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Come on Out 1/29, Lanes & False Choices on the Columbia River Crossing

Portland City Council Public Hearing: January 29, 2pm with public testimony
Portland City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave

The CRC is heating back up. And it's not just the proposed  http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/01/i5_wind_turbines.html> wind turbines on the bridge that are fanning the
flames.

Portland City Council and Metro are set to vote on just how big and wide the proposed $3.6 Billion new bridge should be.

Eight - ten - twelve lanes? It's a false choice. Why?
We need as many folks to turn up to this meeting and let it be known that 1 more lane is 1 too many. Hope you can make it.

Portland City Council Public Hearing: January 29, 2pm with public testimony
Portland City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave

The CRC is heating back up. And it's not just the proposed  http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/01/i5_wind_turbines.html> wind turbines on the bridge that are fanning the
flames.

Portland City Council and Metro are set to vote on just how big and wide the proposed $3.6 Billion new bridge should be.

Eight - ten - twelve lanes? It's a false choice. Why?

First, the lanes and the tolls should be decided together. The project
continues to rely on tolls to counter the new car trips caused by adding
more lanes. While this is a critical strategy, tolls are far from a done
deal.

Second, there hasn't been a real independent analysis of two key questions:
(1) How much driving will increase from adding new lanes; and
(2) how the project will impact global warming pollution. Both
Portland and Metro approved moving the project forward last summer on the
condition that these analyses take place. Instead, what they got was a cursory review of the project's methodology.

And third, even without an independent analysis, the CRC's analysis already shows that the project will increase global warming pollution over today's level by 32%.

Will our elected officials simply allow the project to ignore their conditions? Will they make sure all investments and projects help us meet our adopted climate change goals?

What you can do:
(1) Go to the public hearing and tell our elected officials:
* Do NOT decide yet on the number of lanes. The project hasn't provided you with the information you requested, information you need to make an informed decision.
* We should be spending our time and money on plans that support good
planning and are part of the solution to global warming. As designed, this project is part of the problem.
* Wind turbines, while a great idea, don't make the project sustainable.

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Metro and the City of Portland will be meeting a few days before the public hearing to discuss their decision on the number of lanes. There won't be public testimony, but should be an informative discussion.
That meeting is:
Portland and Metro Joint Meeting: January 26, 10am
(No Public Testimony)
Portland City Hall (1221 S.W. Fourth Ave)

(2) Email or call your public officials
(We don't have a fancy email form, so there's a draft email at the bottom of this email)

Mayor Adams 503 823-4120
 mayorsam@ci.portland.or.us

Commissioner Fish 503-823-3589
 nick@ci.portland.or.us

Commissioner Fritz 503-823-3008
 amanda@ci.portland.or.us

Commissioner Leonard 503-823-4682
 rleonard@ci.portland.or.us

Commissioner Saltzman 503 823-4151
 dan@ci.portland.or.us

Chair Bragdon 503-797-1889
 david.bragdon@oregonmetro.gov

Councilor Burkholder 503-797-1546
 rex.burkholder@oregonmetro.gov

Councilor Collette 503-797-1887
 carlotta.collette@oregonmetro.gov

Councilor Harrington 503-797-1553
 kathryn.harrington@oregonmetro.gov

Councilor Hosticka 503-797-1549
 carl.hosticka@oregonmetro.gov

Councilor Liberty 503-797-1552
 robert.liberty@oregonmetro.gov

Councilor Park 503-797-1547
 rod.park@oregonmetro.gov

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