But then again, what would you expect from an organization who teams up with an ex-councilman who liked to call our police officers "racist?"
In their most recent blog post, COAST questioned why citizens in Seattle (Seattle recently opened a new light rail line that is often highlighted by pro-streetcar advocates) held votes on their transit systems, yet here in Cincinnati we would not be voting on the proposed streetcar system to which eight of the nine council men and women support. I could go on for days as to why California style referendum voting isn't needed here in Cincinnati and why the COAST charter amendment is a joke. I've also covered extensively why the city of Portland voted on their streetcar system and why Cincinnati presently won't be (unless the proposed charter amendment passes). What it comes down to though is this:
- In Portland and Seattle taxes were raised to cover the costs of their transit systems, so a vote was held to approve the raise in taxes.
- In Cincinnati, your TAXES WILL NOT BE RAISED to fund the streetcar's construction.