When Vancouver businessman, David Madore, set out to battle back against the light rail boondoggle being brought to Clark County he put his money where his beliefs are.
The CEO of US Digital rounded up support and went to meetings where friends were 'gaveled down,' made fun of and ignored. So he and another business leader from Portland collected web experts, political allies (and foes), forensic accountants, economists, think tankers and who knows who else to begin an offensive against the light rail mafia. The target? The conveyor of light rail: The Columbia River Crossing Bridge Project.
Now the media have awakened from their slumber. We're seeing the latest story about how boat makers told the CRC board that the bridge is too low. We've seen studies that the CRC will cost more than $10 billion including debt service. We're seeing stories about the widening of Interstate 5 in the Rose Quarter which is a pinch point for traffic between Mexico and Canada.
After YEARS of sleeping on the job, rewriting press releases and looking at pretty pictures of bridges--which by the way--turned out to be pictures of a bridge that WOULDN'T WORK-- reporters are finally starting to do some actual objective reporting!
Thank you, David Madore for getting this badly needed conversation started.
Now the left is attempting to get in front of the parade and claim credit for Madore's hard work. They're taking credit for pushing the bridge into what appears to be zombie project land. See my twitter exchange with Blue Oregon writer and Jefferson Smith cheerleader Carla Axtman after the latest CRC story came out.
The left hates the bridge because they don't want cars to conveniently get anywhere. Sam Adams has spoken of "car abuse" in relation to the use of the bridge. Planners say they want only to help trucking, not cars, and that the goal of the bridge should be measured in, "the trip not taken."
The right doesn't like it because it's prohibitively expensive. We just want a basic bridge without light rail.