C'mon FrankieB, I know you like to lend your extensive knowledge of housing policy to these articles. It involves housing, after all, which you seem to think you know everything about. Calling Frank Biggs! We need your opinions here, or can you at least call somebody a "dumbass" or "little bitch"? You know, people are probably renting to Californians, or worse yet, post-op transsexuals! You're missing a real opportunity here, Frank!
Oh, no! FrankieB ain't here, nuther! He must be out hunting deer to slaughter, 'cause he ain't killin' it here! Frank Biggs??? Where are YOOOOOOUUUU? Are you having another photo shoot on a horse? Busy writing that book nobody's going to read?
FrankieB, aka Frank Biggs. You are the sore loser. Well, at least a loser. Why don't you put the computer away and sell an RV? Or, better yet, go get lost in the woods with your GPS. No, wait, dress up like a deer, first.
Let's not forget needles. That little girl who stepped on one in the park over the summer? Totally preventable if you have them in a designated space and put a needle drop there instead of having them hiding under city bridges. But hey she's just a human being too.
Are you all PPS employees undercover? Our dollars can and should go to better things, and real INFORMED reporting is exactly what is missing in a society pumped full of soft news and 10 second clips.
I've often wondered why instead of having campers on the run and hiding and therefore stockpiling garbage the nazi mayor hales doesn't just pay that $200K to one city inspector to go around and inspect campsite and make sure they are up to code- this would of course entail allowing them to camp on non-privately owned properties such as the woods in the middle of Portland and under highways- places where the public IS NOT USING ANYWAY.
And instead of paying to remove garbage simply require them to pay for garbage service. Work with them instead of against them and make money instead of wasting it. This is simply above the level of thinking mayor Hales is capable of.
Or just outlaw them from the earth god gave all of us free of charge and wait for them to invade and pollute your personal property so you can waste your money herding them like pigs to the next 'no tresspassing' sign- they're just human beings after all.
"The total cost: $272.88."
Oh no! 300 dollars!
I'm honestly shocked that this task costs so little than so much. This article comes off like it's trying to reveal something BIG but it only reveals how crazy inexpensive PPS is.
I'll also assume this also means the city will have fewer legal/insurance liabilities and the overall onus is on Pacific Patrols, so hopefully people understand what the true cost of this is. There's so many cost savings associated with doing this convoluted task, and it makes sense to go a private contract route for now.
There's a few thousands things the Mercury could have done an exposé on city costs and contracts. This isn't it. Does the Mercury have the taxpayers' wallets in mind (with this crazy $20k expenditure) or is this an overall homeless issue they are against that the city is tearing down camp sites?
Having hourly minimums for professional services is quite common amongst the private sector. Going out and doing 20 minutes of work just isn't profitable.
And while I agree oversight of private labor and services with public money is 100% necessary, it still seems like PPS is giving the city a bargain. $21K for 6 months of work is still quite a lot cheaper than having 2-3 salaried and benefited city employees doing it.
And OneBrownGuy, not entirely sure what you're trying to say? I would think PPS would much rather use it's own labor force to do site clean ups and bill the city more than have to just oversee prison laborers that they can't bill for.
the anti science community? You obviously don't know shit about science. But that horse has been beat to death so why go there.
I would like to thank the other half of the state (portland actually got a majority in favor of it) who is making a pretty penny off of feeding us garbage though. I swear if you fucktards who voted no ever went to another country and saw (skinny people everywhere) and 'tasted the difference' you would be horrified at the state of our food supply and go slap everyone at olive garden for making the comparison. even the organic stores don't compare to REAL FOOD. But hey you can't miss what you never knew.
And the small farmer angle they played? that's a joke; countless small farmers have been replaced over the last fifty years thanks to the advent of GMO's. In the long run, does anyone actually believe small farmers are put at a disadvantage were this to pass? Well that's what you call a rhetorical question because it implies people in america actually know what they are voting on. Such a thing would require actual communication, dialogue, disagreements, debates, and enlightening each other via communication through mainstream media (sorry merc I'm not classifying you with the big boys just yet) which brings me to the real culprits; mass media....
In two years, it'll pass
Boy, talk about sore losers.
I love the fact that the anti-science community not only lost, but that they simply can't handle the fact that their friends and family and neighbors are to blame (me!) and not three local newspapers. This sort of unwillingness to face the facts is the same tendency that got you all frothy over nothing in the first place.
And thank you for sharing your tears with us in the comment sections of the merc and ww, your tears add to the sweetness of victory.
As of this morning (Thurs. Nov. 6), the Yes on 92 campaign has not conceded defeat, and the margin continues to narrow as votes are still being counted--now less than 10,000 votes. If 92 is eventually defeated, it is no exaggeration to say that The Mercury (and Willamette Week) are to blame for this loss, because of your unforgiveable "no" recommendations on this measure, which surely swung far more than 10,000 voters.
This ballot measure started out with 77% support statewide, more in Portland. Only after $20 million in corporate money flooded in to confuse (I'm sorry, "educate") voters did the race become so close. The Mercury's publisher or owner essentially gave a big middle finger to the readers by endorsing defeat of this simple right-to-know measure, and should be ashamed.
Your 'no' stance on Measure 92 was completely idiotic and unjustified. Thanks for throwing your community under the busy to be 'edgy' and take a stand for Monsanto's profits.
Who is going to be next?
Wow. Nice work Dirk. This is exactly how the private sector profits from prison labor and creates a cyclical relationship between the City, the Portland Police, disenfranchised houseless populations, and private security companies using tax dollars. Thanks for filling in the gaps where the public can't always see these dollar figures.
"We don't need someone regulating our ability to share with each other"- true, Portland Bound, but AirBnB is not "sharing" it is an uninsured, black market motel scheme with an army of lobbyists.
"and take back the economy to the point where we might actually be able to pay rent and still have money left over for a fucking cheeseburger."
AirBnB rentals are pushing rents up, and that's why losers like Portland bound don't have money to go on a date- they just fuck cheeseburgers. Well, Portland Bound- enjoy the secret sauce. Your AirBnB guests will surely enjoy sharing your couch. Meanwhile the natives are restless and we can and will sabotage AirBnB.
City Officials and dedicated citizens spent thousands of hours over the last year developing a reasonable short-term rental policy and procedure that is now largely being ignored by airbnb and its Portland hosts. At public hearings in April and July airbnb hosts begged for and eventually received a reasonable licensing procedure. Now airbnb hosts just want to ignore it.
City Officials had no problem announcing the Tax Payment agreement with airbnb, but now won't tell us how much was paid in the third quarter of 2014. I think an interim public statement is appropriate as we consider expanding licensing to apartments and condos.
airbnb complains that the data New York's Attorney General used to declare over 70% of airbnb listings to be out of compliance is "out of date" and inaccurate". Yet airbnb refuses to release updated and "more accurate" information. Portland is supposed to be airbnb's first "shared city" partner, yet they won't take any action to meaningfully support compliance.
The City may say it "lacks resources" for enforcement, but then why not use some of the $1,000,000+ that airbnb should pay The City in Lodging Tax to cover that cost.
Also, San Francisco's new ordinances includes monetary charges for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th violations ranging from $500 to $5,000 and eventually $10,000. Portland needs to put some teeth into its current rather vague enforcement policy.
Check out www.TheAirbnbAnalyst.com to see how cities around the world are working to regulate airbnb.
Hales seems to be in awe of these "21st-century" concepts millenials are coming up with. "Sharing economy! Hackathons! Micro-apartments! No-parking apartments!"
Not all the ideas are bad, of course, but it's strange to see such a blanket acceptance of anything new-age, trendy, and/or somehow related to the tech-sector.
He referred to Portland's "possibly antiquated taxicab regulations" at a council meeting over the summer, so we'll likely see Uber moving in at some point. And, just like the AirBnB meeting, the councilors will all express their concern at the variety of problems with the proposal, then unanimously approve it.
I'm just curious what kind of kickbacks / reacharounds Hales is getting for all this. I mean seriously, a more thorough sucking of the corporate cock? I can't remember when.
I'm usually against Hales, but kudos to him for being the one to push the sharing economy. As for McCullough and his "good thing I know the mayor" shit; eat it you socialist bastard. we don't need someone regulating our ability to share with each other and take back the economy to the point where we might actually be able to pay rent and still have money left over for a fucking cheeseburger. Your'e just scared you can't be so wealthy without a thousand other people being poor.
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