Daily Archives: July 19, 2011

Portland’s Gov’t Issued Shopping Bags: Gulag Chic!

Portland Mayor Sam Adams says his EMERGENCY! “Plastic” Bag Ban will mean that some people will be inconvenienced such as old people, homeless people and handicapped people who use “plastic” bags because they’re lighter, more malleable and hold more stuff than paper or reusable bags.

His solution to their inconvenience? GOVERNMENT SHOPPING BAGS. Hear it here!

Found at Saturday Market Website

Mayor Sam Adams says the City of Portland will send these people government issued bags “for free.” He says they’ve been doing it for ten years.

Funny, when this ethylene bag ban came up the first time he told me about issuing government bags but it was a new thing. Last Friday he told me about issuing government bags but when I pressed him on how long the city had been issuing government bags he told me they’d been doing it for yeaaaars!

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Wynn: Fear of the President Keeps Capital on Sidelines

The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don’t invest, their holding too much money. We haven’t heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody’s afraid of the government and there’s no need soft peddling it, it’s the truth. It is the truth. And that’s true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And I’m telling you that the business community in this company is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he’s gone, everybody’s going to be sitting on their thumbs.

Steve Wynn

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Sam Adams’ Recovered Memories

 I’ve been following the plastic bag ban and tax proposals since the beginning but I’ve never heard this story from Portland Mayor Sam Adams. That’s because he hadn’t made it up or recovered the memory yet.

On Friday’s program I interviewed the Mayor about his Emergency! Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance which is being considered by council at 3:45 on July 21st and, if passed, would be enacted in October. He told me (here) that as a youngin’ in Newport he’d opened the bellies of fishes and seen plastic bags. He even alludes to this “devastating” problem in his open letter to Portlanders,

Growing up on the Oregon coast, I saw firsthand the devastating effects that discarded plastic has on our waterways and wildlife.

So we thought we ask a real fisherman in Sam’s home town of Newport, Oregon about the situation. We spoke to him on the program (The Victoria Taft Show AM 860). He spoke only for himself but works at a fish processing plant and has fished the Pacific for decades. He hates plastics and ethylene bags but says you won’t find any in the bellies of fishes (here).

Just tell the truth, Sam. You don’t like “plastic” bag manufacturers because, well, you just don’t like them. Someone told you they’re bad and now you’re so wedded to this fallacious and bankrupt plan that you can’t turn back. Just tell the truth. 

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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.


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

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Plastic Bag Ban:IT’S AN EMERGENCY!

Sam Adams and the rest of the Rainbow City Council take up the “plastic” bag ban as an emergency ordinance this week. If it’s such an emergency then why don’t they ban these bags?

I guess it won’t do to have the newspaper of record–The Zero–included in the ban. They might begin to tell the truth about the stupidity of banning ethylene bags.

As the head of the Save Our Plastic Bag Coalition told me on the air yesterday, “I used to think that they’d listen to the truth and act accordingly. Now they know the truth and they ignore it.”

Too right you are.

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