Thanks, Denis. Your words help break down the barriers and misconceptions that exist between the housed and houseless.
Thanks for the update. Interesting to note that PDC, a player in the negotiations, has contributed to the problem of houselessness by refusing to build enough affordable housing in this city. They have repeatedly dodged city mandates to include low income housing. They get urban renewal breaks and then use the money to build "workforce housing" for people who are not low income. The Headwaters Development is a prime example: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.s… Housing is a human right. There will continue to be a need for housing, emergency shelters and rest areas like R2DToo.
Thanks to Nathan Gilles and the Mercury for this great article.These are not "temporary" employees. Metro is using Walmart tactics to keep down workers' wages and benefits. I want public employees to be treated fairly. This is a workers' rights issue and a public health issue. The thousands of people who go to the zoo want to know that the food service workers have safe working conditions including paid sick leave.
“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.”
― Herman Melville
Keep on doing what you're doing, Right 2 Survive! This is about human rights. You are creative, persistent, and loving. As the rich continue to get richer and the poor get poorer we will need many, many more places like Right 2 Dream Too.
It is not clear to me from this article that this bill is actually dead. Can you share some links or something that prove that? Some people were planning on going to Salem Friday to testify. It would be really helpful to know for sure.
Although the bill passed in the House of Representatives with only 2 no votes, Rep. Dembrow's and Rep. Gelser's, more than one State Representative later said they did not realize the impact of the bill when the voted on it and would vote no today. Bravo to the people who testified and lobbied against this bill. This is a victory for human rights.
Peace has reigned? Did you go to the budget hearings? The ones on April 11 and May 16 were standing room only, with people waiting for hours just to sign up to speak. The budget process was very contentious this year and as the realities play out, the controversies will continue. Some examples:
Around 170 City jobs are still being cut, the compromises saved only a few. More than half are union positions. While some were vacancies, many are not. Even cutting vacant positions is a down-sizing of city services, as our population continues to grow. City workers testified about huge backlogs of work orders. Not maintaining our city parks and infrastructure is bad fiscal and civic policy. He should be hiring MORE people to maintain our city, not cutting their jobs.
Hales did NOT spare the safety net. Housing will suffer deep cuts because the Federal sequester means $1.2 million less to Portland Housing Bureau. The city funded housing at the same level as last year. They should have increased the City funding, knowing that the Feds are severely reducing theirs. This is far from preserving the safety net and Hales and Council know that. Yet they continue to congratulate themselves for "fully funding" housing.
As for other programs, while the services for sex trafficking victims was not totally eliminated, nor was it totally restored. Several positions will still be eliminated there. Some programs like VOZ and East Portland Action Plan were moved to one time only funds, in effect given notice that they will be cut in a year.
Hales is proving to be a spinmaster. His tactic of asking for 10% cuts and then "restoring" it back to a 6% cut level was disorienting. What he never talked about was getting revenue from those who can afford it the most--big corporations and very wealthy individuals.
All Comments »
All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC
Contact Info |
Production Guidelines |