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Updated on September 8, 2008 at 5:25 PM

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Re: “Amanda Fritz is "Horrified and Very Disturbed" By New Police Policy, Says the Mayor Should Have Briefed Her

Fritz is right and the PBA, speaking through the police bureau will be proven in the courts to be wrong. Again. Unfortunately taxpayers will have to pay the legal costs. Again. Hey R2D2, I hear the mounted patrol building and covered paddock is going to be available soon...

8 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by R on 02/27/2014 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Woody Allen's Defenders and Rape Culture

Elizabeth Lynn Dunham. The list is countless. And unforgivable.

Posted by R on 02/03/2014 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Oregonian: Dissent Kills Deal for Trader Joe's in NE Portland

The deal for Portland African American Leadership Forum and any other activist groups, really any topic, is you have to deliver the whole community in support of the plan. That creates value.

Instead you delivered just enough complaint to tip it.

Agree mixed use there is better than something like the Hollywood TJ. And TJ does mixed use sometimes. What's the occupancy rate in similar developments on MLK? But let's get real, it is completely impossible to do low income or moderate income housing in new construction without some sort of subsidy. So figure that out.

As community activists, pull a seat up to the table, and own negotiations on all the PDC plots in your domain, delivering the community, a developer and a business plan to the community vision.

Posted by R on 02/03/2014 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Another Set of Eyes on Portland's Controversial Water and Sewer Spending

The Citizen's Utility Board is supported by donations. Their mission is to reduce utility bills of residential and small business customers. The water initiative is supported by donations too - from corporations who would benefit. Personally I trust Jenks and Novick. And this is perfect opportunity for the Merc to request their 990's and do a feature on CUB.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by R on 01/02/2014 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Down the Drain?

We laud the Mercury truffling out corruption and mismanagement. And we don't intrude into how the Mercury spends the money gained from our eyeballs on its office parties. But perhaps the sin, if any, is that the story of Dexter Gordon was not shared with city staff. The easy version is see the film Round Midnight. It is the story of an African American leaving America for Europe to live without the heavy weight of American racism, and to be respected and honored there for their music. Some say the film was modeled after the life of other musicians. But Gordon playing the lead in the film is all in, himself having fled racism for Europe, struggled with substance problems, finally returning to the US for a few years of grateful performances, finally appreciated, before passing away at age 67. So yes our hipster lifestyles or self righteous water bill payer attitude may seem remote from the life of Gordon. But that doesn't mean we, or city employees, can't learn from it.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by R on 12/04/2013 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Hales Personally Emails Assurances to Developer in Right 2 Dream Too Relocation Clash

Younger developers trying to get R2D2 to move out of their zone.
Older developers trying to keep them from moving into theirs.
Loosely connected landowners move their parade.
Founder of homeless camp out of town at a conference phones in comment.
Over a disagreement by a wealthy porn store operator using homeless as pawns with the city pressured by absentee landowners.
Reported by a doing OK for profit newspaper based in Seattle.
While occupancy rules governed by a city agency in vacant buildings prevent use by homeless.
When that agency is managed by a commissioner that financed their own campaign out of pocket.
And changes in law that could allow it are under control of a council where each member has significant income and net worth.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by R on 11/01/2013 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Is Urban Renewal Uncertainty Affecting Streetcar Realignment?

Thanks for a good analysis. But seriously, the streetcar runs so slow that it is not a chokepoint to share a short section of track two ways. And much of the design work on borrowed funds (wrong decision) is not relevant.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by R on 11/01/2013 at 7:28 PM

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