The Tram Scam: Scrap it

February 2, 2006


Oh for heaven’s sake. $15m, $28m, $35m, $45m, now $55m, later $???????
But private auditors say we’re past the point of no return? Howzat again?

I was just up at OHSU and down at south waterfront this morning and while there may be some preliminary footings– maybe– no part of the tram has been built. Yes, fabricating contracts have been signed, but you can get out of them although it won’t be pretty. Plus, the city has an cancellation/out clause it can invoke. Yes, engineering money has been spent. Let me ask you, if engineering and preliminary clearing of the site had started on the baseball stadium for instance, and the city was on the hook for an unknown amount of money in future construction costs, with what we know of Tom Potter’s love of the game– “I’d love to throw out the first ball!” Uh…that’s first pitch, Tom– do you think he would hesitate to pull the plug?
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