Detail, east Portland photo, courtesy Miles Hochstein / Portland Ground.

For old times' sake
The bojack bumper sticker -- only $1.50!

To order, click here.

Excellent tunes -- free! And on your browser right now. Just click on Radio Bojack!

E-mail us here.


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on July 1, 2007 10:21 PM. The previous post in this blog was On the back road. The next post in this blog is If you don't make it in L.A..... Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.



Law and Taxation
How Appealing
TaxProf Blog
Mauled Again
Tax Appellate Blog
A Taxing Matter
Josh Marquis
Native America, Discovered and Conquered
The Yin Blog
Ernie the Attorney
Above the Law
The Volokh Conspiracy
Going Concern
Bag and Baggage
Wealth Strategies Journal
Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation
World of Work
The Faculty Lounge
Lowering the Bar
OrCon Law

Hap'nin' Guys
Tony Pierce
Parkway Rest Stop
Along the Gradyent
Dwight Jaynes
Bob Borden
Dingleberry Gazette
The Red Electric
Iced Borscht
Jeremy Blachman
Dean's Rhetorical Flourish
Straight White Guy
As Time Goes By
Dave Wagner
Jeff Selis
Alas, a Blog
Scott Hendison
The View Through the Windshield
Appliance Blog
The Bleat

Hap'nin' Gals
My Whim is Law
Lelo in Nopo
Attorney at Large
Linda Kruschke
The Non-Consumer Advocate
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place
A Pig of Success
Attorney at Large
Margaret and Helen
Kimberlee Jaynes
Cornelia Seigneur
And Sew It Goes
Mile 73
Rainy Day Thoughts
That Black Girl
Posie Gets Cozy
Cat Eyes
Rhi in Pink
Ragwaters, Bitters, and Blue Ruin
Rose City Journal
Type Like the Wind

Portland and Oregon
Isaac Laquedem
Rantings of a [Censored] Bus Driver
Jeff Mapes
Vintage Portland
The Portlander
South Waterfront
Amanda Fritz
O City Hall Reporters
Guilty Carnivore
Old Town by Larry Norton
The Alaunt
Bend Blogs
Lost Oregon
Cafe Unknown
Tin Zeroes
David's Oregon Picayune
Mark Nelsen's Weather Blog
Travel Oregon Blog
Portland Daily Photo
Portland Building Ads
Portland Food and
Dave Knows Portland
Idaho's Portugal
Alameda Old House History
MLK in Motion

Retired from Blogging
Various Observations...
The Daily E-Mail
Saving James
Portland Freelancer
Furious Nads (b!X)
Izzle Pfaff
The Grich
Kevin Allman
AboutItAll - Oregon
Lost in the Details
Worldwide Pablo
Tales from the Stump
Whitman Boys
Two Pennies
This Stony Planet
1221 SW 4th
I am a Fish
Here Today
What If...?
Superinky Fixations
The Rural Bus Route
Another Blogger
Mikeyman's Computer Treehouse
Portland Housing Blog

Wonderfully Wacky
Dave Barry
Borowitz Report
Stuff White People Like
Worst of the Web

Valuable Time-Wasters
My Gallery of Jacks
Litterbox, On the Prowl
Litterbox, Bag of Bones
Litterbox, Scratch
Ride That Donkey
Singin' Horses
Rally Monkey
Simon Swears
Strong Bad's E-mail

Oregon News
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune
Willamette Week
The Sentinel
Southeast Examiner
Northwest Examiner
Sellwood Bee
Mid-County Memo
Vancouver Voice
Eugene Register-Guard
OPB - Portland
Salem Statesman-Journal
Oregon Capitol News
Portland Business Journal
Daily Journal of Commerce
Oregon Business
Portland Info Net
McMinnville News Register
Lake Oswego Review
The Daily Astorian
Bend Bulletin
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Roseburg News-Review
Medford Mail-Tribune
Ashland Daily Tidings
Newport News-Times
Albany Democrat-Herald
The Eugene Weekly
Portland IndyMedia
The Columbian

The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen
Joni Mitchell
Ella Fitzgerald
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Stevie Wonder
Lou Rawls

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Sunday, July 1, 2007

We have an aerial tram -- what more do you want?

Here's a major blow to Portland's livability.

Comments (19)

I walked by the shuttered Rose City Park Elementary school today; that's a great place to run your dog. Very peaceful.

The bulldozers will be by for the condos very soon.

A house-mate works for the Humane Society. I'll have to ask her for the dirt on this one...

Jeezus, this city never stops with the BS. I'm shocked less and less each year by all the misuse of money and corruption. A major metropolitan area, a seaport with 2.2 million inhabitants, cannot even fund the freakin' dog catcher.

One good thing about the barking dog nuisance program was that it gave very angry and frustrated people an outlet so that some crazy neighbor doesn't resort to the paraquat hot dog solution. It's just basic livability. We don't care much and can't afford much in that regard any more. Go by streetcar.

People who are going to poison animals (to punish the owners) are in need of much greater help that the animal control hotline.

"Jeezus, this city never stops with the BS."

It's called Multnomah Animal Control. It's the county, not the city. You are barking up the wrong tree.

In the past I had 2 Irish setters and they were beautiful, beguiling dogs.I still like dogs but it's people that I really prefer even though they're harder to deal with than a good dog. They're also infinitely more worthwhile. I like most dogs but barking or being chased by one when I bike or jog is not fun. Dog barking is an intrusive sound, demanding attention. So now the County says that’s not important anymore. We have a tram, steet cars, bike lanes to nowhere but no animal contral. They’ve done little for years and now they’re making it official. Animal control is closed. Dogs rule. People don’t. Dog lover’s be happy. Your dog can run amok on your behalf with impunity.

Trespassing cats??? You could complain about that? That is all cats do.

We've lived without leash law enforcement for so long, this doesn't surprise me a bit. I think Portland must be unique in it's tolerance of rogue dog owners. I am sick to death of loose dogs and dog crap all over our parks, not to mention the dog owners who get self-righteous and indignant when confronted about their unlawful behavior.

Seems to me leash law enforcement could self fund, at least for the first little while.

Karin It's called Multnomah Animal Control. It's the county, not the city. You are barking up the wrong tree.
JK Not really, property tax pays for county services too. When the city gives away tax abatements to favored developers, the county suffers too.


The total Urban Renewal taxes diverted to favored developer's projects is now in the range of $65 million each year. Plus exemptions over $20 million last time I looked.


That should give a boost to Smith & Wesson stock!

Mediation is a better solution that the hard-handed tactics MCAS historically has used. Animal Control is used by neighbors to carry out grudges, more than to solve nuisance problems, and the people who work at those places historically have been the lowest of the low officious bureaucrats; If this is played correctly, it will be a boon to livability. But it will first take a public that is interested in learning and willing to listen to those who really know what goes on at Animal Services. Don't succumb to the standard Portland black v. white analysis. It is very possible to control nuisance situations without coming down hard on animals and pet owners. Recall Jack Bogs cat warning system, for example. Can't we infact work out many of our own problems when given half a chance to talk to each other?


That provision, while on its face supported by bird lovers, actually was promoted and pushed through by the National Animal Interest Alliance, an animal use group, whose members include vivisectionists and furriers, that has been in league with MCAS, officially or unofficially, since the early 1990s.

And regarding a recent article in the O that had the Audubon finding cats to be a cause of songbird population decline(when studies show overdevelopment and pollution to be the primary factors), I thought it was interesting that a reader wrote to the paper mentioning that starlings and crows "nuisance birds" eat songbird eggs from their nests. Can't we acknowledge cats' contribution in keeping down the crow and starling population. I think Audubon's tunnel vision in this matter is used to the advantage of NAIA, as is the public's naivete.


Can't we acknowledge cats' contribution in keeping down the crow and starling population. I think Audubon's tunnel vision in this matter is used to the advantage of NAIA, as is the public's naivete.

Sorry, that's just plain nuts.

Starlings and crows are far too large and too aggressive; cats don't bother them. Nope, they go after your native chickadees, song sparrows, and towhees

I'd be happy to acknowledge their contribution to keeping down the population of starlings and crows - if they did so. They don't. Keep your cat indoors and out of my yard!

Max, I am an eyewitness of a cat catching a starling. And when we talking about blaming cats for overall decline of songbird population, the scientific evidence just isn't there; breeding ground destruction is a primary cause, cat predation being merely antedotal, something the Audubon crowd sees, like I have seen cats killing starlings. In the wild, cats are very effective killing machines, killing animals far larger than themselves. Calling people "nuts" instead of doing research isn't really cool.

BTW, do you know where I can buy some native songbirds to feed my indoor cats?


Max, if you are interested in learning more about cats and predation, check out

Here is the introduction to the article:

Understanding Cats and Predation

Many studies have shown that cats do not have a detrimental impact on wildlife on continents. However, many people still feel that cats are to blame for the depletion of songbirds and other animals. Two studies most often quoted to support placing blame on feral cats are the Stanley Temple study and the Churcher/Lawton study. Some individuals and groups use these studies in misguided efforts to discredit Alley Cat Allies’ and others work to humanely control feral cats. However, over sixty studies on feral cats have been written from different continents throughout the world—all showing three very important points:

Cats are opportunistic feeders, eating what is most easily available. Feral cats are scavengers, and many rely on garbage and handouts from people;

Cats are rodent specialists. Birds make up a small percentage of their diet when they rely solely on hunting for food
And, cats may prey on a population without destroying it. If this were not so, we would no longer have any mice around.
Even though some cats can become efficient hunters and do kill birds, many international biologists agree that only on small islands do cats pose a severe threat to the wildlife populations. They agree with biologist C.J. Mead that “any bird populations on the continents that could not withstand these levels of predation from cats and other predators would have disappeared long ago.”

And finally, while many concentrate their efforts on blaming cats, the real culprit, homo sapiens, goes free; continuing the destruction of habitat, hunting, killing, and using pesticides that endanger entire populations of wildlife, including millions of birds. The following is a collection of opinions from experts who have studied feral cat predation and who do not blame cats for detrimentally impacting wildlife.

People have coexisted with cats for centuries. It is possible to start from where we are and to get to a place where we have better control over human activities vis a vis the environment.

But scapegoating cats is strictly from the Middle Ages. And passing anti cat "trespass" laws without public input (in fact CONTRARY to public opinion as expressed in the 2000 MCAS blue ribbon task force recommendations to the county commissioners), is a violation of due process and also reminiscent of that era.

oops-anectotal; please forgive other errors I haven't caught yet in advance.

Sweet, Cynthia - you witnessed a cat catch starlings? You're unique, then. There's the exception that proves the rule. In my yard, I've witnessed several murders by neighbors' cats - and each and every one has been a native songbird.

I assume that you've also witnessed cats killing crows. You should write that up.

Calling people "nuts" instead of doing research isn't really cool.

I'm not trying to be really cool, and I didn't call people anything. Re-read. I said, and I quote: That's just plain nuts. Most people recognize the difference between calling an individual a nutcase and referring to the idiological construct (in this case, that native birds aren't hurt by letting kitties roam free) as just plain nuts.

While I make no claim to expertise, it is nonetheless a fact that I've worked with a wide range of animals for well over thirty years, and I bring both personal experience and a fairly extensive library of studies into play when I discuss issues related to the behavioral biology of animals, habitat considerations, and other aspects related to animal management.

If you want to buy into the idea that humans are responsible for every ill thing on the planet, that's your prerogative - and no amount of factual information would dissuade you from believing otherwise.

In the meatime, please keep your kitties indoors.

Okay, you guys have completely gotten away from the original discussion about further cutbacks making MAC useless for all intents and purposes. MAC was almost useless with more money anyway. You had to go through so many steps to finally whack the dog owner and make them shape up it was a joke. Mediation? Ha. 1) Pdx stopped funding Pdx mediation a few years ago and my neighbors wouldn't talk to them anyway. I will tell you what helped - threatening to turn said neighbors into the IRS with copies of checks I had given them for remodeling my bathrm (when we were still speaking and their dogs were semi-behaving). Ha, that shut them up. If I live next door to 3 un-neutered pitbulls who jump a 6 foot fence to attack unsuspecting pedestrians again, yes, something will happen to them. This is what happens when animal services are not properly funded and when people are not responsible pet owners. Just shut up about it already, please. Or write a ltr to MC making them fund it fully again. Maybe MAC should become a joint effort between Pdx and MC - after all, doesn't PDX have that big budget surplus? They can use those mediation funds...


As a lawyer/blogger, I get
to be a member of:

In Vino Veritas

Lange, Pinot Gris 2015
Kiona, Lemberger 2014
Willamette Valley, Pinot Gris 2015
Aix, Rosé de Provence 2016
Marchigüe, Cabernet 2013
Inazío Irruzola, Getariako Txakolina Rosé 2015
Maso Canali, Pinot Grigio 2015
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Kirkland, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
Cantele, Salice Salentino Reserva 2013
Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013
Avissi, Prosecco
Cleto Charli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco, Vecchia Modena
Pique Poul, Rosé 2016
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Rosé 2016
Stoller, Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Chehalem, Inox Chardonnay 2015
The Four Graces, Pinot Gris 2015
Gascón, Colosal Red 2013
Cardwell Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
L'Ecole No. 41, Merlot 2013
Della Terra, Anonymus
Willamette Valley, Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2013
Wraith, Cabernet, Eidolon Estate 2012
Januik, Red 2015
Tomassi, Valpolicella, Rafaél, 2014
Sharecropper's Pinot Noir 2013
Helix, Pomatia Red Blend 2013
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2013
Locations, Spanish Red Wine
Locations, Argentinian Red Wine
La Antigua Clásico, Rioja 2011
Shatter, Grenache, Maury 2012
Argyle, Vintage Brut 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16 Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2014
Benton Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
Primarius, Pinot Gris 2015
Januik, Merlot 2013
Napa Cellars, Cabernet 2013
J. Bookwalter, Protagonist 2012
LAN, Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 2009
Denada Cellars, Cabernet, Maipo Valley 2014
Marchigüe, Cabernet, Colchagua Valley 2013
Oberon, Cabernet 2014
Hedges, Red Mountain 2012
Balboa, Rose of Grenache 2015
Ontañón, Rioja Reserva 2015
Three Horse Ranch, Pinot Gris 2014
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
Nelms Road, Merlot 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris 2014
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2012
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2013
Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
G3, Cabernet 2013
Chateau Smith, Cabernet, Washington State 2014
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16
Willamette Valley, Rose of Pinot Noir, Whole Clusters 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2012
Goodfellow, Reserve Pinot Gris, Clover 2014
Lugana, San Benedetto 2014
Wente, Cabernet, Charles Wetmore 2011
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
King Estate, Pinot Gris 2015
Adelsheim, Pinot Gris 2015
Trader Joe's, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
La Vite Lucente, Toscana Red 2013
St. Francis, Cabernet, Sonoma 2013
Kendall-Jackson, Pinot Noir, California 2013
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
Erath, Pinot Noir, Estate Selection 2012
Abbot's Table, Columbia Valley 2014
Intrinsic, Cabernet 2014
Oyster Bay, Pinot Noir 2010
Occhipinti, SP68 Bianco 2014
Layer Cake, Shiraz 2013
Desert Wind, Ruah 2011
WillaKenzie, Pinot Gris 2014
Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2013
Des Amis, Rose 2014
Dunham, Trautina 2012
RoxyAnn, Claret 2012
Del Ri, Claret 2012
Stoppa, Emilia, Red 2004
Primarius, Pinot Noir 2013
Domaines Bunan, Bandol Rose 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Deer Creek, Pinot Gris 2015
Beaulieu, Rutherford Cabernet 2013
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
King Estate, Pinot Gris, Backbone 2014
Oberon, Napa Cabernet 2013
Apaltagua, Envero Carmenere Gran Reserva 2013
Chateau des Arnauds, Cuvee des Capucins 2012
Nine Hats, Red 2013
Benziger, Cabernet, Sonoma 2012
Roxy Ann, Claret 2012
Januik, Merlot 2012
Conundrum, White 2013
St. Francis, Sonoma Cabernet 2012

The Occasional Book

Marc Maron - Waiting for the Punch
Phil Stanford - Rose City Vice
Kenneth R. Feinberg - What is Life Worth?
Kent Haruf - Our Souls at Night
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Amy Stewart - Girl Waits With Gun
Philip Roth - The Plot Against America
Norm Macdonald - Based on a True Story
Christopher Buckley - Boomsday
Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way
Ruth Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray
Richard Adams - Watership Down
Claire Vaye Watkins - Gold Fame Citrus
Markus Zusak - I am the Messenger
Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See
James Joyce - Dubliners
Cheryl Strayed - Torch
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler's Planet
Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 5
At this date last year: 3
Total run in 2017: 113
In 2016: 155
In 2015: 271
In 2014: 401
In 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269

Clicky Web Analytics