Monthly Archives: April 2008

PDX Illegal Alien Day Labor Center: No Permits Required *Update

Mayor Moonbeam and the Rainbow City Council today are considering exempting (UPDATE* HAVE EXEMPTED) the illegal Day Labor Center from city permits. According to a WW editorial here

The waiver is needed because plans for the center are “unable to meet zoning-related standards,” according to a memo dated April 30 from Bureau of Development Services Director Paul Scarlett.
The council will also waive a city design-review process that usually takes two or three months, and rarely favors trailers (see “Mary’s Place,” WW, Nov. 7, 2007). The waivers are “temporary,” but that’s a flexible word. They won’t expire until 2013, at the end of VOZ’s lease with the PDC.
…Commissioner Randy Leonard, who oversees the Bureau of Development Services, sponsored the April 30 ordinance.. For example, the bureau waived hundreds of dollars in permit fees for VOZ.

Contact the Rainbow City Council
Contact the Mayor here.
Contact Sam Adams here.
Contact Randy Leonard here.
Contact Dan Salztman here.

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PDX Illegal Alien Day Labor Center: No Permits Required *Update

Mayor Moonbeam and the Rainbow City Council today are considering exempting (UPDATE* HAVE EXEMPTED) the illegal Day Labor Center from city permits. According to a WW editorial here

The waiver is needed because plans for the center are “unable to meet zoning-related standards,” according to a memo dated April 30 from Bureau of Development Services Director Paul Scarlett.
The council will also waive a city design-review process that usually takes two or three months, and rarely favors trailers (see “Mary’s Place,” WW, Nov. 7, 2007). The waivers are “temporary,” but that’s a flexible word. They won’t expire until 2013, at the end of VOZ’s lease with the PDC.
…Commissioner Randy Leonard, who oversees the Bureau of Development Services, sponsored the April 30 ordinance.. For example, the bureau waived hundreds of dollars in permit fees for VOZ.

Contact the Rainbow City Council
Contact the Mayor here.
Contact Sam Adams here.
Contact Randy Leonard here.
Contact Dan Salztman here.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Who Will ACTUALLY Use the "Reality ByPass Bridge?" We’ve Got the Numbers:

It’s official. The Victoria Taft Show listeners have dubbed the new bike and pedestrian bridge slated to go over I-405 at Flanders using the old Sauvie Island Bridge, The Reality ByPass. If we have to explain it, you’re not paying attention.
So, do we actually NEED such a bridge? Of course not. Here are the numbers from a two day trip count to get an idea of how many bicyclists are using the bridges on either side of the spot where The Rainbow City Council wants to put the bike/ped bridge. These numbers are from commercial real estate broker, Bob Butler, who paid to have a worker spend two days counting. Gee, I hope he had something else to do while waiting.

TIME

GLISAN OVERPASS

EVERETT OVERPASS

7-8 AM

8

7

8-9 AM

7

10

9-10 AM

6

12

10-11 AM

13

5

11-NOON

11

4

NOON 1 PM

6

6

1-2 PM

7

19

2-3 PM

8

11

3-4 PM

6

6

4-5 PM

7

12

5-6 PM

16

20

TOTAL

95

112

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Who Will ACTUALLY Use the "Reality ByPass Bridge?" We’ve Got the Numbers:

It’s official. The Victoria Taft Show listeners have dubbed the new bike and pedestrian bridge slated to go over I-405 at Flanders using the old Sauvie Island Bridge, The Reality ByPass. If we have to explain it, you’re not paying attention.
So, do we actually NEED such a bridge? Of course not. Here are the numbers from a two day trip count to get an idea of how many bicyclists are using the bridges on either side of the spot where The Rainbow City Council wants to put the bike/ped bridge. These numbers are from commercial real estate broker, Bob Butler, who paid to have a worker spend two days counting. Gee, I hope he had something else to do while waiting.

TIME

GLISAN OVERPASS

EVERETT OVERPASS

7-8 AM

8

7

8-9 AM

7

10

9-10 AM

6

12

10-11 AM

13

5

11-NOON

11

4

NOON 1 PM

6

6

1-2 PM

7

19

2-3 PM

8

11

3-4 PM

6

6

4-5 PM

7

12

5-6 PM

16

20

TOTAL

95

112

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Mexican Official Caught Trying to Steal White House Blackberries

Several American officials leaving a meeting in New Orleans between the Bush administartion and Mexican Deleagtes, were stunned to discover their Blackberries missing from a table where they were required to leave them. Secret Service agents viewing video taken of the table during the meeting revealed the lead press advance person for the Mexican Delegation, Rafael Quintero Curiel, pocketing the devices.

Agents caught up with Curiel at the airport and he initially denied taking the seven devices. When confronted with a DVD showing him absconding with them, he admitted to taking them “accidentally.” He was forced to return them.

Upon his arrival back in Mexico, he was asked to tender his resignation, according to a Mexican Embassy spokesman.

“Mr. Quintero will be responsible for explaining his actions to the American authorities conducting an investigation. The Mexican Government deeply regrets this incident,” the spokesman said.

Source

Michelle Malkin’s website states he has invoked Diplomatic Immunity.

How does one “accidentally” leave with seven extra Blackberries when he arrived with only one?

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Racist Emails Lands Battlegrounds Deputy Mayors Son In Court

After the swearing in of Battle Grounds City Council member, Paul Zandamela, a Black man on January 7, 2008, city council members, some members of the city’s administrative staff, and The Reflector received in email.

As you know, there is a n****r on our city council named Paul Zandamela. Our city government must be corrupt to have this p***h monkey as an elected official. According to our year 2000 census, c***s only make up .49% of our population, and I know I would never vote for one of those s****s. I don’t see how a person who is different from 99.51% of our population can properly make decisions for us.

Sincerely,

N****r Hater

The sender identified himself as “Battleground Anonymous.”

After a second racially charged email was received, investigations by the Battle Ground P.D. and Clark County Sheriffs Department traced the emails to Christopher Reinhold, the 18 year-old son of Battle Grounds Deputy Mayor, Alex Rheinhold.

Appearing in Clark County Court yesterday, Rheinholds attorney claimed, “the language was at best, disgusting,” but said his client never made any threats.
“It’s a First Amendment issue,” Jon McMullen said.

Rheinhold is on supervised release, cannot access computers and has been ordered to not contact members of the City Council, other then his father.

Coverage here and here

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Mexican Official Caught Trying to Steal White House Blackberries

Several American officials leaving a meeting in New Orleans between the Bush administartion and Mexican Deleagtes, were stunned to discover their Blackberries missing from a table where they were required to leave them. Secret Service agents viewing video taken of the table during the meeting revealed the lead press advance person for the Mexican Delegation, Rafael Quintero Curiel, pocketing the devices.

Agents caught up with Curiel at the airport and he initially denied taking the seven devices. When confronted with a DVD showing him absconding with them, he admitted to taking them “accidentally.” He was forced to return them.

Upon his arrival back in Mexico, he was asked to tender his resignation, according to a Mexican Embassy spokesman.

“Mr. Quintero will be responsible for explaining his actions to the American authorities conducting an investigation. The Mexican Government deeply regrets this incident,” the spokesman said.

Source

Michelle Malkin’s website states he has invoked Diplomatic Immunity.

How does one “accidentally” leave with seven extra Blackberries when he arrived with only one?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com