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Monday, February 8, 2010

Cha-ching! More pork for Hoffman Construction.

The Goldschmidt lieutenants at the Port of Portland sure know how to ladle it out to those guys. I can't believe we're building a new headquarters for the Port -- its second in 11 years -- in the midst of a recession teetering on the edge of a depression. What a waste of money.

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Maybe they can get "the rich" and businesses to pay for it too!

Funny how 'they' keep talking about the worst economy since the great depression but you see stuff like this all over!

See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.

George W. Bush (1946 - ), http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/05/20050524-3.html

Don't forget that it includes a new parking garage...because even at Christmas, the entire PDX parking facility was no more than 75% full.

If the Port REALLY needed a new headquarters so badly, why not recycle the old Delta flight kitchen/cargo facility right where 82nd ends at Airport Way?

Wait 'til they get the new solar panel contract at the soccer-themed reservoir covers with portable toilets connected by tram to the Neon Rose monument just off the couplet next to the I-5 lid.

Oh well, hope they don't get sinkholes by the PoP building.

Cha-cha-change order = cha-cha-ching.

And this is why the overseers of the Port should be put under homerule and elected and not appointed by the bozos in Salem. The powers that be at the Port think they are there to serve their rich business cronies and they have no accountability to the tax base that makes it all possible. What also sucks is that no one can really address how you could set up a ballot initiative to force home rule. There is no real "port" district in terms of who can sign petitions and who would get ballots.

LocsAdvo -

I get this funny line item on my property tax bills each November for "Port of Portland" (PoP).

I expect that the assessors offices in Multnomah. Washington and Clackamas Counties could provide a list of affected properties.

Any natural person (corporations can't actually vote, yet) who lives within the area of the properties assessed the PoP tax should be able to sign a petition or vote.

Between the county assessors and the county voter registration folks, this isn't too hard to figure out.

Whether the wilingness to do it is there for the county folks is a whole other question....

The entire PoP is populated by morons. I say fire them all and hire a private management team. The entire organization is incapable of looking after public interests or even maintaining a coherent thought.

Nonny - Back in the 90s, I was referred to the county (MultCo) auditor when I asked the question about a ballot petition to put the Port of Portland under home rule. Apparently, he had something to do with elections stuff not exactly sure. But his answer was that while the petition was doable, there was nothing in place to deal with voting nor did they know the correct numbers of people living there so they could not provide the number of signatures required to get on the ballot. Trust me there was a long litany of how you could not get from here to there. I didn't feel like dealing with that much b.s.

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