Mayor Coombs: “Tax the hell out of us now”

As if we didn’t know it already,  Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs has once again shown he’s a mere sock puppet for local hard left progressive ideologues.

The latest proof came with Coombs’ absurd suggestion regarding the passage of a sales tax increase to fund RTD FasTracks.  It’s a plan that at best can promise Northwest Rail to Longmont in an unfathomable 2028-2034 timeframe. Continue reading…

A better rail alternative for Longmont?

Could the emerging northern Colorado rail transit initiative known as Front Range on Track be the answer to Longmont’s ever-growing RTD FasTracks dilemma ?

From a Loveland Reporter-Herald article reprinted in the Times-Call this morning…

“Advocates of a plan to use railroad lines in Northern Colorado for passenger service will meet Sunday to raise both awareness and money to push their transit proposal forward. Front Range On Track, a group that has assumed a low profile since its formation three years ago, is leveraging some of the attention paid recently to similar rail plans in Boulder County and north metro-Denver to draw some to its own efforts.” Continue reading…

LP001:FasTracks, Longmont City Councilmember Katie Witt, and a City Manager cheap shot

On tonight’s Longmont Politics, Chris Rodriguez talked RTD FasTracks with Dave Larison, and Longmont City Councilmember Katie Witt joins us on the phone.  Outgoing City Manager Gordon Pedrow takes a cheap shot at former Mayor Bryan Baum

Show quality was lacking because we were using BlogTalk Radio at the time of this recording.  Voicemail (720)924-1080

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The FasTracks fraud presented to Longmont voters in 2004

Feb. 28, 2012
To City Council:

Having worked with RTD Board member Mary Blue on petition signature gathering for the FasTracks sales tax proposal in 2004 (I have now, however, done a complete 180 on FasTracks), I think it is important to review several key points that were presented to Longmont voters regarding the planned Northwest Corridor.  (graphics displayed from RTD document “FasTracks Plan”; April 22, 2004) Continue reading…

Paying for imaginary railroad

As the ever-growing RTD FasTracks boondoggle exasperates Longmont (we’ve commented on this debacle before), former Longmont Mayor Fred Wilson tells it like it is with a letter printed in the Sunday Times-Call, Dec. 19…

To the Editor:
As I read the latest chapter in the long and winding tale of FasTracks, many quotes suitable for describing the situation pop into my mind. Like “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”. Or “Go ahead, Charlie Brown, I won’t pull the football away this time”. Or “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. Continue reading…

2009: What a year!

2009 was quite an eventful year for the City of Longmont, regardless of where you stand on the issues.  Obviously, it was better for some than others.  Personally, it was pretty busy but overall pretty satisfying, too.

So lets go through it, month by month: Continue reading…

A FasTracks supporter no more

How I regret voting FOR FasTracks in 2004–I even helped circulate petitions to get the issue on the ballot. Silly me, being a longtime sales tax watchdog. Did I really want to pay a full 1.0% sales tax for getting RTD table scraps on the northern fringe of the district? And now they’re going to ask for another 0.4%? Heaven sakes, before we know it, our total sales tax will be 10% just like liberal infested Chicago!

In Longmont we’ve always been destined for a lousy deal with the FasTracks plan, yet we pay the same hefty RTD sales tax as someone living in central Denver who has been enjoying the use of light rail for nearly 10 years.

Like many voters, I fell for the propaganda and “cute little trains” that I had sampled at the beginnings of light rail in the Denver Platte Valley. Having many family members who live in the south Denver metro area, I eagerly accompanied them on light rail several times to downtown sports events in the early 2000s. Pretty cool ride, I thought at the time.

Of course, the proposed Northwest Corridor with its heavy rail on restricted BNSF tracks is a far cry from what’s been done in Denver–especially the Longmont spur. What northern Colorado commuter is going to want to come into Longmont and park (with fee), take a train to the Boulder transit village, then get on another train back to Denver? I figure the whole convoluted process could take up to two hours with all the stops and exchanges. I’d hate to guess what the parking and fares would total, just for one way.

I’m not a commuter, but when I have to go to downtown Denver I’d much rather hop in my car and drive down there in 50 minutes or so, depending on traffic. I-25 driving is not as bad as FasTracks advocates claim, and the highway will soon be three-lane from Longmont southward (eventually from Ft. Collins) with a new interchange at Hwy 66. We’ve already got the new interchange at Hwy 119, completed several years ago.

Former Colorado Governor Bill Owens points out that a full build of the FasTracks plan will only reduce metro vehicle-miles traveled by less than 1.0%. Owens favors a T-Rex type model to meet the metro area transit needs. It would translate to roughly half of transportation tax monies going toward highway improvements and dedicated bus lanes, and the other half for key light rail corridors. It’s an efficient and much less costly strategy indeed.

Another thing that’s troubling with the FasTracks push is its growing connotation with the progressive far left in Colorado. You know these folks (like the Bloc of 4 on Longmont Council) by their over-the-top environmentalism, big spending, taxes, and debt; and basic desire of government control of our lives. Buzzwords like “smart growth” and “new urbanism” are often heard with FasTracks advocacy. It’s the mantra that cars are bad, suburbs and development are very bad, and people are to be crammed into high-density cities so they can walk and bike and use mass transit.

Count me as a Longmonter and American who does not want to be told how to live, what light bulbs to use, how big my house size is, or how my personal property is used. I certainly do not want to be forced to pay for a transportation method that doesn’t make practical sense for my community.

LA023: October surprises, Times-Call against RTD FasTracks, Dusty Hughes and Polaradio artist spotlights

LA-w-Chris

September 29, 2008 Show

Fuzz by Lords of Fuzz

October Surprises” and general
election comments and opinion Continue reading…

LA020: Police split on unionization, despicable behavior from the Left, and City Council Watch

LA-w-ChrisSeptember 8, 2008 Show

Fuzz by Lords of Fuzz

Police Split On Union

Predictable, Typical, Despicable” behavior by the left Continue reading…