Daily Archives: September 14, 2011

#AttackWatch Mockery Crashes Twitter

thorninaz thorninaz
Hey #attackwatch, I saw 6 ATM’s in an alley, killing a Job. It looked like a hate crime!
JTS_1957 John
I want to thank the DNC for #attackwatch, I haven’t laughed so hard in months !
ArquetteSistersThe Arquette Sisters
#attackwatch is busy chasing down a 18 wheeler and a black Trans-Am hauling ill gotten Coors beer from Texas to Georgia.
 JohnParkerShowJohnParker
Dear #attackwatch how many people do I need to turn in to get the #attackwatchhoodie? What I really want is the Obama bobblehead!
citruzzy Alter Ego
dear #attackwatch, the farmer’s cows farted too much and help cause global warming. Can you ask big Al too plug their butts?
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Tri Met Starts Ripping Up Neighborhood For UNFUNDED Milwaukie Light Rail Line

Photo Credit: Oregonian

Here’s a backgrounder from John Charles from Cascade Policy here. 
Money quote:

If this goes forward, it will be one of the worst public decisions in Portland’s history. TriMet will wreck an entire neighborhood simply to replace the No. 17 bus line with a slow train, at a cost of $205 million per mile. There will be no new service, and a beautiful Portland neighborhood will be ruined.

This demonstrates one of the fatal flaws of light rail: The infrastructure needed is out of scale with quiet, pedestrian-oriented urban streets. Once the street is destroyed and redone as a set of rail tracks with ugly overhead wires and a huge station, the beauty of the neighborhood is permanently lost. 

Don’t forget the polling on this!

So how’s that funding for Milwaukie Light Rail coming along? The Commishes at Clackamas County are doing everything in their power to smite the will of the voters. Commissioners lost the car tax vote and now a citizen’s initiative has qualified for the ballot to force votes on the use of urban renewal funds for pet projects. The battle between anti light rail/pro voter forces and the Clackamas County Commishes has been waging for several months as we told you here, here, here, here.

Clackamas County Commissioners have been trying every which way but loose to pull an end run around a planned vote on the funding for light rail AND using urban renewal funds to plunder for light rail.

Now they’ve written and approved their own initiative. This week blogger Jack Bogdanski ran down the verbiage of their initiative and believes the language is intentionally vague. Read his post here. 

Money quote:

Are these two ambiguities deliberate and malicious, or are they accidental? It’s hard to tell. In the original version of the decoy measure, there was reference to actions taken by more or less than 51% of the voters in the “urban renewal” area. That was bad drafting, too. As anyone who’s thought about it knows, a majority is 50% plus 1 vote — not 51%. 5,001 to 4,999 is a majority — you needn’t get to 5,100. Somebody down there is a truly poor drafter, or diabolically clever.

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

While a legislator in 2005, Avakian asked lobbyists to help him find a job, sending them an email request with his résumé attached, according to records obtained by WW.

Records show Avakian twice failed to pay his taxes, in one case incurring a $13,000 federal tax lien. The Oregon State Bar briefly suspended his license when he failed to pay his bar dues. And four creditors have sued him over unpaid bills—including a creditor who took him to small claims court last year after he failed to pay a medical bill.
Avakian tells WW he doesn’t recall writing the email to lobbyists. But he does recall telling lobbyists and Portland lawyers he was closing his law firm and looking for other opportunities, and he says he sees no problem with doing so. He says he doesn’t recall the details of the court cases but acknowledges running into financial trouble in the past—including when he had his wife, Debbie, on his legislative payroll at $4,500 a month, as he did in 2005.

http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17967-not_paying_his_dues.html

#AttackWatch Mockery Crashes Twitter

thorninaz thorninaz
Hey #attackwatch, I saw 6 ATM’s in an alley, killing a Job. It looked like a hate crime!
JTS_1957 John
I want to thank the DNC for #attackwatch, I haven’t laughed so hard in months !
ArquetteSistersThe Arquette Sisters
#attackwatch is busy chasing down a 18 wheeler and a black Trans-Am hauling ill gotten Coors beer from Texas to Georgia.
 JohnParkerShowJohnParker
Dear #attackwatch how many people do I need to turn in to get the #attackwatchhoodie? What I really want is the Obama bobblehead!
citruzzy Alter Ego
dear #attackwatch, the farmer’s cows farted too much and help cause global warming. Can you ask big Al too plug their butts?
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Tri Met Starts Ripping Up Neighborhood For UNFUNDED Milwaukie Light Rail Line

Photo Credit: Oregonian

Here’s a backgrounder from John Charles from Cascade Policy here. 
Money quote:

If this goes forward, it will be one of the worst public decisions in Portland’s history. TriMet will wreck an entire neighborhood simply to replace the No. 17 bus line with a slow train, at a cost of $205 million per mile. There will be no new service, and a beautiful Portland neighborhood will be ruined.

This demonstrates one of the fatal flaws of light rail: The infrastructure needed is out of scale with quiet, pedestrian-oriented urban streets. Once the street is destroyed and redone as a set of rail tracks with ugly overhead wires and a huge station, the beauty of the neighborhood is permanently lost. 

Don’t forget the polling on this!

So how’s that funding for Milwaukie Light Rail coming along? The Commishes at Clackamas County are doing everything in their power to smite the will of the voters. Commissioners lost the car tax vote and now a citizen’s initiative has qualified for the ballot to force votes on the use of urban renewal funds for pet projects. The battle between anti light rail/pro voter forces and the Clackamas County Commishes has been waging for several months as we told you here, here, here, here.

Clackamas County Commissioners have been trying every which way but loose to pull an end run around a planned vote on the funding for light rail AND using urban renewal funds to plunder for light rail.

Now they’ve written and approved their own initiative. This week blogger Jack Bogdanski ran down the verbiage of their initiative and believes the language is intentionally vague. Read his post here. 

Money quote:

Are these two ambiguities deliberate and malicious, or are they accidental? It’s hard to tell. In the original version of the decoy measure, there was reference to actions taken by more or less than 51% of the voters in the “urban renewal” area. That was bad drafting, too. As anyone who’s thought about it knows, a majority is 50% plus 1 vote — not 51%. 5,001 to 4,999 is a majority — you needn’t get to 5,100. Somebody down there is a truly poor drafter, or diabolically clever.

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

While a legislator in 2005, Avakian asked lobbyists to help him find a job, sending them an email request with his résumé attached, according to records obtained by WW.

Records show Avakian twice failed to pay his taxes, in one case incurring a $13,000 federal tax lien. The Oregon State Bar briefly suspended his license when he failed to pay his bar dues. And four creditors have sued him over unpaid bills—including a creditor who took him to small claims court last year after he failed to pay a medical bill.
Avakian tells WW he doesn’t recall writing the email to lobbyists. But he does recall telling lobbyists and Portland lawyers he was closing his law firm and looking for other opportunities, and he says he sees no problem with doing so. He says he doesn’t recall the details of the court cases but acknowledges running into financial trouble in the past—including when he had his wife, Debbie, on his legislative payroll at $4,500 a month, as he did in 2005.

http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17967-not_paying_his_dues.html

Start Spreadin’ the News: Weiner’s Seat Goes to GOP

Photo credit: Red State

Democrats have held the seat for more than a century but in what can only be deemed as a bad sign for 2012 and Barack Obama, the seat vacated by exhibitionist Anthony’s Weiner has been WON by REPUBLICAN  from The Hill (here):

Republican Bob Turner won former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-N.Y.) House seat on Tuesday, a bad sign for President Obama and down-ticket Democrats heading into next year’s election.

Turner was leading Democrat David Weprin by 53 percent to 47 percent with 66 percent of precincts reporting right before midnight eastern time. The Associated Press has called the race.

Democrats have held Weiner’s district for close to a century, and it was Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) seat before he ran for the Senate. Obama will shoulder some blame for the loss, which comes at a pivotal time for the president as he pushes Congress to pass a jobs bill that will likely be a major part of his reelection campaign.

What would Mark Levin say again? Oh, yeah, Chuck U Schumer. That is all. 

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