Tuesday, July 12, 2011

So, where's Mayor Weasel's rebuttal to THIS?

Over the past few weeks, the Willamette Week has been running a series of expose's on the organized crime known as the Columbia River Crossing.

Our local idiot stick, Tim "The Liar" Leavitt, had someone, or a group of someones, prepare a rebuttal.  He trashed the WW's efforts, because inconvenient facts like corruption and rip offs have no place in his minuscule thought processes.

One of The Liar's many problems is his lack of integrity.  Thus, the burden of proof rests upon him, as opposed to the benefit of the doubt.

Leavitt trashed the WW's reporting in a comment to the democratian:
Timothy D Leavitt · Vancouver, Washington

The Willamette Week article lacks credibility and substance. There are unsubstantiated and opinionated statements by the "reporter"....or editor, I'm not quite sure if its supposed to be a story or opinion piece. Seems more like a political blog than anything else. Kinda like saying that 5 days of sunny, hot weather means a change of climate...

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So, the Oregonian comes out with their take on the CRC scam; a fact set that should cause anyone supporting this rip off to turn away in shame.

From Victoria Taft's blog:

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cronies Get BIG PAY INCREASES For Work on CRC

After Vancouver businessman, David Madore, hired his own forensic accountant (see previous post here and interview here) to make sure somebody was keeping tabs on the Columbia River Crossing tab, it appears the CRC may begin  internally auditing its own books. Fox meet hen house.

One of the few elected officials asking questions about the project is Oregon State Representative and Certified Public Accountant, Katie Eyre Brewer. She told me on the program today

that this should be an external audit, but because it's a federal program, she's unaware of any controlling authority to do it. (Find the Taftcast of this interview here).

After you read the story about the CRC burning through $60,000.00 of taxpayer dollars per day --or at least $130,000,000.00 on the project so far-- it seems that somebody had better find the controlling authority--and fast.

In one of the nuggets found in the Zero's article we find this odd habit of people giving themselves raises:
A longtime aide to Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., [Tom] Markgraf developed a specialty in transit. In 2005, he hung his own shingle as a political consultant. He'd been doing some consulting work on the side and had charged $100 an hour. When the CRC came calling, Markgraf upped his rate to $165 an hour. 
And this:

ODOT paid Brandman $195,000 a year, a 25 percent raise from his Metro compensation. Brandman was suddenly making significantly more money than Doug Ficco, the WSDOT leader on the project, who by all accounts carried the load on the technical work.
And this:
Hopf and two co-workers got nearly $83,000 for the equivalent of eight weeks of work. He traveled from Stuttgart to Portland three times in three months last fall and winter, at more than $7,000 a pop, on the CRC's dime.
And this:
The CRC has at various times covered travel and lodging expenses for as many as five out-of-town consultants. David Parisi, a Bay Area traffic consultant, got a particularly sweet deal. He rented an apartment on Northwest 13th Street in the heart of Portland's swanky Pearl District and persuaded the CRC to cover $800 a month in rent. The CRC says the estimated $19,200 it paid over two years toward Parisi's rent was cheaper than a hotel.
On top of covering most of his rent, the CRC paid Parisi's firm more than $1.4 million.
And of course we told you what Madore's accountant uncovered the $36,000.00 per month rent for the CRC. But what in the heck are taxpayers doing reimbursing employees for parking?
The CRC also covers parking for the approximately 70 employees: $42,000 a year for 53 monthly passes. It also reimburses street parking for others workers. 
Didn't they get in a building that has free parking? Is there no free parking in Vancouver?
Leavitt, who has consistently lied about his position on tolling since he started his run for mayor, ought to be ashamed of this massive waste.

And David Madore, who has been blasted by the democratian Pit Yorkie, is to be congratulated for, once again, doing the work the rag SHOULD be doing to expose this massive waste, fraud and abuse.
But like so many times where the cancer on our local community has failed us, they don't know, because, well, they don't want to know.

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