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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fernandez files for mayor

Scott Fernandez, a most attractive alternative candidate for mayor of Portland, officially filed his candidacy with the city elections bureau on Friday. Unlike the three money-and-wind bags who get all the attention in the race, Fernandez challenges the current status quo, which badly needs challenging. If you don't vote for, and actively support, him or Max Brumm, you're part of the problem.

Comments (18)

From his website: Scott will return weekly garbage pick-up to
Portland immediately after becoming mayor.

If he closes down the PDC, fixes the streets, and stops subsidizing the anti-car and green mafia, my vote is his.

The problem with that promise from Mr. Fernandez is that its going to take a City Council vote to change it back, just as the Council voted to implement the new plan and rates.

The devil is in the details. Having three votes on Council is one of those pesky details.

Folks who are very well intentioned - as Mr. Fernandez is - but inexperienced are too ofyen prone to make impossible - to - keep promises.

If you want the mayoral candidate who has put the greatest
effort (for over a decade) to stop the Regional Water Plan to privatize Portland's
Bull Run water supply. a vote for Scott Fernandez will send
a strong message and leader to City Council to shift policies
back to where they belong.

Nonny Mouse, I appreciate your comments about my intentions, but I am not inexperienced regarding this issue. I won't commit to something I cannot deliver and you won't see any gimmicks in order to garner votes. What you see is what you get. Part of my experience over most of the last decade on the Portland Utility Review Board was engaging in solid waste budgets. The office of mayor has much influence in determining the outcome of such matters. The community is demanding such action as returning to weekly garbage pick-up. I am listening and I agree.

The mayor is allowed to assign bureaus to each city commissioner. He or she could keep them all if wanted. That is what Fernandez should do. Without any bureaus the other commissioners wouldn’t need any staff either. The new mayor could fire all bureau heads, slim them down and get rid of any too. The mayor could cut budgets and set policy through the bureaus unilaterally. Then the mayor could use assigning bureaus for votes for any agenda wanted. Just look at all the permutations; for instance if a commissioner was really mass transit or bike oriented, then take away their city car. The new mayor could have a lot of fun messing with the halfwits on the council.

Am I part of the problem if I don't vote for him - because I moved to Tigard?

I'll be happy to support this guy in any other legal manner, though!!!

Candidate fair at Concordia University tonight !

You have my vote Scott.

Get your a@@ visual asap !!

Apologize for being a bit off top[ic but check out oregonlive.com and one Mr Adams in a fur hat, etc. Almost a coffee through the nose moment...but then I got sick instead.

Nonny Mouse: The problem with that promise from Mr. Fernandez is that its going to take a City Council vote to change it back, just as the Council voted to implement the new plan and rates. The devil is in the details. Having three votes on Council is one of those pesky details.

Yeah, but consider this, too, N.M.: One of the benefits of having all "at-large" Council seats instead of districts is that all of those puppets can have their tickets punched out by a majority of voters citywide. Water isn't the only thing that evaporates when the heat is on.

Put it to 'em, Scott!

Fernandez can do Portland a world of good. What breath of fresh air, and common sense! Go, Scott, Go!

What if Scott & Max teamed up somehow? Yowza!

Nonny, I understand your point you made concerning garbage service, but you have to look at the picture of how this got passed by Council.

It was Sam's office that thought up the need for the change. Not one other council member initially advocated, proposed any of the discussion or follow through. So there is hope that Scott can do something about garbage if elected.

Besides, the mayor's position can have a lot of weight as others are pointing out.

But you are right that it may be a tough battle for a new mayor to change garbage service back because the advocates will be coming out in force. But I think the opposing force might be just as strong, and wanting Fernandez to succeed just on that issue to possibly help set many new agendas for this city.

Also, a candidate like Scott winning will tell other commissioners that citizens aren't buying into many of their doctrines. They need to take heed.

I don't care about the garbage issue (though it would be OK with me to re-start weekly pick-up and still require composting), but I am impressed with Mr. Fernandez. Get yourself a Facebook Page, sir and start getting out there. I can't believe I am considering volunteering for a candidate and/or making a campaign contribution...it would be the first time ever...

I can't believe I am considering volunteering for a candidate and/or making a campaign contribution...it would be the first time ever..

It IS a strange feeling but I'm getting it, too.

Although as a volunteer I may be counter-productive, I just took back three months worth of empties so I'm flush.

I pledge $100.

I think it is very interesting that we have before us the possibility of
those three votes needed for the public interest
if more people filed for:
Commissioner Position No. 1
Commissioner Position No. 4

My perception is that we have too many career politician types and/or those who want to be careerists, my point is that we need others in the race in those positions that would have a similar mindset as Fernandez.

I encourage any who are still contemplating to file for those Positions. The city needs people willing to take care of basics and a cleansing of our city hall would bring a breath of fresh air.

March 6th is the deadline for filing.

When you win, can we have a Mayor's Ball again, with a battle of the bands?

Jadequeen, are you saying our current mayor has no Balls ?

For too long, the City of Portland has been addicted to spending and addicted to debt.

The magic words...cool beans.


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