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Friday, October 15, 2010

Why Portland has no money for fire trucks

Hard to believe that Portland's taxpayers are paying good money to host this dreck on the city's official website. And is the author getting paid by the city to write and post it?

Comments (14)

[I]s the author getting paid by the city to write and post it?

Yes, more than $75,000 a year.

I think you're just being mean, uncharitable and short-sighted. The halo effect of a TV star using mass transit (on the bus, no less) is likely to generate at least $3 in revenue for Tri-Met. And in percentage terms, that's meaningful.

"Dreck" is too kind. Paid or not - it is amazing drivel.

Garage, thanks for that link. I can't believe some of the idiots I've dealt with make that kind of money.

Yes, more than $75,000 a year.

Gee, not bad. I wonder how much the really good propagandists make. I also wonder what kind of training is required to be a "transportation demand management specialist."

The halo effect of a TV star using mass transit (on the bus, no less) is likely to generate at least $3 in revenue for Tri-Met.

I would love to see the mathematics where that works out. And it definitely wouldn't be true if the assumed passengers were riding the Streetcar.

Maybe it is one of Adams pr flacks that is paid by transportation.

Allan L. ....and it cost us $3 in PERS for you to post here.

It's getting harder to discern reality from satire anymore. That blog post reads like an Onion parody (I had to check the URL twice).

I thought that Allan L.'s "uncharitable" comment was clearly satire and gave it a chuckle at first glance. I mean, how could anyone attach a real dollar figure ($3m in new Tri-Met ridership) to a blogpost about the personal travel habits of an actor in cable network series?

It sounds ridiculous but no more so than the underlying blog post (which appears to have been earnest).

Excuse me if I'm being daft, but Allan, was your post intended to be funny?

Pancho and others:
I guess if you have to explain that it's satire, it isn't. But then, where do you get $3m out of $3? $3 is potentially amusing in this context, but evidently nobody took the literal part literally and, hence, the sarcastic part for humor. Mea culpa.

As for Travis's comment, I'm just baffled. But then, I never understood PERS.

The cost to PERS is not for Allan L. (whom if he's who I think he is, is not a public employee) may be from the benefits that accrue to the public employees while they take time from work to read these threads.

I poked around on the link Garage provided. There is A LOT of admin fat on every level. I am shocked at the pay rate and the number of support staff per bureau. How do I sign up? That's comfy living.

I should dig around my own links a little more.

Dean "Dead Wood" Marriott pulls in more than $200,000?

And, at $212,000 a year, "Sustainable Sue" Anderson is just "this close" to triggering Obama's tax increases on "millionaires and billionaires."

These are the no-show jobs I thought only appeared in The Sopranos.

Maybe Creepy and the kitty council (that's for you clinamen) should hold a bake sale to raise money for fire trucks. Randy would not doubt show up with burnt biscuits.


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