Daily Archives: August 11, 2011

Obama Moves On From One Purloined Slogan to the Other

Obama’s 2004 speech which included this phrase, “There’s no red America, no blue America there’s only a United States of America” was stolen from another David Axelrod client.
Then Obama ripped off Newt Gingrich’s “Winning the Future.”

Now Obama has purloined John McCain’s 2008 slogan, “Put Country Before Party.” for his 2012 election. Trust me, nobody will believe him.

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

With Near Double Digit Unemployment, How Can Clark County Say ‘No’ to These Jobs?

Clark County’s fortunes appear to be looking up these days. It’s 9.9% unemployment rate is a far cry better than the 13.1% at this time last year, but is it so much better that County Commissioners can turn their noses up at new jobs?
When regulation gets in the way of good jobs you’ve got to wonder if these elected folks care more about rules and regs and less about jobs for their constituents.

Location Area

This brings me to the story of the ridiculous fees Clark County is attempting to charge the owners of Chuck’s Produce. This organic produce market/granola type store would be a 39,000 sq ft presence in Salmon Creek to complement its store in Vancouver. The hitch? As the owner told me on the air the other day the county wants $800,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 for a traffic impact study.

North View

Bart Colson told me he will not build the store with this ridiculous fee. That’s 93 full time times and who knows how many construction jobs.

South View

What a huge blockade to jobs in Clark County. No WONDER job growth sucks there. If you were a business would you want to expand while paying these outrageous fees?

And Lew sends these location photos of the new proposed location of Chuck’s. This is already a very busy area. What traffic impact will this farmer’s market like store increase?

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

Obama Solves Unemployment: Pay Everyone

We talked about this on Monday when the President made this incredible remark that if jobless benefits were extended it would result in ONE MILLION JOBS CREATED AND A HALF A PERCENT IN GROWTH to the economy.

In a Q & A with Presidential Spokesman, Jay Carney, he was asked about it:

So, we could get ourselves out of this recession/depression by paying EVERYONE not to work so we can CREATE MORE JOBS and ECONOMIC growth. See? Easy peezy.

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

Compost This: All This Hassle for a Lousy 8%?

As the Statists at Portland City Hall march on toward even more intrusion into our lives–see latest on the food scrap composting plan–(here, here, here, here)  you have to wonder why they’re doing it.

Who knows how many millions will be wasted getting people to recycle more of their stuff. I know my garbage rates are going up for less garbage service! The compost plan calls for garbage pick up twice a month now instead of four times. I pay more but my garbage pick up is halved. Meantime I get to scrape a bunch of food waste off plates and stick it into a government assigned composter which will be placed upon my counter.

Many Portlanders already compost, recycle and reuse. So why the increased –and costly–change by City busy bodies? This:

This proposed curbside collection service changes are in line with the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan goals. City Council adopted it in 2007, challenging Portlanders to recycle 75 percent of their waste by 2015. The addition of food scraps to the green compost roll cart and every-other-week garbage collection are the next steps in implementing the plan. Portland’s current recycling rate is 67 percent.

That’s right: all this hassle to get our recycling rate from 67% to 75%. Or else. And as an added bonus you get to pay more.

Could somebody please talk to these folks about mission creep? Aren’t these the same folks who objected to the G4-3 listening into convos by terrorists? What about government sitting on my counter? Do these folks have a problem with that.

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

Obama Moves On From One Purloined Slogan to the Other

Obama’s 2004 speech which included this phrase, “There’s no red America, no blue America there’s only a United States of America” was stolen from another David Axelrod client.
Then Obama ripped off Newt Gingrich’s “Winning the Future.”

Now Obama has purloined John McCain’s 2008 slogan, “Put Country Before Party.” for his 2012 election. Trust me, nobody will believe him.

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

@ScAnDAl aT PdX CitY hALl: What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?

PHOTO CREDIT: PORTLAND TRIBUNE

Who knew parking meters would be the scandal that rocked Portland’s City Hall?
Willamette Week is quick to allay fears that this scandal doesn’t go to the top–the mayor or his former Chief of Staff (here). But according to a 5th Listener calling into the show yesterday, “unhappy campers” who work at the City of Portland parking office have known for quite sometime that something hinky was going on. In fact, he said, they’ve known even before the newspapers picked up the story in the mid 2000’s.
Their complaints fell on deaf ears apparently.
According to the Portland Tribune (links below) the City launched an internal investigation of the head of the parking division, Ellis McCoy, in 2008. It proved “inconclusive.” Apparently the conclusion will be in federal court.
The feds got involved at some point and yesterday served search warrants– not just at his office at City Hall– but his home as well.
Flipping parking meters, looking for favors, making a few bucks on the side in bribes may be at the heart of it.


The FBI and City officials wouldn’t tell KPAM news what the hoopla was about yesterday but it doesn’t take much to string a few possibilities together based on old newspaper reports in the Trib by Nick Budnick here and here and here. 

The story starts here:

In July [2008], city auditors and an independent consultant separately questioned city parking officials’ plan to sell the bulk of the city’s SmartMeters to a Canadian firm for $9.4 million, then lease them back for $12 million over five years.

…[City] officials continue to look into whether McCoy applied to become a partner in a parking business even while pursuing a contract that would have benefited the firm by privatizing part of the operation of Portland’s automated SmartMeter parking stations.

One allegation is that at the time he was in charge of the parking office, Ellis tried to get a job with one of the companies vying for a contract with the understanding that they would get the contract.

And who said so?

The allegation was made by the owner of the parking firm himself, Bruce Feathers, a member of the city’s advisory committee on small business who has been described as “instrumental” in assisting Mayor Tom Potter’s efforts to improve the city’s minority contracting.
And how do we know this? Did someone at City Hall blow the whistle? Did an underling or “unhappy camper” do it? Not that we know of. The contractor, Bruce Feathers, filed a lawsuit against the City for his treatment at the hands of Ellis.

As the Portland Tribune reported in October, Feathers sent the city a legal notice, called a tort claim, earlier this year, alleging that McCoy acted improperly to get his firm, FeatherLite, kicked off a city contract after FeatherLite declined McCoy’s overtures to hire him.

And it looks as if some ethics policies at City Hall were breached (stop laughing).

Feathers alleges in one document sent to the city that McCoy accepted Feathers’ gifts of free meals and admission to at least one Portland Trail Blazers game while he was negotiating a new parking deal that would have involved FeatherLite.
Feathers also alleges that another firm that would have benefited from the new parking meter contract, Precise Parklink of Toronto, “hosted (Feathers and McCoy) in Toronto for meals, golfing and fishing.”

While the City’s investigation was inconclusive, eventually McCoy was taken out of the contract granting portion of his job. It came after he filed his own tort claim against the City playing the race card.

On Nov. 24, a story on the Tribune’s Web site detailed how McCoy had on Nov. 4 formally accused city officials of fostering a climate of workplace harassment that included racism as well as defamatory claims by other city employees that he has taken bribes from parking contractors.
Though it does not demand money, McCoy’s Nov. 4 letter, essentially a four-page lawsuit threat written by his lawyer, called a tort claim, raises the stakes in the pending personnel investigation of McCoy. It also provides additional information regarding the questions swirling around the program.
McCoy’s letter claims that in 2001, another manager in the Office of Transportation made a comment about McCoy’s skin color.

But in his own tort claim he actually talked about people thinking he took bribes!

McCoy’s letter says that Transportation Director Sue Keil investigated the bribery allegations and found them false —but then, in September, told McCoy that she was tired of “dealing with your issues and complaints about you taking bribes.”

So, the underlings knew about it, his boss knew about it, who else knew about it and did nothing until the Feds got involved?

PHOTO CREDIT: THE OREGONIAN

http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=122653031662420000

Source: No Indication That Alleged Parking Meter Corruption Extends Upward

As first reported by The Oregonian, federal officials this morning raided the home and city office of Portland city parking manager Ellis McCoy to investigate allegations that he received kickbacks from the city’s Florida-based parking-meter company. The feds have also subpoenaed city records about its contract with the company, Cale Parking Systems USA. A law-enforcement official tells WW that so far there’s is no indication the corruption extends upward past McCoy. McCoy works under Tom Miller, who served as chief of staff to Mayor Sam Adams until Adams appointed Miller to head the city Transportation Bureau early this year. Adams has been the commissioner in charge of the Transportation Bureau since 2005.Miller has not yet returned a phone call from WW seeking comment.Adams—who announced last month he would decline to seek re-election in 2012—put out a brief statement this afternoon:This is a city and a state that prides itself on clean government so I am deeply concerned by the allegations; we will enthusiastically and fully cooperate with all aspects of the ongoing federal investigation of a City employee. Since this is an ongoing investigation, the U.S. Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigation ask that we not comment further on the matter, and we respect that. We will be placing Ellis McCoy on paid administrative leave immediately.

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

With Near Double Digit Unemployment, How Can Clark County Say ‘No’ to These Jobs?

Clark County’s fortunes appear to be looking up these days. It’s 9.9% unemployment rate is a far cry better than the 13.1% at this time last year, but is it so much better that County Commissioners can turn their noses up at new jobs?
When regulation gets in the way of good jobs you’ve got to wonder if these elected folks care more about rules and regs and less about jobs for their constituents.

Location Area

This brings me to the story of the ridiculous fees Clark County is attempting to charge the owners of Chuck’s Produce. This organic produce market/granola type store would be a 39,000 sq ft presence in Salmon Creek to complement its store in Vancouver. The hitch? As the owner told me on the air the other day the county wants $800,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 for a traffic impact study.

North View

Bart Colson told me he will not build the store with this ridiculous fee. That’s 93 full time times and who knows how many construction jobs.

South View

What a huge blockade to jobs in Clark County. No WONDER job growth sucks there. If you were a business would you want to expand while paying these outrageous fees?

And Lew sends these location photos of the new proposed location of Chuck’s. This is already a very busy area. What traffic impact will this farmer’s market like store increase?

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

Obama Solves Unemployment: Pay Everyone

We talked about this on Monday when the President made this incredible remark that if jobless benefits were extended it would result in ONE MILLION JOBS CREATED AND A HALF A PERCENT IN GROWTH to the economy.

In a Q & A with Presidential Spokesman, Jay Carney, he was asked about it:

So, we could get ourselves out of this recession/depression by paying EVERYONE not to work so we can CREATE MORE JOBS and ECONOMIC growth. See? Easy peezy.

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

Compost This: All This Hassle for a Lousy 8%?

As the Statists at Portland City Hall march on toward even more intrusion into our lives–see latest on the food scrap composting plan–(here, here, here, here)  you have to wonder why they’re doing it.

Who knows how many millions will be wasted getting people to recycle more of their stuff. I know my garbage rates are going up for less garbage service! The compost plan calls for garbage pick up twice a month now instead of four times. I pay more but my garbage pick up is halved. Meantime I get to scrape a bunch of food waste off plates and stick it into a government assigned composter which will be placed upon my counter.

Many Portlanders already compost, recycle and reuse. So why the increased –and costly–change by City busy bodies? This:

This proposed curbside collection service changes are in line with the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan goals. City Council adopted it in 2007, challenging Portlanders to recycle 75 percent of their waste by 2015. The addition of food scraps to the green compost roll cart and every-other-week garbage collection are the next steps in implementing the plan. Portland’s current recycling rate is 67 percent.

That’s right: all this hassle to get our recycling rate from 67% to 75%. Or else. And as an added bonus you get to pay more.

Could somebody please talk to these folks about mission creep? Aren’t these the same folks who objected to the G4-3 listening into convos by terrorists? What about government sitting on my counter? Do these folks have a problem with that.

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

@ScAnDAl aT PdX CitY hALl: What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?

PHOTO CREDIT: PORTLAND TRIBUNE

Who knew parking meters would be the scandal that rocked Portland’s City Hall?
Willamette Week is quick to allay fears that this scandal doesn’t go to the top–the mayor or his former Chief of Staff (here). But according to a 5th Listener calling into the show yesterday, “unhappy campers” who work at the City of Portland parking office have known for quite sometime that something hinky was going on. In fact, he said, they’ve known even before the newspapers picked up the story in the mid 2000’s.
Their complaints fell on deaf ears apparently.
According to the Portland Tribune (links below) the City launched an internal investigation of the head of the parking division, Ellis McCoy, in 2008. It proved “inconclusive.” Apparently the conclusion will be in federal court.
The feds got involved at some point and yesterday served search warrants– not just at his office at City Hall– but his home as well.
Flipping parking meters, looking for favors, making a few bucks on the side in bribes may be at the heart of it.


The FBI and City officials wouldn’t tell KPAM news what the hoopla was about yesterday but it doesn’t take much to string a few possibilities together based on old newspaper reports in the Trib by Nick Budnick here and here and here. 

The story starts here:

In July [2008], city auditors and an independent consultant separately questioned city parking officials’ plan to sell the bulk of the city’s SmartMeters to a Canadian firm for $9.4 million, then lease them back for $12 million over five years.

…[City] officials continue to look into whether McCoy applied to become a partner in a parking business even while pursuing a contract that would have benefited the firm by privatizing part of the operation of Portland’s automated SmartMeter parking stations.

One allegation is that at the time he was in charge of the parking office, Ellis tried to get a job with one of the companies vying for a contract with the understanding that they would get the contract.

And who said so?

The allegation was made by the owner of the parking firm himself, Bruce Feathers, a member of the city’s advisory committee on small business who has been described as “instrumental” in assisting Mayor Tom Potter’s efforts to improve the city’s minority contracting.
And how do we know this? Did someone at City Hall blow the whistle? Did an underling or “unhappy camper” do it? Not that we know of. The contractor, Bruce Feathers, filed a lawsuit against the City for his treatment at the hands of Ellis.

As the Portland Tribune reported in October, Feathers sent the city a legal notice, called a tort claim, earlier this year, alleging that McCoy acted improperly to get his firm, FeatherLite, kicked off a city contract after FeatherLite declined McCoy’s overtures to hire him.

And it looks as if some ethics policies at City Hall were breached (stop laughing).

Feathers alleges in one document sent to the city that McCoy accepted Feathers’ gifts of free meals and admission to at least one Portland Trail Blazers game while he was negotiating a new parking deal that would have involved FeatherLite.
Feathers also alleges that another firm that would have benefited from the new parking meter contract, Precise Parklink of Toronto, “hosted (Feathers and McCoy) in Toronto for meals, golfing and fishing.”

While the City’s investigation was inconclusive, eventually McCoy was taken out of the contract granting portion of his job. It came after he filed his own tort claim against the City playing the race card.

On Nov. 24, a story on the Tribune’s Web site detailed how McCoy had on Nov. 4 formally accused city officials of fostering a climate of workplace harassment that included racism as well as defamatory claims by other city employees that he has taken bribes from parking contractors.
Though it does not demand money, McCoy’s Nov. 4 letter, essentially a four-page lawsuit threat written by his lawyer, called a tort claim, raises the stakes in the pending personnel investigation of McCoy. It also provides additional information regarding the questions swirling around the program.
McCoy’s letter claims that in 2001, another manager in the Office of Transportation made a comment about McCoy’s skin color.

But in his own tort claim he actually talked about people thinking he took bribes!

McCoy’s letter says that Transportation Director Sue Keil investigated the bribery allegations and found them false —but then, in September, told McCoy that she was tired of “dealing with your issues and complaints about you taking bribes.”

So, the underlings knew about it, his boss knew about it, who else knew about it and did nothing until the Feds got involved?

PHOTO CREDIT: THE OREGONIAN

http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=122653031662420000

Source: No Indication That Alleged Parking Meter Corruption Extends Upward

As first reported by The Oregonian, federal officials this morning raided the home and city office of Portland city parking manager Ellis McCoy to investigate allegations that he received kickbacks from the city’s Florida-based parking-meter company. The feds have also subpoenaed city records about its contract with the company, Cale Parking Systems USA. A law-enforcement official tells WW that so far there’s is no indication the corruption extends upward past McCoy. McCoy works under Tom Miller, who served as chief of staff to Mayor Sam Adams until Adams appointed Miller to head the city Transportation Bureau early this year. Adams has been the commissioner in charge of the Transportation Bureau since 2005.Miller has not yet returned a phone call from WW seeking comment.Adams—who announced last month he would decline to seek re-election in 2012—put out a brief statement this afternoon:This is a city and a state that prides itself on clean government so I am deeply concerned by the allegations; we will enthusiastically and fully cooperate with all aspects of the ongoing federal investigation of a City employee. Since this is an ongoing investigation, the U.S. Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigation ask that we not comment further on the matter, and we respect that. We will be placing Ellis McCoy on paid administrative leave immediately.

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