Daily Archives: December 3, 2010

WikiLeaks

Wikileaks has been hacked  and brought down and this guy (here) says he did it.  The story is here. I hope he really is a force for good.
This guy takes great umbrage at the boy who has revealed national secrets. H/T Josh Cryder. Nice job.

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Mr. Why: The Sellwood Bridge Shell Game

Hey Victoria,
I attended the last meeting regarding the vehicle fee increase and…….arrogance, thy name is Lynn Peterson and the Clackamas County Commissioner. They treat the taxpayers of Clackamas County with such disrespect and disdain as if we are simply their personal ATM machine. A few months back they helped themselves to our personal property rights with the hare-brained tree ordinance scam. Property, by the way, that we paid for with our labor and with our mind. The taxpayers of Milwaukie voted down light rail….too bad. Their votes don’t count either. Lets face it, Victoria, the voters simply don’t fit in with Lynn Peterson and Clackamas County Commissioners vision of the world.
The big brains that run the City of Portland and Multnomah County want the taxpayers of Clackamas County to chip in and help pay for a bridge they say will cost $330 million. Let’s see…the tram was suppose to cost $15.5 million but cost $55 million. The new computer systems for the Bureau of Finance was suppose to cost $14 million but is costing $47 million and counting……or has it been scrapped? The Portland Water Bureau computer system cost $17 million plus $20 to $30 million in lost revenue and for which they finally….oops… ended up scrapping. Who knows how much highway money has been wasted on light rail. The commissioners are sufficiently inept at using a calculator that they should not be trusted to run a lemonade stand. The list of squandering taxpayers money is endless.
The shameful and cowardly commissioners scheduled this fee increase for after the elections so they could cram it down our throats now.
Disgusted in Clackamas County,
Winnie Savory

Regarding the Sellwood Bridge story below.

No one was more insulting in the hearing than Jonathan Nicholas. His condescending assertion that the new fee and county’s $22 million share of the bridge was best for the
people of Clackamas County was delivered with the kind of pompous speak that impressed no one. 
 

From story below:
“In criticizing opponents of the fee, Jonathan Nicholas, vice president of ODS, said that not building the bridge would have a larger impact on job and income growth of local companies. “There are those, and they may be legion, who fail to grasp the importance of the task at hand, crippled by self-interest, they threaten those they most profess (to protect),” Nicholas said.”
  
The dispute is not over building or not building the bridge. Despite Nicholas’ and the Commission’s attempt to manipulate the debate. 
In fact after the hearing Commissioner Barnard acknowledged the bridge would get built without Clackamas County’s $22 million. 
A task that would be much easier if Metro’s $178 million in flex funds intended for Milwaukie Light Rail was re-allocated to the bridge. 
Instead Sam Adams intends on re-allocating $20 million from the Sellwood bridge to Milwaukie Light Rail. 
No wonder they want Clackamas County’s $22 million for the bridge. 
It’s a despicable shell game the voters will certainly brigh an.  
So who was that Jonathan Nicholas from ODS? Just a concerned Clackamas County Business guy? Not hardly.  
I immediately recognized Nicholas as the left wing Oregonian columnist/bike zealot who advocates converting the City of Portland into a Bike Mecca. In addition to his long time support and advocacy for things TriMet/Metro and the City of Portland. In fact Nicholas would prefer an even more extreme version of the Portland agenda. 
He might as well have been Rex Burkholder, Earl Blumenauer or Sam Adams offering advise for Clackamas County. 
   
It’s no wonder he showed up at the BCC hearing. He is the perfect guy to deliver the Portland agenda.   
Just what Peterson and the board wanted and probably arranged. 
  
And what a perfect demonstration of Peterson’s allegiance to and advocacy for that Portland agenda.
Google and you’ll find plenty of Jonathan Nicholas. 
Here’s a quick sample.  
“Jonathan Nicholas, Vice President of the ODS Companies and chair of the Metro Executive Council for Active Transportation, testifies in support of the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030”

Hey Jonathan, Keep Portland Weird.
But keep it in Portland. 
I’m pretty sure the Commissioners will get that same message on Dec 9th.

Should you pay for this bridge?

Residents pack Clackamas County hearing room to protest a new $5 vehicle registration fee increase proposed to fund the 85-year-old Sellwood Bridge

Giusto: The Real Terror in Portland

Former Multnomah County Sheriff, Gresham Police Chief and Oregon State Police officer, Bernie Giusto, joins the blog today to opine on law enforcement, politics and the way things work around here.
Being Multnomah County Sheriff in 2005 when the City of Portland stranded the FBI and the rest of us in Oregon Law Enforcement on the local chapter of Joint Terrorism Task Force was a surreal experience in any number of ways.  Initially it was hard to believe that the largest police force representing the economic, cultural and population powerhouse in Oregon would really leave the rest of us behind. 

I took it personally as well.  

At the time Mayor Potter was asking for level of security clearance not available to any of the other police executives directly involved, including myself. Of course that would make the Mayor more special than the Sheriff.  I thought, tell me it isn’t so.  But when he couldn’t get a Top Double Secret security clearance he took his cops and went home.  


The Sheriff’s Office stayed for the greater capacity we added to the JTTF mission and out of a sense of pride it brought to the Sheriff’s Office. We also had every confidence that our deputies would be the first to let us now if anyone’s constitutional rights were being stepped on or the FBI was promoting Civil Right violations in their operations.

But when the Portland City Council literally voted themselves off the domestic terrorism intelligence gathering island, I was shocked back into the all-too-often Portland reality: Political posturing, regardless of how self centered, means the rest of us will be on our own even when it comes to our basic safety. Portland had in fact turned their back on the rest of us in law enforcement– and worse– on the long term safety interests of their citizens.

As the drama unfolded back then, I thought surely the political temper tantrum aimed at the FBI was a momentary political strategy to get better parking spots for the Portland Cops assigned to the JTTF.  It certainly had no logical or even legitimate public safety value. I forgot that protecting us then from the growing and now proven terror threat was still way, way down on the to-do list.
In fact, based on my high level contacts, “Operation Dumbo,” as it was known by some of us at the time, was extraordinarily embarrassing for the Portland Police Bureau command structure. The cops were willing and able to invest in the protective mission of the JTTF and help lead the way to a safer City of Portland, Oregon and nation from their watchtower. I believe that in 2010 the Portland cops area still willing and uniquely qualified to help protect our state with their potential return to JTTF. I am not sure I can have the same confidence in those who lead the our cops.

That brings us to Portland Police Chief Mike Reese who in the 2010 version of the JTTF– and Groundhog Day –seems to be missing in action. It is unimaginable that his boss would not only value his advice first and foremost but insist that from the outset he be the public voice and champion for the safety of his citizens in the days following this international event. 


Instead Chief Reese either has no position on the city’s return to the JTTF or has not been allowed to take one publicly. Either of those options is unacceptable. We deserve to know his professional opinion. We deserve to know that even if his boss isn’t up to the job we are in the good hands of those trained and sworn to protect us.
 
In 2005 Commissioner Saltzman was the only no vote on the city council at the time for putting Portland residents, the region and nation at unnecessary risk. His position at the time took courage but, more significantly, political common sense. I will remind you that his decision to consider the safety of his citizens first has not hurt his political fortunes in the least. He has been re-elected twice since then. In fact I would argue it makes him the public safety go-to guy on the Portland Council in 2010 when it really matters. And it really matters now.
Mayor Adams and Commissioner Leonard are holding tight to the notion that what they set in motion in 2005 has no impact in 2010. But their utopian dream-world decision in 2005 turned into Portland’s nightmare in 2010. The FBI saved our butts, no thanks to the city leaders. The FBI hung out a “MIssion Accomplished” sign, but it’s too bad those responsible to protect our community had no idea that there was even a mission. Now they would like us to just get over it.

I find it curious that Commissioner Leonard, formerly known as Lieutenant

Leonard of the Portland Fire Bureau, essentially argues that since nothing really happened last Friday why tempt fate by returning to the JTTF. I wonder if he would apply the same logic to spending millions of dollars to update Fire and Rescue infrastructure, including new fire boats, replacement of fire trucks with those able to fight high structure fires and highly technical and costly training for confined space rescue, since the old models and levels of training have worked just fine for us in the past.  

Surely he would agree, then, that if the Tualatin Valley Fire District on the west and the Gresham Fire Department on the east could be relied on to protect Portland citizens and property, we don’t need a Portland Fire Bureau. It doesn’t matter, right? Mission Accomplished and all that. That theory is as ridiculous as the one he is currently promoting regarding the FBI responsibility and role in terrorism intelligence gathering, arresting terror suspects in Portland and Portland’s return to the JTTF.

Delivering bad news or giving tough advice comes with the position of leadership in elected or appointed office, especially those whose job it is to protect us. (You should note that in this context the word leadership defines the responsibility of the position not necessarily the quality of leadership on display when the going gets tough). If in the view our our elected leaders returning to the JTTF is bad news then so be it.  Just say so so we can accept that perspective.  But let’s get back to the job at hand of securing our safety for the different, and likely more dangerous, world it may be in 2015.

Oregonian Photo
Last Friday night Pioneer Square and its thousands of inhabitants were no more than a cell phone call away from being referred to in the past tense. Wrap your mind around that. The events defy the ability of our senses to absorb the fallout of such a crime. Who wants to contemplate such bad news as that? Not our leaders it seems. It is the honest assessment of that horrific potential which the elected Portland leadership is now failing to deliver. 
There was a tremendous pride among those who were front and center when the ill advised City Council decision to leave the JTTF was made in 2005. But now in 2010 our leaders do not have the luxury of time to sleepily shake themselves from the shock. They must deal with the reality of terror in Portland.
These are the moments that reveal the true character of our leaders. Maybe we should be terrified most by those who self identify as leaders but will not face the reality that delivering bad news is in the job description.

Bernie Giusto is former Multnomah County Sheriff, former Gresham Police Chief and a former Officer with the Oregon State Patrol.

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Mr. Why: Milwaukie Light Rail Extension is Busted & Broke in Funding (and Ethics)

Mr. Why joins www.VictoriaTaft.com to comment on transportation and planning issues.

There’s your fiscal reality and then there’s the magical world of light rail fiscal surreality:

Milwaukie unsure how to pay for Portland-Milwaukie MAX line

But having no money is no impediment to the professional planning class. Behind that benign sounding headline in a recent news account is a story about conniving, self dealing, and ignoring the public that should make your blood boil.

A recent poll conducted for Americans for Prosperity in Clackamas County found 71% of respondents (the plurality of respondents Democrats) don’t want Milwaukie Light rail. But that still isn’t enough, apparently, to stop this bunch hell bent on “finding” money we don’t have to finance this train we don’t want. 

Leaders pretend to listen and do what they want anyway. Just take a look at these quotes from them from two recent news articles one of which is here:

“We believe light rail is very, very important and a project that needs to get done. We’d be willing to listen to Milwaukie and discuss any figure amount.”

It’s only important by decree without any want, need or demand ever shown. The public does not want this project or the $1.5 billion bill for it. Apparently listening to THAT part of Milwaukie is out of the question.

“If we don’t put up that money, TriMet will have the opportunity to take away aspects of the line that make the city’s neighborhoods better.”

There is nothing about MAX that will make their neighborhoods better. Ask Rockwood.
“The $5 million contribution is important to community leaders who have toiled for more than a decade to meet Milwaukie neighborhoods’ demands regarding the project”.                     
Put the project in the toilet and flush it and everyone benefits.The people don’t want it, your “toiling” notwithstanding.

“Jim Bernard, who was mayor of Milwaukie when the city committed the $5 million and is now a Clackamas County commissioner, said the county might extend a lifeline.”

 That’s hilarious because the County has no source for their own $25 million share.

“Clackamas County has already made a $25 million commitment to the light rail project”.

Whom do you serve, Clackamas County Commission? The people you claim to serve don’t want it and furthermore the county has no source of revenue. The county is maxed out with $233 million in debt and no borrowing capacity.

“The county loan would help create an urban renewal district in Milwaukie, something he vigorously supported as mayor.”

The Milwaukie citizenry will oppose any UR district.

“In 2009, a private Portland-based consulting firm, Tashman Johnson LLC, conducted a urban renewal feasibility study in Milwaukie. It concluded that light rail is essential to creating an urban renewal district but cautioned that the light rail project should not be financed by urban renewal dollars.”
Tashman enriches himself as a hired gun for Urban Renewal districts.

“Urban  Milwaukie Mayor Jeremy Ferguson, who is employed by TriMet, said the city is considering a TriMet loan with a 20-year repayment plan.”

 TriMet is broke and can’t afford to borrow their own $60 million share.
 

“Until Milwaukie gives its regional partners a signal, the $5 million question looms large.”

Loom this: Clackamas County and Milwaukie have no source of funding and their voters will stop any stunts. Portland does not have all of their share and will not get the $20 Million Mayor Sam Adams intends on pulling out of the Sellwood Bridge imaginary funding because voters will also prevent Clackamas County from putting in their planned $22 million.Get the picture? Fixing the Sellwood Bridge, which should be a priority, is being held hostage to light rail funding. 

Posted by Mr.Why?

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WikiLeaks

Wikileaks has been hacked  and brought down and this guy (here) says he did it.  The story is here. I hope he really is a force for good.
This guy takes great umbrage at the boy who has revealed national secrets. H/T Josh Cryder. Nice job.

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

Mr. Why: The Sellwood Bridge Shell Game

Hey Victoria,
I attended the last meeting regarding the vehicle fee increase and…….arrogance, thy name is Lynn Peterson and the Clackamas County Commissioner. They treat the taxpayers of Clackamas County with such disrespect and disdain as if we are simply their personal ATM machine. A few months back they helped themselves to our personal property rights with the hare-brained tree ordinance scam. Property, by the way, that we paid for with our labor and with our mind. The taxpayers of Milwaukie voted down light rail….too bad. Their votes don’t count either. Lets face it, Victoria, the voters simply don’t fit in with Lynn Peterson and Clackamas County Commissioners vision of the world.
The big brains that run the City of Portland and Multnomah County want the taxpayers of Clackamas County to chip in and help pay for a bridge they say will cost $330 million. Let’s see…the tram was suppose to cost $15.5 million but cost $55 million. The new computer systems for the Bureau of Finance was suppose to cost $14 million but is costing $47 million and counting……or has it been scrapped? The Portland Water Bureau computer system cost $17 million plus $20 to $30 million in lost revenue and for which they finally….oops… ended up scrapping. Who knows how much highway money has been wasted on light rail. The commissioners are sufficiently inept at using a calculator that they should not be trusted to run a lemonade stand. The list of squandering taxpayers money is endless.
The shameful and cowardly commissioners scheduled this fee increase for after the elections so they could cram it down our throats now.
Disgusted in Clackamas County,
Winnie Savory

Regarding the Sellwood Bridge story below.

No one was more insulting in the hearing than Jonathan Nicholas. His condescending assertion that the new fee and county’s $22 million share of the bridge was best for the
people of Clackamas County was delivered with the kind of pompous speak that impressed no one. 
 

From story below:
“In criticizing opponents of the fee, Jonathan Nicholas, vice president of ODS, said that not building the bridge would have a larger impact on job and income growth of local companies. “There are those, and they may be legion, who fail to grasp the importance of the task at hand, crippled by self-interest, they threaten those they most profess (to protect),” Nicholas said.”
  
The dispute is not over building or not building the bridge. Despite Nicholas’ and the Commission’s attempt to manipulate the debate. 
In fact after the hearing Commissioner Barnard acknowledged the bridge would get built without Clackamas County’s $22 million. 
A task that would be much easier if Metro’s $178 million in flex funds intended for Milwaukie Light Rail was re-allocated to the bridge. 
Instead Sam Adams intends on re-allocating $20 million from the Sellwood bridge to Milwaukie Light Rail. 
No wonder they want Clackamas County’s $22 million for the bridge. 
It’s a despicable shell game the voters will certainly brigh an.  
So who was that Jonathan Nicholas from ODS? Just a concerned Clackamas County Business guy? Not hardly.  
I immediately recognized Nicholas as the left wing Oregonian columnist/bike zealot who advocates converting the City of Portland into a Bike Mecca. In addition to his long time support and advocacy for things TriMet/Metro and the City of Portland. In fact Nicholas would prefer an even more extreme version of the Portland agenda. 
He might as well have been Rex Burkholder, Earl Blumenauer or Sam Adams offering advise for Clackamas County. 
   
It’s no wonder he showed up at the BCC hearing. He is the perfect guy to deliver the Portland agenda.   
Just what Peterson and the board wanted and probably arranged. 
  
And what a perfect demonstration of Peterson’s allegiance to and advocacy for that Portland agenda.
Google and you’ll find plenty of Jonathan Nicholas. 
Here’s a quick sample.  
“Jonathan Nicholas, Vice President of the ODS Companies and chair of the Metro Executive Council for Active Transportation, testifies in support of the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030”

Hey Jonathan, Keep Portland Weird.
But keep it in Portland. 
I’m pretty sure the Commissioners will get that same message on Dec 9th.

Should you pay for this bridge?

Residents pack Clackamas County hearing room to protest a new $5 vehicle registration fee increase proposed to fund the 85-year-old Sellwood Bridge

Mr. Why: Milwaukie Light Rail Extension is Busted & Broke in Funding (and Ethics)

Mr. Why joins www.VictoriaTaft.com to comment on transportation and planning issues.

There’s your fiscal reality and then there’s the magical world of light rail fiscal surreality:

Milwaukie unsure how to pay for Portland-Milwaukie MAX line

But having no money is no impediment to the professional planning class. Behind that benign sounding headline in a recent news account is a story about conniving, self dealing, and ignoring the public that should make your blood boil.

A recent poll conducted for Americans for Prosperity in Clackamas County found 71% of respondents (the plurality of respondents Democrats) don’t want Milwaukie Light rail. But that still isn’t enough, apparently, to stop this bunch hell bent on “finding” money we don’t have to finance this train we don’t want. 

Leaders pretend to listen and do what they want anyway. Just take a look at these quotes from them from two recent news articles one of which is here:

“We believe light rail is very, very important and a project that needs to get done. We’d be willing to listen to Milwaukie and discuss any figure amount.”

It’s only important by decree without any want, need or demand ever shown. The public does not want this project or the $1.5 billion bill for it. Apparently listening to THAT part of Milwaukie is out of the question.

“If we don’t put up that money, TriMet will have the opportunity to take away aspects of the line that make the city’s neighborhoods better.”

There is nothing about MAX that will make their neighborhoods better. Ask Rockwood.
“The $5 million contribution is important to community leaders who have toiled for more than a decade to meet Milwaukie neighborhoods’ demands regarding the project”.                     
Put the project in the toilet and flush it and everyone benefits.The people don’t want it, your “toiling” notwithstanding.

“Jim Bernard, who was mayor of Milwaukie when the city committed the $5 million and is now a Clackamas County commissioner, said the county might extend a lifeline.”

 That’s hilarious because the County has no source for their own $25 million share.

“Clackamas County has already made a $25 million commitment to the light rail project”.

Whom do you serve, Clackamas County Commission? The people you claim to serve don’t want it and furthermore the county has no source of revenue. The county is maxed out with $233 million in debt and no borrowing capacity.

“The county loan would help create an urban renewal district in Milwaukie, something he vigorously supported as mayor.”

The Milwaukie citizenry will oppose any UR district.

“In 2009, a private Portland-based consulting firm, Tashman Johnson LLC, conducted a urban renewal feasibility study in Milwaukie. It concluded that light rail is essential to creating an urban renewal district but cautioned that the light rail project should not be financed by urban renewal dollars.”
Tashman enriches himself as a hired gun for Urban Renewal districts.

“Urban  Milwaukie Mayor Jeremy Ferguson, who is employed by TriMet, said the city is considering a TriMet loan with a 20-year repayment plan.”

 TriMet is broke and can’t afford to borrow their own $60 million share.
 

“Until Milwaukie gives its regional partners a signal, the $5 million question looms large.”

Loom this: Clackamas County and Milwaukie have no source of funding and their voters will stop any stunts. Portland does not have all of their share and will not get the $20 Million Mayor Sam Adams intends on pulling out of the Sellwood Bridge imaginary funding because voters will also prevent Clackamas County from putting in their planned $22 million.Get the picture? Fixing the Sellwood Bridge, which should be a priority, is being held hostage to light rail funding. 

Posted by Mr.Why?

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