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PSU to host mayoral candidate forum on active transportation

Posted by on January 17th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

The three leading mayoral candidates will answer questions about active transportation.
(L to R: Charlie Hales, Jefferson Smith, Eileen Brady)
(Photos: J. Maus (Hales and Smith), Eileen Brady Campaign)

Mark your calendars for Monday, February 6th… The Planning Club at Portland State University and several local transportation and health-related advocacy groups have stepped up to sponsor a mayoral candidate forum on active transportation.

Three mayoral candidates — Jefferson Smith, Eileen Brady, and Charlie Hales — have already committed to be there. The event will be emceed by Lawrence Wallack, Dean of a Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs and Sarah Mirk, a reporter with The Portland Mercury.

According to organizers, the forum will pose questions to the candidates on a range of transportation issues including, “public transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, equity considerations, funding concerns, public health and safety, and projects that impact the Portland region.” (By “projects” you can bet organizers have the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) in their sights.)

Check out the very nice event poster (created by Damon Eckhoff of Episode Creative):

The Planning Club is a student-run organization within PSU’s highly-renown Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program. Local orgs behind the program include the PSU Environmental Club, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Coalition for a Livable Future, Community Cycling Center, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Ride Connection, Upstream Public Health, and the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition.

The event is free, open to the public, and child care can be arranged. For more information contact Rebecca Hamilton with the PSU Planning Club at r [dot] hamilton [at] pdx [dot] edu.

    Local Motion: Portland Mayoral Candidates Discuss Active Transportation at Portland State University
    Where: Lincoln Hall (Main Auditorium), Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
    When: Monday, February 6. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for light refreshments. Forum from 7-8:30 p.m., followed by reception with the candidates from 8:30-9 p.m.

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    Hart Noecker January 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Heck yeah! Maybe now we’ll get some real answers on the CRC instead of the vagueness put out so far.

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    Peter W January 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Looking forward to it!

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    captainkarma January 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Those people speak many words
    Obfuscate issues
    Judge on their actions so far.

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    Jason Skelton January 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Jefferson has been clearly against CRC for some time. It is a too expensive and terrible transit policy. Just one example:

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