Daily Archives: August 22, 2008

Glidepath to Zero. Zero Announces Cut Backs. 100 Positions

…Which is a little less than 10%. The daily paper biz is a tough racket these days but the Zero’s political slant didn’t help endear it to readers, either. The following is from the Portland Business Journal (here):

According to an Audit Bureau of Circulations report in April, in the prior six months The Oregonian’s daily Monday-Friday circulation fell 4.76 percent, from 319,624 to 304,399 and its Sunday circulation fell 3.70 percent, from 375,914 to 361,988.

In a three-year period, from March 2005 to March 2008, the Oregonian has lost 33,307 daily readers and 43,308 Sunday readers.

Nice buyout package, though:

The voluntary buyout applies to employees with more than 10 years of experience. It gives affected employees two years of pay and two years of company-paid health care.

This paper’s looking better allll the time.

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Glidepath to Zero. Zero Announces Cut Backs. 100 Positions

…Which is a little less than 10%. The daily paper biz is a tough racket these days but the Zero’s political slant didn’t help endear it to readers, either. The following is from the Portland Business Journal (here):

According to an Audit Bureau of Circulations report in April, in the prior six months The Oregonian’s daily Monday-Friday circulation fell 4.76 percent, from 319,624 to 304,399 and its Sunday circulation fell 3.70 percent, from 375,914 to 361,988.

In a three-year period, from March 2005 to March 2008, the Oregonian has lost 33,307 daily readers and 43,308 Sunday readers.

Nice buyout package, though:

The voluntary buyout applies to employees with more than 10 years of experience. It gives affected employees two years of pay and two years of company-paid health care.

This paper’s looking better allll the time.

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

Former Metro Chief: Roads are "Monstrous Ribbons of Asphalt and Aggregate"

Mike Burton’s comments (tongue in cheek?) in the Zero (here) the other day put in stark words why we don’t have more roads and why moneys go to street cars, light rail and bike paths. The simple truth is that these guys hate roads. And cars. For us I mean. For them cars and SUV’s (see Earl “Bow Tie” Blumenauer driving his hybrid SUV nearby) are perfectly appropriate to use because they have important business to attend to. Us, not so much. They’d prefer us to be on government transportation going to and fro at the government’s timing.
In Burton’s piece about naming a street for Cesar Chavez (he doesn’t like it and much prefers a copse or statue named for the labor leader–hey, we agree on something!) he decries streets as “intrusive,” “obtrusive,” and “obnoxious.”

“…then we should look to something less intrusive and obnoxious than a street.”

“This oil and aggregate mixture is spread across the landscape, taking up thousands of acres in all directions. While the streets may take you home or to work, they are there mainly to convey cars and trucks which write a large carbon footprint on the place and planet.”

Of course streets also get you to work where you are productive. They also get your child to school, but no matter.
It’s also odd that a man who sits on a board for economic development and freight conveyance thinks so little of the ways that allow the growth of those things(streets, roads, highways and interstates).
But streets themselves are not the only target in his cross hairs. After all, a guy who hates streets hates the cars that drive on them, calling them,

“an embarrassing indication of crass American consumerism.”

If their actions didn’t speak loudly enough for you, now you have their abject disdain in black and white. I wonder if Burton first began mulling this piece as he drove in his late model Jaguar on one of those “monstrous ribbons of asphalt.”

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

Former Metro Chief: Roads are "Monstrous Ribbons of Asphalt and Aggregate"

Mike Burton’s comments (tongue in cheek?) in the Zero (here) the other day put in stark words why we don’t have more roads and why moneys go to street cars, light rail and bike paths. The simple truth is that these guys hate roads. And cars. For us I mean. For them cars and SUV’s (see Earl “Bow Tie” Blumenauer driving his hybrid SUV nearby) are perfectly appropriate to use because they have important business to attend to. Us, not so much. They’d prefer us to be on government transportation going to and fro at the government’s timing.
In Burton’s piece about naming a street for Cesar Chavez (he doesn’t like it and much prefers a copse or statue named for the labor leader–hey, we agree on something!) he decries streets as “intrusive,” “obtrusive,” and “obnoxious.”

“…then we should look to something less intrusive and obnoxious than a street.”

“This oil and aggregate mixture is spread across the landscape, taking up thousands of acres in all directions. While the streets may take you home or to work, they are there mainly to convey cars and trucks which write a large carbon footprint on the place and planet.”

Of course streets also get you to work where you are productive. They also get your child to school, but no matter.
It’s also odd that a man who sits on a board for economic development and freight conveyance thinks so little of the ways that allow the growth of those things(streets, roads, highways and interstates).
But streets themselves are not the only target in his cross hairs. After all, a guy who hates streets hates the cars that drive on them, calling them,

“an embarrassing indication of crass American consumerism.”

If their actions didn’t speak loudly enough for you, now you have their abject disdain in black and white. I wonder if Burton first began mulling this piece as he drove in his late model Jaguar on one of those “monstrous ribbons of asphalt.”

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

City Gives Money to Portland Public School for African Muslim Hoops Team

The Portland Public Schools say anybody can join the team but that doesn’t appear to be the basis on which the City of Portland gave this grant to the Hosford School team (see below). The school “community” asked for the money so the girls could play basketball and still maintain their “Muslim beliefs.” The girls play in a Portland Park and Recreation league. The City Attorney, Linda Meng, was not available for comment nor was the Hosford principal, who coaches the team as a volunteer.
Here’s the description of the grant from the City of Portland Vision into Action (here):

HOSFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL: AFRICAN GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM–$4,599

The African Girls Basketball Team will build athletic and communication skills for girls who were born and raised in Kenya and Somalia and now attend Hosford Middle School. The program will help to bridge the social chasm that exists between this immigrant population and others students attending Hosford Middle School. The typical basketball uniform will be modified to conform to the girls’ Muslim beliefs, allowing the girls to maintain pride in their cultural and religious heritage while participating in this mainstream activity

As a mother I’m all about kids doing these about which they’re passionate, being part of a community and sharing their culture with others, but this looks like an exclusive team for the Muslim kids using government money, a grant written by a school “community”–the government– in other words.

What’s next?

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