Daily Archives: March 19, 2012

CRC: Official Limbo for Property Owners

From Couv.com comes this story about the owners of the 1920’s era Lucky Lager building in Vancouver.

Gillian Wallis is losing her building, her tenants, and her patience.

Owners of the former Lucky Lager Warehouse waited for the CRC to respond to their email.

Last year, representatives of the Columbia River Crossing Light Rail Tolling project alerted Wallis that the historic building she and her husband Bob had invested three-quarters of a million dollars remodeling was slated to be razed in a push to connect Portland’s light rail to Vancouver.

The Wallis’ building, the former Lucky Lager Warehouse, has stood since 1920 on 4th Street near the base of the Interstate 5 Bridges. In 2007 the Wallis’ purchased the structure, and two years later in 2009 the building was placed on the Clark County Heritage Register.

Read the rest at Couv.com here.

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

Cash for Cronies: Portland’s New "Radical" Urban Renewal Program

The Professional Planner Class in Portland plans to declare seven areas of town “blighted” –including Portland State University– to set up seven new urban renewal zones, and hand over the money to government and non profit cronies.

Call it “Cash for Cronies.” 

It’s all in an effort to “create jobs” and “help business.”
 
How giving tax dollars that would ordinarily go to supporting police, fire and schools over to government and non profit professional grievance groups will help create jobs is anybody’s guess. We saw this type of thinking in the President’s “stimulus” plan which used our tax dollars to “create” jobs that cost $278,000.00 apiece.

Oh, but this is so much more! In fact, it’s a plan a Multnomah County leader has admitted is, “radical.”

According to the new website set up to support the plan and a flyer giving a glowing description of the new urban renewal zones,
this ain’t your mama’s urban renewal.

“…[I]it’s a use of urban renewal that is radically different than anything we’ve seen before.Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County Commission Chair

Source: Oregon Catalyst

What does it do? Well some very nice things in the areas of town which will now be taken off the tax rolls for the duration of the Urban Renewal Area. The money that would have been paid in increased taxes to support police, fire and schools will be skimmed off and given out to do these things (see the chart nearby on what Tax Increment Financing, TIF, does to the areas in which it’s used):

…[I]mprovements to business exteriors and interiors, street furniture, trash cans, lighting, district signage, gateway markers, and other small-scale, permanent capital improvements.

If it seems these things are the City’s or County’s jobs or the job of the actual business owner–you’re right. But, now see, that wouldn’t be as much fun as the government creating a new pot of money from which apparatchiks can give out political favors. In fact, they will with impunity plunder the money to increase the profile of their buddies’ government programs and not-for-profit organizations which will ALSO see some of the money.

How will they do THAT? Easy. Bring on the Community Organizers. 

…[T]he process starts with organizing a broad cross-section of
people representing the area’s business community, residents, property owners, district organizations, and community groups…

Getting the City and County this pot of money to use for their future desires requires some finessing of the local yokels. “Neighborhood buy-in is critical, ” lectures the website. That’s why the process starts with organizing a broad cross-section of grievance groups that will be, sorry to be indelicate, but… paid off.

 “This money will be used for scholarships so small business owners can get business development and business management classes at the college to help them in terms of mentoring, support, and learning how to deal with contracts, expanding their business; whatever we need to do to be more successful.” Preston Pulliams, President, Portland Community College

Isn’t that nice? We’re taking entire swaths of the community off the tax rolls for years in order to give the community college “scholarships.” Who gets to run that money? Government!

And see, this will help minorities, so it MUST be a worthy plan, right?

The stress that we feel in the community I think begins to be remediated with projects like this. You have my complete support.” Native American Youth and Family Center, Rey Espana

And businesses will be able to avoid taxes as long as they get the money from the new pot of money and hire 10% more people. Multnomah County and the City of Portland could have removed their onerous business tax, business license fees, systems development charges and many other hammers they use to beat on business. But then they wouldn’t be able to control you and give out money FROM SEVEN NEW POTS OF MONEY! to their cronies, now would they?

“The Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative represents a new way of working a neighborhood economic development because of working collaboratively with public and not-for-profit partners, like the county and the community based organizations that are already serving the local business community.” Patrick Quinton, Executive Director of the PDC

Taking your tax money to gain control of several new pots of money to use for political cronies.  Now THAT’S what I call government work! Or maybe it’s the mob. I get them mixed up sometimes.

Tomorrow: The Blight of Portland State University.

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

Breitbart: The Vetting, Holder, "Brainwash" People Into Hating Guns

When you realize the extent to which these guys will use the force of government to get their way you understand how dangerous they are. You will also understand why at the same time the Obama was funneling guns to Mexico’s narco-terrorist in the Fast and Furious gun walking operation, they were also on record as blaming the United States for being the source of the guns fueling the murders and violence. It seems they set this up to undermine the second amendment; to use foreign blood to undermine our American rights. This was no accident.

No, it doesn’t surprise me whatsoever that people like these–especially radical Eric Holder–would use his position and the government to further his own political aims. While getting guns out of gangsters’ hands is a worthy goal, illegal gun owners are not his only goal. His target was ALL gun owners.
Please remember that.

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

Bristol Palin: Waiting for President’s Call

Sarah Palin’s oldest daughter Bristol, of whom Bill Maher and many others have made base, free-fire comments, has written the President on her blog asking him when he plans to give her a call.

It’s a powerful post because she’s right when she says:

Bill Maher has said reprehensible things about my family.  He’s made fun of my brother because of his Down’s Syndrome. He’s said I was “f—-d so hard a baby fell out.”  (In a classy move, he did this while his producers put up the cover of my book, which tells about the forgiveness and redemption I’ve found in God after my past – very public — mistakes.)
If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you.  After all, I’ve always felt you understood my plight more than most because your mom was a teenager.  

 Of course she does a bit of a slam of him at the end when she says she doesn’t expect him to return the disgusting Maher’s money because “You’re going to need every dime to hang on to your presidency.”

But she does expect him to have a little consistency. After all he said he called Sandra Fluke because he was standing up for his daughters. Palin gives him props for sticking up for her during the campaign but,

“Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women. …After all, you’re President of all Americans, not just the liberals.”

 Go Bristol.

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

David Madore to Run for Clark County Commission

He made his announcement on Facebook of all places. Perhaps his first order of business is to hire himself a publicist and campaign manager.

Madore is the man who started US Digital in Vancouver. He’s a devout Christian, inventor, successful businessman and is now, with the help of his site Couv.com, helping to move the needle back on the cram down of light rail through Clark County.

This. Ought. To. Be. Interesting.

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

CRC: Official Limbo for Property Owners

From Couv.com comes this story about the owners of the 1920’s era Lucky Lager building in Vancouver.

Gillian Wallis is losing her building, her tenants, and her patience.

Owners of the former Lucky Lager Warehouse waited for the CRC to respond to their email.

Last year, representatives of the Columbia River Crossing Light Rail Tolling project alerted Wallis that the historic building she and her husband Bob had invested three-quarters of a million dollars remodeling was slated to be razed in a push to connect Portland’s light rail to Vancouver.

The Wallis’ building, the former Lucky Lager Warehouse, has stood since 1920 on 4th Street near the base of the Interstate 5 Bridges. In 2007 the Wallis’ purchased the structure, and two years later in 2009 the building was placed on the Clark County Heritage Register.

Read the rest at Couv.com here.

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

Cash for Cronies: Portland’s New "Radical" Urban Renewal Program

The Professional Planner Class in Portland plans to declare seven areas of town “blighted” –including Portland State University– to set up seven new urban renewal zones, and hand over the money to government and non profit cronies.

Call it “Cash for Cronies.” 

It’s all in an effort to “create jobs” and “help business.”
 
How giving tax dollars that would ordinarily go to supporting police, fire and schools over to government and non profit professional grievance groups will help create jobs is anybody’s guess. We saw this type of thinking in the President’s “stimulus” plan which used our tax dollars to “create” jobs that cost $278,000.00 apiece.

Oh, but this is so much more! In fact, it’s a plan a Multnomah County leader has admitted is, “radical.”

According to the new website set up to support the plan and a flyer giving a glowing description of the new urban renewal zones,
this ain’t your mama’s urban renewal.

“…[I]it’s a use of urban renewal that is radically different than anything we’ve seen before.Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County Commission Chair

Source: Oregon Catalyst

What does it do? Well some very nice things in the areas of town which will now be taken off the tax rolls for the duration of the Urban Renewal Area. The money that would have been paid in increased taxes to support police, fire and schools will be skimmed off and given out to do these things (see the chart nearby on what Tax Increment Financing, TIF, does to the areas in which it’s used):

…[I]mprovements to business exteriors and interiors, street furniture, trash cans, lighting, district signage, gateway markers, and other small-scale, permanent capital improvements.

If it seems these things are the City’s or County’s jobs or the job of the actual business owner–you’re right. But, now see, that wouldn’t be as much fun as the government creating a new pot of money from which apparatchiks can give out political favors. In fact, they will with impunity plunder the money to increase the profile of their buddies’ government programs and not-for-profit organizations which will ALSO see some of the money.

How will they do THAT? Easy. Bring on the Community Organizers. 

…[T]he process starts with organizing a broad cross-section of
people representing the area’s business community, residents, property owners, district organizations, and community groups…

Getting the City and County this pot of money to use for their future desires requires some finessing of the local yokels. “Neighborhood buy-in is critical, ” lectures the website. That’s why the process starts with organizing a broad cross-section of grievance groups that will be, sorry to be indelicate, but… paid off.

 “This money will be used for scholarships so small business owners can get business development and business management classes at the college to help them in terms of mentoring, support, and learning how to deal with contracts, expanding their business; whatever we need to do to be more successful.” Preston Pulliams, President, Portland Community College

Isn’t that nice? We’re taking entire swaths of the community off the tax rolls for years in order to give the community college “scholarships.” Who gets to run that money? Government!

And see, this will help minorities, so it MUST be a worthy plan, right?

The stress that we feel in the community I think begins to be remediated with projects like this. You have my complete support.” Native American Youth and Family Center, Rey Espana

And businesses will be able to avoid taxes as long as they get the money from the new pot of money and hire 10% more people. Multnomah County and the City of Portland could have removed their onerous business tax, business license fees, systems development charges and many other hammers they use to beat on business. But then they wouldn’t be able to control you and give out money FROM SEVEN NEW POTS OF MONEY! to their cronies, now would they?

“The Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative represents a new way of working a neighborhood economic development because of working collaboratively with public and not-for-profit partners, like the county and the community based organizations that are already serving the local business community.” Patrick Quinton, Executive Director of the PDC

Taking your tax money to gain control of several new pots of money to use for political cronies.  Now THAT’S what I call government work! Or maybe it’s the mob. I get them mixed up sometimes.

Tomorrow: The Blight of Portland State University.

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

Breitbart: The Vetting, Holder, "Brainwash" People Into Hating Guns

When you realize the extent to which these guys will use the force of government to get their way you understand how dangerous they are. You will also understand why at the same time the Obama was funneling guns to Mexico’s narco-terrorist in the Fast and Furious gun walking operation, they were also on record as blaming the United States for being the source of the guns fueling the murders and violence. It seems they set this up to undermine the second amendment; to use foreign blood to undermine our American rights. This was no accident.

No, it doesn’t surprise me whatsoever that people like these–especially radical Eric Holder–would use his position and the government to further his own political aims. While getting guns out of gangsters’ hands is a worthy goal, illegal gun owners are not his only goal. His target was ALL gun owners.
Please remember that.

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

Bristol Palin: Waiting for President’s Call

Sarah Palin’s oldest daughter Bristol, of whom Bill Maher and many others have made base, free-fire comments, has written the President on her blog asking him when he plans to give her a call.

It’s a powerful post because she’s right when she says:

Bill Maher has said reprehensible things about my family.  He’s made fun of my brother because of his Down’s Syndrome. He’s said I was “f—-d so hard a baby fell out.”  (In a classy move, he did this while his producers put up the cover of my book, which tells about the forgiveness and redemption I’ve found in God after my past – very public — mistakes.)
If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you.  After all, I’ve always felt you understood my plight more than most because your mom was a teenager.  

 Of course she does a bit of a slam of him at the end when she says she doesn’t expect him to return the disgusting Maher’s money because “You’re going to need every dime to hang on to your presidency.”

But she does expect him to have a little consistency. After all he said he called Sandra Fluke because he was standing up for his daughters. Palin gives him props for sticking up for her during the campaign but,

“Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women. …After all, you’re President of all Americans, not just the liberals.”

 Go Bristol.

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

David Madore to Run for Clark County Commission

He made his announcement on Facebook of all places. Perhaps his first order of business is to hire himself a publicist and campaign manager.

Madore is the man who started US Digital in Vancouver. He’s a devout Christian, inventor, successful businessman and is now, with the help of his site Couv.com, helping to move the needle back on the cram down of light rail through Clark County.

This. Ought. To. Be. Interesting.

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