Friday, October 03, 2014

Craig Pridemore: CRC Revisionist and liar. (Lied to the editorial board. Is it even possible Lefty Lou didn't know?)

So, who do we believe?

In response to a question from Lefty Lou, specifically: "It has to do with whether or not today, we should be focusing on a replacement I-5 Bridge, not a CRC proposal, more likely a proposal that might not have any immediate, uh, uh, access to light rail, might not even have any high tolls, uh, should we be focusing on that or focusing on the East County bridge, which is presently being pushed by county commissioner David Madore.

So, that's the question.  Where should our priorities lie?"

(Since we were told repeatedly throughout the CRC process that the commissioners would have no impact on that project and since the vast majority of this county opposes that idiocy, I have to wonder why Lefty Lou set Pridemore up to take it in the chops over this... but, whatever.)

Well, do we take Pridemore's word for it?

Or do we take the Oregon Supreme Court's word for it?

February 29th, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS | News Stories

The $2.5 Billion Bribe

Oregon’s Supreme Court says light-rail politics drove plans for a new I-5 bridge.


The Oregon Supreme Court has succeeded in doing what scores of public meetings, thousands of pages of reports, and endless public relations spin could not: Give us the original rationale behind the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing.

(And please note: that rational had absolutely nothing to do with Pridemore's lies... nor was it the result of his lie that "every option was considered.")
The answer, according to the court: 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. (To read the Feb. 16, 2012 Oregon Supreme Court decision regarding the Columbia River Crossing Project, click here (PDF, 18 pages))

Project opponents filed a legal challenge to the way Metro, the regional planning agency, granted sweeping land-use approval to the project. The Oregon Supreme Court sided mostly with Metro.

But Chief Justice Paul De Muniz, writing for the majority, highlighted an inconvenient set of facts for CRC backers.

He wrote in the Feb. 16 opinion that most of the project—namely the 10-lane freeway bridge and new interchanges—was put forward to get Clark County to agree to the light-rail line.

De Muniz cited statements that Metro made in the land-use process and Metro’s lawyer repeated before his court. 

“It was politically impossible for the light rail project to proceed without also building new interstate bridges across the Columbia River,” De Muniz wrote. 

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

Backers have cited traffic and safety issues as the top reasons to build the CRC. But the court ruling means those and other justifications were created after officials decided to give a sop to Clark County, now worth $2.5 billion.

Metro had used a law originally intended to site light-rail lines to justify the project. (Only 27 percent of the project’s cost—or about $950 million—will go to building the light-rail portion of the CRC.) Metro won every legal challenge, including at the state Supreme Court.

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. 

Supporters of the bridge project acknowledged the new freeway bridge and $1 billion in interchanges were necessary to sway Clark County to go for the deal.

“To get light rail built, we need to have some highway improvements associated with it,” Mark Greenfield, an attorney for Metro and TriMet, told the Supreme Court in December.

Mike Lilly, a lawyer for Plaid Pantry, a losing petitioner in the Supreme Court case, says the ruling exposes an expensive truth about the CRC.

“We are stuck paying for a huge highway bridge and interchanges as an inducement to get Vancouver to accept light rail,” he says. 

CRC spokeswoman Anne Pressentin says the courts have established that Metro followed the law properly when it granted the CRC’s land-use approvals.

Pressentin also says how the new freeway bridge and interchanges got on the drawing board in the first place no longer matters—the CRC project has proven the region needs both the freeway improvements and light rail.

“There are a lot of things that happened along the way,” she says. “There’s no inconsistency here.”

SOURCES: CRC, Oregon Department of Transportation.

Of COURSE Pridemore is going to lie about this: what would his chances be if he manned up and told the truth?

The fact is clear: these carefully selected people who bent us over on the CRC Scam, including Pridemore himself, NEVER INTENDED THAT ANY OTHER OPTION BE CONSIDERED.

And as for Lefty Lou?

There is no way, even in your fantasy world, that the I-5 Bridge will EVER be built without loot rail.

It's just a shame that when Pridemore lied to you... you let him get away with it.

But then, Pridemore's a democrat and that's what you do for them, right, Lefty?

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