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Re: “You're Probably Paying an Unfair Amount of Property Tax. Here's a Helpful Map!

Oh wow. I take that back. They *Are* suggesting a revenue neutral tax redisitribution based on FMV.

Their statistical analysis looks at median income, while glossing over the fact that there are lower income folks who live in N/NE who's properties have appreciated over the years. By obfuscating that fact in 'median income' they're ignoring the *drastic* impact that would have on those neighborhoods. We'd see low income flight from N/NE in that case.

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Posted by System Administrator on 10/03/2014 at 7:51 AM

Re: “You're Probably Paying an Unfair Amount of Property Tax. Here's a Helpful Map!

For some reason, Tualitin Valley Fire and Rescue puts together the best maps that illustrate the problem.

This one shows all the blue in N/NE that is getting a sweet deal on their taxes, at the expense of everbody in E portland in a more granular way.
http://www.opb.org/images/upload/c_limit,h…

From this article:
http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkout…

@fancycat: I don't think anybody is suggesting we just "switch over to FMV" Measure 50 did do one thing right, and thats put the breaks on rapidly increasing property tax for folks who live in traditionally poorer neighborhoods that gentrified. But it utterly failed by not making that tax reset on the sale of the home, thus making those neighborhoods more attractive to prospective buyers to begin with, thus accelerating the gentrification instead of slowing it.

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Posted by System Administrator on 10/03/2014 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

"i did not add commentary nor judgment" - I think that saying "shes a murderer and an arsonist, and therefore ought not to be listed as a potential pen pal" is pretty loaded with judgement. I pointed out that you dont know her backstory in the least, you cant tell if she's a deraged sociopath who would kill again, or what the circumstances were leading up to her crime. All you have to go on is what she's been convicted of. Apparently there is some sort of category of prisoner that is deserving of letters from a pen pal, and another category who's crimes are too heinous to deserve a letter.

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Posted by System Administrator on 07/30/2012 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Then again, you're assuming that justice is perfect. A woman, with four kids, shoots her husband and then sets the house on fire to try and hide the murder. Eden, ID, where this happened is the middle of nowhere, and pretty poor to boot. I would not be surprised in the least if she was getting the hell beat out of her every day and finally had enough and shot him. Or maybe they were just cooking meth and a gun went off.

In any case, good job. You've managed to sleuth out just enough information to judge somebody for something that happened, without knowing any real circumstances. You must be really proud of yourself for how good your internet skillz are!

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Posted by System Administrator on 07/26/2012 at 11:05 PM

Re: “How to Not Be an Asshole

There is a major tip that was missed in all of these Howto's. GET A BIKE MAP. Every summer I see wide eyed newbs swerving around on their five-rides-a-year cruisers clogging up the major auto arteries like two wheeled cholesterol. Portland has developed an incredible bike infrastructure, but its completely wasted if people aren't aware of *where it is* and stick to the routes they know from driving. Please, GET A BIKE MAP. http://www.portlandonline.com/transportati…

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Posted by phluxoahu on 06/08/2012 at 8:40 AM

Re: “The Floyd's Coffee Shop "Border War" Saga

Oh shit. I did miss that, even after re-reading the article a couple of times looking for it specifically, and then hastily jumped to some conclusions. My bad. Apologies for mistakenly calling you out. Apparently there's going to be an article in the Mercury on this tomorrow... looking forward to seeing if any KH folks actually presented any of their side of the story.

Posted by phluxoahu on 05/13/2009 at 5:44 PM

Re: “The Floyd's Coffee Shop "Border War" Saga

So Jack and Cris, the owners of Floyds are willing to come on here, using real names and present all the facts from their point of view. Exactly the right thing to do when embroiled in a public dispute, imo. Where is Howard Durban or anybody else who represents King Harvest?

Oh, and cargo.joe? You're a moron if you think it isnt obvious that you're affiliated with King Harvest ("Just to clarify, I have no affiliation with KH's business"). Where does it mention in that article that there were seven taste testers? Doesn't somebody from King Harvest have enough sack to get on here and present their official response? Cowardly posting annonymous offtopic information ("Look how good our hummus tastes! See? That means we arent shisty bastards trying to steal Floyds business!")

Oh and just to be clear, Im a customer at Floyds, I live a block and a half away, but am absolutely not affiliated with Floyds other than thats where I buy my coffee.

Posted by phluxoahu on 05/11/2009 at 12:58 PM

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