Groundswell against trolley grows as coalition expands
First thrust: Asking Berding to keep his 2009 campaign promise
COAST today joined an expanding coalition designed to stop further streetcar spending in Cincinnati in a postcard campaign aimed at the fifth Council vote for the boondoggle, Council member Jeff Berding. Berding in 2009 promised repeatedly to oppose spending on the wasteful project.
The expanded coalition members now include the NAACP, COAST, Westwood Concern, the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, the Baptist Ministers Conference, and three municipal labor unions: the FOP, the Fire Fighters Union and CODE. The umbrella group against the Trolley spending is C.A.S.S. - the Coalition Against the Streetcar Swindle, Chaired by County Auditor Dusty Rhodes.
"We will not sit by idly while the City spends on misplaced priorities and increases the burdens on Cincinnati taxpayers," said COAST Chairman Jason Gloyd. "Yes, the big-spenders currently have five votes on the Council, but we have truth and a vast majority of Cincinnati voters in our corner. We intend to press that advantage."
The coalition today released a tabloid-sized flyer with the headline: "Not One More Cent of Tax Money for the Streetcar, Please encourage Council Member Jeff Berding to Keep his Promise to stop this foolish waste of money" with return postcards aimed towards Berding.
In that flyer, FOP President Kathy Harrell states: "Berding broke his 2009 promise to oppose streetcar spending. This flip-flop will cost Cincinnati public safety jobs.""Not only was Berding the fifth vote for this spending monstrosity," said Gloyd, "but he made express promises against this foolishness in 2009. We aim to either keep him to his word, or let every voter in Cincinnati know of his fundamental dishonesty. It is entirely his choice."
COAST and the NAACP pursued a ballot initiative in 2009 that would have stopped the trolley dead in its tracks by requiring a public vote on it. Voters rejected that initiative, but the fight against wasteful spending continues.
Copies of the "Not ONE MORE CENT" brochure are available here (front) and here (back).
See also a letter written by a broad spectrum of community leaders imploring City Hall to stop their wastfull streetcar spending here.