While mayor Streetcar Charlie is busy jetting to Rome and back, and now D.C. and back, in order to "fight climate change" the roads here continue to deteriorate. They just spent $1.2 billion to build a seven-mile light rail spur that will never transport goods nor services, but somehow, they just can't come up with that same amount of money to maintain and upgrade road infrastructure.
Portland's paving problem remains front and center even as Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick offer no new plan. They abandoned a controversial tax-or-fee proposal in January after months of changing proposals. Both are up for re-election in 2016, and it appears unlikely either will push a plan before then.
If the problem actually "remains front and center", then Streetcar Charlie wouldn't be burning jet-fuel on the taxpayers' dime. Clearly, it's not an issue; he's busily burning jet-fuel to "fight climate change". Getting groceries to the store just isn't a priority.