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CIty Hall Goes Hollyweird

As if we need any more proof that Hollywood is advancing a communist/homosexual/anti-America agenda, representatives from "Little Babylon" have joined forces with the elected leaders of "Little Beirut" to make a film... about an FBI agent?

Untraceable, the Diane Lane movie that's been filming around town, came to city hall last week to do some shooting. But did their plan backfire? According to insiders, the filming slightly disrupted city workers' schedules on Friday afternoon—bringing to a halt crucial work being done at city hall on the gay communist plot to overthrow America. (Shame, too, because it'll delay the revolution, possibly until after Memorial Day, and I already had the perfect spring outfit picked out—a daring blend of petit-bourgeois style and proletariat sensibility. Alas, comrades, we'll yet pick at the bones of our hetero capitalist overlords.)

Even more unfortunate—a city staffer was nearly injured when city hall's irony meter exploded following Mayor Tom Potter's enthusiastic welcome to the production crew. Little more than a year after throwing the FBI out of the building (pulling out of the Joint Terrorism Taskforce and forbidding FBI agents from picking up on city staffers), Potter was holding his arms open for Diane Lane, who is portraying an FBI agent? Did we all just wake up stranded on Backward Planet?

Speaking of backwards—on Tuesday afternoon, mere minutes before we went to press, the Potter-backed pro-strong mayor campaign finally released its contribution reports, showing who's been paying for their efforts.

Coming as a surprise to exactly no one, the biggest contributions have come from heads of prominent businesses with connections to the Portland Business Alliance. Wayne Kingsley, head of American Waterways (which runs the Portland Spirit), chipped in $5,000, plus $1,000 under the company name. Powell's Books owner Michael Powell stumped up $2,000. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. got in for $5,000.

Also no surprise: Property development firm The Melvin Mark Company is so far one of the biggest donors. Mark Group Partnership #5 pitched in $5,000, as did Melvin Mark Jr. himself. As reported here before, the Mark Company has a very tangible interest in limiting the power of city commissioners—the underpaid janitors in the Mark buildings have gotten backing from pro-labor commissioners like Sam Adams, Erik Sten, and Randy Leonard. As Scott Andrews, president of the company, recently told the Oregonian, a strong mayor form of government would cripple unions' influence at city hall. Good news for developers, bad news for janitors and the people who love them.

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