Daily Archives: October 12, 2011

Protesters Vote to Partially Open Main Street

After negotiating back and forth much of the day, the Occupy Portland protesters that earlier refused to clear Main Street voted late this evening to partially reopen Main Street.

The malcontents say they will allow buses, bikes and emergency vehicles only through Main Street.

Earlier in the day, Mayor Adams said he wanted to avoid a confrontation with protesters, he just wanted the street reopened.

Will he cave in again and continue to thumb his nose at the rest of Portland?

Hey Sammy, reach around behind you and run your hand up and down the middle of your back. The bumpy thing you feel in the middle? That’s your spine. Use it!

H/T KPTV Fox 12 News

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Bicyclists **And Cars** Versus Occupiers Blocking Street

Here’s a bicyclist who just moments ago ordered street blockers to make way for her. She defiantly rode to the Occupy Portland blockade and motioned for the protesters to make way for her. She then rode through the crowd.

The mayor is still asking the protesters pwetty pwease move your blockade. He’s being ignored.
This car driver tried to get through but Occupiers don’t like evil oil companies and evil smart car companies and wouldn’t let the driver through.

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Occupiers Consider Sam Adams’s Generous Offer to Let Them Decide Whether to Open Main Street.

Sad but TRUE! RT @ttgannett: For popular movements, perception is reality. If #occupyportland doesn’t open the street, its over.

#OccupyPortland you will retain more community support if you give up Main St than if it’s taken from you by force.

“@KATUNews: Sam Adams tells #OccupyPortland to open Main Street now, protesters instead keep it blocked. // Time to throw people in JAIL!!!

#OccupyPortland Stops truck in street http://t.co/fmWP3C5g

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Largest Recipient of CRC Funds Sues to Keep Financial Records Secret

An interesting development in the ongoing “transparent and open” process of the Columbia River Crossing Project, responsible for so far swallowing up some $140 Million in “studies” for a new I-5 Bridge to run Portland’s Light Rail into Vancouver, wanted by taxpayers or not.

David Evans and Associates, so far the single largest recipient of funds from the CRC, accepting more than $30 Million so far, answered a notice from WashDOT over their intent to comply with a FOIA request for financial records with a lawsuit quietly filed in Thurston County to block release of their records on file with WashDOT here.

The records request was part of an ongoing private audit of the CRC finances funded by successful Vancouver businessman David Madore. Tiffany Couch, the forensic auditor hired by Mr. Madore says, “the request for the Evans financials was one of series of records requests she’s filed.”

She continued, “We have been asked to perform a review of how public money has been spent on the CRC project; starting from the bidding process when the project began in 2005 through present day expenditures.”

Also named in the lawsuit as defendant is Debbie Peterson who works for Ms. Couch and who filed the actual request with WashDOT.

In a comment left on facebook, David Madore said, “Nancy Boyd, director of the CRC uses words like transparency and accountability and then goes on to say that because state law does not force them to provide financial statements, that she will not provide them.”

This move begs the question, just what does David Evans & Associates have to fear from transparency in why they were paid over $30 Million of taxpayer monies?

It’s time this fiasco was brought to a screeching halt and our federal representatives from both states bring in federal investigators with prosecutions in mind for any wrongdoing.

If Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Portland or Occupy Vancouver really need a cause to protest, maybe they should be protesting the Columbia River Crossing and David Evans & Associates.

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Worse Than Solyndra

H/T 5th Listener Marc.
What company got two times the loan guarantees as Solyndra, was touted by a lawmaker whose son was a lobbyist for the firm, announced plans to build the subsidized plant out of the country before the loan, got Obama money the last second before the program ended, was bought out —and big shots cashed out—a mere two weeks after that by a foreign company and is so financially rickety that it likely will go under?
Obama’s Venture Socialism strikes again. Here.

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Bicyclists **And Cars** Versus Occupiers Blocking Street

Here’s a bicyclist who just moments ago ordered street blockers to make way for her. She defiantly rode to the Occupy Portland blockade and motioned for the protesters to make way for her. She then rode through the crowd.

The mayor is still asking the protesters pwetty pwease move your blockade. He’s being ignored.
This car driver tried to get through but Occupiers don’t like evil oil companies and evil smart car companies and wouldn’t let the driver through.

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