Friday, December 23, 2011

Oregoninan Letter to Editor Asks "If streetcar is so bad why is it still alive?"

To All COLA LO Members,

This week a citizen wrote an editorial letter to the Oregonian challenging the concept that the Streetcar is a bad idea.    In the article the citizen asks Councilor Kehoe to provide an option to the Streetcar.   Online comments to the article can be found at the following link:

If Lake Oswego streetcar is such a bad idea, why is it still alive?

The original article by Councilor Kehoe can be found at: Streetcar Way Off Track

And so the ongoing debate and expenditures continue for a visionary project while citizens according to a recent survey have a much higher set of priorities for the Lake Oswego community.    The recent survey conducted by a professional firm clearly shows that only 18% of the community rate the Streetcar as a priority.    Streetcar Survey

The highest priority can best be represented by fix the streets! But that isn't a priority for this administration as it continues to spend many multiples more on studies and planning projects including the streetcar.   

That direction is of serious concern to the community at large and the surveys clearly show this.   Unfortunately many feel their input is not being taken seriously.

Thus increasingly people in the community are making statements about a recall effort and asking for resignations.  2012 will be an interesting year in the community given the diverging views on priorities.   

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.   

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