melindazapata 
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Moved to Portland from California 2 years ago

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Re: “Judge Rules Sit/Lie Law Unconstitutional

Not everybody is going to succeed in the American Dream. Unemployment, not having an apartment, these are things that happen to people. It is hard to get out of that hole once you're in it. Have some compassion and stop enforcing stupid victimless laws.

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Posted by melindazapata on 01/25/2011 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Portland Police Bureau Has a Question for YOU: Tell Us How We're Doing

The first part of the survey, the responder is supposed to report "three (3) priorities facing your neighborhood that could benefit from increased police services or patrols...and indicate address or street segment / intersection..." So I left that part blank. That is the kind of data the police would definitely use to seriously destroy lives! I did complete the survey after that, I responded,

Negative, a policeman came looking for one of my neighbors quite disruptively. The police then conducted a door to door search

The police could bring food to elderly or disabled housebound people. Policemen should be doing things that are helpful to the Portlanders who are most in need. With a community-building philosophy, the bureau could have a calming effect instead of causing so much anxiety and rebellion.

Helping to integrate parolees back into employment is something that is desperately needed as well.
Better than any other public entity, the police realize the dangerous lack of mental health services available to residents in Portland who are in crisis. The police already have some training in dealing with mental health crisis, they should be using that knowledge to keep Portlanders safe.

I believe the police presence is too high in my neighborhood. I frequentlly pass a police car sitting by the side of the road, apparently hoping a speeder will happen along who can be ticketed. When motorists see the cruiser or motorcycle lying in wait, they slow down to below the speed limit which has an exacerbating effect on traffic congestion. Eventually, a car is pulled over, often the driver a person of color, and that causes a traffic problem. I feel like just waiting around for a driver to speed, particularly in a victimless way, constitutes is a negative impact.

I believe that more effort should be made to find useful things to do in police shift, rather than just waiting for crime.

I hope no one reading this gets the idea that I am mentally ill

Posted by melindazapata on 01/16/2011 at 10:42 AM

Re: “The Chop Tops, The Notches, The Swillbillys and Del Ranchos

I haven't seen the Chop Tops from Santa Cruz in hella years. Last night, when the singer named Sinner who is also a hitter on stand up drums, added extra percussion to the beat by calling out Oi, Oi, Oi in the midst of one song, the impulse reaction came flooding back to me from the shows in SF and Oakland when my shyness to dance at shows would disappear. It's me and my tastes that have made me accustomed to audiences who stand around back from the stage, barely shifting their weight from foot to foot. I love the Chop Tops sets, a man grabs a girl and they swing. Shelby trades mad grins with revved up rockers. jumping way higher than is wise whilst playing six string and goading the audience to higher levels of energy. From start to end, whether I wanted to or not, I was part of the full on abandon to the flame which the Chop Tops incite.

Posted by melindazapata on 10/30/2010 at 4:16 PM

Re: “The Other Guys

Weird movie but undeniably funny. Subtle, believable gags and Ice T does the Greek chorus narration. Comes off as a satire of hero worship and a mockery of the myth of service. I hope that was the intention.

Posted by melindazapata on 08/08/2010 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Anarchists Propose "Lemonade Revolt"

Last month anarchists (and other community members) gathered in the Alberta to mock the stupidity of the state, embodied by those 2 state workers. It's the street party bloc doing the non-violent body gathering community thing.
I suppose that if you think of the lemonade distribution on the the 26th as an earnest protest against the original incident of bureaucratic silliness, well, that may seem like pointless bullshit or lame or a fetish for tall bikes.
Good news, it's NOT an earnest protest against the original incident. But don't tell anybody (shh!)

Posted by melindazapata on 08/07/2010 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Savage Love

I'm a woman from the East Bay of SF. I have been surprised at the difference in the women here in Portland as well. I think there is a lot of pressure on Oregon women to live up to a demure, never aggressive, aloof romantic role.
I have not figured out if I think it's just Portland culture or if it really is an outdated conformity impulse.

Posted by melindazapata on 08/06/2010 at 12:33 PM

Re: “I, Anonymous

I'm from a part of the country where it's rude not to smile back when a stranger smiles at you. By the way, that's everywhere but Portland.

Posted by melindazapata on 05/24/2010 at 1:06 PM

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