According to a poll commissioned by the Daily Paper, 63% of folks in the city of trees agree with the GUARDIAN position that we should upgrade the bus system and forget about the “Desire NAmed Street Car.”
OK, they didn’t exactly say they supported the GUARDIAN position, but we have indeed advocated bus improvements over a trolley–even going so far as to compute you could buy 240 buses at $250,000 each for the $60,000,000 cost of a trolley that goes around in circles downtown.
The poll did show 63% of those polled oppose the idea of Mayor Dave Bieter to spend $40 million in fed money along with $20 million in local funds to build a trolley route that is about as valuable as stock in the BSU football team.
Instead of manning up, agreeing the trolley (“street car” to purists) is a bad idea, and moving on with the business of running the city, Team Dave told the STATESMAN they had “more work” ahead of them to convince people the street car is a good idea.
This is the second poll commissioned by the Statesman because some criticized a previous poll which reached the same results. No doubt, taxpayers will have to pay for a poll by the city and its $90,000 PR firm that will show the trolley is a good idea. One downtown developer blamed the media for NOT slanting the news in favor of the trolley.
Rather than a one issue campaign for mayor, we see this as a microcosm of how Team Dave operates:
–They don’t like to allow the public to have a voice (an election) in how funds are spent–despite what the constitution requires.
–They rely on public relations campaigns and try to manipulate the public perceptions of what they do or fail to do.
–They appoint blue ribbon committees to carry their water.
–They rely on “studies” that are predestined to agree with a conclusion.
We had said it before. Dave Bieter is a pretty decent guy. He hasn’t stolen office furniture, we don’t know of him cheating on expense accounts, he doesn’t diddle the city with car allowances, and–if memory serves–he hasn’t even taken a raise.
That said, we see an obsession with a street car and train as well as a focus on Downtown at the expense of the rest of the city that has sprawled all over the valley.
A simple mia culpa with a face saving, “The time just isn’t right,” and the guy can remain in office for another term with no sweat. If he keeps pushing a bad idea, we are liable to get a new unknown mayor.
POET PAUL’S TAKE–
It appears Mayor Bieter and his lot
Will have a trolley whether we like it or not
I was under the illusion
It was not a foregone conclusion
Oh! The things this deception has wrought!
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