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Re: “Having It Out

So, what is one supposed to do when the (possibly) mentally ill homeless man has a 10' x 6' tarp multiplex permanently set up outside ones apartment or place of business, urinates and/or defecates every morning on or near ones door step, and deposits other random debris (to include used needles) on the sidewalk and in the street? That's not a rhetorical question; what tangible, near-term answers do the advocates offer?

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Posted by bridger on 12/17/2014 at 9:12 PM

Re: “The Visitor

With idiots like this teaching the kids here, it's no wonder we have such a high rate of teacher absenteeism and very low graduation rates of our students.

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Posted by frankieb on 12/17/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “The Visitor

This reminds me of Blazing Saddles. You know which scene I mean.

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Posted by Jimmy Carter on 12/17/2014 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Proper Identification

Quibbling over a label that should be considered moot if it's reduced to the societal construct proponents of the ambiguous business of gender identification use to leverage their arguments? When it comes to identifying documentation, shouldn't it accurately reflect one's biology and not however one may feel about oneself? This strikes me as little more than throwing a tantrum because one wasn't called up to the podium by nickname to make a valedictorian speech.

Posted by wolkenkaiser on 12/16/2014 at 5:28 PM

Re: “A Two-Front War

Fuck you Mayor Hales your a dumb ass....just got to throw that in there.

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Posted by egazzola on 12/15/2014 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Proper Identification

I think it's interesting that David House is a "spokesman" while Melissa Navas is a "spokesperson."

Posted by michtom on 12/14/2014 at 9:25 PM

Re: “A Two-Front War

@rev bit me; but the people are not voting on anything- its all between politicians and airbnb. typical choice between to 'greater goods'.

Posted by egazz on 12/14/2014 at 8:07 PM

Re: “A Two-Front War

The taxi industry, who you ignorantly characterize as union dominated (your subtext here, obviously, is mobbed up) is at a huge and completely unfair competitive disadvantage against Uber. The only fair way for them to compete, under current circumstances, would be to deregulate the industry and free up the cabs from unfunded mandates and City fees. Let them run as many or as few cars as they want, use their own personal insurance, charge a sliding scale, ignore the riders who are not profitable or inconveniently in a wheelchair, or are simply a pain in the ass (Uber drivers get to rate their riders, so don't get on their bad side if you want continued service).

Of course that's not likely to happen, and with good reason. Many public services, like police, fire, and public transportation call for regulation, to insure public safety. Taxi service is an integral part of any public transportation system.

Everywhere that they have tried deregulating the taxi system it has proven disastrous. Seattle is a prime example. When they deregulated several years ago taxi users lost service in every part of town except for downtown. Cabs were charging wildly varying prices, there were hundreds of "cab companies" consisting of 1 car who's only viable business plan was to troll hotels for airport runs. Cars were barely maintained making them unsafe, nobody had any reassurance that they weren't getting into a car with a criminal maniac or rapist. Within a year downtown hotels were forced to initiate their own inspection programs to screen out the worst of them. Deregulating taxis would be like deregulating the bus system. How do you think that would go here?

Uber denies service to low income and elderly who aren't tech savvy or can't get credit cards. They don't provide service for disabled riders. The generally operate without commercial insurance, which is about 6 times the cost of private insurance. The first thing that happens when they get in a wreck is that their insurance cancels them and denies the claim. Those injured, and there have been many, can only sue the driver, due to Uber's draconian 30 page Terms of Service - which nobody bothers to read.

Meantime, the cities continue to impose unfunded mandates on the taxi industry, albeit in order to keep the public safe. Here in Portland they've had to install camera systems, back seat credit card processing, wheelchair lift vans (that must operate at set rates, making it necessary for the companies to subsidize the cost), criminal background checks, knowledge testing, annual driver safety training, bi-annual vehicle inspections by certified mechanics. Every year each cab driver/owner pays the city for their drivers permit - $150, vehicle permit - $600, vehicle inspection - $150, city business licenses - $150 to $400 depending on income. Uber operates without any of these financial burdens or mandates. Uber has no accountability. Who you going to call and complain to?

The only way Uber has succeeded anywhere has been to game the system.

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Posted by I'm So Entitled on 12/14/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “A Two-Front War

The taxi industry in Portland is certainly not dominated by unions. In point of fact all the cab drivers are self-employed contract labor.

Posted by I'm So Entitled on 12/14/2014 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Proper Identification

I'm sure there are plenty of white supremacists who are plenty upset that the state of Oregon observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but no rational person, and especially, I hope, no rational state employee is going to lend much credence to their words. The exact same level of skepticism should be applied when it comes to Gender Identity Watch and trans issues. The Southern Poverty Law Center has said they would list them as a hate group if only they were more of a group.
Frankly I think the article would have been better served if it quoted what some random half-wit from 4chan thought about the issue instead.

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Posted by qnelvis on 12/12/2014 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

Real justice won't be served until we're legal to look out for each other and protect our communities. So long as this is illegal you will have crooks with badges prowling neighborhoods not thinking twice about instigating conflict and murdering people.

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Posted by egazz on 12/12/2014 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Proper Identification

It won't allow for something other than M or F? Making those who are third gender or gender queer or otherwise not binary only means picking another non-fit. No gain for us.

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Posted by NotABot on 12/11/2014 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Proper Identification

So sad that your editor had to use the word 'tweak' in the headline. It isn't just a tweak; its a stumbling block in a transgender person's whole life. Every time they write a check, provide ID to a police officer, visit a physician or ER, sign a form, the gender marker raises a question - especially if as a result of a police check.

It may be a small administrative change, but to a transgender person it is so much more.

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Posted by Meg Cowie on 12/11/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

Cops don't lie because they are evil; they lie because they are bureaucrats. Most people are totally comfortable lying to their boss at work to save themselves from punishments and financial reprimands. Cops are no different in this regard. What is different is that they could be covering up misconduct that puts the public's well being at risk.

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Posted by ThatOneBrownGuy on 12/11/2014 at 1:00 PM

Re: “A Two-Front War

Uber shrugged.

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Posted by Todd Mecklem on 12/11/2014 at 7:06 AM

Re: “In Other News

One does not need permission to audio record another (cops included); one only needs to inform the other party they are being recorded. (and no notification is needed for video only) There is a law on the books exempting police from this notification for dash cams when they are uniformed and acting within an official capacity. The law change request would add body cams. Please don't lead people into they thinking they have rights (can tell cops to not record) they do not have lest you share the culpability when it inevitably goes bad.

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Posted by bridger on 12/10/2014 at 8:33 PM

Re: “A Two-Front War

I guess I have a problem when a company comes into our city and demands that the city council drop whatever it is doing and address the company's needs. Flip Uber- they have no right to boss my elected officials around- that's MY job. Why should they set the agenda?

As for AirBnBedbug- they also have no right to rewrite my city's housing rules. That is for Portland voters to decide...

I don't understand how you can criticize the Koch Brothers for their influence and then turn around and support Uber...

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Posted by Reverend Bite Me on 12/10/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “From Off the Streets of Portland

Do you ever read the paper? It's good. It wins awards every year.

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Posted by Jake Thomas on 12/08/2014 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Sometimes, the Cure Is Worse

Oh but who will speak for the middle-class white kids who were simply trying to provoke confrontation! They're clearly the real victims of this whole police brutality / racism thing

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Posted by Chunty McHutchence on 12/07/2014 at 11:36 PM

Re: “From Off the Streets of Portland

Street Roots ought to write more in consideration of how it's in the individual member of society's interest to be charitable to the poor. Make the paper something that the consumer actually has an interest in reading, not just to buy out of pity.

Posted by Damnable Wog Hemp on 12/05/2014 at 6:52 PM

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