Monday, May 08, 2006

RTA: Grass Roots Opposition Growing?

I received an interesting e-mail today. It was forwarded to me from a friend, who had received it as a “forwarded message” from an acquaintance. Basically it contained the info in my previous post, with the links you find there.

Apparently a viral e-mail campaign against the plan is underway. This is an excellent grass roots use of the net. To make it easy for folks who want to oppose the Regional Transportation Plan, here are some URLs you can mail to your address lists:

Tucson Needs a Real Transportation Plan: http://www.tucsonrealplan.com/index.html

Then for News Stories and a collection of letters in opposition you can look
here: http://www.tucsonrealplan.com/links.html

14 comments:

Kralmajales said...
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SonoranDesertRat said...

Best argument I've seen against the RTA was this, seen the other day on Broadway...
"VOTE NO ON THE 16TH OR WE GET PAVED"
That was on the marquee at Rocco's Little Chicago Pizza. Now THAT is a motivator to vote no. Best freakin' lunch special in town.

George Tuttle said...

I am honestly on the fence on this one.
If there was the true definition of the undecided I am it.

Seriously, what is it going to take to get a serious transportation plan for 50% +1 to agree on? I don't know if you guys can see it out there, but we do need a plan and someone has put one forth. In fact, there have been several plans put forth but everytime, someone doesn't like it. I am growing tired of the pissing contests that go on between groups and all the while the streets are getting more and more crowded.

Perhaps I will vote yes on this one. Lunch deal, or no lunch deal.

B. Kalafut said...

It's not just "someone" that's put one forth--it's the RTA, the County Supes, and their so-called "Citizens' Advisory Board". If any "someone" could put one out those of us in the opposition would have a competing plan as well. But it doesn't work like that.

The powers that be are counting on taking advantage of voters like you in order to get away with this. They've put some needed work, some good stuff, into the plan, but they threw in a whole bunch of pork--the streetcar to nowhere, roads for developers, etc. and unacceptable projects such as the demolition--I mean widening--of Grant Road. They're counting on folks like you throwing in the towel, saying "we need something", and giving a reluctant yes.

Make them come up with a serious and leaner plan by voting this down. Don't fall victim to their deceit. They'd like you to believe that you need to approve this plan, with its waste and destruction (an no maintenance!) or nothing will get fixed. That's a lie. That nothing is done is their fault, for trying to foist this rubbish on the public year after year.

And throw the bums out of office at every opportunity, while you're at it!

SonoranDesertRat said...

"Perhaps I will vote yes on this one. Lunch deal, or no lunch deal."

Dude, that's just... un-American. :)

This town really doesn't stand much of a chance of any major transit plans passing. The idea of a cross-town freeway appeals to many, but it also would face absolutely fierce opposition in-town. (Think the Grant Rd. and Broadway folks are putting up a fight now? Tell them you'll need a few hundred more feet of right of way, and see what happens.) So quite a few folks won't vote for a plan that doesn't involve a freeway, and quite a few will oppose any plan that does. It doesn't take much money to defeat something like this, so you really can't spend your way to win this. The anti-tax-for-any-reason folks are more likely to show up at the pols in droves that people interested in transit, so that's another hurdle. We'll see how this goes.

Kralmajales said...
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anonymous said...

Its time for the residents and business owners along Grant Road to put their selfish interest aside for the betterment of the community as a WHOLE. Enough is enough...what are you guys hoping for? No transportation plan and people get pissed and leave Tucson due to a lack of roads? Tucson needs to get its head out of the crack and realize it's time to advance.

VOTE YES on 1 & 2.....

Art Jacobson said...

Dear Anon...

By all means vote for the Special Interests Improvement Plan, if you want. It's a plan without guarantees, that supports sprawl, and does nothing substantive for the environment.

Building more roads has never done anything to reduce traffic. Been to Phoenix lately?

Vote No on 1 & 2

Kralmajales said...
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SonoranDesertRat said...

Be careful calling the folks along Grant Road selfish. They didn't pick this fight. If you were faced with losing the home you've lived in for years and years, or the business that you'd worked so hard to build up, you might have a different take on this. Maybe they're going to win in this, maybe not. But these people are being told that they're the ones that are going to have to pay the price for the lack of long-term planning in this town.
There really is no place in town to widen any roads without displacing a lot of people, and this is something that will be done to accomodate the fringes of town, not the core.

Kralmajales said...
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anonymous said...

Imagine how good business would be for the Grant Road business' if people could actually drive down Grant Road?

People all across America have been paid to move their homes and or shops for the advancement of society. It happens all the time except here in Tucson. It's not like RTA is going to leave the people out on the street - from what I read they will be very well compensated for their sacrafice.

By the way, I got a robocall today from the Democratic Party stating Raul Grijalva supports 1 & 2 (as well as 3 & 4)? I wonder how Giffords feels about 1 & 2?

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