Chris Smith 
Member since Jul 7, 2008

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Chris Smith is a citizen activist focusing on issues of transportation, neighborhoods and civic engagement. In 2008 he was an candidate for Portland City Council.

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Re: “Zoning Change Approved for Giant Propane Tank in N. Portland

What I said was it would be "soot on Portland's brand".

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Chris Smith on 04/07/2015 at 11:50 PM

Re: “BREAKING: Portland Considering Local Gas Tax and Street Maintenance Fee

The Portland Plan calls for an overhaul of transportation funding in the City. Currently our strategies are out of alignment. Success at reducing auto usage in favor of active transportation actually reduces our revenue base. Glad to hear our leaders are talking about ways to fix this!

7 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Chris Smith on 11/27/2012 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Where Should We Build Low-Rent Housing?

It's important to distinguishing between building affordable housing that is publicly owned, versus making housing affordable by providing vouchers (section 8).

The former approach locks in affordability, the latter is subject to the market price swings mentioned in this article.

I'm not familiar with the specifics of Alberta 72, but I suspect the affordability created there is based on a tax exemption, so would not be quite as volatile as section 8 housing.

Posted by Chris Smith on 06/08/2012 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Street Roots Crunches Cash Reports in Mayoral Race—Makes Case for Return of Voter-Owned Elections

Just to be clear, under Voter-owned elections, even the candidates who didn't use the system generally limited themselves to maximum contributions of $500. It took all of one election cycle to revert to the big bucks behavior. Sigh...

Posted by Chris Smith on 01/11/2012 at 3:49 PM

Re: “WA Feds Find Money for Part of CRC

I think you mean 3%, not 30% :-)

Posted by Chris Smith on 07/21/2010 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Firefighters Are Healthcare Workers

That equipment has to be replaced as it wears out. And most of that wear is coming from medical calls, not fire calls!

Posted by Chris Smith on 07/07/2010 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Firefighters Are Healthcare Workers

Connecting another dot, what is the impact on the City budget that these health care workers arrive in a fire engine that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars...?

Posted by Chris Smith on 07/07/2010 at 5:00 PM

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