Much was made of the announcement that Amy Ruiz, news editor of the Portland Mercury, was joining Mayor Sam Adams’ staff. The coverage focused on the transition from reporter to policy wonk.
What no one seems to have commented on yet is that Ruiz as been a very vocal critic of the Columbia River Crossing:
The Portland region has a backlog of unmet transportation needs, and a long list of transportation dreams, like more miles of bike boulevards, expanded bus service, streetcar extensions, and other options that let people leave their cars at home. If we put so many resources toward one bridge that largely benefits Vancouver commuters, however, where will we find the funding for those projects?
So what does it mean that such a vocal CRC opponent is now “strategic planning and sustainability policy advisor” for our new mayor?