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I would like to extend a warm invitation to our friends and neighbors to participate in an informative event at Life Point Campus on Saturday, June 4 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Bridging the Gaps provides an opportunity to hear experts present important info on the proposed CRC project*, light rail and practical alternatives. Plans for a third and fourth bridge will also be presented that can be built for a fraction of the CRC cost toll free.

Life Point is located next to the new Costco at Northeast 192nd Avenue and First Street. The event is free to the public.

Elected representatives and will also discuss these projects and debate the issues.

Please spread the word and help our community to engage in solutions that are good for our community.

–David Madore

Bridging the Gaps Between Washington & Oregon

You are cordially invited to attend this public forum on Columbia River Crossings to include experts and elected officials from both states. Citizen participation & questions are encouraged.

Topics will include gaps in:
Transportation priorities / new bridges
Spending accountability / funding / oversight
Citizen input / vote / transparency

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time: 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: LifePoint Campus
305 N.E. 192nd Ave.
Vancouver 98684
(Next to new Costco, corner of Northeast 192nd Avenue and Southeast First Street)
(Optional) 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. community interaction in foyer

Lunch will be served at noon
Elected officials & panelists: please RSVP with Josephine Wentzel. 360-241-8789 or email:
Web site:

Also invited to participate on the panel:
WA Rep Jaime Herrera Beutler, OR Representative Peter Defazio, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, & Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke

Sponsored by US Digital

Video shot and edited by Jordan Thompson

* The well-documented cost to taxpayers, if the CRC stays on budget, is $10 billion. This was established by the Cortright Report (PDF) which used data from an independent review panel hired by the governors of Washington and Oregon. (View the panel’s final report.)

See our continuing coverage of the Columbia River Crossing Light Rail project.

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