The management of the Owyhee Plaza Hotel gets a hearty ATTABOY from the GUARDIAN for offering up a free room to downtown businesses opposed to the 10th Street Transit Center being pushed by some local politicos.
The free room is adjacent to the one rented by Valley Regional Transit to push for a transit center to eventually include iron rails buried in the streets. Citizens are usually outgunned by government agencies using our money to push their own agendas. They pay public relations people to influence the media and shape public opinion and hire lobbyists to ply state legislators with booze and food.
This time citizens–business owners in downtown–will have equal access at the same time and location. The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. At a recent joint City/ACHD meeting the ACHD chairman refused to allow citizens to address the board after telling the GUARDIAN the public would be allowed to speak.
Thanks to the Owyhee Hotel and the 10th Street merchants, free speech and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances may prevail.
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Mar 9, 2009, 7:40 am
How does this transit structure fit aesthetically into the current ambience of downtown? That’s the big question. Otherwise, it sounds quite appropriate.