Daily Archives: May 10, 2010

In Oregon: "Hide the Decline" Researcher, Michael Mann, at Linfield College Tuesday Evening

I’ll bet he figured that in Oregon no one would question his doomsaying climactic predictions—except people who’d actually kept pace with CLIMATE GATE of which Mr Mann was a key participant.

Michael Mann, a climatologist and a leading figure in research on climate change, will speak on “Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming” Tuesday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.
The free lecture is sponsored by the Jane Claire Dirks Edmunds Fund.


Mann’s recent book “Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming” (2008) has been called a “straight-forward guide to how scientists, economists and engineers really understand the problem of global warming. The IPCC has been issuing the essential facts and figures on climate change for nearly two decades. But the hundreds of pages of scientific evidence quoted for accuracy by the media and scientists alike, remain inscrutable to the general public who may still question the validity of climate change.”

Hide The Decline II from No Cap And Trade Coalition on Vimeo.
Gee, I can’t imagine why “the general public may still question the validity of climate change” seeings as how Mr. Mann jimmied up the numbers of his “hockey stick” graph wiping out Medeival Warming Period to make it look like there was unprecedented global warming in this era. Hmmm…now what does that remind me of??? Ah, yes, THIS little ditty.

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Ca. Teacher Deems America Flag "Offensive"

A 13 year-old girl was drawing an American Flag in art class in her school in Salinas, California when her teacher looked over her shoulder and told her not to draw Old Glory because it was “offensive.”

The same teacher then went on to priase another student drawing a picture of Barack Obama.

The school’s principal was “floored” and apologized for what happened.

Video and story HERE

At last report, the teacher has not apologized to the student or her parents.

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

Dear Tri Met Emperors: You’re Wearing No Clothes, Love, Steve-on-a-Cellphone-From-Tualatin

This missive was sent by frequent talk show caller Steve. You might think ol’ Steve is without portfolio, but he’s been studying transportation and planning issues for years.  Amazing then, isn’t it, that Steve is able to see things your certified ‘smart’ guys at Tri Met can’t.
Dear Board members,
olanrewh@trimet.org, lehrbacl@trimet.org, bethelt@trimet.org, vanbrocs@trimet.org, passadge@trimet.org, sweitzet@trimet.org, vanbever@trimet.org,
It’s hard to imagine what you have been looking at as you stand idly by and disregard every red flag and fatal flaw in sight.
But just so you can’t later claim you were unaware of the dire circumstances here is a complete rundown and it’s copied to various media.
Your fiduciary responsibility requires you to keep up while conducting your oversight of TriMet.
Your agency and plans have become so irresponsible that even your supporters are now opposed to more business as usual.


I wonder how bad does the situation have to be before you act responsibly?

TriMet is in a fiscal crisis and there is no funding for the Milwaukie Light Rail.
The State and local shares are not affordable. They recklessly take from current operations and basic services at many levels.
From the State Lottery to local Urban Renewal to your own operations’ budget the money you are about to spend on Milwaukie Light Rail is already spent.
Those dollars are all part of revenue streams being used by government services.

“Attached” is backgrounder by John Charles.


In no partulcuar order every piece is irrresponisle.

1) The SoWa URAC is opposed to the SoWa urban renewal funding for Milwaikie light rail.
SoWa has been a very big mistake http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/we-built-this-city/Content?oid=2480333

2) The city’s BES portion of utility relocates is estimated at $45 million. There is no money for this.

3) Long time MAX fan Fred Nussbaum (from Association of Oregon Rail Transit Advocates) told the TriMet board “the only way they can survive their fiscal crisis and salvage transit service is if they halted their capital projects, and that means stopping Milwaukie Light Rail”
4) Chris Smith Says: TriMet will issue bonds for about $39M for the Milwaukie project. That translates to about $3.2M/year for the next 20 years that will not be available for operations.While I support the overall project, I’m adamantly opposed to this particular funding component. It’s just over 2% of the overall budget. Surely we’re smart enough as a region to avoid this.
Chris Smith is a citizen activist focusing on transportation, neighborhoods and civic engagement. He is past Transportation Chair of the Northwest District Assocation, and the founder of Portland Transport.
Chris serves on the board of City Club of Portland and on the Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), representing the citizens of Multnomah County.
He also chairs the Portland Streetcar Citizens Advisory Committee and serves on the board of Portland Streetcar, Inc.

5) Bob Richarson, Member, Portland Streetcar Citizen Advisory Committee
Advocate for Sustainable, Transit-friendly development:
Bob R. Says:
I agree with Chris and others that proposed funding mechanisms, such as bonding payroll tax revenue for Milwaukie construction, are misguided.
6) TriMet cannot afford itself or it’s share of the Milwaukie LR project.
http://www.cascadepolicy.org/2010/03/22/testimony-before-the-metro-council-regarding-the-milwaukie-light-rail-line/

http://cascadepolicy.org/pdf/4-8-2010_John_Charles_TriMet_Testimony.pdf

Examples:
Fringe benefits now cost 118% of payroll
TriMet’s unfunded long-term liability for the union pension plan equals 197% of the cost of payroll.
TriMet’s unfunded long-term liability for “other post-employment benefits” (OPEB) equals 484% of the cost of payroll. 4 times higher than the second place government entity in the State.
TriMet’s $2200 monthly family health care premium is the highest reported in the 2008 US Transit Sytems Survey.

7) At least $150 million will be taken from basic services to retire the local Urban Renewal debt created by this project.
8) This project will certainly lead to substantial additional tax revenues being diverted from basic services as more UR debt will be used to spur the development along the line that the MAX infrastructure failed to spur.
9) UR funding comes from basic services over decades with taken revenue then having to be replaced.
10) Milwaukie and Clackamas cannot afford their share and they have no source of revenue. Thier attempt to use Urban Renewal will be defeated by public safety taxing jurisdictions and the public.
11) TriMet bus driver calls for halt to Milwaukie MAX
http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2010/05/milwaukie_light.html#comments
May 8, 2010 11:41 AM
al m Says:
How do you expand when you’re broke?
How come nobody ever asks this of Trimet?
STOP THE EXPANSION NOW!

12) Public discussion

http://www.allenalley.com/news.html
http://www.oregoncatalyst.com/index.php?url=archives/3251-Allen-Alley-opposes-light-rail-to-Milwaukie.html&serendipity[csuccess]=true
http://bojack.org/2010/05/can_portland_afford_milwaukie.html#comments
http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2010/05/milwaukie_light.html
http://nwrepublican.blogspot.com/2010/05/elect-allen-alley-and-stop-milwaukie.html

http://blog.oregonlive.com/mapesonpolitics/2010/05/alley_opposes_light_rail_expan/2664/comments-newest.html

http://outside.in/portland-or/tags/Milwaukie%20Allen%20Alley

http://www.oregonwatchdog.com/

13) Buses are better
http://www.cascadepolicy.org/2010/03/22/testimony-before-the-metro-council-regarding-the-milwaukie-light-rail-line/

LA Rapid bus/242,000 daily boardings to Milwaukie MAX/27,000 daily boardings.
Every bus element fares better than MAX at a fraction of the cost.
Bus system serves 369 miles – Milwaukie MAX serves 7.3 miles
Capital cost Bus system 350K/mile – Milwaukie MAX capitla cost $194 Million/mile
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Obama Insists on Cuts—In Military Pay

Really? That’s what Newsmax is reporting. 
President Barack Obama — who came to power with the help of government employee unions across the nation and has lavished on them hundreds of billions in stimulus funds to keep them on federal, state and local payrolls with no strings attached — is moving to cut spending on salaries for military personnel.

For example, the military brass claims that an average sergeant in the Army with four years of service and one dependent would receive $52,589 in annual compensation, according to the paper. This figure includes basic pay, housing, and subsistence allowances, as well as tax benefits.
Meanwhile, a U.S. postal letter carrier, with no supervisory or hazardous duty, makes approximately $80,000 a year when all benefits are factored in.
…congressional supporters of the men and women in the Armed Services are questioning why they are being singled out for future pay cutbacks when other government agencies and unions are not.
The U.S. Postal Service, for example, is slated to give letter carriers an increase of 1.9 percent this coming year.



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

Ca. Teacher Deems America Flag "Offensive"

A 13 year-old girl was drawing an American Flag in art class in her school in Salinas, California when her teacher looked over her shoulder and told her not to draw Old Glory because it was “offensive.”

The same teacher then went on to priase another student drawing a picture of Barack Obama.

The school’s principal was “floored” and apologized for what happened.

Video and story HERE

At last report, the teacher has not apologized to the student or her parents.

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

Dear Tri Met Emperors: You’re Wearing No Clothes, Love, Steve-on-a-Cellphone-From-Tualatin

This missive was sent by frequent talk show caller Steve. You might think ol’ Steve is without portfolio, but he’s been studying transportation and planning issues for years.  Amazing then, isn’t it, that Steve is able to see things your certified ‘smart’ guys at Tri Met can’t.
Dear Board members,
olanrewh@trimet.org, lehrbacl@trimet.org, bethelt@trimet.org, vanbrocs@trimet.org, passadge@trimet.org, sweitzet@trimet.org, vanbever@trimet.org,
It’s hard to imagine what you have been looking at as you stand idly by and disregard every red flag and fatal flaw in sight.
But just so you can’t later claim you were unaware of the dire circumstances here is a complete rundown and it’s copied to various media.
Your fiduciary responsibility requires you to keep up while conducting your oversight of TriMet.
Your agency and plans have become so irresponsible that even your supporters are now opposed to more business as usual.


I wonder how bad does the situation have to be before you act responsibly?

TriMet is in a fiscal crisis and there is no funding for the Milwaukie Light Rail.
The State and local shares are not affordable. They recklessly take from current operations and basic services at many levels.
From the State Lottery to local Urban Renewal to your own operations’ budget the money you are about to spend on Milwaukie Light Rail is already spent.
Those dollars are all part of revenue streams being used by government services.

“Attached” is backgrounder by John Charles.


In no partulcuar order every piece is irrresponisle.

1) The SoWa URAC is opposed to the SoWa urban renewal funding for Milwaikie light rail.
SoWa has been a very big mistake http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/we-built-this-city/Content?oid=2480333

2) The city’s BES portion of utility relocates is estimated at $45 million. There is no money for this.

3) Long time MAX fan Fred Nussbaum (from Association of Oregon Rail Transit Advocates) told the TriMet board “the only way they can survive their fiscal crisis and salvage transit service is if they halted their capital projects, and that means stopping Milwaukie Light Rail”
4) Chris Smith Says: TriMet will issue bonds for about $39M for the Milwaukie project. That translates to about $3.2M/year for the next 20 years that will not be available for operations.While I support the overall project, I’m adamantly opposed to this particular funding component. It’s just over 2% of the overall budget. Surely we’re smart enough as a region to avoid this.
Chris Smith is a citizen activist focusing on transportation, neighborhoods and civic engagement. He is past Transportation Chair of the Northwest District Assocation, and the founder of Portland Transport.
Chris serves on the board of City Club of Portland and on the Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), representing the citizens of Multnomah County.
He also chairs the Portland Streetcar Citizens Advisory Committee and serves on the board of Portland Streetcar, Inc.

5) Bob Richarson, Member, Portland Streetcar Citizen Advisory Committee
Advocate for Sustainable, Transit-friendly development:
Bob R. Says:
I agree with Chris and others that proposed funding mechanisms, such as bonding payroll tax revenue for Milwaukie construction, are misguided.
6) TriMet cannot afford itself or it’s share of the Milwaukie LR project.
http://www.cascadepolicy.org/2010/03/22/testimony-before-the-metro-council-regarding-the-milwaukie-light-rail-line/

http://cascadepolicy.org/pdf/4-8-2010_John_Charles_TriMet_Testimony.pdf

Examples:
Fringe benefits now cost 118% of payroll
TriMet’s unfunded long-term liability for the union pension plan equals 197% of the cost of payroll.
TriMet’s unfunded long-term liability for “other post-employment benefits” (OPEB) equals 484% of the cost of payroll. 4 times higher than the second place government entity in the State.
TriMet’s $2200 monthly family health care premium is the highest reported in the 2008 US Transit Sytems Survey.

7) At least $150 million will be taken from basic services to retire the local Urban Renewal debt created by this project.
8) This project will certainly lead to substantial additional tax revenues being diverted from basic services as more UR debt will be used to spur the development along the line that the MAX infrastructure failed to spur.
9) UR funding comes from basic services over decades with taken revenue then having to be replaced.
10) Milwaukie and Clackamas cannot afford their share and they have no source of revenue. Thier attempt to use Urban Renewal will be defeated by public safety taxing jurisdictions and the public.
11) TriMet bus driver calls for halt to Milwaukie MAX
http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2010/05/milwaukie_light.html#comments
May 8, 2010 11:41 AM
al m Says:
How do you expand when you’re broke?
How come nobody ever asks this of Trimet?
STOP THE EXPANSION NOW!

12) Public discussion

http://www.allenalley.com/news.html
http://www.oregoncatalyst.com/index.php?url=archives/3251-Allen-Alley-opposes-light-rail-to-Milwaukie.html&serendipity[csuccess]=true
http://bojack.org/2010/05/can_portland_afford_milwaukie.html#comments
http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2010/05/milwaukie_light.html
http://nwrepublican.blogspot.com/2010/05/elect-allen-alley-and-stop-milwaukie.html

http://blog.oregonlive.com/mapesonpolitics/2010/05/alley_opposes_light_rail_expan/2664/comments-newest.html

http://outside.in/portland-or/tags/Milwaukie%20Allen%20Alley

http://www.oregonwatchdog.com/

13) Buses are better
http://www.cascadepolicy.org/2010/03/22/testimony-before-the-metro-council-regarding-the-milwaukie-light-rail-line/

LA Rapid bus/242,000 daily boardings to Milwaukie MAX/27,000 daily boardings.
Every bus element fares better than MAX at a fraction of the cost.
Bus system serves 369 miles – Milwaukie MAX serves 7.3 miles
Capital cost Bus system 350K/mile – Milwaukie MAX capitla cost $194 Million/mile
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Obama Insists on Cuts—In Military Pay

Really? That’s what Newsmax is reporting. 
President Barack Obama — who came to power with the help of government employee unions across the nation and has lavished on them hundreds of billions in stimulus funds to keep them on federal, state and local payrolls with no strings attached — is moving to cut spending on salaries for military personnel.

For example, the military brass claims that an average sergeant in the Army with four years of service and one dependent would receive $52,589 in annual compensation, according to the paper. This figure includes basic pay, housing, and subsistence allowances, as well as tax benefits.
Meanwhile, a U.S. postal letter carrier, with no supervisory or hazardous duty, makes approximately $80,000 a year when all benefits are factored in.
…congressional supporters of the men and women in the Armed Services are questioning why they are being singled out for future pay cutbacks when other government agencies and unions are not.
The U.S. Postal Service, for example, is slated to give letter carriers an increase of 1.9 percent this coming year.



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