Bend Your Legislator’s Ear on the CRC

From the Coalition for a Livable Future:

Thanks to everyone that made it out to April 5th’s Columbia River Crossing (CRC) Opposition and Alternatives Rally! Hundreds of people stood together to demand a viable alternative to the current 12-lane proposal to double the size of the 1-5 bridge from Portland to Vancouver. Together we voiced our concerns that a $4 Billion, 12 lane CRC is oversized and overpriced. It will cause more traffic, induce sprawl development, and increase air and global warming pollution, harming our health and environment.

Building off our successful postcard campaign, there are two important opportunities coming up to talk to our elected officials about the need for a viable alternative to a 12-lane CRC. Please make your voice heard at these events!

1. Focus the Nation. TOMORROW, Friday April 17th at PSU

This inter-generational town hall will span all levels of government representation– from federal to city– and will be the unveiling event for the Multnomah County Climate Action Plan from Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Jeff Cogen.

Featuring: Congressman Earl Blumenaeur, Representative Ben Cannon, Representative Jules Bailey, Mayor Sam Adams, Commissioner Jeff Cogen.
Location: Portland State University Hoffmann Hall
Date: Friday, April 17th at 6:00 PM

**As policymakers convene to announce their progress on climate change, we need to tell them that a 12-lane CRC is a HUGE step in the wrong direction. Transportation is the single greatest producer of greenhouse gases, and a 12-lane CRC would become the 2nd largest contributer to greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon, INCREASING greenhouse gases 30% over today’s levels. We need options that help us decrease our GHG, not a mega-bridge.**

2. Ways and Means Traveling Hearing

The State Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee is working to prepare and balance the 2009-2011 budget for Legislative approval in the face of a budget hole estimated to grow from the current forecast of $3.1 billion to $4.4 billion. Ways and Means Committee members will be touring the state during the last two weeks in April to hear from the public about the proposed draft budget. For more information: http://www.leg.state.or.us/budget/

Local Ways and Means Hearing:

Tuesday, April 21 – Portland. Portland Community College -Cascade Campus. Auditorium, Moriarty Building. 705 N. Killingsworth Street. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

** As the State looks at filling a $4.4 billion budget short fall, it is also considering spending $30 million over the next two years on the CRC. State legislators need to know that we should not fund any part of a 12-lane CRC–a project that will create more traffic, induce sprawl, and harm the health of the environment and communities around the bridge.**

Cant make it to either event? Take a minute to write a quick email to your legislators:

Please click: http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/home.htm

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