Light Rail Bridge to Nowhere: Clark County Voters Are Saying No to MAX Tax

A defeat would be a setback for the Columbia River Crossing Project

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Clark County voters are leaning against a sales tax for light rail tonight. And while a defeat may not derail the Columbia River Crossing, it would represent the start of a long, new fight.Many in the county framed the vote—a 0.1 percent sales tax increase—as a referendum on the entire $3.5 billion CRC project, and results this evening show the measure failing by 56 percent to 44 percent. The measure ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Murmurs: CRC Budget Irregularities and First Responder Bragdon

Today is the first day of the 2016 campaign.


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The founder of HemCon Medical Technologies, the bankrupt Portland-based medical bandage company, wasn’t happy to see a blistering letter from one of his investors, divorce lawyer Jody Stahancyk,   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

One Question: Would You Vote to Permit Construction of the CRC in its Current Form?


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The City of Portland has been a minor player in the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing—with its wide freeway bridges and light rail to Vancouver, Wash. But the mega-project will pro   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON

Murmurs: A Columbia River... Tunnel?

Taking the CRC debate underground.


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Mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith has released a 1994 settlement agreement that got him off the hook for a misdemeanor assault charge. Smith, then a University of Oregon student, injured a woman   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Throw Voters From the Train

A Clark County measure to fund light rail has become a referendum on the CRC.


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The Columbia River Crossing is already in big trouble.  The proposed Interstate 5 spans between Oregon and Washington have a flawed design, the backers lack firm plans to...   More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Coast Guard Says CRC Design Still A Problem

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Last week, proponents of the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project told a legislative oversight committee that the project is aiming at applying for a $850 million of federal money, from a transportation called New Starts, to cover much of the cost of the light rail portion of the project. In the presentation to lawmakers, they made a few things clear. First, to apply for the federal money, ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: EPA Smacks Lower Willamette Group

Portland harbor companies face penalties.


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Companies on the hook for cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site are facing civil penalties. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the companies used “incorrect or misleading inf   More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

The Toll Under the Bridge

Seattle’s experience shows the CRC’s projections are flimsier than ever.


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It’s human nature: Start charging people for something they’ve been getting for free, and many won’t want it anymore. Take, for example, a new toll for a bridge. In the Seattle area, one out   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Columbia River Crossing Needs Clark County Voters

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The fate of the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing might come down to Clark County voters in November.C-Tran, Clark County's transit system, is considering a 0.1 percentage sales tax increase, which would generate $4.5 million a year to pay for operations and maintenance of the light rail line that would cross the proposed bridge.On Monday, the idea got a big push from the Vancouver ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Cody Newton

The $2.5 Billion Bribe

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


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The Oregon Supreme Court has succeeded in doing what scores of public meetings, thousands of pages of reports...   More
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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