Daily Archives: December 22, 2010

"Gavel Down! II" At Clackamas County Commission Meeting; COPS Called!

Clackamas County Commission Chairman Lynn Peterson called the cops  gaveled down a man down and called off a meeting when a constituent at today’s meeting raised his voice spoke firmly while testifying. Another official pushed the panic button that called the cops.

When elected officials don’t listen to the people, the people become contemptuous of the process. Strangely, the people were not overtly contemptuous until Peterson tried to cut the man off. More:

It was at that point that a few voices in the audience said, “Let him talk. It’s his turn.”

I talked to Mac Woods who was testifying and on whom they called the cops. Here’s the Zero’s report of what happened which Woods confirms, 

Mac Woods, a Canby resident, had spent more than two of his three minutes of public testimony lambasting the commission on a proposed resolution asking for the federal government to clarify powers under the Clean Water Act.
Woods and others were upset because they felt the resolution would lead to more federal authority over their properties and waterways.
“What in the world is it that you don’t understand about your job and responsibility to the people of Clackamas County?” he asked. He then began to personally attack Commissioner Bob Austin, who presented the resolution, and Chairwoman Lynn Peterson intervened.
Woods then told Peterson, “Do not interrupt me. I have the floor.”
Peterson tried unsuccessfully to interject again moments later before saying, “Mac, you’re excused.”
That’s when audience members started yelling, and Peterson gaveled out of the meeting and walked out, followed by the three other commissioners in attendance.

Check here for the video.  It’s not coming up for me at the moment but after blowing it up on the program today, I can understand why there might be an eagerness for LOTS of people to see it.

Cops were also called to Lake Oswego meeting a week ago. Why? I think Craig has the answer:

The[y] are trying to  discredit the  people that disagree, by making them sound aggressive and kooky, that is the only way they think they can win.
They are scared of the petitions and are feeling the heat.
They do not like to lose their power, over their minions

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Barney Frank: "Straight Soldiers Must Shower With Gays"

In answer to congressman Franks question, should gyms have separate shower facilities, Gymnasiums are not expected to lay down their lives for the country and are not on the front lines, under the extremely high stress that soldiers are often under.

As for gays already showering with straights, yes, but it is being done discretely, unknowingly. Given the level of stress these young soldiers are under and now knowing that glance at their nether regions might not be as innocent as once thought, that’s when problems might occur.

Congressman Frank, who never served in the Military, remains clueless, as does much of today’s congress, on just how the Military operates and what these young people are expected to do and endure. Serving in the Military is far different that visiting a gym, going to college or serving in the legislature.

If, mentally undressing a person of the opposite sex, by ogling and staring at them is considered sexual harassment (inappropriate behavior at least), how can someone of the same sex mentally undressing another be considered appropriate or acceptable behavior?

Read more at CNSNews.com

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PDX/Vancouver/Beaverton 17th Worst in Nation for Jobs AND ** BONUS UNEMPLOYMENT STATS!


Hey, at least we’re not the worst! We’re just tied for 17th place (story here).  And up the road in Seattle? That city’s the top place to get a job this winter (story here). 
Our tales of woe are reflected in our unemployment numbers (here). We have a 10.7% unemployment rate. That’s up 3/10% from the previous month. Where are those “green” jobs, anyway?


((Do you know why they call them “Green” jobs? Because you have to pay them to “create” them. Rim shot, please.))
Here’s another thing to puzzle over as long as I’m rambling: How many jobs have we lost in a) Oregon overall and, b) Portland specifically versus the number of jobs “created” by the “green” industry? Is it as bad as Spain’s ratio of two jobs lost for every one green job bought and paid for by the now unemployed taxpayers?
The world awaits the answer.

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Mr. Why: Tri Met is Schooled by Blog Commenters (Hint: Not Their Own Paid Blogger)

The entire debate has already played out on the previous story.
 
 
This guy richard2 predicted today’s editorial that’s not yet posted to oregonlive.com
 
Yesterday
 
richard2 December 21, 2010 at 8:37AM
 
“Don’t worry there is an Oregonian editorial coming with every bromide, canard and red herring the Clackamas County commissioners and their bike army have coughed up.”
 
The editorial board didn’t disappoint.  Their added deceit is in today’s Oregonian.
 
Richard2 had already responded to the unethical misrepresentation of the debate.  
And just like the  Clackamas County commissioners and their commenters the editorial board avoids all of them.
 
Is this an ethical way to have a debate? Of course not. It is  deliberate and conniving deceit. That’s how public policy and massive misspending is enacted around here.
 
 
richard2 December 20, 2010 at 7:40AM

It sure is amazing how this story gets twisted.
Over and over again the $5 dollars, or it’s near collapse, or the vital link, or who uses it, or that Multnomah County is stuck with a $19 fee obscures the real oppostion and problem.
Forget all of those. Here is why Clackamas County will not go along with this scheme.
 
1. Negligence. Portland and Multnomah County have neglected their bridge for decades as they diverted countless millions away from this “vital link” in the past.

 
2. Continued negligence. Nothing has changed. Portland, Multnomah County, Clackams County and the region are currently planning to divert 100s of millions more from other infrastructure needs to pay for Milwaukie Light Rail.

 
3. Conniving. Portland Mayor Sam Adams is planning on raiding $20 million from the Sellwood bridge funding for Milwaukie Light Rail.

 
4. Not a priority. Clackamas County residents do not want the $1.5 Billion Milwaukie Light Rail.

 
5. Commissioners wrong. Clackamas County commissioners are thumbing their noses at their own county as they misappropriate millions more.

 
6. The Sellwood Bridge replacement has never been dependent upon a Clackamas County fee. The bridge will get rebuilt without it while officials throw a tantrum.

 
7. Clackamas residents will pay a share anyway through the ODOT and fed shares.

 
8. Clackamas residents know the $5 fee will become permanent, increase to $40 and be misappropriated by their commissioners.

 
9. Portland can pay for their own design. They have selected a new bridge design with same 24 ft of travel lanes and 37 feet of ped/bike surface.

 
10.Clackamas County residents are rejecting their commissioner’s attempt to follow Multnomah County’s agenda.
 
 
The bridge will get rebuilt without this ginned up fee.
However if the bridge fell down tomorrow it would be the fault of those you support who diverted billions into boondoggles over decades.
 

The Sellwood bridge replacement is long over due there is plenty of existing money to pay for it.
 
While claiming there is not, conniving politicians are working with TriMet and Metro to hijack 100s of millions from gas taxes meant for existing infrastructure, property taxes meant for schools and public safety & Lottery profits meant for essential priorities.
 
All of which feed existing jobs and payrolls.
$200 million from Metro flex funds alone are heading to the MLR instead of the Sellwood bridge and other priorities.

Sam Adams and Chair Lynn Peterson (former Metro employee) insist on spending 100s of millions on their agenda instead of the public’s priorities.

 
The press and everyone honest needs to know exactly what is going on here.
 
Starting with this recent poll the media is suppressing.
Nov. 22 Survey of Clackmas County residents
Pay for Sellwood Bridge No 76%
Car Tax No 84%
Milwaukie Light Rail No 71%
 
Chair Peterson has been working behind the scenes to subvert the will of the people. In the fee hearing process Peterson attempted to rig the process by stacking the deck with e-mail support from Portland bike groups masquerading as Clackamas residents. She got help from Portland resident and left wing activist Jonathan Nicholas. Her peer from the Metro bike committee they both serve on.
Their methods are only further angering Clackamas residents which is building towards recall efforts.

Instead of criticizing Clackamas County taxpayers, Multnomah County taxpayers should be grabbing their own pitch forks and fix their own county. Repeal your fee and demand the misappropriation stop.
But perhaps you are a lost cause? The bridge replacement design with 24 ft for road surface and 37 ft for ped/bike use suggests so.

 
richard2 December 20, 2010 at 5:23PM
 

It’s obvious what is going on here.
The portland/bike/trimet activists are stacking the comments.
Notice how none of them address the real core reasons for the Clackamas oposition?
That’s exactly what the county commissioners have been doing.
I challenge any of you to respond to the 1-10 numbered reasons in my first post.

 
 
Guess who did the Sellwood bridge “Travel Forecasting” with all of the flawed assumptions and conclusions used to promote a two lane bridge replacement and north-south light rail?

Assumptions like a “four lane bridge would increase traffic 15% on the bridge. Followed by concluding that added traffic would “conflict with plans for more mixed use development on Tacoma Street”.

http://www.sellwoodbridge.org/ProjectLibrary/SouthWillametteRiverCrossingStudy-May1999.pdf

Travel Forecasting
Lynn Peterson, Transportation Modeling, Metro (Current Chair, Clackamas County Commission)

Portland’s Sign of Apocalyptic Spending Makes National News

PDX’s Million $ “Stimulus”

Did the $20,000,000.00 the Rainbow City Council ‘jacked from sewer fees to build bike-paths-they’re-not-really-bike-paths-they’re-bio-swales make you want to take a pee shooter to Rudoph’s nose on Randy’s White Stag-Made-in-Oregon-not-Made-in-Oregon-University-of-Oregon-not-University-of-Oregon sign? Well, be ready to be amazed. KGW reports that Senator Tom Coburn has named this program as one of his top most wasteful spending in the “stimulus” program (here).

PDX’s Million $ “Stimulus”

Portland spent nearly $1,000,000.00 in federal “stimulus” money to install “bike path” signs where they already existed.
What I’d like to know is if this money on bike path stencils on Portland streets obligates us to use those spaces exclusively for bike paths in the future. Anybody? Anybody?

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Pete the Banker: Tea Party Wins Big; Tax Rates Unchanged, Omnibus Health Care Funding Expires

The Tax Reform Bill which passed the Senate and House last week and was signed into law is a far from perfect piece of legislation, however it successfully extended current tax rates for another two years.  Thanks to Republican Senators McConnell, McCain, DeMint as well as others the $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Bill was split from the Tax Reform package and ultimately killed by the Senate.  And this was done before the Tea party reinforcements arrived in January.
With passage of the Tax Reform act and demise of the Omnibus Bill, the Tea Party clearly has made a difference in the course of debate in Wash DC.  The Tax Reform Act averts tax rate increases for two years when hopefully Congress will enact meaningful tax reform, reducing taxes permanently.  While the Bill contained spending provisions extending seemingly unending unemployment benefits and the ethanol subsidy, nearly $775 Billion of the alleged “price tag” is not spending but simply a continuation of existing tax rates.  The adoption of this Bill results in less tax uncertainty and clearly is a step forward in stimulating economic growth.
Economist Larry Kudlow an CNBC commentator said recently (here),
 “For those conservatives who are still complaining, I urge you to reconsider the importance of marginal tax-rate incentives for the economy. Tax-rate increases will depress growth and worsen the budget deficit. There’s no way America’s financial position will improve without economic growth, nurtured by low tax-rate incentives. And if the compromise tax plan had been defeated, the economy would have been held hostage for as much as six months, before the implementation of some kind of new plan to extend the Bush tax cuts through the complicated budget proIcess.
“In this sense, the tax-cut compromise does far more good than bad. A new batch of statistics shows recent economic improvement: rising retail sales and industrial production, a jump in the Index of Leading Indicators and lower jobless claims. The trick here is to nurture the new economic improvement, not snuff it out with higher taxes.”  

The $775 Billion of investment and spending by businesses and consumers resulting from this legislation won’t require much a of a multiplier effect, especially when combined with the $2 Trillion in cash sitting on corporate balance sheets to generate significant tax revenue that will more than offset the alleged “price tag”. 

Republicans were not only successful in improving the economic outlook, but also in thwarting Democrat’s initial plans to fund the new Health Care Law (here),
“It’s also why Mr. Inouye made sure his spending omnibus included more than $1 billion to ramp up ObamaCare—including money to enforce the law’s new insurance mandates, to implement Medicaid expansion, to fund some of the 159 new entities created under the law, and even to create a public health slush fund. Republican votes would have abetted ObamaCare and tied House GOP hands until September, when the omnibus ran out. “  
The defeat prompted Secretary Sebelius to complain about the audacity of Republicans in restricting her Agency’s ability to implement the Health Care mandate (here).  
Within a week, the Republicans, inspired by the Tea Party, successfully passed legislation promoting greater investment, spending and economic growth, while deterring the implementation of a costly and bureaucratic program which would have impaired growth and reinforced continuing economic uncertainty and stagnation.


Pete the Banker is, as his moniker suggests, is a local banker.

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"Gavel Down! II" At Clackamas County Commission Meeting; COPS Called!

Clackamas County Commission Chairman Lynn Peterson called the cops  gaveled down a man down and called off a meeting when a constituent at today’s meeting raised his voice spoke firmly while testifying. Another official pushed the panic button that called the cops.

When elected officials don’t listen to the people, the people become contemptuous of the process. Strangely, the people were not overtly contemptuous until Peterson tried to cut the man off. More:

It was at that point that a few voices in the audience said, “Let him talk. It’s his turn.”

I talked to Mac Woods who was testifying and on whom they called the cops. Here’s the Zero’s report of what happened which Woods confirms, 

Mac Woods, a Canby resident, had spent more than two of his three minutes of public testimony lambasting the commission on a proposed resolution asking for the federal government to clarify powers under the Clean Water Act.
Woods and others were upset because they felt the resolution would lead to more federal authority over their properties and waterways.
“What in the world is it that you don’t understand about your job and responsibility to the people of Clackamas County?” he asked. He then began to personally attack Commissioner Bob Austin, who presented the resolution, and Chairwoman Lynn Peterson intervened.
Woods then told Peterson, “Do not interrupt me. I have the floor.”
Peterson tried unsuccessfully to interject again moments later before saying, “Mac, you’re excused.”
That’s when audience members started yelling, and Peterson gaveled out of the meeting and walked out, followed by the three other commissioners in attendance.

Check here for the video.  It’s not coming up for me at the moment but after blowing it up on the program today, I can understand why there might be an eagerness for LOTS of people to see it.

Cops were also called to Lake Oswego meeting a week ago. Why? I think Craig has the answer:

The[y] are trying to  discredit the  people that disagree, by making them sound aggressive and kooky, that is the only way they think they can win.
They are scared of the petitions and are feeling the heat.
They do not like to lose their power, over their minions

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