Murmurs: Why Bother Voters When You Don’t Have To?


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Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have been shopping a plan to increase transportation taxes and fees, asking residents for their top priorities in polls and forums. But the p   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Burning The Bridge

An Oregonian editorial columnist bashed the CRC too many times. Now he’s an ex-columnist.


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While a bill to revive the Columbia River Crossing clings to life in the Legislature, Brendan Monaghan’s brief career as an editorial columnist for The Oregonian is over—and it’s hard to esc   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Clearing Up Misinformation Ahead of Today's Columbia River Crossing Hearing

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Ahead of today's hearing on the Columbia River Crossing Project, CRC proponents have clouded the debate with two pieces of misinformation. First, the economic consequences of not moving forward are being over-stated. On Feb. 6, The Oregonian published another endorsement of moving forward with the $2.8 billion, Oregon-only version of the project. Here's part of that editorial (emphasis added). The ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Maybe Kitzhaber Can Start Tolling City Sidewalks.


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Anybody want to buy a sidewalk? City Commissioner Steve Novick has been sniffing out new taxes to fund the Portland Bureau of Transportation (Murmurs, WW, Dec. 4, 2013). He now knows what Portlanders    More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Leading CRC Supporter Says Oregon "Done With The Bridge Issue"

"The bridge issue is dead in our state," a key Oregon lawmaker says. The House speaker disagrees.

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One of the strongest legislative supporters of the proposed Columbia River Crossing project, Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, appears to have given up on the project, according to an email obtained by the The Columbian. Gov. John Kitzhaber and other backers of the CRC went all-in with a Jan. 14 legislative hearing in Salem designed to rally support for ...   More
 
Friday, January 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Watchdogs’ Late Bark

After a long silence, Oregon’s top enviro groups slam the Columbia River Crossing.


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For years, two of the state’s leading environmental groups have seemed lost in a green cloud over the Columbia River Crossing. The $2.8 billion bridge, light-rail and freeway expansion project h   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Port of Portland Rallying Support For CRC Hearing

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Port of Portland lobbyist Annette Price convened a meeting of leading business lobbyists yesterday to plan strategy ahead of a Jan. 14 legislative hearing on the proposed Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project. The Legislature's approval for the project has expired, and Gov. John Kitzhaber is hoping lawmakers will revive the CRC in the upcoming February legislative session.Price's email lays out ...   More
 
Thursday, January 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: News With Many Rivers To Cross.


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What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, when he ran for mayor, Jim Francesconi outraised his opponent, Tom Potter, by more than a 4-to-1 margin. In this year’s race for Multnomah County   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Columbia River Crossing Pushes Back Construction Date

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The Columbia River Crossing is heading toward another year's worth of construction delays, with court documents showing major work now will likely start in 2015—if the project gets legislative approval.The delay follows a long-time trend for the megaproject, which has always seemed to be two years away from construction. In 2008, plans for construction were set for 2010, and by 2010, word was construction ...   More
 
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

ODOT Responds to Clackamas County CRC Concerns

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A couple of weeks ago, the Clackamas County Commission wrote a strongly-worded letter to Gov. John Kitzhaber, asking for information about the anticipated diversion of traffic from I-5 to I-205 if the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing project gets built. "Clackamas County believes that tolling the CRC will create unmanageable congestion along I-205, a lifeline ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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