How TriMet closes the potential new $5 million budget gap is already in dispute. One rider advocacy group, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, says TriMet's board has promised to take the money out of its $20 million contingency fund.
"That's the reason they gave for keeping the $5 million in the contingency fund, in case the union wins the arbitration," says Jonathan Ostar, OPAL's executive director.
Stedman says that is a misunderstanding. He insists that contingency funds can only be spent on one-time shortfalls, not ongoing expenses.
Do you know what he just said? He is arguing that this is not a shortfall.That's the stupidest statement I have ever heard. Well what would be a shortfall if this isn't it? (Maybe a WES bailout)
I actually can't think of anything more appropriate than using contingency funds to keep service rolling instead of whining about your contract. The next contract is forthcoming, solve your problem then and stop trying to create enemies.