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Facing the Facts on the CRC

On March 16, 2012, I testified before the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Columbia River Crossing about three changes that could be made in the proposed CRC that would greatly reduce adverse effects on the community and the environment, while saving a billion dollars or more. My testimony is below:

Testimony of Bob Stacey
Before the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Columbia River Crossing
March 16, 2012

Co-Chairs Beyer, Bentz and Read, and Members of the Committee:

The Real Problem with Portland’s Roads

I picked up the Sunday Oregonian on February 26 and saw the big headline (“Portland’s Roads to Ruin”) over the front page story reporting that Portland has basically stopped preventive maintenance of its street system, leaving hundreds of miles to deteriorate to the point where only full reconstruction can restore them—at crushingly higher cost than periodic resurfacing and repair. The pictures and sidebars with the story make the Oregonian’s editorial slant clear: Portland is “wasting” money on light rail, streetcars, bicycles and “confe

Driving Down Climate Change

Greenhouse gases from transportation are a major contributor to climate change. State officials estimate that as much as 38 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in Oregon come from tailpipes. Reducing petroleum-based greenhouse gases is just as important to limiting climate change as are renewable energy development, more energy efficient buildings and appliances, and changes in manufacturing.

Driving In Reverse

It hasn’t made the local papers yet, but the Portland metro area is leading in yet another international trend: a decline in driving.  The Toronto Globe and Mail calls it “peak car”—the fact that in developed economies around the world, the decades-long pattern of people driving more each year has stopped.  In fact, in the United States, the Globe and Mail story reported,“the distance driven by Americans per capita each year flatlined at the turn of

Attracting Industry in a Sustainable Way

We know that building a more sustainable region means maintaining our focus on the three Es: a prosperous economy, a healthy environment, and an equitable allocation of community resources and opportunity.  Metro has taken a big step toward the first of these by forging an alliance with the Port of Portland and private sector business advocates to increase the supply of “shovel ready” industrial sites in the region.  Now we need to ensure that the environment and equity remain front and center in this effort to aid job growth.

Veterans Day

My three-year-old grandson asked me to read the funny pages to him this morning, as he often does. His favorites include “Peanuts,” and today that meant explaining to him,
somehow, who Willie and Joe were—and by extension, what a veteran is and what a
soldier is.

Metro's Urban Growth Boundary Expansion

Last week Metro added 2000 acres to our region’s urban growth boundary.  That decision reminded me of another number: $40 billion.

That’s the rough estimate of the total cost faced by our region’s service providers to maintain, replace and improve our community’s sewer, water, transportation, school, park and other infrastructure over the next 25 years.  Government officials think they may be able to raise about half that much from known revenue sources in the years ahead.

Moving On . . .

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Today, I’m withdrawing my application for appointment to the vacant District 6 position on the Metro Council.  Last Wednesday, Governor Barbara Roberts filed her application for that seat, and graciously called me immediately to give me the news.

My Next Step

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Metro Councilor Robert Liberty announced that he has accepted the position of Executive Director of the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative.  He will be the first person to hold the position.

The Voters Have Spoken

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The long, painstaking vote count is done, and ten days after the election the result is finally clear.  The region’s voters have chosen a new leader to help us move toward a more prosperous and livable future. 

I’ve called Tom Hughes to congratulate him on his victory. Tom conducted an effective and principled campaign that focused on the important issues facing our region.  I’m confident he will be a strong and capable leader as Metro Council President.