Daily Archives: July 18, 2011

Oh PLEASE Tell These People What You Think About Transportation Plans

Here’s the email I got tonight. You need to TELL these people what you think. Period.  


Posted: July 18th, 2011 4:50 PM


Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2011-07/1046/46201/Freight_in_Gresham.jpg (Freight, such as this truck driving along Interstate-84, is one of the five major modes of transportation – along with automobile, bicycle, pedestrian and transit – the City of Gresham is evaluating through its Transportation System Plan update project. )

GRESHAM, Ore. – City staff are asking for the community’s feedback on what’s important when it comes to getting around town. A Transportation System Plan (TSP) Community Forum is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, in the Springwater Trail Room at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

“All of Gresham’s residents use the transportation system on a daily basis, whether it’s as a driver, a pedestrian, bicyclist, transit user, or recipient of goods and services,” says Kelly Niemeyer, associate transportation planner for the City. “We want to know what streets work well, what streets could work better, and, for example, where do we need better walking connections or bike paths?”

Gresham is updating its TSP, which outlines the transportation system’s 20-year vision, goals, policies, actions and implementation plan. It’s a plan for all major modes of travel – automobile, bicycle, freight, pedestrian and transit – and considers how each type of travel functions alone and interconnected citywide and beyond.

“The public plays an important role in this project because the transportation system is a reflection of the community,” Niemeyer says. “We want to make sure the community’s concerns and visions are considered and incorporated into the plan.”

The City’s TSP was created in 2002. This is the first update to consider the area’s many changes including significant development, a rapidly growing population, the adoption of the Springwater and Pleasant Valley areas, and revisions to plans for the Historic Downtown and Civic neighborhoods as well as Rockwood.

Gresham is required to update its TSP to make sure its plans and projects are compliant with Metro’s Regional Transportation Plan.

In addition to gathering community feedback, Gresham is inventorying the existing system’s current condition, analyzing traffic volumes and pinpointing areas where the TSP needs refinement. The updated TSP is scheduled for Council adoption in fall 2012.
In addition to the public forum, citizens may let the City know their concerns and suggestions through an online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/traveleastmetro

For more information visit GreshamOregon.gov/tsp.

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Contact Info: Laura Shepard, Communications Director, 503-618-2247

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James O’Keefe Blows Up Medicaid Fraud in Latest Video

In the video, the men explain to Ohio Medicaid workers that they are Russian immigrants who sell illegal drugs, drive a modified McLaren F1 sports car with a gold-coated engine, and use their underage sisters to perform sexual favors in exchange for drugs.

Oh, and they get their gubmint money, too. Story here.

Unedited versions are available for the hatas, according to O’Keefe. H/T Daily Caller

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The Top Ten Reasons Why Portland’s Proposed Luddite Plastic Bag Ban is Unneeded

Sigh. Portland’s Rainbow City Council takes up another plastic bag ban this week and once again I’ll go through the clearly obvious lies, jive, denial of reality and faulty logic that these guys will use to sell their product ban. Their logic is about at thin as those bags.
Sam Adams feels an unalloyed moral imperative to get rid of “plastic” bags. Of course morality was missing in action when he bedded a teenager but it’s returned now and he has plastic bags in his “gun murder” sites.


The Mayor was kind enough to come on my program on Friday.
Take a listen to our interview here, and then behold my Top Ten Reasons Why Portland’s Proposed Luddite Plastic Bag Ban Is Unneeded: 

1. They’re not “plastic” bags. They’re ethylene, a by product of ethane which ordinarily would be burned off into the atmosphere if they didn’t make bags out of the stuff. They’re not petroleum based. It could be argued that creating these bags actually HELPS the environment.

2. They’re not “single use.” Anti corporate types and environmentalists–but I repeat myself–have dubbed them ‘single use’ to somehow demonize them and marginalize their usefulness. I think most people are hip to this contrivance, but not the mayor who thinks we’ll fall for his clap trap.

3. There’s nothing wrong with using–as he claims–444 bags a year. Who cares? Take them back to the store and recycle them, already! Better yet, have trash/recycle guys pick up everybody’s ethylene bags at the curb. For crying out loud, they want to pick up our food scraps and pick up our trash every other week, why not the bags? What does it matter that people use lots of these bags per year? Because we use something it should now be demonized? Why? Plus, if his numbers are true, doesn’t it mean that these items are useful and well loved and used?

4.  Sam Adams says San Francisco is doing it so it must be a good idea. So what? Those pinheads have banned Happy Meals and goldfish sales too. These are the arbiters of probity? Pul-eeze. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has forgotten the real job they’re supposed to do, taken leave of their senses and imagine themselves Kings. Sam, if your friend jumped over a cliff would you follow him, too? Don’t answer that.

5.  Sam told me in the interview that he’s seen the ravages of plastic when he lived in Newport and cut open the bellies of fishes. Apparently he’s just recovering those memories now because heretofore he’s never mentioned it. Amid my guffaws I think he claimed that there was plastic ‘film’ inside the bellies of the fishes. I want to see it.

6. He knew better than to trot out the garbage isle twice the size of Texas fantasy on my show but that hasn’t stopped him from telling news reporters this fiction. As an Oregon State University professor has admonished: stop saying the garbage isle is twice the size of Texas. It’s not. It’s smaller. Greenpeace has told these flakes to stop saying these isles or gyres are full of plastic bags. That’s a lie. If there’s plastic in there it’s fishing line and nets.

7.  Sam told me that the poll question (which gives push polling a bad name) they used to trump up support for the ban wasn’t really used by the City to trump up support for the ban. Say wha? Here it is:

“Single-use petroleum-based plastic shopping bags pollute our land, contribute to a swirling mass of garbage twice the size of Texas off Oregon’s coast, and continue our dependence on dangerous foreign oil supplies. Making paper shopping bags is a toxic process that pollutes our rivers. To encourage more use of reusable shopping bags, do you favor or oppose banning plastic bags in the City of Portland and requiring a 5-cent fee on paper bags?”

The city did too use this poll question as support for their ban. The mayor now denies it.

As I blogged at the time:

Even though a call to the Mayor’s office couldn’t produce a picture of this huge swirling mass of garbage,  Roy Kauffman, Sam Adams’ spokesman, says he’d seen pictures at this website. Eric the Great combed through the website. No pictures. You know, you’d think anything that big should have a resort on it or something, but it isn’t there.
Even if the Mayor’s office (relying upon environmentalist websites for his ban information) calculate “twice the size of Texas” in linear miles, it’s still a 5,000 mile long span of garbage isle. The distance from southern Oregon to the Bering Straight is 2,300 miles, so you’d think SOMEone would have seen a 5,000 mile long span of garbage off the coast. We’re waiting for the pictures.

8.  Bags in the landfill is not all bad. As the Save the Plastic Bag people point out the bags help create a barrier to keep methane from escaping into the atmosphere. As the enviros keep pointing out methane is a worse ‘greenhouse’ gas than CO2–unless they change their minds.

9. You’ll forgive me if I sound alittle tired. I’ve been down the plastic bag ban road before. But not even THAT road is littered with plastic bags. Here’s what we did find, however:

Beer Cans
Pop Cans
Cups from fast food restaurants
Cigarette butts/packs
Fast food bags
Water bottles
Diapers
Advertising
Garbage bags (not grocery bags)
Candy wrappers
Wwwwwwayyy down on the list is plastic grocery bags

So where’s the plan to ban cans, cups, bottles, diapers and Clear Wireless flyers?

10. The mayor says people who love plastic bags and don’t like paper (which will be next on the ban or tax list in my opinion) such as the elderly and handicapped will be able to pick up (convenient, huh?) a GOVERNMENT ISSUED BAG.

And as an added bonus I’ll give you another reason why the bag ban is stupid.

11. These Oregon manufacturers of bags may be next:

Buck Rock Enterprises – Trail, OR

Manufacturer
Company Profile: Custom manufacturer of plastic bags, pouches, & webbing straps. Materials include lightweight nylons to heavy ballistic, a variety of weights of fabrics & sizes of products. Capabilities include full pattern-making, cutting, & sewing capabilities as well as finishing hardware.
Pacific Packaging – Portland, OR -no grocery bags
Distributor, Manufacturer, Custom Manufacturer
Company Profile:Manufacturer & distributor of printed plastic handle bags & pouches. Bags & pouches are available in materials including OPP, PET, LLDPE & LDPE. Custom reverse, rotogravure & flexographic printing available in up to nine colors. Options include carry holes, de-gassing valves, handles, tape seals, spouts,
Pak-Sel – Portland, OR no grocery bags
Distributor, Manufacturer
Plastimayd – Oregon City, OR
Manufacturer, Custom Manufacturer, Service Company
Company Profile: Flexible Vinyl Canvas & Reinforced Vinyl Products
ecoSolutions Intl. – Ashland, OR 9 employees
Manufacturer, Custom Manufacturer
Company Profile:Sourcing, developing & marketing eco-friendly products & materials. Stretch wrap, biodegradable shopping bags, compostable bags & reusable bags.
xpedx – Portland, OR
Distributor
Company Profile: Distributor Of Adhesives, Plastic Bags, Film, Tape
Omnipak Corp. – Portland, OR
Distributor
Company Profile: Distributor of of shipping labels, poly bags, packaging materials, truck placards & janitorial supplies. 
Packaging Plus – Corvallis, OR
Custom Manufacturer, Service Company
Company Profile:Assembly & packaging, testing, inspection, warehouseing, remanufacturing, labeling, package design, prototyping, assembly, fulfillment, cutting, glueing, soldering, stapling Service
RJS Industrial Distributing – Eugene, OR
Distributor, Manufacturers’ Rep
Company Profile: Distributor & rep of plastic bags
Bagit System – Dundee, OR
Manufacturer
Company Profile: Manufacturer Of Plastic Bags
Allstate Plastic Bags – Portland, OR
Manufacturer under 50 employees/ most business over seas
Company Profile: Manufacturer Of Plastic Bags
McDowell Bag Co. – Portland, OR
Distributor, Custom Manufacturer
Company Profile: Distributor Of Bags
Friedman Bag Co. – Portland, OR
Manufacturer
Company Profile: Manufacturer of burlap bags.

NWmaterialsmart – Portland, OR
Service Company
Company Profile: New & used materials, free & low cost, residuals, reusable & recyclable surplus, buy, sell trade; Service

Mayor Adams’ unedited statement on banning plastic bags:
Dear Portlander,
Oregonians use an estimated 1.7 billion single-use plastic checkout bags each year—the equivalent of 444 bags for every man, woman, and child in Oregon, every year. That’s a bad habit worth kicking.

Growing up on the Oregon coast, I saw firsthand the devastating effects that discarded plastic has on our waterways and wildlife. In Portland, and in all of Oregon, single-use plastic checkout bags are an eyesore, getting into our waterways and our storm drains. Plastic bags are a nuisance, jamming up recycling facility machines and costing those facilities tens of thousands of dollars a month in maintenance and labor to fix the mess.

And globally, plastic bags are part of an environmental crisis—from the oil needed to manufacture and transport bags around the planet, to the massive plastic islands of trash destroying our oceans and intoxicating our marine food web.

That’s why I’m introducing an ordinance at City Council on July 21 at 3:45 pm that would prohibit the largest generators of single-use plastic checkout bags—large grocery stores and large retailers that have pharmacies—from distributing these bags to their customers at point of sale. See today’s Oregonian story for more details.

This policy is a pragmatic approach to a real and seemingly insurmountable problem, and was shaped by a coalition of businesses, environmental groups and city staff, and informed by lessons from cities and nations that have already taken action on single-use plastic checkout bags—from San Francisco to China. Portlanders are prepared to lead the way in Oregon.

If approved, the ban would take effect on October 15, 2011. The policy also promotes the use of reusable checkout bags, and provides reusable bags free-of-charge to qualifying low-income residents and seniors. This initiative does not mandate retailers to charge a bag fee, and does not prevent retailers from offering a reusable checkout bag discount. Full details of the proposal, including answers to frequently asked questions and a copy of the ordinance, can be found at mayorsamadams.com/bagban.

Portland and Oregon have always led the nation on smart environmental policy. Portland’s economic prosperity is being built on our creativity, our innovation, our expertise in sustainability, and our heritage of great manufacturing. By taking action now, we’re continuing our city’s leadership in sustainable urban living and making an investment in our city’s future.

Sincerely,

Sam Adams
Mayor 

RECENT BLOG POSTS ABOUT THE FOLLY OF BANNING ETHYLENE BAGS
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2011/01/zero-warns-of-anti-plastic-bag-ban.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2011/01/oregon-lefts-plastic-bag-ban-claim.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/12/plastic-bag-ban-and-tax-on-paper-bags.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/07/city-of-portland-claims-that-536000-sq.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/07/96214000.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/07/plastic-bag-ban-portland-to-issue.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/07/plastic-bag-ban-phony-poll-government.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/07/portland-vows-to-ban-plastic-bags-save.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/06/plastic-bag-haters-out-in-force-again.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/02/oregon-democrats-plot-job-killing.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/02/they-talk-about-saving-children-and.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2008/07/paper-plastic-or-dirty-canvas-icky-milk.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2011/07/kayaking-on-willamette.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2011/02/suffocate-plastic-bag-ban-proposal-in.html
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=121597401219861
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2011/02/suffocate-plastic-bag-ban-proposal-in.html

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Quaint Cobblestone Street Ripped Up for Bike Paths in NW PDX

When do the Portland Professional Planners throw aside their preference for preciousness? When it’s in favor of bike paths.

Apparently I missed the big announcement about the plan to rip up one of two streets in NW Portland. So it was with a frisson of SHOCK that I came upon NW Marshall at about 9th and saw that the city had removed cobblestones–ripped them out–in favor of smooth concrete–concrete!–bike paths.*

Who rips out quaint cobblestones for concrete? I thought we were concerned with preservation etc.  TREES are protected around here, for crying out loud!

I couldn’t rest until I found out what was going on. In the Zero I found out that these concrete paths are part of

…[T]he Eastside Streetcar Loop project, a $128 million, 3.3 mile extension of the streetcar that will loop from the Pearl District, across the Broadway Bridge and down to OMSI. The project will turn NW Lovejoy and NW Northrup (two blocks north) into an east-west couplet (one-way traffic in each direction). As part of that construction, the bike lanes currently on Lovejoy will be removed and Marshall and NW Johnson (four blocks south) will become the preferred bikeways.

And why is that? Because bicyclists continue to wipe out on street car tracks on Lovejoy. (Here’s your back of the envelope math: Street cars over cars, bikes over street cars = bikes over every mode of transportation)

And did you know the entire Pearl District is going to become a bike district? Me neither. I don’t even know what that means, but I have a feeling more quaintness will be torn up for in favor of precious bikes and I won’t be able to drive in my usual stomping ground. Here’s what I found on the local Bike Portland blog,

They pave over cobblestones in Amsterdam so it’s OK!

…[L]ocal design firm Alta Planning, who helped analyze the Marshall alignment, said the treatment is common in European countries with high bike usage. Alta CEO Mia Birk sent me the photo [nearby] as evidence:)
For Birk and PBOT, a bike boulevard on Marshall is part of a larger effort to make the Pearl District the city’s first officially designated “Bicycle District.”

But this hacked off even NW PDX libs who decried the defacement and noted REI replaced cobblestones when it came to the ‘hood along NW Johnson.

Portland’s preference for preciousness is even niggling at the folks over at the NW Examiner who recently included this cartoon on its pages:

The way I figure it is: if they can rip up street over a century or so old, I can get rid of that tree that’s subsuming my yard. Fair enough?

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James O’Keefe Blows Up Medicaid Fraud in Latest Video

In the video, the men explain to Ohio Medicaid workers that they are Russian immigrants who sell illegal drugs, drive a modified McLaren F1 sports car with a gold-coated engine, and use their underage sisters to perform sexual favors in exchange for drugs.

Oh, and they get their gubmint money, too. Story here.

Unedited versions are available for the hatas, according to O’Keefe. H/T Daily Caller

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The Top Ten Reasons Why Portland’s Proposed Luddite Plastic Bag Ban is Unneeded

Sigh. Portland’s Rainbow City Council takes up another plastic bag ban this week and once again I’ll go through the clearly obvious lies, jive, denial of reality and faulty logic that these guys will use to sell their product ban. Their logic is about at thin as those bags.
Sam Adams feels an unalloyed moral imperative to get rid of “plastic” bags. Of course morality was missing in action when he bedded a teenager but it’s returned now and he has plastic bags in his “gun murder” sites.


The Mayor was kind enough to come on my program on Friday.
Take a listen to our interview here, and then behold my Top Ten Reasons Why Portland’s Proposed Luddite Plastic Bag Ban Is Unneeded: 

1. They’re not “plastic” bags. They’re ethylene, a by product of ethane which ordinarily would be burned off into the atmosphere if they didn’t make bags out of the stuff. They’re not petroleum based. It could be argued that creating these bags actually HELPS the environment.

2. They’re not “single use.” Anti corporate types and environmentalists–but I repeat myself–have dubbed them ‘single use’ to somehow demonize them and marginalize their usefulness. I think most people are hip to this contrivance, but not the mayor who thinks we’ll fall for his clap trap.

3. There’s nothing wrong with using–as he claims–444 bags a year. Who cares? Take them back to the store and recycle them, already! Better yet, have trash/recycle guys pick up everybody’s ethylene bags at the curb. For crying out loud, they want to pick up our food scraps and pick up our trash every other week, why not the bags? What does it matter that people use lots of these bags per year? Because we use something it should now be demonized? Why? Plus, if his numbers are true, doesn’t it mean that these items are useful and well loved and used?

4.  Sam Adams says San Francisco is doing it so it must be a good idea. So what? Those pinheads have banned Happy Meals and goldfish sales too. These are the arbiters of probity? Pul-eeze. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has forgotten the real job they’re supposed to do, taken leave of their senses and imagine themselves Kings. Sam, if your friend jumped over a cliff would you follow him, too? Don’t answer that.

5.  Sam told me in the interview that he’s seen the ravages of plastic when he lived in Newport and cut open the bellies of fishes. Apparently he’s just recovering those memories now because heretofore he’s never mentioned it. Amid my guffaws I think he claimed that there was plastic ‘film’ inside the bellies of the fishes. I want to see it.

6. He knew better than to trot out the garbage isle twice the size of Texas fantasy on my show but that hasn’t stopped him from telling news reporters this fiction. As an Oregon State University professor has admonished: stop saying the garbage isle is twice the size of Texas. It’s not. It’s smaller. Greenpeace has told these flakes to stop saying these isles or gyres are full of plastic bags. That’s a lie. If there’s plastic in there it’s fishing line and nets.

7.  Sam told me that the poll question (which gives push polling a bad name) they used to trump up support for the ban wasn’t really used by the City to trump up support for the ban. Say wha? Here it is:

“Single-use petroleum-based plastic shopping bags pollute our land, contribute to a swirling mass of garbage twice the size of Texas off Oregon’s coast, and continue our dependence on dangerous foreign oil supplies. Making paper shopping bags is a toxic process that pollutes our rivers. To encourage more use of reusable shopping bags, do you favor or oppose banning plastic bags in the City of Portland and requiring a 5-cent fee on paper bags?”

The city did too use this poll question as support for their ban. The mayor now denies it.

As I blogged at the time:

Even though a call to the Mayor’s office couldn’t produce a picture of this huge swirling mass of garbage,  Roy Kauffman, Sam Adams’ spokesman, says he’d seen pictures at this website. Eric the Great combed through the website. No pictures. You know, you’d think anything that big should have a resort on it or something, but it isn’t there.
Even if the Mayor’s office (relying upon environmentalist websites for his ban information) calculate “twice the size of Texas” in linear miles, it’s still a 5,000 mile long span of garbage isle. The distance from southern Oregon to the Bering Straight is 2,300 miles, so you’d think SOMEone would have seen a 5,000 mile long span of garbage off the coast. We’re waiting for the pictures.

8.  Bags in the landfill is not all bad. As the Save the Plastic Bag people point out the bags help create a barrier to keep methane from escaping into the atmosphere. As the enviros keep pointing out methane is a worse ‘greenhouse’ gas than CO2–unless they change their minds.

9. You’ll forgive me if I sound alittle tired. I’ve been down the plastic bag ban road before. But not even THAT road is littered with plastic bags. Here’s what we did find, however:

Beer Cans
Pop Cans
Cups from fast food restaurants
Cigarette butts/packs
Fast food bags
Water bottles
Diapers
Advertising
Garbage bags (not grocery bags)
Candy wrappers
Wwwwwwayyy down on the list is plastic grocery bags

So where’s the plan to ban cans, cups, bottles, diapers and Clear Wireless flyers?

10. The mayor says people who love plastic bags and don’t like paper (which will be next on the ban or tax list in my opinion) such as the elderly and handicapped will be able to pick up (convenient, huh?) a GOVERNMENT ISSUED BAG.

And as an added bonus I’ll give you another reason why the bag ban is stupid.

11. These Oregon manufacturers of bags may be next:

Buck Rock Enterprises – Trail, OR

Manufacturer
Company Profile: Custom manufacturer of plastic bags, pouches, & webbing straps. Materials include lightweight nylons to heavy ballistic, a variety of weights of fabrics & sizes of products. Capabilities include full pattern-making, cutting, & sewing capabilities as well as finishing hardware.
Pacific Packaging – Portland, OR -no grocery bags
Distributor, Manufacturer, Custom Manufacturer
Company Profile:Manufacturer & distributor of printed plastic handle bags & pouches. Bags & pouches are available in materials including OPP, PET, LLDPE & LDPE. Custom reverse, rotogravure & flexographic printing available in up to nine colors. Options include carry holes, de-gassing valves, handles, tape seals, spouts,
Pak-Sel – Portland, OR no grocery bags
Distributor, Manufacturer
Plastimayd – Oregon City, OR
Manufacturer, Custom Manufacturer, Service Company
Company Profile: Flexible Vinyl Canvas & Reinforced Vinyl Products
ecoSolutions Intl. – Ashland, OR 9 employees
Manufacturer, Custom Manufacturer
Company Profile:Sourcing, developing & marketing eco-friendly products & materials. Stretch wrap, biodegradable shopping bags, compostable bags & reusable bags.
xpedx – Portland, OR
Distributor
Company Profile: Distributor Of Adhesives, Plastic Bags, Film, Tape
Omnipak Corp. – Portland, OR
Distributor
Company Profile: Distributor of of shipping labels, poly bags, packaging materials, truck placards & janitorial supplies. 
Packaging Plus – Corvallis, OR
Custom Manufacturer, Service Company
Company Profile:Assembly & packaging, testing, inspection, warehouseing, remanufacturing, labeling, package design, prototyping, assembly, fulfillment, cutting, glueing, soldering, stapling Service
RJS Industrial Distributing – Eugene, OR
Distributor, Manufacturers’ Rep
Company Profile: Distributor & rep of plastic bags
Bagit System – Dundee, OR
Manufacturer
Company Profile: Manufacturer Of Plastic Bags
Allstate Plastic Bags – Portland, OR
Manufacturer under 50 employees/ most business over seas
Company Profile: Manufacturer Of Plastic Bags
McDowell Bag Co. – Portland, OR
Distributor, Custom Manufacturer
Company Profile: Distributor Of Bags
Friedman Bag Co. – Portland, OR
Manufacturer
Company Profile: Manufacturer of burlap bags.

NWmaterialsmart – Portland, OR
Service Company
Company Profile: New & used materials, free & low cost, residuals, reusable & recyclable surplus, buy, sell trade; Service

Mayor Adams’ unedited statement on banning plastic bags:
Dear Portlander,
Oregonians use an estimated 1.7 billion single-use plastic checkout bags each year—the equivalent of 444 bags for every man, woman, and child in Oregon, every year. That’s a bad habit worth kicking.

Growing up on the Oregon coast, I saw firsthand the devastating effects that discarded plastic has on our waterways and wildlife. In Portland, and in all of Oregon, single-use plastic checkout bags are an eyesore, getting into our waterways and our storm drains. Plastic bags are a nuisance, jamming up recycling facility machines and costing those facilities tens of thousands of dollars a month in maintenance and labor to fix the mess.

And globally, plastic bags are part of an environmental crisis—from the oil needed to manufacture and transport bags around the planet, to the massive plastic islands of trash destroying our oceans and intoxicating our marine food web.

That’s why I’m introducing an ordinance at City Council on July 21 at 3:45 pm that would prohibit the largest generators of single-use plastic checkout bags—large grocery stores and large retailers that have pharmacies—from distributing these bags to their customers at point of sale. See today’s Oregonian story for more details.

This policy is a pragmatic approach to a real and seemingly insurmountable problem, and was shaped by a coalition of businesses, environmental groups and city staff, and informed by lessons from cities and nations that have already taken action on single-use plastic checkout bags—from San Francisco to China. Portlanders are prepared to lead the way in Oregon.

If approved, the ban would take effect on October 15, 2011. The policy also promotes the use of reusable checkout bags, and provides reusable bags free-of-charge to qualifying low-income residents and seniors. This initiative does not mandate retailers to charge a bag fee, and does not prevent retailers from offering a reusable checkout bag discount. Full details of the proposal, including answers to frequently asked questions and a copy of the ordinance, can be found at mayorsamadams.com/bagban.

Portland and Oregon have always led the nation on smart environmental policy. Portland’s economic prosperity is being built on our creativity, our innovation, our expertise in sustainability, and our heritage of great manufacturing. By taking action now, we’re continuing our city’s leadership in sustainable urban living and making an investment in our city’s future.

Sincerely,

Sam Adams
Mayor 

RECENT BLOG POSTS ABOUT THE FOLLY OF BANNING ETHYLENE BAGS
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2011/01/zero-warns-of-anti-plastic-bag-ban.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2011/01/oregon-lefts-plastic-bag-ban-claim.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/12/plastic-bag-ban-and-tax-on-paper-bags.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/07/city-of-portland-claims-that-536000-sq.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/07/96214000.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/07/plastic-bag-ban-portland-to-issue.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/07/plastic-bag-ban-phony-poll-government.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/07/portland-vows-to-ban-plastic-bags-save.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/06/plastic-bag-haters-out-in-force-again.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/02/oregon-democrats-plot-job-killing.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2010/02/they-talk-about-saving-children-and.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2008/07/paper-plastic-or-dirty-canvas-icky-milk.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2011/07/kayaking-on-willamette.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2011/02/suffocate-plastic-bag-ban-proposal-in.html
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=121597401219861
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2011/02/suffocate-plastic-bag-ban-proposal-in.html

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Jane Fonda, Still Blaming Vietnam Veterans

Not exactly how I like to begin my Sunday mornings, but in reading today’s emails was Jane Fonda: QVC axed my appearance over politics wherein, Jane Fonda, dubbed Hanoi Jane for her anti-war activities and stabbing Vietnam Veterans in back is now upset over QVC cancelling her appearance to hawk her new book, Prime Time.

The fiery supporter of communism years ago, who has made several Millions of Dollars through the very capitalist system she once condemned now claims, “this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT!” on her personal blogsite.

She further claims, “I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us” and “Most people don’t buy into the far right lies.”

Really, Jane? Far right? It’s been Vietnam Veterans, the very ones you now say you never did anything against that have been holding you accountable all of these decades. We are nothing more than far right liars in your book?

We remember well what you did, when you did it and how it affected us. We recall your activities in enticing soldiers to desert. We recall your ill fated and major flop of a movie, FTA denigrating the Military.

We’re well aware of the email circulated years ago peppered with lies in order to discredit the truths about your treasonous activities.

We’re well aware of the 19 radio broadcasts made from communist North Vietnam denigrating us and our mission to keep South Vietnam free.

We’re well aware of your words to UC Berkeley students of 34 American B-52s being shot down, with complete disregard for the fate of the American crew members in each. They too were American Service members that you now claim you have never done anything to hurt.

Even the liberal leaning Snopes.com admits,

“But she didn’t go to North Vietnam to try to bring about peace, or to reconcile the two warring sides, or to stop American boys from being killed — she went there as an active show of support for the North Vietnamese cause. She lauded the North Vietnamese military, she denounced American soldiers as ‘war criminals’ and urged them to stop fighting, she lobbied to cut off all American economic aid to the South Vietnamese government (even after the Paris Peace Accords had ended U.S. military involvement in Vietnam), she publicly thanked the Soviets for providing assistance to the North Vietnamese, and she branded tortured American POWs as liars possessed of overactive imaginations.”

And now, Hanoi Jane has the unmitigated gall to cry, “I do not understand what the far right stands to gain by continuing with these myths?”

The 73 year-old actress may receive the assistance of Jerry Lembcke in trying to recreate her treasonous activities as a “myth,” but he is in a distinct minority.

Fonda, who famously said to students at the University of Michigan in 1970, “If you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that one day we would become Communist” is crying the blues now because she perceives not adding to her own net worth as QVC cancelled her appearance to hawk a new book.

She once claimed, “To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power.” But, where is her caring for so many Vietnam Veterans and others who served back then that she has hurt and continues to do so by labeling us liars?

Her two half-hearted “apologies” were about as insincere as can be. First off, they were not apologies, but regret expressed over the famous photo of her happily occupying the seat on an anti-aircraft gun that had most likely been used to shoot down American aircraft and coincided with the release of films the public appeared to be shying away from due to outrage expressed by Vietnam Veterans.

Further absolving herself, Fonda said to Paula Zahn in a 2004 interview,

“There’s a lot of people who – who – it’s a cottage industry to hate me. And if they – if they stop, that might mean that they’d have to look at some things that would question their own identity.”

Little wonder the fiery communist revolutionary, who once claimed, “I, a Socialist, think we should strive toward a Socialist society, all the way to Communism” now boasts of “I could have pointed out that threats of boycotts are nothing new for me and have never prevented me from having best selling books and exercise DVDs, films, and a Broadway play.”

And, what of the 2.8 Million she stabbed in the back so many years ago? What about the over 58,000 names on the Wall in Washington D.C. that her treasonous activities helped place there by prolonging that war years beyond what it might have?

To her we are all nothing more than “some well funded and organized political extremist groups.”

No, we are aging Veterans, mostly men who served honorably to try to keep some people free from the grips of the very system you advocated and apparently abandoned to grow your own wealth.

We are the recipients of the decades of denigration in Hollywood movies, TV shows of the era and the real myths said about us by the likes of you and scum like Senator John F’in Kerry. We have endured the hate spewed at us while you run around the globe adding to your many Millions of Dollars. We are the men who society has looked down upon and treated as hapless drug addicted victims when we are anything but.

So cry me a river that QVC cancelled your appearance to increase your fortune.

Instead of crying, you should go off somewhere and finish out your years in the shame you deserve.

You may be grateful for the support received from both of your Vietnam Veteran friends, don’t expect anything from the rest of us.

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Quaint Cobblestone Street Ripped Up for Bike Paths in NW PDX

When do the Portland Professional Planners throw aside their preference for preciousness? When it’s in favor of bike paths.

Apparently I missed the big announcement about the plan to rip up one of two streets in NW Portland. So it was with a frisson of SHOCK that I came upon NW Marshall at about 9th and saw that the city had removed cobblestones–ripped them out–in favor of smooth concrete–concrete!–bike paths.*

Who rips out quaint cobblestones for concrete? I thought we were concerned with preservation etc.  TREES are protected around here, for crying out loud!

I couldn’t rest until I found out what was going on. In the Zero I found out that these concrete paths are part of

…[T]he Eastside Streetcar Loop project, a $128 million, 3.3 mile extension of the streetcar that will loop from the Pearl District, across the Broadway Bridge and down to OMSI. The project will turn NW Lovejoy and NW Northrup (two blocks north) into an east-west couplet (one-way traffic in each direction). As part of that construction, the bike lanes currently on Lovejoy will be removed and Marshall and NW Johnson (four blocks south) will become the preferred bikeways.

And why is that? Because bicyclists continue to wipe out on street car tracks on Lovejoy. (Here’s your back of the envelope math: Street cars over cars, bikes over street cars = bikes over every mode of transportation)

And did you know the entire Pearl District is going to become a bike district? Me neither. I don’t even know what that means, but I have a feeling more quaintness will be torn up for in favor of precious bikes and I won’t be able to drive in my usual stomping ground. Here’s what I found on the local Bike Portland blog,

They pave over cobblestones in Amsterdam so it’s OK!

…[L]ocal design firm Alta Planning, who helped analyze the Marshall alignment, said the treatment is common in European countries with high bike usage. Alta CEO Mia Birk sent me the photo [nearby] as evidence:)
For Birk and PBOT, a bike boulevard on Marshall is part of a larger effort to make the Pearl District the city’s first officially designated “Bicycle District.”

But this hacked off even NW PDX libs who decried the defacement and noted REI replaced cobblestones when it came to the ‘hood along NW Johnson.

Portland’s preference for preciousness is even niggling at the folks over at the NW Examiner who recently included this cartoon on its pages:

The way I figure it is: if they can rip up street over a century or so old, I can get rid of that tree that’s subsuming my yard. Fair enough?

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