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.
One of the benefits of our society, in theory, is that we are willing to care for those that can't do so for themselves. Without this willingness for the government and it's citizens to help protect the entire populace, we would not have services like social security, medicare/medicaid, workers compensation, etc. There are very few citizens that have not found some benefit from many of these services, even if those moments are forgotten when some of those individuals are experiencing better times.
Also, I am not sure how individuals can fail a system when many of those persons are often making efforts to improve their lives and are only asking for a little help to do so, services that should be part of any attempt to improve the welfare of any population. An addendum to our social contract, if you will. Are there some individuals that could better care for themselves? Absolutely. Are there many that have received the short end of the stick, often experiencing the inability to work or function from experiences in their past? You bet. It seems when some citizens do well, they often want to keep as much of that success, and/or protect it, as they possibly can, developing excuses for why others do not deserve what that successful person has, such success often coming from the labor of others, coming from someone else that had earned it and passed it down or came about such success through assistance of some kind.
It appears there are many individuals that have benefited from tax breaks or other forms of government assistance to better themselves, touting to deserve every bit of it, while turning around and claiming individuals like the homeless are simply drains on society. Making such a broad generalization about drug-addled youth and mentally troubled persons not only shows a profound ignorance, but reflects a gross selfishness that is part of the reason why I am disturbed with this issue in the Pearl in the first place. And if people with money are that easily scared, perhaps Portland does not need individuals with such flimsy character.
.....The system has not failed the homeless..the homeless has failed the system. Look carefully at the youthful vagrant wonders on our taxed streets. most of them I encounter are unemployable...either by mental disorder.. or over indulgence in drugs. (which ever came first)...they bring nothing to the table, no tax revenue etc. A tent city it to good for them. All they do is drain the surrounding economy by scaring away the people with money.
"I don't think so. Even if she was, it was going to be public process after a fait accompli. I also think there's a conversation that we have not had as a city. "Okay, smart people of Portland, how do you want to solve homelessness?"
Funny, I don't remember there being much "public process" either when our tax dollars were used for the urban renewal project that created the little yuppie utopia you apparently think you own. You've got to love the Pearly White attitude of Patricia, as if the homeless issue didn't exist before the coming of the condos. After reading this through several times, I still can't seem to find any sense of empathy.
Ironically, PDNA can so casually pull 10k from their coffers to hire a lawyer, which is probably more cash than most neighborhood associations have anything near to, and yet they can't even bother to reach out and engage with R2D2. I don't think anyone is considering this move a permanent solution, but at least it's a sheltered area and the whole idea of this is to provide a safe place for people working towards transition. The individuals there are no more permanent than the use of this space. If PDNA really gave a shit they would use their money and influence (okay, "smart people") to help find a better solution.
Yeah, I don't get why it is necessary to dump taxpayer money directly on this thing, it seems a pretty good example of why BIDs need to be phased out. Every time a project is funded from BID money it means less property taxes are in reality going back to the common pot.
One of the biggest reasons there is (or was) such a tax crush is so much of the city's property has been fenced off into these districts, where they are spent on very nice projects that only benefit that local area not the city itself.
At this point, I think the central city has had enough money pumped into it, the Pearl could fed a part of the city/county's budget on its own at this point.
There needs to be some type of accounting to make sure any money spent on this project does go back to the population, the time of corporate welfare should be over.
I will not speak for everyone, but I can say that my concern is far from self-righteous and is nowhere near generalizing. There is a flaw in both parties, those in the Pearl having issues with this potential move and the city, both far too near sighted for their own good. There is a flaw in the city simply moving this population from one area to another, versus taking the time to evaluate the actual need and services to meet those needs. As in many neighborhoods that have been "threatened" with the addition of collectives like R2D2, the fear of crime, a drop in housing value and general inconvenience of seeing these individuals has created an overreaction to an organization that they have not even bothered to look into. This is a problem that has been shifted from one Portland area to another, once even in the area that is now the Pearl, well before it was such a highly valued area. So, I am not really sure if where the city places these folks is the greater issue, as it will surely anger whatever population is in that neighborhood, humanity seemingly a little more complicated when you have to see reminders that our system has failed some of its citizens living in a tent in a vacant lot. Those in the Pearl that are so adamant about not allowing R2D2 to be apart of that neighborhood are not special, there are many in this populace that bristle against the homeless or those that do not fit within the parameters of what we find acceptable, those in the Pearl are not special in this selfish behavior. I hope all parties would be willing to sit down and have an honest discussion about who needs what and how all parties can work towards that direction, possibly acting upon the kindness and liberal thinking many Portlanders so proudly claim we have an abundance of, instead of just talking about it.
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