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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Survivor Portland Bureaucracy: Day 8

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." So said Dick in Shakespeare's Henry VI Part 2, but it took until Day 7 of Survivor Portland City Hall: Bureaucracy Edition for voters to cast City Attorney Linda Meng off the island. Linda, whose photo has eluded us despite a thorough search of the internet, was by far the top vote-getter yesterday. She is hereby ordered to log off Westlaw, pack up her briefcase, and leave the island immediately.

Today's balloting will be affected by our first grant of immunity. City Housing Director Will White (right) was mentioned in an article by Nigel Jaquiss yesterday. And so he'll have immunity on Survivor: Portland Bureaucracy today. That leaves nine bureau chiefs up for a Tribal Council vote, and 10 players left on the island all together. (If anyone is mentioned in print or on line today by Jaquiss, Phil Stanford, or Randy Gragg, he or she will have immunity tomorrow.)

On with the show -- please vote another one of the city bureau directors out of the picture. Do it for any reason, or for no reason, but do it just once a day, please. We'll keep at this, every city workday, until only one bureaucrat survives. The Ultimate Survivor will win our grand prizes: the right to buy a valuable piece of property from the city for a dollar; plus valuable tax credits originally intended for poor people.

If you need a better feel for the players who are up for a vote, remember that photos of the entire original cast (except for Linda), and links to all of their bureaus, are here. Good luck, players:

Linda's out, and Will has immunity today; thus, there are nine Portland bureau chiefs to choose from. Which one of them should leave the island next?
Amalia - Office of Neighborhood Involvement Director Amalia Alarcon
Chief Dave - Fire Chief Dave Sprando
Water Dave - Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff
Dean - Environmental Services Bureau Director Dean Marriott
Ken - Interim Chief Administrative Officer Ken Rust
Lisa - Emergency Communications Bureau Director Lisa Turley
Rosie - Police Chief Rosie Sizer
Revenue Sue - Revenue Bureau Director Sue Klobertanz
Yvonne - Human Resources Director Yvonne Deckard
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Comments (3)

Sorry Dean You have to go.

If Ken did as good a job at documenting the budgets of the citizen's as that of the city then I might not be so inclined to vote him off. Try telling a potential home buyer that the "approval" of a near-zero-down loan request for a home at far more than it's rental justified market cap valuation IS NOT something to celebrate. Property does not pay property taxes. People pay taxes on property. It is these people's financial health (or even biological system sustainability) that must be factored in to an assessment of their capacity to incur more debt on a collective basis through the city on their behalf. Debt avoidance is a good thing, even if it means building in an overt bias toward inability to cover the debt prior to giving it a smiley stamp "approved." To whom does a mortgage broker give their loyalty?

Dean has to go-perhaps he isn't responsible for the mailing that a lot of us are getting when we don't even live in Portland. We don't even live in Multnomah County! It has to do with the Portland Sewer "stormwater discount" and the Environmental Services Dept has mass mailed to everyone within miles of Portland. Our water bureau has no clue and calls to Portland's Water Department lead to being put on terminal hold.
So, bye bye Dean!

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