Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Councilor Tierney Switches his Vote (Streetcar Round Two?)

To All COLA LO Members,

Last night at the council meeting Councilor Bill Tierney informed the public that he has decided to change his position on the streetcar in the near term.    He was very careful to state that he still supports streetcar and foothills but not right now.    This is after he has voted to spend city funds on both projects over the past 3 years with total costs in the millions.   

 Councilor Tierney stated:

"I now believe that both of these can contribute enormously to a healthy, vital Lake Oswego. Neither of these potential opportunities should be abandoned. Now is just not the time. I kept getting more and more information and I finally came to the tipping point."

Online bloggers are interpreting this decision as a political tactic to assist Councilor Tierney in his reelection campaign this fall.    They believe Streetcar will come back after the election. 

Many have accused councilor Tierney of saying one thing and voting another during his tenure.  Only time will tell if this is a political ploy or a serious consideration of the desires within the community.  

Here is a direct quote of one resident from the blogs:  

"I so very much want to believe that Tierney is being sincere. My eternal skeptic is waiting for the other shoe to drop because it sounds too good to be true. I like Mr. T, and I hope that his and Moncrieff's reversal isn't a political move to save their council seats and then resurrect the streetcar next year when Hoffman has been replaced with a streetcar-sympathetic council member (Donna Jordan's position is not up for reelection this year). "

Related articles can be found at the following:  Derail Streetcar?  and Tierney Removes Support.   

The question the community is asking now is when does Streetcar Round Two begin?  Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.    

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