To the author: Who within the City gave him permission to relocate his office to the E. Burnside location? The Mayor's office claims it's his call to name an office space, but surely they were involved in the relocation.
One of the problems advocates run into when sitting on committees or commissions is they begin to like the very people they are scrutinizing. You must not spend too much time with the people you are suppose to watch and this move makes no sense on many different levels, The judge must find a place that is not associated with the police, period. Move out or be branded just another group of shills spending lots of money and coming up with nothing of worth; that would be bad!
What on earth is going on here?
"'They couldn't get my computer hooked up,' he tells the Mercury. 'I kept pushing the city. Finally I said, 'I've gotta do work.'"
"De Muniz says he's been in his new office, at the corner of E Burnside and 47th, for around a month, but that he's rarely there. 'I'm out talking to people.'"
#1: What kind of city is this that can't figure out how to hook up a computer?
#2: If he's never in the office, why is the computer such a big deal?
What he's saying makes no sense. So why would we trust that?
I think recent history has shown this so-called 'voter owned' elections has turned into quite the grand fiasco.
The system was abused, sure, but also Portland voters have shown a marked indifference towards Big Money thrown into elections.
One need only ask Francisconi, etc etc...
My, we have short memories here of even recent election results.
To enact better change, we should once and for all throw out our mini-mayor system, which gives well-heeled interest groups a better chance of enacting law in their favor, and not in the best interest of your average Portland citizen.
I am of the opinion that we should be more concerned with driver-education rather than posting more speed limits or improving infrastructure with regard to making roadways safer for everyone.
Spending all that money for signs and rules and legislation seems foolish when it's the people who drive like assholes that make our roads and sidewalks unsafe.
Not sure how people drive in your neighborhood, but I have seen shit in east Portland that makes my butt pucker just thinking about. Too many drivers these days have no courtesy or respect for other drivers or traffic laws.
How about actually policing traffic, like in the old days? It's not like the PPB is short-staffed.
Oliver-- How long will we have to wait before someone trots out the tired old "when a 200lb person goes up against a 3000lb car, they're going to lose" canard?
ME---would you rather see more people killed? You appear to be letting your hate of cars overcome the practical reality of saving lives.
David Clark wants people to make sure and look so that they can see that he isn't going to stop for them.
How long will we have to wait before someone trots out the tired old "when a 200lb person goes up against a 3000lb car, they're going to lose" canard?
Everyone's aware that the cost of eliminating that last death is infinitely large right?
Oh no, not those assholes again...
To be clear, the Vision Zero name may verge on hyperbole, but not the concept--it's a great program. And any laughing is probably about the attempt to make us look like antagonists. We're very much in agreement about safety.
Why don't they try a PR program to explain to pedestrians that they MUST:
1. look both ways before and DURING crossing
2. Always look to see if there is a car coming in the other lane.
That will solve about 1/2 of the problem.
You mean lose/lose I assume? But Loose/loose works too.
Fare thee well, our Jeopardy champion!
Hales may not be emperor but he does wear the clothes. His underlying goals and motives are becoming more transparent and coming to the surface through his actions. I'd definitely rather cast a rock, I mean a vote for Fritz than him. It's a loose/loose situation.
You think gang members aren't allowed to make paid calls from the can?
If a prisoner has a cell phone on him when he's arrested, it's just sitting in storage already, anyway. If a prisoner's family want's to bring a cell phone for the prisoner, then that's cheaper for them then to be scammed by the screws.
This whole debate is ridiculous.
Inmates should not have any electronic amenities.
How about compare the actual cost of housing, medical and food - to What it costs to have extra luxuries.
Pencil and paper is how ppl communicated with their loved ones before smart phones came along.
There also doesn't seem to be anything distinguishing between those offenders serving life sentences and those serving time for petty crime.
Someone in lockup serving out the rest of their life for raping children, should not have internet access.
The whole idea of private communication devices is ridiculous as well. So, yeah sure, let's give these violent gang members their own phone lines...surely that can't go wrong right...o_O they can continue with business as usual from inside the pen.
The screws do have the ability to tap cell phones, so if they object to private cell phones for prisoners on grounds that they can't spy on them, that's a lie.
Draft Mike Scheckla
Inmates ought to have access to their own, private, cell phones, which the guards could keep in a conveniently located locker for them.
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