There are also a couple of other interesting and important matters, but the SRC swamps them all.
Council should adopt a resolution embracing a No Build Record of Decision.
|One of two possible letters on the SRC|
(Comments in red added)
But if you did not come to the debate and analysis already with a commitment to a new bridge, it's impossible to read the evidence in a way that suggests a new bridge is anything close to the best solution to the range of problems.
|There's a lot of badness here!|
(from the Jan 30th presentation, notes added)
If the SRC was such a good idea, the case for it would have much more certainty and probability, and much less ambiguity and doubt. It would be easy to make a good case! But it's not easy. It's labored and tortuous, and requires great slight-of-hand.
|The bogeyman here is mostly a straw man|
- Summary on the SRC as a bad wager
- The SRC is not a good bet to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- The traffic forecasts show no statistically significant difference between Build and No Build
- The traffic forecasts fail to consider induced demand sufficiently
- Tolling or decongestion pricing is erased in several parts of the analysis
- The cost estimate is almost certain to be way too low
- The effects of the Mission Street overpass and widening suggest we aren't considering neighborhood disruption enough
- The authors of the Q & A admit indirectly the DEIS and land use process was flawed
- The opportunity cost is high. Under the SRC, periodic allocations of Federal funds, like this one for $15 million over four years, will all get sucked up by SRC-related projects and will not be available for other good things like safety, walking, biking, and transit. Over the payment lifetime of SRC this is estimated to be $200 or $300 million total that would be lost to the SRC
|Part of SEDCOR pressure|
(public comment, note added)
|(Ian Lockwood, via Public Square)|
Backers of the SRC are sure to be applying hard pressure, even outright bullying or dirty tricks, trying to pick off two Councilors in what had seemed a prospective 6-3 decision for the No Build.
We will see...
In the update on prospective State legislation, the City's stance on ending the exclusionary ban on small-scale missing middle housing is to oppose it. They don't like the loss of local control, and they highlight a potential hitch in collecting SDCs. But ending the ban helps with transportation, helps with transit, helps with housing supply and affordability. The City should want to engage the proposal more positively and constructively.
|Currently the City's not very excited about HB 2001|
There's also notes on a couple of bills to make UGB expansion easier. I don't know if these will become chits in the negotiation over HB 2001, or if they are legit stand-alone concepts. The City opposes these attempts to open the UGB. But they might be worth watching more. There's also what looks like a squabble over parking stalls and parking revenue near the Capitol. Folks with other interests will find other bills to watch.
In her first action, Councilor Leung called up for Council review the approvals on a 111-unit apartment complex on Wiltsey Road. The main issue seems to be the effective clear-cut of 320 trees with one "significant" tree retained. Maybe requirements to decide appeals in a timely way mean this could not be deferred, but who will have brain power and emotional reserves left after slogging through the SRC battle? Probably a better design could accommodate more trees, but is this the right time to contest this? It's hard to see Council giving both this and the SRC a full measure of attention and care. It'll be interesting to see what Council decides. (Update: Pulled and postponed to later this month on the meeting of the 25th.)
The Probe and and Empty Plaza
Remember, the first remodel broke it!
Save Our Books and Salem Reporter have information on ways the Libary has for years been overcounting the book collection and overstating the need for weeding. That could be useful data for the Library Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday the 13th.
Finally, news on the enhanced crosswalk at 13th & Marion by Safeway and the schools! (Notes from 2013 and on the funding in 2015.) There's the agreement with ODOT and a schedule with construction for 2020.