The Oregon State Legislature has legislated it's legislative authority to Portland State University, whereby all school Policy has the full force and effect of Law. The City of Portland has no such authority. The only person in Portland with the power to supersede zoning restrictions is der Führer of Portland State University.
A vehicle with government plates pulled out in front of me downtown a couple years ago and I ended up breaking both my wrists in the collision, Even with numerous witnesses and photos of the driver and license plates they never found the guy, supposedly. The second I noticed the government plates I knew I was fucked so I was not surprised.
Look at the shit that happens in NYC on a daily basis. Drivers "mistake" the brake pedal for the gas (seriously, one makes you go and the other stop, it doesn't get any less complicated), jump the curb and kill a bunch of kids waiting for the bus. The driver doesn't even get a ticket as there was (say it with me, kids) "No Criminality Suspected". Yet if you are riding your bike and some jackass steps out into the bike lane without looking and gets hit you are definitely getting a ticket - and in some cases - jail time. Granted it's nowhere near as bad for cyclists in this town as it is in NYC, but when it comes to car vs. cyclist collisions the cyclist is still solidly the second-class citizen here.
I suppose the solution would be to train more cracker asses to be criminals, except that the Equal Opportunity Act don't apply none to whitey.
If you sue the pig as well as the department, then the pig gets punished. You aren't going to change the pig department. The only solution is to eliminate it or drastically reduce the number of pigs. Take for instance this just current Federal shut down. Notice what a positive effect it will have on unrestricted government abuses; notwithstanding all of the extra help that was assigned to block access to the parks.
Wrong Comrade Amanda, there is always a public input period on development projects that affect an entire neighborhood. The people in the Pearl have just as much right to their lifestyle as the indigent. Public input is there to fairly balance the needs of both parties and prevent politicians from ramming their world view down other people's throats.
How would you like it if some jerk, let's call him Councilman Jerry Feelwall, got elected, and as water commissioner, he saw fit to ban abortions, same sex relations, and sales of contraceptives? No doubt you'd be all in favor of "public input" then.
Like almost everything else you've done since joining the city council, this is completely being done by fiat, with zero public input. While I understand that some things need to be done quickly, it would be nice to see you involved in something that had trial runs before going full tilt, public input, stable public funding, and independent oversight.
The worst part is that you're not just undemocratic, you're incompetent. In the end, you're going to do more to harm the homeless than twenty Chief Krogers could have ever hoped to accomplish.
Always say you need to go to the hospital. Never say you're not hurt.
Yup. Anyone who's lived here any length of time knows that bicyclists are far from the only ones who get no police protection in this city. Calling them, for any reason, is asking for trouble.
If the Court would offer a free treatment program which included Medical Marijuana instead of the Fluoride based uptake inhibitors that the Court directs for the defendants to ingest as prescribed by the Court designated shrinks, then you might draw a crowd.
This was a stupid idea to begin with.
Want to know why homeless people don't want the option of being connected to social services? Because even people down on their luck or enmired in a miserable addiction have enough dignity not to want to become another on of TPI's or Central City's — or any of the other turnstile agency's — trained seals, barking for local donors and government funding to the tune of "clean and sober". What happens to these guys when they sign up to be an obedient poster child for "social progress" and "compassion"? A few months to a year or two later they're back underneath the Hawthorne Bridge, unemployed, still troubled by inner demons, and wondering why in hell they decided to become clean and sober.
Besides, there's the community court, and I for one never gave a damn about twenty hours of picking up cigarette butts.
OoooO0Oooowwww, what fun!
I actually had reason to go check this out once. It was packed when I was there and almost everyone who was called was around. As I watched, I thought it was a great program. Sure, not a lot of people took the rehab option but several did end up doing community service for minor offenses and they got through their docket very quickly. Most ended up walking out without a sentence. The best thing was the judge really seemed to give a fuck about what was happening. He'd look concerned or ask about treatment options as his first, second and third resort. Also, someone gave me a candy cane. Amusingly enough the reason I was there was to see what someone who'd become a real dangerous nuisance ended up with. He was sent immediately to jail because he had a bench warrant. We haven't seen him since. He was the only one picked up.
Don't forget the Pearlies get the Portland Police to forcibly eject Occupy from Jamison Park the instant they became an inconvenience.
Listen, Pearlies - you live in the middle of a crowded city, where there will be a number of people who have no place else to go. You sound like Barbara Bush not wanting to burden her "beautiful mind" with Hurricane Katrina refugees.
What's with the plastic seats? Not all homeless people invariably piss their pants. Some of us just sleep on dog shit in the park. If you don't want dirty people messing up the furniture, then don't be dragging them into court over such frivolous charges. If the public restrooms in the parks were open more often and had showers, it might enable people to better stay clean, and not get cited for using a public restroom after hours. Also, how about providing a nice, clean suit to wear when going to court, instead of that orange prison garb that the absconders are forced to wear? A jury sees a defendant dressed like that and there is no fair trial at all.
Rant of the year! Thank you for that.
^Im starting to wish your wife had been more successful.
The so-called, "Homeless" take offense at the bullshit charges, and the easily hosed off, green, plastic seats; not to mention public defenders who fail to provide an adequate defense for even the most flimsy of allegations. If I were to ever be ordered to appear in that or any other kangaroo court of Multnomah County, I wouldn't waste my time or spend one dime on a decent lawyer. I'd just say fuck it, too. Just because people are on the street, doesn't mean they are stupid. Even if you get a warrant out for you, you'll only go to court, every other time you get arrested. That's better than going to court every single time, and having the judge get sick of seeing you so often any sooner than necessary.
The city isn't playing fair.
The Pearl gets wooden planked sidewalks, wetlands, and million dollar fountains. While the park in my hood has muddy ruts from the groundskeepers driving around the paths in trucks that are too big.
Baseball was making good money, butt Mayor Adams dictated that Portland must become internationalized, so he built a soccer stadium out of the baseball field and kicked baseball out of downtown. Now the stadium is fucking bankrupt. Too bad he didn't have time to pass a law requeering Portlanders to change their preference.
NooO0Oooo proplemo. Portland State will simply hire more honored, undocumented, guest workers to the Sanctuary.
During its meeting last week, the board set Wiewel’s maximum salary at $540,000 per year. Wiewel is traveling overseas this week on university business and was not available for comment by press time.
Let's get real. Homelessness is permanent. Permanent Hoovervilles. The Pearl District was built on a former homeless area, and benefitted from tax subsidy created by lobbying and low land prices created by the homeless.
The thousands of Pearl residents have an opportunity to give something back by hiring homeless and funding a dedicated social worker to work with the R2D community. How about requiring Pearl cleaning be provided by homeless? Token subsidized housing is not enough.
Imagine that as a national brand.
The individual interviewed has an opportunity to become a hero instead of choosing villain. Let's turn NIMBY to helping.
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