Refugee from Virginia.
Forgive my deep, deep ignorance here, but would the Arts Tax have avoided all that poll tax nonsense had someone simple typed "fee" instead of "tax"? Or is it more complicated than that?
"Those opposing Measure 90—mainly the establishment parties..."
Oregon Progressive Party: http://progparty.org/vpprog2014_logo_big_c…
Pacific Green Party: http://www.pacificgreens.org/write_letters…
An extensive list is here, although I haven't verified all of these: http://noonmeasure90.org/coalition
Seems like the Third parties, normally inclined to push back against establishment party dominance, agree with them on this point.
Denis: "You'll note *both* alt-weeklies in Portland are coming out this Wednesday."
I question the wisdom of ever waiting for ballot day, much less after ballot day, to make endorsements if you want those endorsements to mean something, even if (especially if?) all the cool kids are doing it.
Setting aside this specific issue, is there any particular reason you folks make endorsements well after ballots have arrived and, in my case, returned? It seems like the Mercury is always a week late with this stuff.
"The fee will raise up to $50 million a year. Ditching the streetcar, as Novick said some people have suggested, would only save $4 million a year, by way of example."
Hm. So, given this dire, immediate, 'the city is done whistling past the graveyard we mean it this time no seriously' situation, what *is* the government willing to cut to alleviate costs?
Based on an email reply sent to my neighbor I understand Saltzman will vote against, wanting this fee to go up for public vote.
Also safety improvements were always part of the deal so I'm fine with a large chunk going somewhere besides 'maintenance'.
That said, it's a gawdawful idea and needs to die a swift, ignominious death.
Y'know, I'm sorry I even popped in here. I'm just happy the damn thing is over so I can read about something else. I really appreciate the passion people can muster in this city, even when the evidence is overwhelmingly against them. People here give a shit, and that's good. I yield the floor to yet another link to An Inconvenient Tooth or whatever.
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