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Monday, March 24, 2008

A lie a day

“I’m running to shake up the office of mayor and get Portland moving forward again.”

Comments (20)

How is VeraSam going to shake himself? The past years as Vera's gofer and presently in full bloom as VeraSam he has been anything but an outsider! Were we not moving forward in VeraSam's opinion the last few years? Maybe he was using a defective compass that Randy gave him?

"Adams praised the ruling as upholding election laws."

So when do we get the Chris Smith ruling he can praise also?

Whenever I read Jack "Bitter Old Grouch" BOGdanski rant against investing in our collapsing public infrastructure - which is the root of his incessant attacks against Sam Adams - I wonder how else he screws his kids and grandkids, if he ever had any.

Jack, do you want your grandkids driving across the Sellwood Bridge as they come to visit your overpaid sinecure up at L&C? Or do you care?

I wonder how else he screws his kids and grandkids, if he ever had any.

there goes Jack, forcing you to visit his blog, read it, then involuntarily comment on it.

Whenever I read Jack "Bitter Old Grouch" BOGdanski

you sound awfully bitter and grouchy to me. whenever i read a blog comment that's intensely personal, i always know it's not about the blogger--it's about the commenter's life.

That's a little rough. Sounds like someone got up on the wrong side of the bed

"against investing in our collapsing public infrastructure"

I beg your pardon, Mr Adams has consistently determined the only infrastructure worth investing in is downtown and ignored the rest of town. He can find money for street cars and bike bridges without taxes, but it seems as though we need a tax to pay for roads.

He had $30M rev surpluses for two years in a row and didnt dedicate $0.01 to road repair, so he has had plenty of opportunity.

Sam Adams is in a large way part of the collapsing public infrastructure problem which makes him deserving of not only the incessant attacks against him but removal from office as well.

The only thing keeping him in office right now is the total lack of genuine audits.

YGSTCW:

Would you just barge into a neighbor's living room and tell him/her what a no good rotten somb!*ch you think they are?

Would you expect a warm reception or an invite to come back next week?

Don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out.

We can only DREAM that Sam Adams would offer to chip in city dollars to fund the single busiest two lane bridge within city limits...But they won't: they're going to buy the Post Office and put up a homeless service center instead.

What's the difference? If they can build an aerial Park & Ride or buy a Post Office, why can't they help to replace the most dangerous bridge in Portland?

Another Monday, another busted water main, but there's no need to give up on the next pipe dream. Sam has the silver shovel all polished up and his developer pals are lining up their next big handout.

“I’m running to keep the office of mayor in the back pocket of development interests, and to further indebt the citizens of Portland.” - Sam "Progress" Adams

YGSTCWNU writes:"Whenever I read Jack "Bitter Old Grouch" BOGdanski rant against investing in our collapsing public infrastructure - which is the root of his incessant attacks against Sam Adams - I wonder how else he screws his kids and grandkids, if he ever had any.

Jack, do you want your grandkids driving across the Sellwood Bridge as they come to visit your overpaid sinecure up at L&C? Or do you care?"

Dear YGSTCWNU there is a bill for some $54 trillion in unfunded liabilities comin' down the track so you need to keep a tight hold on that wallet of yours. Once the government doubles your taxes to pay for today's mess you might want to think about some of the words posted here.

MHW

My, my. Having trouble buying spray paint?

The reason the Sellwood Bridge is falling down is that Portland has its head you know where when it comes to transportation priorities. And yet Sam the Tram and Mike Powell are clucking around about the Burnside "couplet."

I'd like for my kids and grandkids to live here, but with the clowns that are running the place, they may not be able to.

Thanks for illustrating the tenor of the Adams campaign, and his upcoming administration. Full of nastiness.

"I wonder how else he screws his kids and grandkids, if he ever had any."
Sam does not have to worry about kids of his own, I have to worry about my kids knowing Sam.

YGST....., why don't you ask about Sam's transportation priorities not fixing the Sellwood Bridge, like: Taking $250 Million in Lottery Dollars for the Milwaukie LightRail,
Taking $950 Million in federal funds for the Milwaukie LightRail,
Taking $200 Million in Oregon Opportunity Funds to OHSU and diverted to pay for the tram,
Taking $138 Million of Oregon gas taxes for Sam's pet projects of trolleys, ped. paths, bike trails, mass transit education programs;
Taking over $100 Million from Portland's street R.O.W fees charged to every taxpayer and diverted to everything but the streets.

You keep missing the point, the $7 Million per year that Sam claims needed to maintain our streets are there, plus fixing a few bridges. And if we are short, Sam is always great about "leveraging" our dollars to suck more from the feds and state.

Citizens are not necessarily against mass transit in all its forms, but when there are limits of dollars and only 3% of all trips are mass transit, priorities need to be reexamined by Sam and Co.

I can only hope the voters are paying attention to the debacle that the public campaign financing has been. (I refuse to use Adams' Orwellian term.) Our sewers are leaking, bridges are collapsing, and we are spending millions on paying people to run for office. It is criminal.

Today, Sam claimed that bike trips makes up to 5% of mass transit trips. Not true. First, ask him when and where those measurement were taken, and if they are a yearly average or just the summer count. Ask him if the cords on the pavement measuring the trips asked the biker if the trips on the EastBank Esplanade, WaterFront Park, or Springwater Trail were commuter, going to work trips, or just recreational trips. Ask him if the same cord could differentiate between ones foot stomping the cord and a bike. (How many times have you stomped a counter cord?)

When you don't give the whole truth, sometimes that can become a lie, or at least pulls the wool over citizens' eyes if you keep repeating it. Sam is good at it.

Dear Sam Adams,

you're what happens to a city in love with its own press.

you promise to be "my workaholic" if elected? *that* is the best you have to offer--that you'll work hard?

by the way--congratulations on depriving Dozono of campaign cash. thank god you didn't get the same treatment when you tried to pull a fast one (twice) on me with the road tax, eh? whew. you must hate it when things don't quite go your way.

and judging from the way you publicly treat others at City Hall and in City Council, why the heck should I believe you'd treat me any differently once elected?

and the Tram? Sam, c'mon. you said it was built to "put Portland on the map." Portland's been on the map for over 150 years, man--a silver slug sliding over rooftops between condo towers and a hospital is the best you've got to offer?

so, Sam, i hope your campaign goes well. surely, you'll get elected. and then, you and me and the rest of Portland will see just how talented--and you'll see just how tough a job being Mayor really is.


your friend,
-ecohuman


Last I checked, the Sellwood Bridge is a County Bridge.

Would you guys pay to have your neighbors fence painted? I mean, you look at it, right? You benefit not to see your neighbor do the boogie woogie in his underwear every night in his backyard.

They should just stick a $1 toll on it and be done with it. Probably pay for a brand new bridge in no time.

The city/county/public school jurisdictional divide is a creation of historical choice.

When the City of Portland wants to chip in and help PPS or build a new facility for David Douglas High School, they pass a vote and it's done.

When the County wanted to initiate a new income tax, they put it up for a vote, and the City kindly collected it for them.

Portland Cops deliver suspects into custody at County Jails, and respond to officer needs assistance calls outside City Limits.

When there is a wild fire in California, we send Portland Firefighters and equipment 1200 miles away to help out.

And I would certainly help to pay for my neighbor's fence if it jeopardized my safety, as is the case with the Sellwood Bridge.

bob, I guess you are saying that all the citizens in Sellwood, SoWhat, Johns Landing, East and West Moreland, Brooklyn, Lents, Southwest Portland, and many more that are in the jurisdiction of CoP don't use the Sellwood Bridge. Many of us in these areas use it every day. Also, it sure isn't handy that the TriMet bus can't use the bridge too. So much for the mass transit usage.

And Bob the proposed Milwaukie light rail bridge and line extension isn't a state responsibility yet the local leaders pursuaded the legislature to hand
over $250 million in lottery backed bonds.

This selective jurisdictional shell game is getting way old.

Sam Adams is the worst at playing it, over and over again.


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