Portland Mayoral Candidates on the Columbia River Crossing

Posted by Nick in News on October 17th, 2011 – 1 Comment

The Portland Business Alliance asked a series of questions to the three big mayoral candidates. They included a few transportation questions, including a big one on the CRC. Here’s the text:

13. Do you support the Columbia River Crossing project as proposed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement and will you advocate for state and federal funding for its construction?

Eileen Brady Yes. I have fully explained my position on the CRC on my website. I support Governor Kitzhaber’s plan to push for initial federal approval of the environmental impact statement, and once we have that, we must scale the project to a financially realistic option that gets Oregon a safe bridge now, increases multi-modal transit across the Columbia River and puts our tradespeople to work.
Charlie Hales No. I support a fundable, buildable project and I don’t believe the current proposal meets those tests.
Jefferson Smith No. While this cuts my likelihood of earning your endorsement, my preference in three words would be “smaller, quicker, cheaper.” Key funding streams are doubtful. If I’m wrong, it won’t matter much — the current City Council has voted on it, and the State and Feds have the conch. If I’m right, we’ll need a Plan B — something smaller, quicker, cheaper that prioritizes seismic safety and freight mobility. And we’ll need to unite the various interests; as mayor I would work for that.
  1. Jim Lee says:

    Four years ago, after decades of political involvement at the margins, I filed for mayor, just to experience what things were like on the inside.

    I never got very far inside, but learned a good deal. One is that pre-focused sequences of questions from special interest groups are impossible to deal with rationally. They are a deliberate attempt to back a candidate into a preferred corner, and different corners are preferred by different special interests. There are innumerable special interests, and every corner is logically incompatible with every other in some way.

    My impression from reading the list of questions and answers to the Portland Business Alliance’s list is that the questions are tendentious, and the answers pre-digested by political consultants. Will the results generate an endorsement? Interesting to watch.

    I was not hunting endorsements, but when I received a questionnaire (usually by mail) from a group I generally supported I telephoned them to explain my positions on its issues on my terms. This was the only way I could be clear, accurate, fair. Usually they appreciated the personal involvement.

    Anyway, never was I any good at multiple choice quizzes. In physics the art is learning to ask the right question. Achieve that and the answer is singular. Over a lifetime I have got fairly good with the questions.

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