Daily Archives: March 31, 2011

CLARK CO COMMISSIONER SCOFF AND SAY ‘NO!’ TO VOTE ON CRC/LIGHT RAIL

H/T LEW STORY HERE

…Commissioners Steve Stuart and Marc Boldt made it clear they did not even care if what the 18th District lawmakers were suggesting was legal. They went so far as to make fun of the idea and ask if lawmakers, facing the worst state budget crisis in decades, didn’t have better things to do with their time than to send a letter seeking a meaningless vote.

Marc Boldt, on to talk about rejecting call for advisory vote on Vancouver Light rail.  Click here to listen!!

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ews Release from: Portland Police Bureau
REVISED RELEASE: POLICE ARREST SUSPECT FOR MURDER OF YASHANEE VAUGHN
Posted: March 31st, 2011 4:22 PM

Time Clarification for first line:

On Thursday, March 31, 2011, at 12:58 p.m., Portland Police Detectives arrested 16-year-old Parrish Bennett in connection with the disappearance of 14-year-old Yashanee Vaughn, who was reported missing on March 21, 2011. Bennett has been charged with One Count of Murder and is currently lodged in the Multnomah County Juvenile Detention Center.  Preliminary evidence suggests Yashanee was killed on March 19, 2011. 

On Monday, March 21, 2011, at 10:17 p.m., Shaquita Louis called police to report her daughter, Yashanee Vaughn, was missing.  Ms. Louis said she hadn’t had contact with her daughter since Friday, March 18, 2011.  An officer took the report and entered information into LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System) and NCIC (National Crime Information Center) as a Missing Juvenile.  The officer also sent an alert to all working officers that he had taken a Missing Report on Yashanee Vaughn. 

On March 23, 2011, at 8:28 a.m., Ms. Louis called again to report her daughter was still missing.  The responding officer spoke to Ms. Louis and contacted Detective Dran of the Missing Persons’ Unit to make sure the previously filed missing report had been reviewed. Two Detectives began working the case that morning and contacted Ms Louis for additional information.  Ms. Louis also contacted Gang Enforcement Team officers who contacted Missing Persons to ensure they were aware of the situation. 

As with any missing person case, Detectives must begin an investigation to determine the specifics of the situation, including if the person left on their own free will.  This includes talking to family members, associates, friends and pursuing various leads.  Detectives had no indication to believe that Yashanee had been abducted or foul play was involved until they received information on Sunday evening, March 27, 2011.  Subsequent search warrants and additional information has brought new information to light.  Detectives have informed the family about these new developments in the investigation.

“I share the community’s concern with the disappearance and now subsequent murder investigation of a young Portland woman,” said Chief Michael Reese.  “Our Detectives are actively involved in investigating this case and the Police Bureau will release additional details as soon as possible when it doesn’t jeopardize the investigation.  As Police Chief, I’ve been briefed throughout the investigation and Detectives have worked diligently over the course of the last week to pursue all leads in this case.”

The Police Bureau is releasing a timeline of events to clarify what has occurred in regard to this case.  Detectives would like to appeal to the community to call police if they have any information about this investigation.  Detective Mark Slater can be reached at (503) 823-9319 or Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762.

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Rees Lloyd on: MARCH 31: Remembering A Great American: CESAR CHAVEZ

 
Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America and the moral heart of the American labor movement in his lifetime, was born on March 31, 1927, on his grandfather’s small ranch in Arizona. 

            
His remarkable life went full circle. He died on April 23, 1993,  in Yuma, AZ, not far from the valley where he was born. He died as he had lived, fighting for justice for farm workers. He died after a day of testifying in a lawsuit filed in Yuma against his United Farm Workers of America by Bruce Church Company, largest lettuce grower in the world,  over the lettuce boycott of UFW in California.  It was the  Bruce Church Company which had taken over the ranch of Cesar’s grandfather in the Depression, forcing Cesar and his family from farm owners to migrant farm workers. Cesar grew up to become the greatest nemesis of the powerful Bruce Church Company, based in Yuma.

            Cesar died peacefully. He went to bed in the home of a farmworker member (he rarely slept in a motel or hotel but stayed in the humble homes of farmworkers),  and just didn’t wake up. Those who attempted to awaken him in the morning for further testimony in that trial, said he fell asleep in his clothes, his shoes kicked off, a book he lying upon his chest as if he drifted off to sleep while reading. They said he had a small, serene smile on his lips.
            “The angels came and took him,” a local farmworker told me when I went to Yuma as part of the UFW legal team when the trial recommenced after Cesar’s funeral in Delano, Ca.
            California, Texas, and a number of other states will observe March 31 as “Cesar Chavez Day.”  That is of symbolic value, since there are important lessons to be learned from the example of Cesar’s life, particularly about selfless service for others. But the practical impact is that government employees get yet another day off at taxpayer expense while the farm workers remain at work in the fields.
            Like many if not most other migrant workers, many great wrongs were inflicted on Cesar in his life, not the least of which was the awful calumny first maliciously alleged by the infamous John Birch Society that Cesar Chavez was “a Communist.” It was an ugly brand which stuck for the rest of his life, and is repeated even now. It is utterly false.
            For Cesar Chavez was no Communist: Cesar Chavez was a Christian, a devout Catholic who lived his Christian faith existentially, not merely rhetorically. Indeed, Cesar Chavez was man of deep, profound religious faith, whose life and whose principles were inspired by the life and precepts of Jesus Christ, who formed his great heart.
             “I am convinced that the truest act of courage is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice,” Cesar Chavez wrote, expressing in a sentence both his personal  credo derived from his Catholic faith, and the Christian life he lived.  It is by the example of his life and his humble faith, not by any political ideology,  that Cesar inspired thousands to service. It was honor it was to serve as one of his volunteer lawyers for some twenty years. I will always walk in his shadow.
            Cesar Chavez never sought or held political office, nor sought personal celebrity, nor held ecclesiastical office. Yet when he died, Pope John Paul II, whom I (a non-Catholic) believe to be the greatest human being of the modern era, issued a statement from the Vatican on Cesar’s life and passing.  Kings, and presidents, and potentates noted his passing. More than 50,000 Americans of all creeds, colors, and ethnicities,  marched the dusty rural roads in Delano, CA, where the UFW was born to show respect and honor Cesar at  his simple funeral services. He was interred in the plain, wooden coffin which his grieving brother Richard carpentered.
            Cesar Chavez was posthumously awarded his country’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom. It was accepted by his wife, Helen Chavez, now deceased, from then President Clinton in White House ceremonies.
            Although Cesar Chavez never held any position in his church, the Catholic Church has recognized him as exemplifying living a life in Christ. More particularly, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published in 2006 the “United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.” It includes as the American exemplar of “the principles of the Christian moral life,” Cesar Chavez. (“Life In Christ, Part Two, page 324.)
            It was and is, then, a continuing and terrible wrong to criticize and condemn Cesar Chavez as “communist,” and not what he was—a Christian.
            Another lingering wrong is the attempt deprive Cesar Chavez of his American reality and make him in death what he was not in life.  That is, there is a continuing attempt to expropriate and exploit Cesar’s identity and reality as a “Latino” or “Chicano” hero instead of what he was and is – and American hero, and, indeed, a veteran.
            Cesar was a native-born, third-generation American. Cesar Chavez was also a veteran who volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy in World War II to defend his county — the United States of America. I was with Cesar for some twenty years and never heard him publicly or privately describe himself as a “Latino leader” or a “Chicano.” Cesar described himself as what he was – an American “Labor Leader” representing all farm workers of whatever creed, color, or ethnicity.
            Cesar Chavez was an American of Mexican descent, proud of his Mexican as well as his American heritage. In short, Cesar Chavez was a Mexican American, not an American Mexican.
            Notwithstanding there are continuing attempts to segregate Cesar Chavez and make him some kind of ethnic cult leader instead of the American labor leader he was; and to expropriate his humanitarian work to aggrandize themselves politically or ethnically.
            A pathetic and insulting example of that is the act of the liberal “progressive” members of the Portland City Commission, at the urging of a handful of self-defined “Latinos” who seek to aggrandize themselves by expropriating Cesar as a “Latino” rather than American hero, to change the name of 39th Street in Portland to Cesar Chavez Blvd. This was done over the overwhelming opposition of the people who actually live, work, and operate businesses  on 39th Street was not about Cesar Chavez; it was all about ultra-liberal “progressive” politicians and Latinos anxious to appropriate onto themselves the work of Cesar Chavez which they have failed to do.  They posture they are involved in “civil rights” work by renaming a street “Cesar Chavez” in Portland instead of going to California where the UFW is making the fight in the fields and needs all the help it can get.
            An excruciating example of the “politically correct” disservice to Cesar Chavez in the Portland street-name insult was testimony in favor of the name change by the spokesman for the Planning Commission who advocated the name change at the urging of  self-defined Latinos.  That spokesman, who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty, is a soft-spoken, Liberal, a man of German ancestry and Jewish ethnicity if not religion, perhaps both. In his testimony, he carefully and conspicuously referred to Cesar Chavez, repeatedly and only, as “Señor Chavez.”
            Got that? Cesar Chavez, native-born, third generation American, veteran of the U.S. Navy, is referred to as “Señor Chavez” – and all the “progressive” members of the Portland Commission sat there nodding approvingly at this politically-correct insult.
            What, pray, would this German-Jewish paragon of “progressive” political correctness in Portland think if in testimony concerning him before a governmental body he was referred to as “Herr [Blank]”?
            Another example of  egregious political correctness is that Portland has decided that all the street signs should be spelled like this: “César E. Chávez Blvd.” Oh, how so politically correct. So, what is wrong with that? What is wrong is that Cesar Chavez, as far as is known, never signed his name with those accent marks. He was an American. Hugo Chávez, the socialist-communist “Latino” dictator, signs his name with that accent mark. Cesar Chavez, the native-born American veteran, did not.
            The City Commissioners of Portland, the Principality of Progressive Political Correctness, at the urging of a handful of self-described “Latinos” who  collectively and individually have done little or nothing to actually aid the cause of Cesar Chavez in the fields of California (as there has been little or no UFW organizing effort in Oregon), carried out this insult to the memory of Cesar Chavez over the all but universal opposition of the citizens who actually live on 39th Street and despite the fact that Cesar’s own son, Paul, who has devoted his life to the UFW, stated in an interview by the Oregonian  that his father would consider it a “waste of time” to work to name a street for Cesar Chavez when there is so much to do.
            I published an op-ed piece in the Oregonian newspaper objecting to the exploitation of Cesar’s good name in the politically-motivated stunt of renaming  39th street for Cesar Chavez as it totally distorted his reality, as an American hero, not a “Latino” hero, and as a man who never sought personal celebrity or aggrandizement but insisted it was “La Causa” that should be focused upon, and not him. I respectfully refer you to that op-ed piece in the Oregonian here.
            Finally,  Cesar Chavez should be honored for what he was, an American of Mexican descent, a veteran, a man  who lived his Christian faith.           
            “What does the Lord ask of you?.”  the ancient Jewish prophet Micah asked, and answered: “That you do justice, that you love compassion, and that you walk humbly with your God.”
            So lived Cesar Chavez, a great and humble American.  May the God and the nation he served embrace and remember him for what he was, a Christian, a native son of America, whose greatness was in his humility, who had no in material riches but great spiritual wealth, and whose greatest gift to his country is his life of selfless, non-violent service to others, all others. 
 
  Rees Lloyd is a civil rights attorney who marched with Cesar Chavez and served as his lawyer. He’s also a veterans activist.

         

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Portland #3 on Nation’s Misery Index

While regional planners plan their plans to plan our lives, a new survey shows that when you talk to the people and look at the rubrics of their lives–home, gas money, inflation–they’re quite miserable. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, we’re third on the misery index, a term first heard during the Jimmy Carter presidency.

How miserable are consumers now? A 1980s index would total 11.0%, but recent inflation reports haven’t totally captured the pain drivers are suffering at the pump. Plus, any measure today would have to include the weakness in real estate. The January S&P/Case-Shiller report showed the fall in home prices is accelerating again. Declining home values make homeowners feel especially miserable.

The national number, of course, masks the divergence across regions since some cities and real estate markets are recovering faster than others. Local misery indexes are possible using city unemployment rates from the Labor Department, local gas prices from gasbuddy.com, and home prices from the S&P report.

Ronald Reagan famously said, “the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.” In the Portland area, planning became all important even though we couldn’t afford the planners’ utopia.  A quarter billion dollars for a mile of light rail to a place where the public doesn’t even want it omewhere along the way the people and what they can afford are all but forgotten.  Even Oregonian columnist Anna Griffin knows how dire things are and expressed it nicely in a column Wednesday about the foolishness of boarding the fiscal crazy train between LO and PDX,
Maybe because the recession revealed a major blind spot in our smart-growth strategy: Making stuff look good, making neighborhoods more livable, does not automatically translate into job creation. If you need proof that urban renewal isn’t enough, stay aboard the streetcar as it winds down to South Waterfront, where high-priced condos have been downgraded to affordable apartments and promised high-tech jobs haven’t materialized.
Creating lasting employment opportunities should be the priority of every government branch for the foreseeable future. The fact that so many elected officials are so determined to push ahead with a Lake O streetcar now shows that it is not.
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CLARK CO COMMISSIONER SCOFF AND SAY ‘NO!’ TO VOTE ON CRC/LIGHT RAIL

H/T LEW STORY HERE

…Commissioners Steve Stuart and Marc Boldt made it clear they did not even care if what the 18th District lawmakers were suggesting was legal. They went so far as to make fun of the idea and ask if lawmakers, facing the worst state budget crisis in decades, didn’t have better things to do with their time than to send a letter seeking a meaningless vote.

Marc Boldt, on to talk about rejecting call for advisory vote on Vancouver Light rail.  Click here to listen!!

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Rees Lloyd on: MARCH 31: Remembering A Great American: CESAR CHAVEZ

 
Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America and the moral heart of the American labor movement in his lifetime, was born on March 31, 1927, on his grandfather’s small ranch in Arizona. 

            
His remarkable life went full circle. He died on April 23, 1993,  in Yuma, AZ, not far from the valley where he was born. He died as he had lived, fighting for justice for farm workers. He died after a day of testifying in a lawsuit filed in Yuma against his United Farm Workers of America by Bruce Church Company, largest lettuce grower in the world,  over the lettuce boycott of UFW in California.  It was the  Bruce Church Company which had taken over the ranch of Cesar’s grandfather in the Depression, forcing Cesar and his family from farm owners to migrant farm workers. Cesar grew up to become the greatest nemesis of the powerful Bruce Church Company, based in Yuma.

            Cesar died peacefully. He went to bed in the home of a farmworker member (he rarely slept in a motel or hotel but stayed in the humble homes of farmworkers),  and just didn’t wake up. Those who attempted to awaken him in the morning for further testimony in that trial, said he fell asleep in his clothes, his shoes kicked off, a book he lying upon his chest as if he drifted off to sleep while reading. They said he had a small, serene smile on his lips.
            “The angels came and took him,” a local farmworker told me when I went to Yuma as part of the UFW legal team when the trial recommenced after Cesar’s funeral in Delano, Ca.
            California, Texas, and a number of other states will observe March 31 as “Cesar Chavez Day.”  That is of symbolic value, since there are important lessons to be learned from the example of Cesar’s life, particularly about selfless service for others. But the practical impact is that government employees get yet another day off at taxpayer expense while the farm workers remain at work in the fields.
            Like many if not most other migrant workers, many great wrongs were inflicted on Cesar in his life, not the least of which was the awful calumny first maliciously alleged by the infamous John Birch Society that Cesar Chavez was “a Communist.” It was an ugly brand which stuck for the rest of his life, and is repeated even now. It is utterly false.
            For Cesar Chavez was no Communist: Cesar Chavez was a Christian, a devout Catholic who lived his Christian faith existentially, not merely rhetorically. Indeed, Cesar Chavez was man of deep, profound religious faith, whose life and whose principles were inspired by the life and precepts of Jesus Christ, who formed his great heart.
             “I am convinced that the truest act of courage is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice,” Cesar Chavez wrote, expressing in a sentence both his personal  credo derived from his Catholic faith, and the Christian life he lived.  It is by the example of his life and his humble faith, not by any political ideology,  that Cesar inspired thousands to service. It was honor it was to serve as one of his volunteer lawyers for some twenty years. I will always walk in his shadow.
            Cesar Chavez never sought or held political office, nor sought personal celebrity, nor held ecclesiastical office. Yet when he died, Pope John Paul II, whom I (a non-Catholic) believe to be the greatest human being of the modern era, issued a statement from the Vatican on Cesar’s life and passing.  Kings, and presidents, and potentates noted his passing. More than 50,000 Americans of all creeds, colors, and ethnicities,  marched the dusty rural roads in Delano, CA, where the UFW was born to show respect and honor Cesar at  his simple funeral services. He was interred in the plain, wooden coffin which his grieving brother Richard carpentered.
            Cesar Chavez was posthumously awarded his country’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom. It was accepted by his wife, Helen Chavez, now deceased, from then President Clinton in White House ceremonies.
            Although Cesar Chavez never held any position in his church, the Catholic Church has recognized him as exemplifying living a life in Christ. More particularly, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published in 2006 the “United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.” It includes as the American exemplar of “the principles of the Christian moral life,” Cesar Chavez. (“Life In Christ, Part Two, page 324.)
            It was and is, then, a continuing and terrible wrong to criticize and condemn Cesar Chavez as “communist,” and not what he was—a Christian.
            Another lingering wrong is the attempt deprive Cesar Chavez of his American reality and make him in death what he was not in life.  That is, there is a continuing attempt to expropriate and exploit Cesar’s identity and reality as a “Latino” or “Chicano” hero instead of what he was and is – and American hero, and, indeed, a veteran.
            Cesar was a native-born, third-generation American. Cesar Chavez was also a veteran who volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy in World War II to defend his county — the United States of America. I was with Cesar for some twenty years and never heard him publicly or privately describe himself as a “Latino leader” or a “Chicano.” Cesar described himself as what he was – an American “Labor Leader” representing all farm workers of whatever creed, color, or ethnicity.
            Cesar Chavez was an American of Mexican descent, proud of his Mexican as well as his American heritage. In short, Cesar Chavez was a Mexican American, not an American Mexican.
            Notwithstanding there are continuing attempts to segregate Cesar Chavez and make him some kind of ethnic cult leader instead of the American labor leader he was; and to expropriate his humanitarian work to aggrandize themselves politically or ethnically.
            A pathetic and insulting example of that is the act of the liberal “progressive” members of the Portland City Commission, at the urging of a handful of self-defined “Latinos” who seek to aggrandize themselves by expropriating Cesar as a “Latino” rather than American hero, to change the name of 39th Street in Portland to Cesar Chavez Blvd. This was done over the overwhelming opposition of the people who actually live, work, and operate businesses  on 39th Street was not about Cesar Chavez; it was all about ultra-liberal “progressive” politicians and Latinos anxious to appropriate onto themselves the work of Cesar Chavez which they have failed to do.  They posture they are involved in “civil rights” work by renaming a street “Cesar Chavez” in Portland instead of going to California where the UFW is making the fight in the fields and needs all the help it can get.
            An excruciating example of the “politically correct” disservice to Cesar Chavez in the Portland street-name insult was testimony in favor of the name change by the spokesman for the Planning Commission who advocated the name change at the urging of  self-defined Latinos.  That spokesman, who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty, is a soft-spoken, Liberal, a man of German ancestry and Jewish ethnicity if not religion, perhaps both. In his testimony, he carefully and conspicuously referred to Cesar Chavez, repeatedly and only, as “Señor Chavez.”
            Got that? Cesar Chavez, native-born, third generation American, veteran of the U.S. Navy, is referred to as “Señor Chavez” – and all the “progressive” members of the Portland Commission sat there nodding approvingly at this politically-correct insult.
            What, pray, would this German-Jewish paragon of “progressive” political correctness in Portland think if in testimony concerning him before a governmental body he was referred to as “Herr [Blank]”?
            Another example of  egregious political correctness is that Portland has decided that all the street signs should be spelled like this: “César E. Chávez Blvd.” Oh, how so politically correct. So, what is wrong with that? What is wrong is that Cesar Chavez, as far as is known, never signed his name with those accent marks. He was an American. Hugo Chávez, the socialist-communist “Latino” dictator, signs his name with that accent mark. Cesar Chavez, the native-born American veteran, did not.
            The City Commissioners of Portland, the Principality of Progressive Political Correctness, at the urging of a handful of self-described “Latinos” who  collectively and individually have done little or nothing to actually aid the cause of Cesar Chavez in the fields of California (as there has been little or no UFW organizing effort in Oregon), carried out this insult to the memory of Cesar Chavez over the all but universal opposition of the citizens who actually live on 39th Street and despite the fact that Cesar’s own son, Paul, who has devoted his life to the UFW, stated in an interview by the Oregonian  that his father would consider it a “waste of time” to work to name a street for Cesar Chavez when there is so much to do.
            I published an op-ed piece in the Oregonian newspaper objecting to the exploitation of Cesar’s good name in the politically-motivated stunt of renaming  39th street for Cesar Chavez as it totally distorted his reality, as an American hero, not a “Latino” hero, and as a man who never sought personal celebrity or aggrandizement but insisted it was “La Causa” that should be focused upon, and not him. I respectfully refer you to that op-ed piece in the Oregonian here.
            Finally,  Cesar Chavez should be honored for what he was, an American of Mexican descent, a veteran, a man  who lived his Christian faith.           
            “What does the Lord ask of you?.”  the ancient Jewish prophet Micah asked, and answered: “That you do justice, that you love compassion, and that you walk humbly with your God.”
            So lived Cesar Chavez, a great and humble American.  May the God and the nation he served embrace and remember him for what he was, a Christian, a native son of America, whose greatness was in his humility, who had no in material riches but great spiritual wealth, and whose greatest gift to his country is his life of selfless, non-violent service to others, all others. 
 
  Rees Lloyd is a civil rights attorney who marched with Cesar Chavez and served as his lawyer. He’s also a veterans activist.

         

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Portland #3 on Nation’s Misery Index

While regional planners plan their plans to plan our lives, a new survey shows that when you talk to the people and look at the rubrics of their lives–home, gas money, inflation–they’re quite miserable. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, we’re third on the misery index, a term first heard during the Jimmy Carter presidency.

How miserable are consumers now? A 1980s index would total 11.0%, but recent inflation reports haven’t totally captured the pain drivers are suffering at the pump. Plus, any measure today would have to include the weakness in real estate. The January S&P/Case-Shiller report showed the fall in home prices is accelerating again. Declining home values make homeowners feel especially miserable.

The national number, of course, masks the divergence across regions since some cities and real estate markets are recovering faster than others. Local misery indexes are possible using city unemployment rates from the Labor Department, local gas prices from gasbuddy.com, and home prices from the S&P report.

Ronald Reagan famously said, “the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.” In the Portland area, planning became all important even though we couldn’t afford the planners’ utopia.  A quarter billion dollars for a mile of light rail to a place where the public doesn’t even want it omewhere along the way the people and what they can afford are all but forgotten.  Even Oregonian columnist Anna Griffin knows how dire things are and expressed it nicely in a column Wednesday about the foolishness of boarding the fiscal crazy train between LO and PDX,
Maybe because the recession revealed a major blind spot in our smart-growth strategy: Making stuff look good, making neighborhoods more livable, does not automatically translate into job creation. If you need proof that urban renewal isn’t enough, stay aboard the streetcar as it winds down to South Waterfront, where high-priced condos have been downgraded to affordable apartments and promised high-tech jobs haven’t materialized.
Creating lasting employment opportunities should be the priority of every government branch for the foreseeable future. The fact that so many elected officials are so determined to push ahead with a Lake O streetcar now shows that it is not.
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