Daily Archives: December 16, 2010

 
The entire moving of Streetcar, moving Moody Street and raising the site 17feet is to accommodate MLR
They are going to hurry and start in January to help TriMet get the project as far as possible before the public challenge to their bond sales trips them up.
So reckless is the push that the fed match for MLR is not due to be sealed until June 2012
 
 
City leaders are so desperate they can be extorted.
 
Multnomah County pays for a study no one read
 
This $138,000 is a small potatoes example and so common other government agencies must cringe when seeing this kind of a story.
 
Metro, TrimMet, PDC and PPS for example have spent millions on studies, publications, handouts, brochures and other useless landfill material for purposes of posturing. advocating or for no other reason than busy work . Often it’s only because that’s what they always do. 
The PPS strategic plan a few years back was hyped as the hard work of many months and 700 teachers, parents and administrators. The product was shelved.
 
Countless examples of studies and reports used for nothing can be piled up from Metro, TriMet and the PDC.
 
Clackamas County recently hired a marketing consultant to compile and peddle a campaign to promote the beauty of Urban Renewal.
Every city in sight plays this sort of game.
 
Here’s  “another $1 million for Metro’s input; $150,000 for “public outreach” ”

But Steve Duin whines about the fed requirements for the LO streetcar and quotes, of all people, Judie Hammerstad, one of the most empty headed dolts ever. 

So what do all these studies and reports provide?
The cover Duin needs when parroting asinine claims.
 
“But the streetcar is the environmental alternative when a community is wrestling with carbon footprints, traffic congestion and our addiction to OPEC, “
 
What a pack of nonsense without any truth or merit. The is nothing environmental about the Streetcars, no such wrestling is underway or needed and congestion and OPEC are not effected at all by Streetcars. If anything the waste on these projects devours revenue that could help move traffic and commerce better. So the impacts from the Streetcar are averse to the hyped intentions.   

Don’t Act Like I Never Told Ya: McDonald’s SUED for Serving Toys With Happy Meals

A Sacramento mother is asking the courts to parent her children and to hush up McDonald’s because the fast food chain is “interfering with [her] family” in its advertising. (Story here). See, when it suits their anti corporate aims, the left sees no problem with censorship and tyranny.
Try this same rationale on abortion rights for girls. I dare you.

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Mr. Why: Zero Reporter Goes from Transcribing Gov’t News Releases to Writing Them

Conflicts of Interests abound in Portland media/political/government circles. Political reporters pretend they’re neutral about huge political issues with big money attached, news execs threaten to become the story while serving their community (here), still others create the story for profit and directly report it as if an objective observer (here). 
And then there’s Dylan Rivera.
Oregonian Photo of Rivera on Light Rail With Bicyclist
Rivera used to be “Transportation and Green Reporter” for the Zero. Here are just a couple of examples (randomly selected) of his glowing (and gullible) reportage on the romance and excitement of central planning and its nexus with big shiny choo choo trains. 
On Tri Met’s foray into heavy rail, Rivera crooned:

The slow and careful safety-first approach characterizes TriMet’s entrance into the business of real railroading, and everyone from the guys in the office to the mechanics in the shop acknowledge that light-rail experience doesn’t really count here: This is heavy rail, running on actual freight tracks, and that means federal regulation and oversight. (Source)

If there was ever any question about its success (and there was), you never found the boo birds making it into ol’ Dylan’s reporting.
Esprit is not too fancy a word, and you can see the evidence everywhere in the clean, well-organized shop. There are safety posters and TriMet banners on the wall and framed photos of historic trains. (Source)
Rivera always assumed (ahem) Tri Met was telling the truth on all of its ridership numbers:

TriMet officials say it’s more important to compare the same month with a year ago to account for seasonal variations. Using that measure, MAX ridership set a new September record of 110,400 average boardings per weekday, a 7.7 percent increase over September 2007. Including weekends, MAX ridership also set a record, averaging 702,300 trips a week, a 7.9 percent increase over September 2007. (Source

And even in a piece about a TV special on “smart” growth, central planning and transportation, Rivera couldn’t help but inject a dig:

and a Denver-area family that seems content with a suburban lifestyle. (emphasis added) (Source)
So now what’s Dylan doing? He describes himself as an
“Analyst and communicator focused on transportation and climate change
Portland, Oregon Area” (Source) For whom? Metro, of course. 

Metro, the Portland area regional government

(Government Agency; Government Relations industry)
July 2010 — Present (6 months)
Metro’s lead communication strategist on transportation planning and climate change impacts of the transportation sector.

And he’s currently working on a big project:

Project Staff
Jodie Kotrlik, MTIP Program Administrator
Amy Rose, Associate Transportation Planner
Kim Ellis, Principal Transportation Planner
Matthew Hampton, Senior Cartographer
Heath Brackett, Planning GIS Technician
John Mermin, Associate Transportation Planner
Josh Naramore, Assistant Transportation Planner
Anthony Butzek, Principal Transportation Engineer
Pat Emmerson, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
Dylan Rivera, Senior Public Affairs Specialist

(Source)

I don’t know what qualifies him to be an analyst on these issues considering he’s done nothing to analyze Tri Met in the past. But maybe it has to do with spending years transcribing those press releases. That must now qualify him to write them.
Mr. Why is a local businessman, entrepreneur and smart growth observer.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

PDX Real Estate in "Critical Condition." PDX "Leaders" to Add More Bond Measures and Light Rail Costs

Sadly for fiscal sanity, Portland voters will probably decide to stick it to the “rich”  people (read: people with jobs) who can still afford to hang onto their houses with this white elephant of a bond measure. The half billion dollar measure will add on to
“Our teachers deserve good facilities and our students deserve good facilities, as well,” she said.

 
The entire moving of Streetcar, moving Moody Street and raising the site 17feet is to accommodate MLR
They are going to hurry and start in January to help TriMet get the project as far as possible before the public challenge to their bond sales trips them up.
So reckless is the push that the fed match for MLR is not due to be sealed until June 2012
 
 
City leaders are so desperate they can be extorted.
 
Multnomah County pays for a study no one read
 
This $138,000 is a small potatoes example and so common other government agencies must cringe when seeing this kind of a story.
 
Metro, TrimMet, PDC and PPS for example have spent millions on studies, publications, handouts, brochures and other useless landfill material for purposes of posturing. advocating or for no other reason than busy work . Often it’s only because that’s what they always do. 
The PPS strategic plan a few years back was hyped as the hard work of many months and 700 teachers, parents and administrators. The product was shelved.
 
Countless examples of studies and reports used for nothing can be piled up from Metro, TriMet and the PDC.
 
Clackamas County recently hired a marketing consultant to compile and peddle a campaign to promote the beauty of Urban Renewal.
Every city in sight plays this sort of game.
 
Here’s  “another $1 million for Metro’s input; $150,000 for “public outreach” ”

But Steve Duin whines about the fed requirements for the LO streetcar and quotes, of all people, Judie Hammerstad, one of the most empty headed dolts ever. 

So what do all these studies and reports provide?
The cover Duin needs when parroting asinine claims.
 
“But the streetcar is the environmental alternative when a community is wrestling with carbon footprints, traffic congestion and our addiction to OPEC, “
 
What a pack of nonsense without any truth or merit. The is nothing environmental about the Streetcars, no such wrestling is underway or needed and congestion and OPEC are not effected at all by Streetcars. If anything the waste on these projects devours revenue that could help move traffic and commerce better. So the impacts from the Streetcar are averse to the hyped intentions.   

Don’t Act Like I Never Told Ya: McDonald’s SUED for Serving Toys With Happy Meals

A Sacramento mother is asking the courts to parent her children and to hush up McDonald’s because the fast food chain is “interfering with [her] family” in its advertising. (Story here). See, when it suits their anti corporate aims, the left sees no problem with censorship and tyranny.
Try this same rationale on abortion rights for girls. I dare you.

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

Mr. Why: Zero Reporter Goes from Transcribing Gov’t News Releases to Writing Them

Conflicts of Interests abound in Portland media/political/government circles. Political reporters pretend they’re neutral about huge political issues with big money attached, news execs threaten to become the story while serving their community (here), still others create the story for profit and directly report it as if an objective observer (here). 
And then there’s Dylan Rivera.
Oregonian Photo of Rivera on Light Rail With Bicyclist
Rivera used to be “Transportation and Green Reporter” for the Zero. Here are just a couple of examples (randomly selected) of his glowing (and gullible) reportage on the romance and excitement of central planning and its nexus with big shiny choo choo trains. 
On Tri Met’s foray into heavy rail, Rivera crooned:

The slow and careful safety-first approach characterizes TriMet’s entrance into the business of real railroading, and everyone from the guys in the office to the mechanics in the shop acknowledge that light-rail experience doesn’t really count here: This is heavy rail, running on actual freight tracks, and that means federal regulation and oversight. (Source)

If there was ever any question about its success (and there was), you never found the boo birds making it into ol’ Dylan’s reporting.
Esprit is not too fancy a word, and you can see the evidence everywhere in the clean, well-organized shop. There are safety posters and TriMet banners on the wall and framed photos of historic trains. (Source)
Rivera always assumed (ahem) Tri Met was telling the truth on all of its ridership numbers:

TriMet officials say it’s more important to compare the same month with a year ago to account for seasonal variations. Using that measure, MAX ridership set a new September record of 110,400 average boardings per weekday, a 7.7 percent increase over September 2007. Including weekends, MAX ridership also set a record, averaging 702,300 trips a week, a 7.9 percent increase over September 2007. (Source

And even in a piece about a TV special on “smart” growth, central planning and transportation, Rivera couldn’t help but inject a dig:

and a Denver-area family that seems content with a suburban lifestyle. (emphasis added) (Source)
So now what’s Dylan doing? He describes himself as an
“Analyst and communicator focused on transportation and climate change
Portland, Oregon Area” (Source) For whom? Metro, of course. 

Metro, the Portland area regional government

(Government Agency; Government Relations industry)
July 2010 — Present (6 months)
Metro’s lead communication strategist on transportation planning and climate change impacts of the transportation sector.

And he’s currently working on a big project:

Project Staff
Jodie Kotrlik, MTIP Program Administrator
Amy Rose, Associate Transportation Planner
Kim Ellis, Principal Transportation Planner
Matthew Hampton, Senior Cartographer
Heath Brackett, Planning GIS Technician
John Mermin, Associate Transportation Planner
Josh Naramore, Assistant Transportation Planner
Anthony Butzek, Principal Transportation Engineer
Pat Emmerson, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
Dylan Rivera, Senior Public Affairs Specialist

(Source)

I don’t know what qualifies him to be an analyst on these issues considering he’s done nothing to analyze Tri Met in the past. But maybe it has to do with spending years transcribing those press releases. That must now qualify him to write them.
Mr. Why is a local businessman, entrepreneur and smart growth observer.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

PDX Real Estate in "Critical Condition." PDX "Leaders" to Add More Bond Measures and Light Rail Costs

Sadly for fiscal sanity, Portland voters will probably decide to stick it to the “rich”  people (read: people with jobs) who can still afford to hang onto their houses with this white elephant of a bond measure. The half billion dollar measure will add on to
“Our teachers deserve good facilities and our students deserve good facilities, as well,” she said.

Washington Governor Gregoire, "Cancel the 2012 Presidential Primary Election"

In her ongoing quest to slash costs to the state, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire is calling for the 2012 presidential primary election to be canceled. Delegates to national conventions would instead be selected via caucuses.

Secretary of State Sam Reed, a Republican said, “I join Governor Gregoire in reluctantly asking the Legislature to suspend the 2012 Presidential Primary in Washington. Ever since the Legislature approved the presidential primary in 1989 as a people’s initiative to the Legislature, the primary has been a very popular way to engage average citizens, not just party activists, in the process of helping nominate candidates for President of the United States. But at the same time, we acknowledge that Washington faces a grave budget shortfall and that many important public services must be suspended or eliminated. Suspending this election will save taxpayers more than $10 million. Ordinarily, I would be the last to propose suspending an election, but these are not ordinary times and we all are looking for ways to tighten our belts and live within our means. I look forward to Washington resuming the presidential primary in 2016.”

Washington State Republican Party Chair Luke Esser disagrees saying, “Eliminating the presidential primary directly contradicts the will of the people as expressed by Initiative 99 in 1989, and it disenfranchises military voters serving overseas and many other voters.”

In 2008, State Democrats bypassed the primary election, choosing their delegates and nominating Barack Obama during their caucus. Caucuses are open to any interested, but are mostly attended by those most connected to their individual parties.

Read more at Seattle PI

See Secretary Reed’s full statement at Tri-City Herald

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