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Coverage from last night’s Route 195 Community Forum

Speakers at last night's Route 195 Community Forum. From left; Kelly Mahoney, State Department of Administration; John Marion, Common Cause RI; Thom Deller, Providence Planning Department; not pictured Arthur Salisbury, Jewelry District Association.
From left; Kelly Mahoney, State Department of Administration; John Marion, Common Cause RI; Thom Deller, Providence Planning Department; not pictured Arthur Salisbury, Jewelry District Association. Photo from Common Cause RI’s Facebook Page

Last night’s forum was well attended (probably 100+ in the crowd) and a lively discussion on the issues.

Better Providence video’d the event, we’ll have that for you as soon as it is available online, for now, coverage from local media:

This post will be updated as more information is available.

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News & Notes

Cost of driving has risen 3.4%, study finds [USA Today]

Rising gas prices. Costlier tires. Lousy deals on vehicle resales. If it seems that it’s costing more to operate a motor vehicle these days, that’s because it is – 3.4% more than a year ago, according to auto club AAA.

The average annual cost to own and operate a sedan in the USA, based on 15,000 miles of driving, rose 1.9 cents per mile to 58.5 cents per mile, or $8,776, says AAA’s 2011 “Your Driving Costs” study.

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Like: Governor to focus on transit

A report on the ProJo blog states that Governor Chafee plans to, “take an active role in the state’s transit system.”

[Stephen R.] Hourahan [senior adviser to the governor] said that the governor plans to focus on transit, saying that “This is something that Linc has been focused on for years.”

“We do take this stuff very seriously,” he said.

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Text of Governor Chafee’s Budget Address

Budget Address: A Path to Prosperity

March 8, 2011

Mr. Speaker, Madam President, members of the General Assembly, fellow General Officers, members of the Judiciary, distinguished guests, and my fellow Rhode Islanders.

It is a privilege to speak to you from this chamber, a shrine to the democratic debate that has defined our lively experiment since Rhode Island was founded. Every day that I report to work as your Governor, I feel honored by the trust you have placed in me. I intend to show the people of our state that they can again count on their government to make wise financial decisions, protect the common good, and build a 21st century Rhode Island that makes us proud. A Rhode Island that can be great again.

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Chafee mobilizing National Guard to combat street flooding

WPRI reported via Twitter that the Governor will mobilize the National Guard to combat Street flooding:


Breaking: Gov. Chafee authorizes mobilization of RI National Guard members to help with street flooding.less than a minute ago via HootSuite

Have you been out there? Very good idea Governor!

More later and as always, if you have photos of the mess share them on Flickr or email them to contact@gcvpd.org.

Update: WPRI’s coverage is here with lots of info about the storm, warnings, etc.

Basically, if you are not out, don’t go out, if you are out, be careful.

Update: Now WPRI is Tweeting that the National Guard isn’t needed, crazy day.


RIDOT not using RI Nat’l Guard after all. Crews were able to clear storm drains. Comforting to know Guard is on standby though.less than a minute ago via HootSuite

I still think getting the National Guard out would be a most excellent idea.

Update: Judging from this ProJo Video, the recommended attire for this evening is swimsuits and ice skates:

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Governor Chafee’s Inaugural Address

Gov. LIncoln Chafee

Photo from yesterday’s Mayoral Inauguration. By Jef Nickerson

Prepared text of Governor Chafee’s Inaugural Address:

Governor Lincoln Chafee
Inaugural Address
January 4, 2011

With deep humility, aware of the adversity we face but confident that, together, we will meet the challenge of our times, I am honored to stand before you as our state’s 58th Governor.

I ask you to join with me in thanking Governor Carcieri for his service to Rhode Island over the past eight years.

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that there are no second acts in America. Fortunately, he was not a political sage. I believe a second chance begins at this very moment”¦. not just for me, but for our wonderful state of Rhode Island and for each and every one of her citizens. Today, I humbly ask each Rhode Islander to join me in embarking on a new era of opportunity for Rhode Island.

I pledge to devote every ounce of energy I have to this task. Indeed, I will not rest until we reclaim the promise that lay in the heart of our founder Roger Williams some 375 years ago.

This magnificent building behind me is replete with symbols of that promise, from the great charter of 1663 that gave a king’s blessing to our “lively experiment,” to the flags that Rhode Islanders carried into battle against another king, in defense of our basic rights.

We were the first colony to stand up to the crown by signing the Declaration of Independence. And we were the last to ratify the Constitution as we prudently waited to be persuaded that America’s standard of freedom was as high as our own.

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No one ever has to “speak up” to keep roads open

From the Warwick Beacon:

“The governor always pushed for greater efficiencies to minimize service reductions,” said Fred Sneesby, a spokesperson for Governor Donald Carcieri.

Right now the fare increases and service reductions have not been set in stone and Sneesby encourages anyone affected by these changes to make their voices heard at the open meetings.

“People need to speak up,” said Sneesby.

No one ever has to attend a public hearing to say, “yes, I’d like you to keep Route 95 open this year please.”

I’m just saying.

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Election 2010: Submissions for candidate surveys

Election 2010

Hey whaddaya know, the 2010 campaign season just became even more exciting than we thought it would be. Of course the Governor’s, Providence Mayor’s, and Congressional District 1 seats are all wide open and jockeying to fill those seats will create more openings, likely in the City Council and elsewhere.

Greater City Providence does not make endorsements, however we have been planning to create candidate surveys to gauge the candidate positions on issues that impact the city. With the races becoming more exciting this week, those surveys suddenly become more interesting.

We are seeking your input on those surveys. We will be sending surveys to the candidates for Governor and Providence Mayor, and now with this week’s upheavals, we’ll probably throw District 1 and the City Council seats into the mix. Of course we are still waiting to find out who exactly is running for what, and we still have a long time until November, but we’re going to start working on the surveys now.

Please use the comments section (or email us) the questions you’d like the candidates to answer. List your question, and which race you’d like answers on your question from. We’ll be compiling the questions over the coming weeks, and when it becomes clear who is running for what, we’ll start sending surveys out. When the candidates return the surveys, we will be posting the results here.

We do need to make a note about comments on Election posts. We have a wonderful mix of people who comment here and are pleased that the comments are civil and intelligent. Elections and the discussions that surround them can be highly emotionally charged. We trust that the level of discourse here will remain high, but we will be editing and/or removing comments if the discourse degrades.

We thank you in advance for maintaining civil discourse.

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