The City should just rent the fucking warehouse, even though nobody else is interested in it and that deadline is just high pressure sales bullshit.
Just make it nice and cozy.
If it's such a good idea, then people will be happy to take advantage of the opportunity for a roof over their heads. After the lease is up, the campers will just go where ever else they want. If it's a bad idea, then the mayor's political rhetoric will come back to bite him in the ass.
There is no reason for the City to have to buy any high priced real estate, or make a deal with any unincorporated, unofficial spokes people, in any event.
Any pie in the sky to keep from having to invite the homeless to sleep on the floor of the Merc.
Any pie in the sky to stall from having to invite the homeless to sleep on the floor of the Merc.
We need to assign a reporter to get arrested and put on suicide watch, in order to report a first hand, inside account. Somebody like Dan Savage ought to fit the part.
The cause of the problem of over crowding is prodigious frivolous charges, such as sleeping on dogshit in the park, and smoking grass. Subsequently, as a further result, no one's Right to a speedy trial is ever honored.
If the Pigs only arrested criminals instead of the victimless accused, then there would be ample time for the prosecutors and courts to conduct speedy trials.
Anyone incarcerated who didn't receive a trial within 48 hours of having been arrested, must be released, and fairly compensated for unlawful detention. The Sheriff and his accomplices need to repay the stolen money or stand trial forthwith.
If only the Happy Rangers had responded to the frivolous complaint against Billy Monroe at Lair Hill Park, instead of the brutal, fucking, pigs, the City could have saved $2.3M plus legal fees and other expenses, not to mention the hog sized payroll for pigs.
Eliminate the Pig Department, and let the Happy Rangers have the gig for awhile.
"self righteous water bill payer attitude" wtf??
"we" think you should re-evaluate the thrust of the article.
Mercury in our water seems like a bad idea. The Mercury should stay in the sewer where it belongs.
Jeff Lee, if there are so many problems in the city parks that require it's own squad are they really doing their jobs?
Imagine how much money the citizens of Portland save on having Rangers deal with the park issues rather than the high paid Police Officer. There is a lot of things that the Park Rangers do that the majority of Citizens realize and they do it with a soft approach compared to the heavier hands of Police interactions. Police do not have time for the smaller crimes and issues in the parks and they would just be ignored. Rangers are needed in this City.
We laud the Mercury truffling out corruption and mismanagement. And we don't intrude into how the Mercury spends the money gained from our eyeballs on its office parties. But perhaps the sin, if any, is that the story of Dexter Gordon was not shared with city staff. The easy version is see the film Round Midnight. It is the story of an African American leaving America for Europe to live without the heavy weight of American racism, and to be respected and honored there for their music. Some say the film was modeled after the life of other musicians. But Gordon playing the lead in the film is all in, himself having fled racism for Europe, struggled with substance problems, finally returning to the US for a few years of grateful performances, finally appreciated, before passing away at age 67. So yes our hipster lifestyles or self righteous water bill payer attitude may seem remote from the life of Gordon. But that doesn't mean we, or city employees, can't learn from it.
Let's face it the whole park ranger thing should be cut unless its to keep Forest Park somewhat safe and checked in. The rest of the parks should be handled by regular law enforcement and Forest Park is out there on its own and needs ancillary coverage.
I work up at the other end of the CEID by the Burnside Bridge and the parking situation is getting more fucked by the day. Used to be that if you parked on 3rd / Couch just north of the bridge, nobody gave a shit. Now there's two new fancypants "creative space" buildings opening up and it's about to unleash a shitstorm of Creative Classers trying to park their Audis everywhere. It was already so bad that the fruit packing company leased a lot for their employees last year. This whole area is going to be a parking clusterfuck as the city and their developer buddies push hard for the "Produce Row" rebrand and eventually make Pearl District II. Boo.
So, Beam Development defrauded tenants and has no plans to return the money. Typical Portland developer, zipping its pants up after being pleasured by PBOT. Great work if you can get it.
While cops shouldn't be using any racial slurs, be it nigger, honky, spic, wetback, cracker, etc etc -- somehow I doubt this would be an issue if the cop were black.
If I hire a couple of these thugs as body guards, will they see to it that their union brothers stop harassing me?
Good thing the BTA clarified things!
I'm a diehard biker, but the BTA is terrible. That fact used to be disguised because they Sam and Tom on their side. Now, with those guys gone, the BTA's piss-poor political and communication skills are on full display.
I'd say overall the BTA made asses of themselves of late.
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