This is a baby step to help out R2D2. They have worked hard to establish themselves as good neighbors, they should be welcomed and assisted. There are others who need our help and we must not let any human being be left out in the rain and cold. When I die I want to be able to say I tried, not that I was afraid. The homeless/houseless issue is very complicated and will take all of us of good will to shout down those who are just afraid.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Above you see a list of politicians who days in office are numbered. Fish and Saltzman first in November of 2014. When the people understand that these four are out for themselves and now make no attempt even to hide it. They are nothing more than cocktail liberals and will screw you ever time. If you think that fish and danny care anything about you or this city you may also be a cocktail liberal. Next year "Storm the Bastille, with votes for non-incumbents.
This item 343 will be pulled and their will be a chance for citizens to have their say. This is so stupid even to consider this case for appeal it is hard for me to get angry because their in so much comedy here . Individuals For Justice will face the five people on the council and ask why the are wasting our taxes on a case they have no chance of whining. If they win a new trial on this crap; I will buy all of them a fluorine free mocha. If they loose this case I expect to see resignations flowing. HA!
Since Mayor Adams and Commissioners Leonard and Fish have publicly announced to the news media and others their intentions to vote for this action, are they in violation of any requirements to have public input before they make their decisions? It seems to us that they, all three should exempt themselves from voting on this issue. How can one fulfill the very essence of "promoting citizen engagement" when you announce your decision before the first person gives their testimony? This corrupts the very concept of open government, we should do away with public input if members of the council can announce their support or rejection of an issue before there is any input from the public. There is a second question that this issue has raised. The cost of building a plant for the delivery of fluoride to our water system is around $5,000,000. There is an added cost of $500,000+ annually to keep pouring fluoride into our water system. Is this a good use of our limited resources? Just asking!
We have more people living on the streets of Portland than are in emergency shelters on any given night. This does not include all those who are turned away and told there is no room for them. Dignity Village was created because there was no room for the "houseless" and the city goes around bragging about it. R2D2 was started because people have a right to be safe at night and they have no place to go. The mayor and Commissioners have now said they are through with Cameron Whitten, well we are not through with you 5 insensitive people who do not care about the most vulnerable among us. Cameron started his hunger strike with 3 demands and has agreed to drop all but one, stop the damn fines by the city against R2D2. The city says no! There will be a protest this Friday evening at 4:30 PM in front of City Hall and across the street to tell the 5 people in city hall that we are losing patience with their lack of understanding, that there is an emergency just outside their place of work. Most authorities will tell you there are a large number of veterans in this group of homeless/houseless people. Some put the figure at 25%. This council should understand this simple concept, Mayor Adams' political future is over, Leonard is running away, Fritz is in the battle of her political life against Mary Nolan and that leaves only saltzman and the fishman; they will be run out of office if something is not done. Cameron has offered a compromise but our representatives and their staff say they are finished with him---I think not!!!!!
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals For Justice
Member of Oregon Progressive Party
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