"and not hiring police officers from other agencies who are being investigated for improper conduct"
Stefan, was one of the officers being investigated for improper conduct while they were being hired by PPB?
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Welcome to the Police State 2003
Naked biking and the Big One?Fuckers!I thought it was some free porn!!!Bitches.
The Buffer Lanes. That would make a good band name.
i could have told her that she wasn't going to win. Because in the law eyes the polices are always right unless you have them on camera....
Necessary "penetration rates" joke.
Mark my words, the "Mary Volm" tag is going to be the most awesome thing in the next several months.
Whoever suggested the giant shark tank is a genius. That's a winning idea.
While your at that, tax the shit out of the demographic that has a 5 mile or under commute and chooses to go by automobile. Why not?
Your ass is already spreading from long stays in your cubicle desk chair; lets delay the inevitable!!
Oh, and I think we should toll individual drivers on 26, yes that means car pooling gets you a free pass, past the traffic lines and past the fees. Car pooling does not include taking your little snot nosed future polluter to the day care either, so use your better judgement.
Pretty disappointing Rent-A-Kop's Hren was a no-show.
Anyone carrying a badge & a gun needs strict accountability, and the issues with Blackwater-Lite have not been resolved to the public's satisfaction.
We may have to just start ignoring their "authoriteh."
Regarding the two [new] lawsuits filed against the PPB for un-called-for taser use.
Is there a way one can enter into a class-action suit?
It about time! But what about ALL the measures the he got on the Oregon ballots if *bad* money was used. Will it make them void?
That's the problem with trying to keep public secrets in the information age.
Any cabbies reading this should be aware that you are allowed to park in front of any hotel for 15 minutes.
If you are first up on the stand and you think a town car may be parked in front of the hotel with no reservation you should pull up and park in front of the hotel. In front of or behind the town car. You then have 15 minutes. When a customer comes out you can offer them a ride. This is also good if you are first on the stand and the hotel is busy with people checking out whether or not a town car is illegally parked. Pull up and offer the customer your service! Cut out the middleman(doorman). You have just as much of a right to park at the door of a hotel as anyone. Just remember you only have 15 minutes so plan wisely.
Whoops! I was wrong.
The Marriott Waterfront Hotel was also guilty of using an unpermitted driver from PRIME town car company. Another town car from PRIME town car company was being used by the Hotel Monaco with an unpermitted driver and no plates. This was on the day of the sting. These drivers got fined, but they also did not have insurance. Why weren't they towed and impounded? My car would be?!
Lets see if the city can actually collect these fines this time around. Town car companies have been getting away with not having to pay these fines. The city lets them off of the hook most of the time. It makes me wonder if it is true when people say the hotels use the kickbacks to pay their doormen. Or instead of paying their doormen decently.
Is the city going to continue to allow hotel doormen and other hotel staff help to manage the quality, safety and efficiency of the downtown para-transit market?
Keep in mind the rented town cars and unpermitted drivers that were fined did not have insurance to cover their passengers. Rental companies do not insure commercial vehicles. Any insurance an unpermitted driver may have had would be null and void against any claim. How many of these drivers fined really had insurance that covered all of their paying passengers?
The Benson was using a town car company driving a rental. The Hotel Monaco was using an unlicensed vehicle with an unpermitted driver. BOTH UNINSURED!!!
The hotels using these illegal town cars that were fined during the sting were:
The Benson, Hilton, Marriott Waterfront, Marriott City Center, Doubletree Lloyd Center, Hotel Vintage Plaza, Hotel Monaco, Hotel Westin, Hotel Lucia, and the Governor hotel.
These hotels do not care about their customers. What if there is an accident in an uninsured town car? With an unpermitted driver?
The hotel and or the doorman who provided this town car to the unwitting customer get all the blame. Because the hotel knows a town car must have a reservation first. A respectable hotel would call a real town car company for their guest. Not allow their doormen to call whatever driver will give them $10.
Thank you for the quiet time.
I'm still trying to recoup from the announcement about the new Harry Potter book. Quite a shock. I had really hoped Rowling had gotten that all out of her system.
The ghost of Robert Moses, the designer who preferred cars to people, hated neighborhoods especially ethnic neighborhoods, and detested public transit would be thrilled with this project.
His preference for freeways destroyed metropolitan New York -- his routing freeways right through neighborhoods without regard for the residents is blamed for the much of the urban blight most other cities suffer today. He is even blamed for the Brooklyn Dodgers moving to LA by siting a freeway on top of the ball park -- without an exit.
In Portland, we're lucky that the citizenry stood up and told the public officials who fed at the trough of construction companies and worshipped Mr. Moses , to use the vernacular, to fuck off. Otherwise Portland would be the same sprawling mess as Los Angeles, Houston, metropolitan New York, Chicago and on and on.
From a long life I'm a cynic. Whenever someone proposes something like this, I immediately wonder who will benefit the most. Portland has a long, well established tradition of public corruption, so who benefits? You and I who pay for these boondoggles? Hardly.
Agreed. We do need a new bridge as the old one is a bottleneck. Access across the South Channel of the Columbia to Hayden Island is dreadful, effecting both the businesses on the island and the people who live on the island.
Do we need this specific bridge?
I'm not convinced this proposal isn't based on what will generate the most income for engineers, construction companies and the public officials they employ.
I remain your humble servant,
Not in the slightest bit funny.
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