The Technical Advisory Committee for our local Metropolitan Planning Organization meets on Tuesday the 8th, and there's not a lot directly on the agenda for us.
One item on the agenda is that letter from the Governor.
Staff could have embraced the letter, made a recommendation, and said "Let's get behind this!"
But no, it's just an informational item, something to be acknowledged and ignored. "Move along now, nothing to see."
Maybe there is some other strategy to this presentation, and that a flat affect is in fact the best way to elicit action.
But based on the MPO's previous sandbagging, this seems more likely to be an instance of doing the minimum to ensure that the minimum is continued.
While the TAC itself is not going to set the policy and nature of compliance, strong or weak - the Policy Committee will do that part - the TAC should write a statement to the Policy Committee in support of strong action on Governor Brown's requests. The MPO doesn't have to wait for direction from ODOT or DLCD; they could initiate actions on their own, and course-correct as necessary once they receive formal direction.
|Floating idea of reducing Union St Bikeway|
|We are failing badly on walking and biking|
(final June Our Salem indicators)
|We have to stop adding car capacity and inducing trips|
|Look for the historic sign|
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SKATS Technical Advisory Committee meets Tuesday the 8th, at 1:30pm. SKATS is at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200, above Table Five 08 and Epilogue Kitchen.