How many campers have been peaceably removed like this? Four Portland police officers doing their job appropriately - unsensational, routine work executed without harm. Happens every day. Benefits the public for using this beautiful nature area. Yet you don't mention this in relation to your prodigal coverage of the much rarer instances where violence occurs or someone is killed; nor do you tag it with any police-related tags, though you did for every other organization involved.
Right to Know information about facilities with large quantities of extremely hazardous substances (RMP Facilities) is searchable by zipcode at http://www.rtknet.org/
I made it to a Multnomah Co. LEPC meeting earlier this year. I'm a PBEM NET volunteer, and I met another NET there. Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) are Portland residents trained by PBEM and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. NET members are trained to save lives and property until professional responders can arrive. These volunteers are specially trained to help others without putting themselves in harm’s way. We need more volunteers!
we the people appear to be have woken up for the fluoride debate and quickly gone back to sleep. no outcry against our cops & their petulantly superior response to investigation by the feds / resistance to any & all accountability; no outcry against our continued collusion with the secret police via the JTTF agreement despite the fact that no one on council has security clearance (yet another mayor having been denied security clearance for this "info-sharing" program) leaving only our investigation-failing police chief in the know (same guy who talked us into rejoining the program and now refusing to report on it to our elected officials); no outcry that Saltzman won the last election based on last-minute claims of non-existent endorsements; no outcry against the Water Dept's egregious misuse of funds; and only 30% of voters bothered to vote in the last local election. Thinking we the people may be getting exactly the carpet-baggers we deserve. thanks for reporting.
There is hope for Portland city government, I can't believe it...
No. That's just what happens. The disgusting trash gets handled by inmates. The much-more limited—and less foul—things they determine constitute personal property they pack up and save for a month.
I AM Labor here in Oregon, and I like this idea.
I don't understand the logic of the opposition (not saying I agree with this is), but it seems like their single point of contention that they have that's grounded in reality is that this measure is being funded by the business community, therefor it's bad. That's not good enough of an argument.
Generally speaking, this seems like it will really push for more centrist elected officials; that is centrist for the area they'd be representing, there's a lot of difference between state districts 36 and 60. If two Republicans are running, they have to actually court the Democratic vote rather than riding in unopposed.
Wait, so at the end of this story the contractors decided the job was too difficult and instead prisoners should be forced to clean it up instead? Or were they just complaining?
The Charter Amendment was smoke and mirrors from the beginning, I will vote no on anything these fools offer. They want to ram a tax down our throats and have us vote on how to spend the money but they will not let us vote on the tax because they call it a fee. We are not confused char-lie we are pissed and your days as mayor are numbered. Each and every time I am outside your office building people come up to me and rant how they cannot stand you and your new buddy novick, (AKA Brutus.) Recall may not happen, but you better be looking for another job come 2016----bye bye!
Why would you bother changing the way elections work without going to an approval or instant-runoff voting method? This is stupid.
Most of the money goes to a very nice building to be built for the workers not to the parks. I will vote NO.
"Democracy is tyranny of the minority by the majority."
Phew, a task force... problem solved.
I'm still pissed about that Superfund fee on my water bill. I know i'ts only a few bucks but hey, I didn't make that mess, why the fuck am I having to pay to clean it up?
@Dread Uptown: No, voters did not close Trojan. There were enough voters that didn't have a clue about the dangers involved for all those ballot measures to fail, and PGE spend millions campaigning to keep it that way. Then they closed the plant voluntarily because it was such a dangerous, badly engineered mess that had to be shut down over and over again and was costing them too much money and could not even be sufficiently repaired. Let's remember that history and all those promises about the safety of nuclear plants when people still say that nuclear power is part of the answer to getting away from fossil fuels.
@Travis Sims: Why dumb everything down for people who refuse to read? Let them keep on skimming and pretending they know everything even though they "don't have time" to read.
Great article, but 99% of people aren't going to take the time to read this. Turn this into 2-4 powerful paragraphs to inspire people to educate themselves further. Just too long for the average joe.
It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of some people. I used to feel the same way that homeless people were lazy and drug and/or alcohol addicted waste of skin. I then educated myself and found that I knew nothing! Do some people have their compassion surgically removed???
It's a bit disingenuous to claim the the Children's Levy is model of bureaucratic thrift. First, the tax is easy to collect (it's included in property taxes). Second, someone else collects the tax (Multnomah County) and hands the money over to the city. So, in some sense, collection costs are near zero.
Then, look at what the Children's Levy does ... It's main job is to cut checks. How hard is that?
Sure the levy folks have the costs of the so-called audits. Take a look at one of those audits sometime. The "audits" do nothing more that check to make sure that the people who were promised checks actually got the checks. There's no audit of the effectiveness of the programs funded.
Bottom line - The Children's Levy has one job: Take money from property owners and hand it over to nonprofits. It does that job pretty well. However, for such a simple job, seems to me that 5% is a bit high for administrative costs.
Maybe Reed College media could chime in?
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