Well far be it for the PBA to actually state up front that it wouldn't support the plan, Chuck. PBA used the seat at the table to gather intel and figure out how to fight it.
Charlie, Bro ..
I aspire .. ...
Just because you participate in some meetings in which you ask for various concessions doesn't necessarily mean you have to accept or support the outcome. I know manufacturing the appearance of consent was the only reason why the City had these meetings, but that doesn't mean the participants, in this case PBA, has to play along.
I hope these bigots leave.
Lets see if the City actually paves the streets that need paving or just uses the money to clean up areas it sees as good "urban renewal" targets aka lay the groundwork for more gentrification in working class neighborhoods.... Lents, Cully are on the hotseat. Look out for the PDC's anchor health food stores to be start popping up shortly after
This city's turning Mad Headroom into a prophet! And, it's not the oft-derided Clackistanians who are doing it but the hipster and yuppie imports who are more than happy to buy a homeless person or poor Street Roots vendor overpriced sandwiches from Whole Paycheck but won't let them set up tent cities when their votes push everyone who isn't an ex-pat San Fran architect into poverty and dereliction and their presence jacks up the cost of living to ensure that even bartenders and janitors can't afford to live in a manner befitting north-of-the-border. I can't wait until I can afford a van; I'm getting the hell out of this green liberal corporate fascist polis!
Well, that would be just swell if we all worked for Multnomah County! Imagine the prosperity that would follow if the county were to ... er, county-ize(?) all jobs within the county's boundaries; baristas and janitors might be able to afford to live in studios without squabbling with their room-mates!
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It's too bad that six corporations now own about 90% of popular media in the United States, including most news papers, local radio and television studios. Back in the day, reporters used to listen to police dispatchers on scanner radios, in order to get to the scene of incidents in time to witness the police in action, and then report the story to the public within a matter of a few hours at most. Now, private citizens are infringed upon by police, not to stand and witness from the sanctity of their own front yards, let alone to record events on their own cell phones. Case in point, just the other day, a Gresham Police SWAT team with military armored vehicles brutalized such a witness.
Gresham Oregon Police assaulting me for filming drug raid that woke the entire neighborhood 9/2/2014
Demands for police reform have gone on for so long that a sizable portion of informed Portlanders have a grasp on issues not included in the City's plea deal to avoid trial for Constitutional violations ... including psych eval services, training, police advisory boards and that which DoJ investigators described as a 'self-defeating accountability system.' (Pg. 27 of Findings.) There's an impressive body of knowledge out there, and it draws from folks in the mainstream. They work in local corporations. They participate in professional trade associations. The represent a valuable commodity.
Just as the City implements a Federal mandate, calling on citizen volunteers to commit to two years' service on a Community Oversight Advisory Board, it telegraphs that it will do what it can to tamp down public involvement.
Offering the esteemed retired Judge DeMuniz as a front man for a community liaison based in Chicago is disingenuous. Elitist in stature, his a door has long been closed to the public. Victims and justice advocates, along with the above community resources, would perform better if provided local access, guided by those with a history of outreach, deep into the hurly burly of broad community.
The City convened a citizen panel to vet Compliance Officer Community Liaison candidates. They did not forward Rosenbaum's group for consideration. By ignoring community input they sought, favoring a COCL insulated by distance and absence of local relationships, City Council is telegraphing to those now contemplating service on the COAB: local politicians will do whatever they can to minimize or stymie public involvement.
Public testimony was unanimous in opposition to City Council plans to evade or diminish Federal judicial oversight that allows public testimony. For years the ACLU, League of Women Voters, Portland Copwatch, Mental Health Association of Portland, Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform, Individuals for Justice and others have trundled down to City Hall to give 180 seconds of testimony ... only to find Council does not deliberate. It merely passes legislation negotiated beforehand, behind closed doors with those in real power.
The City allows police to pre-screen those who serve on the Police Community Relations Committee, the Auditor's Citizen Review Committee and the police Training Advisory Council. In these two recent overrides of public sentiment, we realize the City continues to insulate itself from public participation ... administration after administration.
Local authority lacks faith in The People who, we believe, are ultimately responsible to ensure the Constitution is in force. To draw from broad public involvement is likely to replace the 'Independent' Police Review Division with an intelligently designed means to actually investigate police misconduct and impose discipline.
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Wow, between permitting AirBnB rentals in multi-family buildings, to lying to us about their intention to require some affordable housing amongst the luxury flats in the Pearl & Waterfront... the city is a FAIL.
I have watched AirBnB hosts cheat, and developers cheat. So I decided, for once, to cheat on my taxes. I haven't paid the Arts Tax. We live in scofflaw city. I live in a neighborhood where a humble house pays twice the tax of a similar house in a close-in neighborhood. So, just for a psychic boost, I don't pay the arts tax and nothing happens.
So- I know it is a false equivalency- but I enjoy refusing to pay the arts tax. It gives me a little psychic revenge. And it goes to the heart of how our system works, People obey rules if other people are also following the rules.
Yeah- this AirBnB scofflaw behavior amplifies my feeling that Hales is this horrible progressive "green" oligarch who sticks it to the poor worse than a Republican. And, on a related note, I am really disgusted with my fellow white college educated middle class voters. What a bunch of douches we are. We just let Hales and Novick pee on our neighborhoods, but we clap like pleased babies when he gives us a bike lane. The part of the electorate that should protect others, protect our neighborhoods- we are to blame for Hales.
Sorry for my rant (weather keeps me inside). Thanks to some young reporters with actual journalistic standards who keep poking at the various messes in this city.
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