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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Portland needs a "small business impact statement"

The Portland City Council has noticed that small businesses are having a hard time with all the red tape and other hassles they have to deal with at City Hall. Lately the council's taken a few steps here and there to make life easier for the little entrepreneurs that give their passions and ambitions a shot in the Rose City. And it's a smart move -- small business plays a big part in making Portland Portland.

But the saga of Fireman Randy's new spray paint lockup ordinance -- did it pass yesterday? -- shows that the city still has quite a way to go to become truly small-business-friendly. The idea of requiring hardware stores and other retailers to keep all spray paint locked up, and to get and record identification from everyone who buys it, is supposed to reduce graffiti in the city. But the merchants, particularly the smaller ones, have howled, saying that the burden on them outweighs any likely public benefit.

I'm an enemy of graffiti taggers -- they're all mentally ill, in my view -- and so I tend to sympathize with any effort to combat that particular form of vandalism. But I can also understand the hardware stores' concerns. Look at it from their perspective. They'll have to make some fairly significant physical renovations of their stores to get the paint locked up, and all the ID checking and other folderol that will now come with selling a can of paint is going to eat up employees' time and attention. While they're busy jotting down information from some grandmother's driver's license so that she can pick up a can of Rustoleum for that garage sale patio table, some kid in the back of the store is going to be stealing the place blind. So what are the shopkeepers supposed to do, hire more help just for the spray paint rigamarole?

In this case, it would have been quite helpful for the council (and the public) to have a decent estimate of just how much, in hard dollars, the hardware store folks are going to have to spend to come into compliance with the proposed new rules. And as best I can tell from where I'm sitting, that data was never compiled; at least, it was never publicized. Could it be that city had no solid estimate of the costs of the program -- much less any ascertainable estimate of the reduction in tagging that the ordinance is supposed to bring about?

I think the city should have to compute and publicize the private costs of laws like these before the vote on them is taken. The same for actions taken by city bureaus, for that matter. And there's a perfectly good model for requiring the municipal government to do that. It's a longstanding federal law regarding the environment. Before any "major federal action" is taken that might have a deleterious effect on the environment, the agency that's about to do the hacking has to prepare an "environmental impact statement," in which it is required to predict just how much damage to Mother Nature the proposed program is going to inflict.

There ought to be a similar law in place on behalf of small business in the City of Portland. Before the city plows ahead with something like the spray paint lockup ordinance, it should have to prepare and publish a "small business impact statement," showing how much the proposed law is going to cost small businesses in town. Defining what a "small business" is isn't that difficult, and figuring out what a "major city action" affecting such businesses might be is another manageable task. If the city fathers are really serious about nurturing entrepreneurs, the least they could do is quantify the hurt they're about to put on the little guys and gals when they pound the gavel on their latest groovy idea.

Comments (33)

My heart goes out to the small business owners. This seems like a huge burden on them. I think of the wonderful crew of folks at the Ace by my office. The taggers will still get the spray paint.

"Small business impact statement" seems like a no-brainer...it should always be done.

I don't know you are asking a lot.

Someone like Randy Leonard actually thinking and considering the impact of some of his gut reactions? That'd be funny if he read two books instead of one before he became an expert in a field.

These guys live in their little vaccum making laws to help ther friends or pet projects and consider that the real deal.

"data was never compiled"

It's worse than that.

One would think this new approach is the result of a wits end where all other angles were looked at.

But it's not.

Randy Leonard revealed that he had no idea whether or not any taggers ever got jail time.

Think about this folks. Is it just me or wouldn't the prudent official look at this very basic angle to see if there was a problem in enforcement and punishment PRIOR to piling on a new load onto businesses?

No, not the CoP council. Led by knee jerk in cheif Leonard it's get an impression and spew out a poorly thought out policy.

In the CoPm this is called business as usual.

And you keep reelecting them.

During my term of service on the city's Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC) I chaired a subcomittee that developed such a statement. It was presented to and accepted by council. It was to be a litmus test for policy with regard to the business on impact. I will post it in a subsequent comment.

Since my term of service ended, the SBAC has also developed a "Small Business Bill of Rights" which is either being considered or has been accepted by council.

The idea of the SBAC was for commissioners to present proposed policy changes to the group before taking them to council to gauge the impact on small business.

I am very disappointed that Commissioner Leonard did not choose to inform or consult with the SBAC before bringing forward his proposal on spray paint. Other commissioners, both past and present, have also chosen not to consult the SBAC with policy changes that will clearly affect small business. They come to the SBAC when they want support, as with Adam's business tax reform, but they circumvent the SBAC when they want to push a policy that they know will meet with resistance from the business community.

Here's the policy statement:


Small Business Advisory Council

Economic Development Position Statement

The essential elements for quality of life are a job and economic stability.
A former President once said "the best social program is a job." Finding and keeping a well paying job is, for most citizens, essential to enjoying a high quality of life. Neighborhood residents, business owners and property owners must recognize that their concerns are interdependent rather than adversarial. Economic development must be a priority at both the policy and bureau levels. Business associations, neighborhood associations, City Council, City Bureaus, planners and regulators must work in concert to achieve a balance of economic vitality and livability.

When City bureaus and other public agencies concerned with development issues are pursuing redevelopment, changes to commercial corridors, or areas of commercial concentration, job retention and creation must be the primary factor. The anticipated impact on jobs through redevelopment must consider not only the number of jobs, but the wage and benefit quality of the jobs. Gentrification and densification of commercial corridors must not eliminate the availability of affordable commercial space which is vital to a wide spectrum of essential service industries. Existing industrial zones must be protected.

In order to be profitable and to create jobs, business requires a cost climate of certainty and constancy. Expanding regulations, high system development charges, the Business Income Tax/Business License Fee, retroactive tax increases and ever increasing water and sewer rates are all factors which will lead to a business decision to either leave, not expand, or not locate in the City of Portland or Multnomah County.

A sound transportation infrastructure is vital for a healthy business environment. Portland’s position as a global import/export facility is dependent upon the ability of goods and services to flow freely into and within the region. The City must be proactive in its endeavors and cooperate with both Multnomah County and Metro to prevent further degradation of our highway, rail and water transportation routes and facilities. The time and difficulty involved in offloading and transporting goods will be the primary factor in consideration of this region as a distribution center.

Small businesses and large businesses are mutually reliant. Small businesses, in most cases, rely on large businesses to purchase their goods and services. Consumer oriented businesses rely on the quality employment provided by larger businesses for the discretionary dollars which allow people to shop. Large businesses rely on the diverse range of products and services provided by the small employers. The City must recognize this mutual reliance and not adopt policies which appear to be small business friendly to the detriment of large business.

Availability of capital financing is essential to a healthy business environment. City policy makers and regulators must recognize that barriers to business not only impact the ability of a business to be profitable, but also affect its ability to obtain financing. Since most business failures are associated with debt burden, the city must recognize that high permit fees and system development charges increase the capital required for a business start. The city must fight to retain economic development dollars in the budget and distribute those dollars in such a way as to provide the broadest assistance possible.

My reaction to Leonard's mandates is to take my business outside the city. I'm not going to give someone my driver's license information to buy some Rustoleum for my rod iron railings. I'll buy it out in the suburbs where your freer to be a person. I already buy my gasoline outside the city as a protest against Leonard's ethanol mandate. Ethanol only has a net energy gain of 25% according to Department of Energy citations, and probably even less in Portland, since the ethanol is shipped here from the Midwest via railroads. You also have to drive to the gasoline station more often because ethanol burns faster per mile driven.

Most Portlanders just want to be left alone and not treated like guinea pigs for the Council's grand experiments in social engineering. But it doesn't look good displacing ilk like Commissioner Leonard (and Adams). Most folks I know who do vote seem to vote on emotion and not logic. Maybe a better path is for small Portland businesses to protest and ignore this "spray paint" order. I heard the enforcement dollars aren't there. Ugh!

So folks, whacha gonna do when Smell Bad Leonard is governor?

"So folks, whacha gonna do when Smell Bad Leonard is governor?"

He's too late. The world he helped create during his lengthy smelly political career is coming unhitched.
He's so lacking in perceptive skills he'll whallow in denial as he lives his multiple PERS retirement.

Sorry Randy, you're an OK guy, just never qualified to make public policy.
You should have just stayed a rank and file fireman and left the leading to those with skills.

I'm sympathetic to the small business owners, who have to make a living without sweetheart tax breaks and not a whole lot of cooperation from the city.

But in this case, why didn't the hardware stores produce some estimated costs and some kind of impact analysis? If this is going to be THAT big of a problem for them, they should be able to show me fairly easily why that's so.

Waiting for the city to make the case for them is naive.

A small business impact statement may be a good idea, but the way things are going there may soon be no small businesses left in Portland to impact.

Perhaps we should go for an endangered species listing for Portland small business owners - that may stop the council from doing further damage.

Well, Portland, we've allowed it to happen once again. Good ol' guy Randy Leonard pushes through another STUPID IDEA.

Just what I want to do, take time to buy a can of spray... AND give my vital information to some counter person, who has no desire to protect my identity.

I THINK NOT! I've already had my identity STOLEN: fraudulent checks, credit card used in Mexico... I wasn't in mexico and I still had my card, identity used for other purposes (illegal).

Gresham, Tigard, Wilsonville: Stock up on spray paint...

I have my doubts, too, about whether the spray paint ordinance would significantly reduce graffiti. But as long as we're just speculating about potential impacts, I'll guess that the ordinance wouldn't impose any great burden on businesses. Most small hardware stores already choose to lock up certain items--such as expensive saw blades and router bits--so the hassle of that procedure apparently isn't a business killer. Nor is collecting personal information at the counter--as, for example, when someone pays by personal check.

More generally, I think it's worth questioning the "God bless the noble small American business and free it from all constraints" mentality that’s so prevalent these days. No segment of society is so generally lauded while coming in for so little criticism. Yes, small businesses are an important part of the overall economic picture, but so are taxes, labor laws, and various other social and environmental regulations. Small businesses are primarily devoted to making money for their owners, and that's fine as long as they provide decent jobs with decent wages and benefits--but that's by no means always the case. Small businesses naturally range from good to bad, from responsible to irresponsible. The need for laws constraining businesses is as apparent as the need for laws constraining individuals.

It would be nice, for the sake of balance, to hear a little talk from small-business owners about their social obligations and not just continual complaints about the "burdens" they face in the supposedly "anti-business climate" of Portland or just about any other place they happen to be located. From the perspective of a business owner, no place is ever sufficiently "pro-business."

Small businesses, like individuals, don't do us any great favor by the mere fact of their existence. They prove their worth by how they conduct themselves—and maybe we can reasonably expect them to do a little more to help solve the local graffiti problem, among other things.

Roger Says: "why didn't the hardware stores produce some estimated costs and some kind of impact analysis?"

Once again, a misguided soul...

Plan A. CoP leadership float an idea, have no idea of it's cost/impact then push it through to a vote.

Plan B. Outside groups do provide cost/impact analysis which identifies quantitative evidence of a negative impact of a proposal project or proposal and the City of Portland leadership disregards the evidence and votes in favor of the motion anyway.

The City of Portland MUST/SHOULD provide the estimated costs and impact analysis, and do so accurately. They are paid; they are elected to do this.

Neighborhood groups, private individuals, and others constantly have to FIGHT City of Portland leadership, just to provide the very basic information.

The cost impact analysis would have been developed by SBAC if Randy had engaged them like he should have. That's the purpose of having the SBAC.

As much as I prefer to do business with small businesses, largely because I perceive that my expenditures go to support local economic activity, rather than shipping it immediately out of state, I have to admit that I'm fairly strongly in agreement with Richard here.

Small businesses are primarily devoted to making money for their owners, and that's fine as long as they provide decent jobs with decent wages and benefits--but that's by no means always the case. Small businesses naturally range from good to bad, from responsible to irresponsible. The need for laws constraining businesses is as apparent as the need for laws constraining individuals.

Amen. Some of the most egregious violators of decent labor laws I have known have been small businesses. My wife once worked for a small manufacturing firm which was owned by a couple. He was the serious and technical side of the business, and she was the "Red Queen", offing an employee each week, seemingly just for the power rush it gave her. Such stories are replete amongst those who've worked in or around small business enterprises.

I would also like to point out that small hardware store type businesses have no self-interest in limiting access to spray paints. Not only does in impose additional business requirements upon the business, but they also act to dampen demand for additional hardware store products to remove or cover graffiti tags. Simplistically, open purchase cans of spray paint are a double stimulus for hardware stores. I'm not surprised that there would be resistance...it's not in their economic interests to restrict spray paints.

It would be nice, for the sake of balance, to hear a little talk from small-business owners about their social obligations and not just continual complaints about the "burdens" they face in the supposedly "anti-business climate" of Portland or just about any other place they happen to be located. From the perspective of a business owner, no place is ever sufficiently "pro-business."

Amen. After serving five years as a staffer in the Chamber of Commerce, I cannot underline this enough. I personally get damned tired of hearing this "anti-business" crap, when local governments have been scrambling since 1990 to accomodate, and even pander to, businesses, large, medium and small. The tax laws in this state have transferred the bulk of the tax burden over to homeowners and off of corporations (which, in most cases, includes "small businesses"), and public services, particularly public schools have suffered accordingly. THIS IS WHAT THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY WAS DEMANDING TWENTY YEARS AGO. They got what they wanted, now they don't like it.

The state of Oregon has one of the lowest tax burdens for corporations of any state in the union....yet, we're still "anti-business". Our municipalities are prostituting themselves to attract and keep businesses of all sizes, and the individual taxpayer suffers. Can you say "subsidy"? Hey...I can. I know what was offered to Wacker Siltronic back in 1978...and it wasn't chickenfeed. That was the beginning of the "silicon forest" crap and, now that the subsidy has run its allowable lifetime, the company which now owns the manufacturing plant that it helped build is posturing to get more subsidies...or they'll move.

Local governments need to stop doing what any specific sector of the business community happens to want. Local governments should focus upon equity and fairness to all the revenue sources, building and maintaining adequate public infrastructure, and dispensing with readily accessible public services at a reasonable cost. Ignoring this in the case of public schools has eroded our ability to attract new employers...good schools are the number one determinant of where many, if not most, or even all, prospective business location decisions. We are now in a much worse situation than we were twenty years ago when business taxes were a higher percentage of gross earnings.

We've effectively shot ourselves in the foot in terms of attracting new business investment....Let's not do it again by catering to the whims of yet another portion of the community which has as it's philosphical commitment the maximization of their personal income, rather than the wider, and wiser, community interest.


Easy with the bold tag, tiger.

Fine, let them all go to hell and we can drive out to Home Depot and Target whenever we need a faucet washer.

You forgot Wal-Mart, Jack.

They probably have cheap Chinese spray paint.

I'll personally still go over to my neighborhood hardware store and pay the premium because I'll be able to buy just one of the damned things, not a packet of twenty, including ten that don't, and never will, fit anything in my home. Plus, the guy at the local hardware store doesn't have that vacant stare of ignorance when I ask him where the faucet washers are.

I'm not sure why they're all "going to go to hell" for being required to keep part of their stock under lock and key. I mean, really, have they "gone to hell" because they keep the fancy drill bits under lock and key...NO. Crepes...at Winks you practically have to ask for everything because it's kept behind the counter. Exactly how would a requirement to keep spray paints off open shelves damage Winks' business?

Why do I get the distinct impression that this demand to obsequiate in the wake of "small business" being mentioned is naught but part of an attempt to defraud the public?

And...If the irasible actually drive to Gresham for a faucet washer, then that's their choice. If the taggers have to go to Gresham or other points afar for their spray paint, I sincerely doubt that they are going to wait until they get all the way back to wherever in PDX before they engage in their sick and twisted vandalism. It may be just pushing the problem around (rather like our approach to the homeless), but at least the impact of tagging could be reduced in our neighborhoods. If it actually worked, I'd bet that nearby municipalities would probably follow suit in short order.

I mean, really, have they "gone to hell" because they keep the fancy drill bits under lock and key...NO. Crepes...at Winks you practically have to ask for everything because it's kept behind the counter.

I don't get how the fact that they already lock some inventory up lessens at all the expense of having to lock up the spray paint (which is a much larger block of inventory, by the way). Or how the fact that they already take ID for checks (I'm sure that's become rare) lessens at all the expense of having to take ID on spray paint (probably some sold daily).

Next we'll be locking up the box cutters because of 9/11. Where does it stop with Fireman Randy?

"so the hassle of that procedure apparently isn't a business killer."

"killer"? If it's not a killer or can't be blamed for killing a business any dumb ass idea is worth trying?

How about the time and material costs for the locking display cases and record keeping? What if it's 100s or a few thousand dollars?
And what if a small business declines to do it?
Is Randy going to enforce his new nitwit law and punish the business owner more than any tagger?
Probably. What an ass.

"I don't get how the fact that they already lock some inventory up lessens at all the expense of having to lock up the spray paint . . . . Or how the fact that they already take ID for checks . . . lessens at all the expense of having to take ID on spray paint"

The fact that hardware stores already lock up some stuff and take ID in certain cases doesn't, of course, lessen the possible expense of the proposed spray paint ordinance. My point was just that businesses will impose troublesome procedures on themselves when they think it's in their economic best interest. It's therefore not unreasonable, at least as a matter of principle, to think that they should have to go to some extra and familiar trouble and expense when it's in the community's best interest.

Businesses often like to say that they're part of the community. Here's a chance for them to act like it--in order to protect their neighbors', and perhaps even their own, property from vandalism.

The community benefit of the ordinance may turn out not to be worth the cost to individual businesses, but it seems to me that it's worth a try.

You've obviously forgotten the purpose of a caring/progressive local government is to constantly pass new laws, taxes, and regulations. Plus the occasional slam on the Feds.

Never mind the fact they can't pave the streets, protect us from crime, or prevent/prosecute fraud in their very own taxpayer funded handouts to local political candidates. NOT THEIR JOB!

Businesses often like to say that they're part of the community. Here's a chance for them to act like it--in order to protect their neighbors', and perhaps even their own, property from vandalism.

Yeah...right.

And see how they line up to actually be "part of the community". That's because that line about being part of the community is just so much lip-service. It's "retail propoganda", otherwise known at "advertising". It doesn't actually have to match reality, it just has to sound sincere.

The capitalist paradigm makes it clear that if the customer's interest is not the retailer's interest, then, for the retailer, at least, the customer is just SOL. I'll repeat the paradigm as applied to the problem: It is not in the interest of spray paint retailers to limit access to the product. Doing so reduces the later demand for similar products to cover up (or remove) the vandalism originally caused by the spray paint sold, or stolen, (or, for real hardcore conspiracy freaks, gifted) from the outlet.

I personally don't see what interest there is for any outlet to willingly conform to a community standard that limits access to spray paints. It just isn't in their best capitalist interests.

Also...Note here that if we had sufficient public funding of enforcement, we might be able to place the burden where it actually belongs, on the perpetrators of the vandalism. But, nooooo... The cost of doing that is "anti-business".

The community benefit of the ordinance may turn out not to be worth the cost to individual businesses, but it seems to me that it's worth a try.

What the hell - it's not YOUR money.

I do so love the scattergun approach to governance.

I don't know what else one could reasonably expect from this council - especially from Hugo Chavez-Leonard.

If you don't care about limitations on taggers, then just leave your address and we'll try to make sure the taggers hit your place within the next week.

Then you can enjoy their "art" and know that you had a small part in preserving it.

Prostitution, distribution of drugs, and suspended revoked licenses all prove that merely outlawing something is unlikely to have much impact on those who continue to prostitute, distribute drugs, and drive on suspended revoked licenses.

Does that mean we should give up on enforcement. To the contrary, it means that passing laws without any enforcement mechanism (or the jail space to incarcerate flagrant repeat offenders) is mere folly. If the offender realizes that continued violation of the law will get them tossed into jail for months/years at a time, they are either going to:

A) try harder to avoid getting caught

B) quit violating the law

C) rot in jail.

At present, most criminals (taggers included) realize that EVEN IF THEY ARE CAUGHT (which is unlikely), they are going to be matrixed out for all but the most violent crimes. And 620 beds at Wapato Jail continue to lay empty.

We don't need more laws, we need more enforcement and more jail funding.

Thr trouble with the spray paint ordinance (which also includes glass cutting tools and "glass etching tools"), is that recording who bought what color of spraypaint, and what lot number, doesn't do anything to stop graffiti. Spray paint is mixed in huge batches (10,000 cans per?), so a lot number could mean that this can was bought at any of 25 different stores in the Portland area, and even under different brand labels, still with the same "lot number". So, if the city graffiti cop finds an empty spray paint can by the scene of the crime, he will, what, go to every retailer, and go through their paper files looking for that lot number. Then he'll (she'll) find that that same lot number was sold at a dozen stores, to a dozen different individuals. So then what is done? Interview (haul in for questioning?) all 12 "suspects"? Or do they just haul in any Reed College students or Hispanics or Blacks among the 12?

No one has given me any details on how this would supposedly work.

Doug

"Details"? "Work"? Neither of those concepts is meaningful when you're talking about the Portland City Council.

This ban is just more feel good crap from the cop

Try proving what store the tagger bought the contraband from (unless they where dumb enough too keep the receipt) or didn't drive out of Portland to get their spray paint.

45 min. by bus
30 min. by max
and 10 min. by car
thats how easy this is to defeat.

Whoa! This is a big little issue and everybody wants to weigh in on one side or the other. This could be divisive, like the Iraq war.

My view: This is another transfer from a minority, taggers, to the majority. We will all pay by spending more time in a store just to buy spray paint for a little project. Our privacy will be diminished because now someone else has our ID. And the stores will spend a few more dollars out of their profit on bureaucracy.

It's the law now. The transfer of responsibility is done. All of us have a new complication and cost in our lives. Taggers just have a little new challenge. And I think they love a little challenge. Let's see... Can we sneak on the MAX line without paying and go to Beaverton or Hillsboro or... for our paint? Or should we use fake ID?

If you don't care about limitations on taggers, then just leave your address and we'll try to make sure the taggers hit your place within the next week.

Gimme a break.

First, this isn't about limitations on taggers, it's about limitations on everybody. One can "care about limitations on taggers" and still think this is just a PR ploy. Real limitations on taggers would involve enforcement, which, as everyone knows, is just too much trouble. What's more, it might offend some voting bloc (bus kids, etc.) We all pay so the jellyfish spined council can pretend to be "doing something".

The other part of the comment is just sad.

"The other part of the comment is just sad."

Actually, rr, "the other part of the comment" is remarkably similar in spirit and theme to one you posted recently. Strange, isn't it, how we tend to find find others' bad behavior more offensive than our own?

Here's your sad remark:

"The synthetic earnestness of Richard's comment leads me to offer to help you dump your "accumulated crud" in HIS trash can...

or yard...

or car...

your call"

Posted by rr | August 15, 2007 5:51 PM

I can tell that rr has never had his property "tagged".

Strange how perceptions change with experience.

Until and unless there are sufficient funds allocated for actual legal enforcement, with "time" allocated to offenders to clean up graffito, any ordinance to restrain it will be useless. As I've already pointed out, "slaptags" are already appearing in my southeast Portland neighborhood. Many of the newer "tags" are not spraycan, but permanent mega-point pens.

They gonna lock up all the pens, too?

Public enforcers not doing enough? Tough ship....you got your tax break, shut up and enjoy it.


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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

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: 92
At this date last year: 144
Total run 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


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