

And then take them to jail. None of this catch and release stuff. If someone is not obeying the law or is doing the usual black-bloc-bottle-throwing-violence-and-vandalism in this environment, they should go to jail. This ensures less violence in the future.

As Giusto points out: If you arrest ten then 20 leave. If you arrest 100 then 200 leave. And so on.

And then prosecute them.

3) Protect Businesses

The violent children of Occupy are bankrolled by the unions. Who bought all those purty umbrellas you’ll be seeing in the news today anyhoo?

This is an anti corporate” (read: anti business) planned riot. Police should be watching these sites which unions and their Occupy useful idiots have been targeting: Dosha Salon, Pioneer Place, Chase Bank, B of A. They should have officers there PROTECTING THESE SITES.

If they don’t, they should:

4) Encourage businesses to hire real security.

Portland Police have advised people not to come to downtown Portland between 1pm and 5pm today because they just don’t know what chaos will ensue.  While I understand that advice, it’s basically capitulating to these blackmailers which only creates problems for us in the future. And where does that leave the businesses? I’ll tell you where: without customers.

After Hurricane Katrina high value businesses hired private, heavily armed security to, ah, dissuade looters from entering. These were former IDF and no nonsense Blackwater types. The Portland Business Alliance should hire them and protect their members.

5) Send the unions a bill for the taxpayers’ real costs and businesses’ loss of income from these planned riots. AFL-CIO, ILWU, SEIU, AFSCME all have had a hand in supplying help and bankrolling the Occupiers in Portland. They’ve given birth to them, nurtured them and have kept them on life support.

As lawyers fish for deep pockets in a lawsuit, so should the City of Portland in recovering the costs for its citizens from the lawlessness of Occupy Portland.

And, as an added bonus:
6) Snow on them.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

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

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?

I’ve not seen mention of it in the Columbian and honestly, I was surprised to see the Oregonian publish, TriMet general manager tells Portland crowd that union contract is ‘slowly strangling’ public transit.

The Portland Business Journal also covered it with a softer headline of TriMet officials say union must give concessions.

Mr. McFarlane states TriMet’s union contract is “one of the richest in the country and ultimately unsustainable.”

He continued, “If union employees don’t contribute more, TriMet is on course to pay more than 50 percent of the payroll tax it receives for services toward benefits by 2020. Currently, those benefits not only include $5 co-pays, no deductibles and no premium contributions but lifetime health care up turning 55 after just 10 years on the job.”

McFarlane added, “The agency’s Blue Cross health care bill averages $22,000 a year for each union worker. The agency is on a path to becoming a health care agency not a transit agency” as TriMet is facing another budget shortfall of $17 Million!

Not too surprising, the Amalgamated Transit Union 757 is hoping to have the two-year old contract dispute brought before an arbitrator and settled in their favor, not contribute more to their own healthcare premiums or care.

C-Tran also has union representation and as was brought out during the Proposition 1 debates last year, to raise our sales tax, C-Tran claiming they had to have to keep bus services at current levels, C-Tran union members have received steady wage increases while the rest of us have cut corners, tightened our belts and bore increased costs, “paying our fair share.”

Portland’s Light Rail is also operated under TriMet and I have to imagine Light Rail operators are covered by the same union currently “strangling” Portland’s public transportation. Is there any reason to believe that once that same Light Rail is drug across the river into Clark County that we won’t be paying part of TriMet’s union employee wages and benefits, as well as those of C-Tran?

As we saw recently with the union representing employees of the downtown Hilton Bed and Bankruptcy, demanding a 54% wage and benefit increase because union employees in Portland are paid more, will C-Tran employees begin demanding equal pay and benefits as generous as TriMet was dumb enough to capitulate to?

C-Tran intends to seek yet another increase to our sales tax in this years’ election to cover Light Rail operations & maintenance.

We already know this $3.6 Billion boondoggle will likely cost closer to $10 Billion and destroy downtown Vancouver during the upwards of 10 years of construction that will drastically increase the congestion seen daily in that corridor.

Now, we can add the union strangling us just they are doing in Portland.

Isn’t it time to reel in this monster before it consumes us all?

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