Portland May Follow Rusted, Busted, Detroit

Will Portland eventually follow Detroit into bankruptcy? Moody’s is re-examining Portland for a possible downgrade due to Portland’s $453 million in unfunded pension debt and unfunded liabilities of $2.3 billion for its police and firefighters pension and disability plan.
oregoncatalyst.com/24515-portland-follow-rusted-bu….html


Multnomah County’s Wapato Jail Remains Dark and Unused

With the 13th anniversary of Wapato’s completion fast approaching, current county officials, like those who preceded them, are left wondering what to do with a mothballed facility that costs taxpayers between $300,000 and $400,000 a year to maintain. That means the county has spent about $4.5 million since Wapato was completed to keep it safely in mothballs. It’s been so long since the project was launched, in fact, that all of the bonds sold to finance the jail will be paid off by 2016 – possibly before it has ever housed a single inmate.”The core issue is that a prior county board, in an ill-advised move, decided to build this facility when it wasn’t clear that it was needed or that we could afford to operate it,” board Chairman Jeff Cogen said.”Unfortunately, both turned out to be true.”
www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/05/mult….html


Sex offenders in Oregon Oregonian Exclusive

Sex offenders in Oregon: Report exposes huge gaps in state, federal tracking
Oregonian reporter Maxine Bernstein started looking into sex offender registration laws to find out how a California man could move to Oregon and repeatedly flout the laws, eventually killing a 15-year-old girl and then a 32-year-old woman in Portland.
www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ss….html


Un-Elected Governor Brown Undermining Rights of Parents

Governor Brown has put herself in charge of Oregon’s Education System and Oregon’s healthcare network: the Oregon Health Authority. As a result of this double take-over, there is a Triple Threat to our children and their families. That threat includes the Network of School Based Health Centers (SBHCs); the grades K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Education Standards that the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) promotes; and the Annual Adolescent Sexuality Conference in Seaside (ASC). And what makes this Triple Threat even more unreasonable is that the governor is using our money to pay for it! I believe that if School Boards, School Administration/Staff and parents were actually asked to make the choice to spend millions of public dollars on SBHCs, Sexuality Education, and the Adolescent Sexuality Conference, or to spend those dollars on the Education which we expect and which our children need and deserve, that the choice would overwhelmingly be for the latter!
oregoncatalyst.com/25291-gov-kitzhaber-undermining….html


GOP Candidate for Senate Booted from Editorial Meeting For Calling out ‘blah blah’ Disrespect

A Republican Senate candidate was kicked out of a local Oregon newspaper’s editorial board meeting after daring to challenge a reporter who dissed a fellow candidate by writing “blah blah blah” in his notes instead of her actual quotes. For those folks that may not know the publisher of the Willamette Week, Richard Meeker, is the husband of our Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Coincidence? The video of Mark Callahan’s Fox & Friends interview, with Tucker Carlson, on 5/4/14, regarding the Willamette Week’s contentious showdown with the liberal interview panel:
www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/04/power-trip-gop….html


Mom Questions Spin Doctors’ Salaries While School Funding’s Tight

PORTLAND, Ore. – KATU’s On Your Side Investigators have discovered Portland Public Schools spends a half-million dollars on spin doctors – staff members in communications and lobbying positions. Meanwhile, schools have struggled with overcrowded classrooms. Below is the annual salary information on five employees in PPS’s community involvement and public affairs department:
Chief of Communications and Public Affairs: $124,500
Director, Government Relations – $98,047
Sr. Manager/Community & Staff Engagement – $82,197
Sr. Manager/Community & Staff Engagement – $82,197
Manager/ School News & Social Media – $71,534
Here’s how the annual salary totals for their communications departments stack up:
Portland Public Schools – $458,475

How Coors and Democratic politicians almost killed Oregon Beer.

Few state laws have shaped Portland’s economy and culture like Senate Bill 813, otherwise known as the Brewpub Bill.
The law, which was passed 30 years ago today and signed into law by Vic Atiyeh, Oregon’s last Republican governor, effectively created the state’s craft beer industry as we know it. “The Brewpub Bill brought craft beer out of the closet,” McMenamins co-founder Mike McMenamin says. “Once we had it, the whole idea of dark, dingy taverns started to slowly disappear. It got families in there and just opened things up.”
www.wweek.com/portland/article-24889-premise_accep….html


Milwaukie, Oregon Parking Lot Going Up Next To Reliable Credit Same Block

Reliable Credit next to the Farmers Market owns that block and is taking out five downtown business’ to put in parking for it’s employees. So, when Metro is finished there will be a five story, high density apartment building across from Milwaukie City Hall and a parking lot, for Reliable employees only, on the north block next to these apartments. Not exactly revitalizing Downtown Milwaukie but what do you expect from City Councilors (except Scott Churchill) who are using Our City for their political advancement. Think
about this, how did the Light Rail become reality if the citizens of Miwaukie voted it down three times? Where does Carlotta Collette work and where did she get her start?
www.oregonlive.com/milwaukie/index.ssf/2014/12/mil….html


Milwaukie, Oregon Where are The Tree Huggers When You Need Them

Some are confused about my last post on Our Milwaukie City Council voting to basically sell the Farmers Market to Metro so they can put up a five story high density housing with NO Parking! This aerial view should help. Metro owns the little strip next to McLoughlin Blvd. and Milwaukie owns 5% of that strip. Metro should have given it to us when they pushed the light rail on us. Let them do what they want with it. The other 75% is owned by Milwaukie. Your City Councilors just gave Our Lot to Metro except Scott Churchill he voted NO, with the residents of Milwaukie. What about all the trees that provide shade for the Farmers Market, First Friday, and parking. Ed Zumwalt said it best if you watched the video (you can fast forward) “All of you folks are using this as a launching pad for your Political careers except Scott Churchill”.