By B.J. Reyes
Caldwell on Thursday issued a four-page list of detailed questions that he feels the former governor and anti-rail candidate should answer in order to fully inform the public about what the alternative would be if the $5.27 billion rail project is killed. Both are trying to unseat Mayor Peter Carlisle.
The list of questions here:
“I’m asking Ben Cayetano to answer these questions — to provide these details that are so important to our voting community. No jokes Ben. No smart remarks. No truth squad. No more promises of more later. Ben, the voters deserve answers and they deserve them now. …
“We’ve been waiting, now, to hear about Ben Cayetano’s bus rapid transit plan. Here’s the sum total of his plan — an op-ed. We’ve heard statements, when he goes around the community or when he makes a speech, but the only thing we see form Ben Cayetano is a page and half of a plan. That’s not a plan. That’s a disaster, plain and simple.”
When presented with the questions, Cayetano responded:
“If the $10 million 2003 Environmental Impact Statement approved by the (Federal Transit Administration) and me, as governor, which concluded that BRT was superior to rail is not enough, Kirk should ask Parsons Brinkerhoff, the consultant, to reimburse the City. It must be frustrating for Kirk — after his special interest supporters and political hit men spent hundreds of thousands for radio and TV ads trying to discredit me — to find himself still trailing badly in the polls.”
Carlisle last week assailed Cayetano’s proposal, saying the former governor appeared to now be embracing a segment of a plan he had dismissed 10 years ago when he was in office.