ODOT gave no evidence the report was inaccurate - they simply stated it was inaccurate. Indeed, the evidence from various reports tends to back up the accuracy of the original report. The bridge is in better shape than many other I-5 bridges, according to ODOT's Bridge Condition Report, and soforth. We've spent money maintaining those spans so they have some real life left in them.
It's the whole Orwell game. 2+2 now equals 5, not 4. They're now claiming that it never was equal to four.
And of course, the CRC highway mega-project doesn't "fix the problems associated" with the area - its own Independent Review Panel and traffic modeling show it doesn't fix congestion in the corridor without another $1 billion investment to the south (in fact, it moves it from the river to the heart of North Portland). And we don't have that extra billion dollars.
Finally, all this work recently is on my own, as a private citizen - I'm speaking only for myself.
It's true that for a lot of regular cyclists the current take-the-lane approach should work fine going northbound (usually downhill).
But a lot of people are simply not comfortable biking in the same lane with cars, and there's no reason those people shouldn't have the option of a dedicated lane.
Here's how I see it:
(1) Getting a typewritten letter in the mail is pretty cool in this saturated digital age.
(2) Lascher's clearly having fun doing what he wants.
(3) People who have nothing better to do than criticize lead sad lives.
Lascher is at large. Brav-fucking-o.
Those who can't compete, complain.
The split between Hales and Smith seems to have narrowed to around 4%, FYI.
Wow. That chart is so full of errors I don't know where to begin, except for the answer to the CRC question.
Brady has said again and again she supports the highway mega-project. She put it in writing to the PBA. She may quibble with some details, but she reminds us at appearance after appearance she's for the project and stands with the Governor.
The CRC. Is. Not. A. Bridge. Project. Repeat it with me: Five miles of highway expansion: roughly 50% of costs. Bridge: 25%. Light Rail 25%. Please, please, please get this right and stop helping this polluting boondoggle along by talking about it like it's a bridge project.
Jefferson's been a strong leader speaking out against this highway boondoggle for years. And for government transparency. And for on-line voter registration. And for energy efficiency. And for investing in our local small businesses instead of throwing ourselves like a hungry hussy at out-of-state corporations. I know the state legislature isn't really your beat, but I'd encourage folks to look at Smith's record.
Finally, if Jefferson was *so* convincingly connected to the Police Union, he would have had that endorsement months ago, when Smith could have used it in his Voters' Pamphlet and all that. Fact is, he's a friend of organized labor on most issues - which seems like a good thing to this progressive - while having had some clear disagreements with the Police.
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