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Monday, February 20, 2012

Hales: Streetcar helps the poor

The phrase "out of touch" is too mild.

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I believe the acronym "WTF" is too mild, too. "If the peasants have no bus service, let them take the streetcar."

Wow! All three of these candidates seem to be really out of touch with core issues of poverty.

Hales: A streetcar? Are you nuts?

Brady: More buses? To where? How about a job?

Smith: More Taxes? Typical, non-effective response that sounds somewhat reasonable,but is proven to be totally counter-productive. How about more jobs with higher wages so everybody pays taxes and has money to spend?

If these are the top three candidates - OHG!!! Hale is so clueless that even buying a vowel won't help this man. In his world the pink unicorns eat lollipops and poop out rainbows. Brady is talking about the eastside, great sentiment, it will get her lots of votes from the eastside but holding up 'those' folk will be her undoing. And Smith, all he EVER sees is more taxes, followed by more taxes, on top of more taxes. You know, you get a clown like Adams in there and you think/hope/pray that a replacement will be better, instead you find out that there really is something below the low, low bar that Adams set. Flipping unbelieveable.

Hard to see how the transit system in this town benefits the poor.
It rarely runs when a schedule when they need to get to work.
Does Trimet think that people only work 9 to 5 ?
On weekdays.
How does is someone supposed to use mass transit to get to that shift on Saturday or Sunday ?
The one that starts as say 0600..
That's why so many poor people invest in a car of some sort. It gets them where they need to be without hours of wasted time.

Hard to see how the transit system in this town benefits the poor.
It rarely runs when a schedule when they need to get to work.
Does Trimet think that people only work 9 to 5 ?

To her credit, that's what Brady was talking about--get them better bus service--more routes, better schedules, etc.

Not gonna happen. Tri-Met has decided that all it is going to run are light rail cattle cars that hold 200 or more people, with a single driver in a booth who couldn't be bothered interacting with anyone.

Tri-Met excels at development-oriented transit.

The fact that political debate in this city (and America) revolves around what can the government gimmee gimmee gimmee is the most pathetic part.

Wonder what JFK would think.

So that is why a street car is needed to Lake O and Milwaukie!
To help the poor folks living there...now I get it.

Hales couldn't even answer a direct question about bus service in east county. And as for his scenario of common people piling on the STREETCAR to get to job interviews and a parole officer's office (guess they don't go anywhere else): the streetcar goes practically nowhere and certainly nowhere outside the city center area.

But...but...but...CharLIE has vision...he wants to buld more and more toonerville trolleys to serve the areas now lacking....you just don't see the vision....

In my opinion, Charlie Hales is just too clever with words. Sounds good, what does he really mean when he speaks?

For example,
Hales:We should make sure, first, that the transit system continues to be a public service, and serves everyone, and serves the whole community.

We know Charlie is for rail, rails and more rails, all over the city if he could and that tie-in he likes so well, the development-oriented housing. If “he” says the plan should serve the whole community, would that mean that most of the people in our community would have to live in those high-density clusters in order to be served?

I was hoping by his travels around the country promoting light rail that he would find another city he would be delighted to live in! Too bad he didn’t.

He did. It was in Washington State. But he still voted here.

He did. It was in Washington State. But he still voted here.

Ha ha! Beat me to it.

This campaign's a total clown show

How many clowns can fit into a street car?

You know how the Democrats bitch and moan about how Republicans should wear jackets like NASCAR drivers that show their corporate sponsorship?

Charlie Hales: Brought to you by Siemens, United Railcar, Walsh Construction, Stacy & Witbeck, and a whole slew of light rail and streetcar interests.

At least that kid that doesn't know what he's talking about doesn't seem to have any corporate sponsors...about the ONLY redeeming value of his. The problem is, he's getting his marching orders from people who are laundering money from the same groups. He's to be as trusted as George W. Bush - a decent guy, corrupted by a lot of dirty people who tell the man what to do, and he didn't have the decency to tell those evil folks to STFU.

Studies show access to a car is a greater influence on people's incomes than a college degree.

These guys have no room in their pin heads for facts or sense.

Isn't Hales the same pinhead that gave Portland it's planning rules against "snout houses" - where the garage door takes up a major portion of the front of the property?

Hales=Snout Houses. He's the pinhead.

His rules say you can't have your front door more than 6 ft. back from the plane of the garage front and that the garage front plane to the street can't exceed 50% of the total house front to the street. That means on a standard R5 50 ft. wide lot that the garage can't be wider than 20 ft. Try to park two cars in 20 ft., especially if you are handicap using a walker or stroller, or getting your kids out of their safety seats.

The Snout House rules were designed to decrease crime and make your neighborhoods more street friendly so you have more "interaction" with your neighbors. No kidding. We're all more friendly now, aren't we?


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