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Portland politicians and bureaucrats are usually quick to tell you that public input, collected at multiple public meetings, clearly supported whatever stunt they're pulling at the time. You wonder who actually shows up at these confabs and fills out the questionnaires to City Hall's liking. Sometimes it seems as though it must be people who have no lives.

Comments (12)

Oh brother! and I thought the 'voo doo' pins were bad!
Of course the Mayor has nothing better to do than tweet these days so this latest is no surprise. And we the tax payers foot the bill for these idiots read the tweets!
Why can't Sam just sit on a toilet at city hall and do this job?

The City That Works.

It's like Portland is being run by a bunch of 15 year olds........

Methinks Ms. Volm is the queen of local bureaucratic flackery!

Perhaps, Cros, but one must admire that plucky pencil's resting place in her advert just to the right>>>>
Good graphic design exploits simplicity.

[we now return to your regularly scheduled political snarkiness]

Cros,
If you actually thought I was flacking, you have missed the point. Can we rise to a higher level of discussion as Jack prompts us to, rather than judge from a place of knowing it all.

Mary Volm has my vote btw, and plenty of folks I know.

mine too, go Mary!

My vote is for Volm. For those who will say that she also is an insider, I say she isn't now so she qualifies. Anyway she really does know where the bones are burried.

Ms Volm - Outside of mentioning delviery of public services (which Saltzman will probably pick up as a throwaway line if he thinks it gets him traction), I am not seeing much difference between you and any generic candidate.

In addition, 20+ years as a public employee makes me wonder where the new ideas are going to come from. Sam touted these same features, remember the consummate insider pap?

I hear more planning, more green jobs, bending rules for different eomployers (might as well be for developers). You could start by defining what the heck you mean by sustainability.

This used to be our once beloved city, The City of Roses. Whose idea was it to change our city along with the slogan The City That Works? It seems like things have gone downhill ever since.

These public meetings are an example of how "the city works you over". Very controlled and some people are usually carefully placed at each table to see that no one objects too much, hard to try to work outside their agenda. A waste of time other than to go to be a thorn in their side. Perhaps an appropriate message from our once beloved "City of Roses" for us to be thorns in their side.

Ms. Volm...

I'm willing to consider you as a candidate, but your background and the p.r. you are putting out makes it seem as though Steve has excellent points.

I'm looking for a candidate who has a sense of fiduciary responsibility and fiscal resraint. From my view, as a community, we need to be focused upon saving what we already have, rather than sacrificing it to deferred maintenance whilst our elected officials feather their nests with tasty contracts to their friends, family, and donors.

As far as I'm concerned, we have a manifestly corrupted set of elected officials at practically every level here. How is it that you will change that?

If you can convince me, then you've got my vote. But you need to understand that I've heard promises from others and they didn't last. In many cases, I have come to think that the promises were empty when they were made. You are climbing up a hill which has been slimed by the miscreants who have run before you. How are you going to assure that the promises you make to Portlanders, those who might vote for you, or against you, are kept?

Then, let's talk about what kinds of promises are workable.

I'm looking for a candidate who wants to make Portland a decent place to live, not some kind of showcase for those who want to drive us into penury and keep us there so that we will be compliant while they pilfer our community resources.


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