Detail, east Portland photo, courtesy Miles Hochstein / Portland Ground.



For old times' sake
The bojack bumper sticker -- only $1.50!

To order, click here.







Excellent tunes -- free! And on your browser right now. Just click on Radio Bojack!






E-mail us here.

About

This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on July 27, 2012 12:45 PM. The previous post in this blog was Portland water system mortgage payment hits $37 million a year. The next post in this blog is Like a prayer. Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Archives

Links

Law and Taxation
How Appealing
TaxProf Blog
Mauled Again
Tax Appellate Blog
A Taxing Matter
TaxVox
Tax.com
Josh Marquis
Native America, Discovered and Conquered
The Yin Blog
Ernie the Attorney
Conglomerate
Above the Law
The Volokh Conspiracy
Going Concern
Bag and Baggage
Wealth Strategies Journal
Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation
myCorporateResource.com
World of Work
The Faculty Lounge
Lowering the Bar
OrCon Law

Hap'nin' Guys
Tony Pierce
Parkway Rest Stop
Utterly Boring.com
Along the Gradyent
Dwight Jaynes
Bob Borden
Dingleberry Gazette
The Red Electric
Iced Borscht
Jeremy Blachman
Dean's Rhetorical Flourish
Straight White Guy
HinesSight
Onfocus
Jalpuna
Beerdrinker.org
As Time Goes By
Dave Wagner
Jeff Selis
Alas, a Blog
Scott Hendison
Sansego
The View Through the Windshield
Appliance Blog
The Bleat

Hap'nin' Gals
My Whim is Law
Lelo in Nopo
Attorney at Large
Linda Kruschke
The Non-Consumer Advocate
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place
A Pig of Success
Attorney at Large
Margaret and Helen
Kimberlee Jaynes
Cornelia Seigneur
Mireio
And Sew It Goes
Mile 73
Rainy Day Thoughts
That Black Girl
Posie Gets Cozy
{AE}
Cat Eyes
Rhi in Pink
Althouse
GirlHacker
Ragwaters, Bitters, and Blue Ruin
Frytopia
Rose City Journal
Type Like the Wind

Portland and Oregon
Isaac Laquedem
StumptownBlogger
Rantings of a [Censored] Bus Driver
Jeff Mapes
Vintage Portland
The Portlander
South Waterfront
Amanda Fritz
O City Hall Reporters
Guilty Carnivore
Old Town by Larry Norton
The Alaunt
Bend Blogs
Lost Oregon
Cafe Unknown
Tin Zeroes
David's Oregon Picayune
Mark Nelsen's Weather Blog
Travel Oregon Blog
Portland Daily Photo
Portland Building Ads
Portland Food and Drink.com
Dave Knows Portland
Idaho's Portugal
Alameda Old House History
MLK in Motion
LoveSalem

Retired from Blogging
Various Observations...
The Daily E-Mail
Saving James
Portland Freelancer
Furious Nads (b!X)
Izzle Pfaff
The Grich
Kevin Allman
AboutItAll - Oregon
Lost in the Details
Worldwide Pablo
Tales from the Stump
Whitman Boys
Misterblue
Two Pennies
This Stony Planet
1221 SW 4th
Twisty
I am a Fish
Here Today
What If...?
Superinky Fixations
Pinktalk
Mellow-Drama
The Rural Bus Route
Another Blogger
Mikeyman's Computer Treehouse
Rosenblog
Portland Housing Blog

Wonderfully Wacky
Dave Barry
Borowitz Report
Blort
Stuff White People Like
Worst of the Web

Valuable Time-Wasters
My Gallery of Jacks
Litterbox, On the Prowl
Litterbox, Bag of Bones
Litterbox, Scratch
Maukie
Ride That Donkey
Singin' Horses
Rally Monkey
Simon Swears
Strong Bad's E-mail

Oregon News
KGW-TV
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune
KOIN
Willamette Week
KATU
The Sentinel
Southeast Examiner
Northwest Examiner
Sellwood Bee
Mid-County Memo
Vancouver Voice
Eugene Register-Guard
OPB
Topix.net - Portland
Salem Statesman-Journal
Oregon Capitol News
Portland Business Journal
Daily Journal of Commerce
Oregon Business
KPTV
Portland Info Net
McMinnville News Register
Lake Oswego Review
The Daily Astorian
Bend Bulletin
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Roseburg News-Review
Medford Mail-Tribune
Ashland Daily Tidings
Newport News-Times
Albany Democrat-Herald
The Eugene Weekly
Portland IndyMedia
The Columbian

Music-Related
The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen
Seal
Sting
Joni Mitchell
Ella Fitzgerald
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Stevie Wonder
Lou Rawls

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Friday, July 27, 2012

Maybe it was for Miss Oregon

Are those California plates on a City of Portland car?

Comments (10)

Might be a car for Leverage or Grimm. Saw a few cop cars with CA plates on their set earlier this year.

Along the same lines, I've always found it interesting that the City and State allows vehicles that operate primarily on Oregon roads to be registered out of state. For example, rental cars almost always either have Nevada or Washington plates when I've gotten a car. Also taxis. Nothing like seeing a taxi that operates with a city permit being registered out of state. Get on the ball and require these vehicles to be registered here that are using up the roads and bridges.

Was it parked at Disneyland?

It's the Official City of Portland Ambassador to SoCal: they must always be reachable by car phone in case of a diplomatic crisis.

The car was parked in the basement of the PSU/CoP building at 1900 S.W. 4th Avenue (in Portland) where the Bureau of Development Services is located.

Jeff - never saw an Oregon E- plate car in Anaheim but I did see one parked outside the "original" Starbucks, across the street from Pike Place Market. In Seattle. Was a few years back though, and it wasa DAS (state motor pool) vehicle.

We've been quietly morphing into California del Norte for some time now anyways. There you go...

Erik H.: Not sure what your point is, but let's not get carried away with the accusations of "misuse of government funds," etc. There are any number of reasons why an Oregon E-plate (DAS) car might be seen in Seattle.

For example, there are times when Oregon DEQ has meetings with USEPA (regional office which includes Oregon) in downtown Seattle.

And, for God's sake, what bloody difference does it make that a state employee might stop at the Starbucks to get a coffee before going to their meeting? Or, that they might stop at Pike Place Market before heading home? The ten cents extra gas, if that?

Please stop bashing public employees and constantly looking for some malfeasance by public agencies, public employees and, OMG, unions!

There are certainly problems with political corruption at the highest levels within the City of Portland, Tri-met, and Metro (as well as the City of Lake Oswego), and, yes, unions. And we should keep exposing and fighting (and voting) against that corruption until we stop it.

But most public employees are responsible, hard working, and take their jobs seriously. With the exception of corrupt "economic development/urban renewal" agencies, public agencies serve a community, state, or national purpose and are not going away, nor should they. I am not in favor of turning every community/societal function over to private industry, nor is that even practicable.

I'm tired of the constant bashing and insinuations that public employees are somehow just parasites. These people are your neighbors and even family/relatives. They are not dregs of society because they chose to work in public service, or because they wanted to have a more secure job with benefits for themselves and their families.

To those who, for some sad reason, can't seem to let a day go by without denigrating public employees, please, please ease up on the accusatory insinuations and irrational hatred. It's unfair to them and really adds nothing to public discourse or to solving the problems we all face, collectively, as a country.

Thanks.

No.

For example, there are times when Oregon DEQ has meetings with USEPA (regional office which includes Oregon) in downtown Seattle.

That's all great. Guess what? Oregon subsidizes this neat little thing called Amtrak Cascades.

Surely, the DEQ - the "environmental agency", would find it more apt NOT to stick another car on the freeway burning gas and spewing pollution (and likely being a single-occupant motor vehicle, costing quite a bit for one person) when it could buy a $75 round-trip ticket on the train that Oregon had to have.

And let's just assume that the DEQ guy legitimately had to drive his car to Seattle. That's great. Except none of the hotels are near Pike Place Market, I don't know of many meetings that occur on a Saturday or Sunday morning (the only times I'm in Seattle) in a tourist trap some 15 blocks away from the Convention Center and well removed from most hotels and other conference centers.

You know what? My employer doesn't pay me to take a vacation on the company dime. I believe government employees should be entitled to fair pay and benefits for their work - but nothing I can't receive. That person got a vacation on taxpayer's time, using a vehicle whose fuel was provided by the taxpayer, whose parking was paid by the taxpayer...when can I call up DAS and ask for a state provided fleet car and spend a weekend in Seattle? I had to drive my own car and pay for my own gas a couple weekends ago - my employer didn't give me a car.

(And, isn't it still more "environmentally friendly" to use electronic conferences and telecommute, rather than travel a long ways away?")

Erik, you didn’t say that you saw the State car on Saturday or Sunday. If I had seen a State car in Seattle on a weekend day, I also might have had the same initial reaction and thought “Hmmm, that’s odd.” But the difference is that I would not have jumped straight to skepticism and cynicism, even to assuming that something nefarious was afoot. The point I was trying to make is that too many people are unwilling to afford public employees even the smallest benefit of the doubt.

Are you absolutely sure there could not be any reason why a State employee might be in Seattle over the weekend? Is it not possible they could have been attending a weekend training session held in Seattle? Why do you immediately assume it “likely” that the car was single occupancy? Also, if they were expected to be at a meeting in Seattle at 8:00 on Monday morning, perhaps they drove up on Saturday or Sunday afternoon and paid out of their own pocket to spend the night (or two nights) and the cost of “parking,” meals, etc., to have an opportunity to enjoy some Seattle sites and not have to get up at 3:00 or 4:00 am on Monday morning to get to the meeting on time. So what? To waste even one second elevating your blood pressure over something this trivial seems like a waste of one’s energy, but if that’s what gets you up in the morning, that’s certainly your prerogative.

There is no State or federal agency that would knowingly approve the use of an agency automobile or approve travel for an employee to have “a vacation” on the taxpayers’ “dime,” so your assertion otherwise has no basis in fact, and you have no evidence to suggest that the car you saw in Seattle was a public employee having a “vacation” on the public “dime.”

Which brings me to your assertion that just because someone works at DEQ (or any State agency, but you seem to falsely assume that everyone who works at DEQ is some sort of proselytizing environmental extremist) that they should be obligated to take the train or public transit. As I previously stated, although public employees are public servants and their salaries are paid through our taxes (they pay taxes, too, remember), they are also just normal, work-a-day people not unlike yourself, your relatives, your friends, and your neighbors. They are men and women, mothers and fathers. Although some are young and single, most, like many people, have families and family obligations. They have kids they have to drop off at school or daycare and pick up at the end of the day. They may have elderly parents they have to attend to on a daily basis. To insist that they should have to take the train to Seattle (or anywhere else) simply because they work at DEQ (or any other agency) regardless of whether the train’s schedule would be in sync with their work-related needs or their family obligations is just absurd and unreasonable.

In light of the fact that any meeting in Seattle is likely to be an annual event, if that, and a training session could be a one time, required certification program, to denigrate these employees for use of a State car is really wasting a lot of umbrage, rage, and hatred on low-hanging fruit. And, by the way, conference calls and meetings are routinely used in State agencies and State and federal agencies do utilize telecommuting for employees. But that does not negate the need to occasionally meet in person one’s counterparts at partner agencies (just as in the business world) to improve and sustain working relationships.

Look, I’m with you on the hypocrites who run the City of Portland, Metro, Tri-Met, County Commissioners, City of Lake Oswego, etc. who are trying to shove politically corrupted light rail, street cars, condo and apartment bunkers, and bicycle-riding into our lives whether we want them or not, while never actually taking mass transit, riding bicycles around town or living in these bunkers themselves. It’s not fair to compare these crony capitalist ass-wipes to public employees who work in staff jobs at DEQ. While many at DEQ may consider themselves environmentalists, that does not mean they are extremists or wack jobs. They are engineers and scientists who are there to enforce and implement State environmental regulations.

By the way, I don’t now and have never worked at DEQ or any State agency, but have known people who do and have, and none are or were environmental extremists or slackers or losers who chose to work in public service just so they could live off the “public dime.” Every public employee I know or have known was just as concerned about waste of public money as you are, because they are also taxpayers.

I enjoy your knowledge and history of regional transit issues, Erik, and enjoy reading your many blogs about them. But I do take issue with uninformed and unnecessary bashing of public employees.


Sponsors


As a lawyer/blogger, I get
to be a member of:

In Vino Veritas

Lange, Pinot Gris 2015
Kiona, Lemberger 2014
Willamette Valley, Pinot Gris 2015
Aix, Rosé de Provence 2016
Marchigüe, Cabernet 2013
Inazío Irruzola, Getariako Txakolina Rosé 2015
Maso Canali, Pinot Grigio 2015
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Kirkland, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
Cantele, Salice Salentino Reserva 2013
Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013
Avissi, Prosecco
Cleto Charli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco, Vecchia Modena
Pique Poul, Rosé 2016
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Rosé 2016
Stoller, Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Chehalem, Inox Chardonnay 2015
The Four Graces, Pinot Gris 2015
Gascón, Colosal Red 2013
Cardwell Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
L'Ecole No. 41, Merlot 2013
Della Terra, Anonymus
Willamette Valley, Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2013
Wraith, Cabernet, Eidolon Estate 2012
Januik, Red 2015
Tomassi, Valpolicella, Rafaél, 2014
Sharecropper's Pinot Noir 2013
Helix, Pomatia Red Blend 2013
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2013
Locations, Spanish Red Wine
Locations, Argentinian Red Wine
La Antigua Clásico, Rioja 2011
Shatter, Grenache, Maury 2012
Argyle, Vintage Brut 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16 Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2014
Benton Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
Primarius, Pinot Gris 2015
Januik, Merlot 2013
Napa Cellars, Cabernet 2013
J. Bookwalter, Protagonist 2012
LAN, Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 2009
Denada Cellars, Cabernet, Maipo Valley 2014
Marchigüe, Cabernet, Colchagua Valley 2013
Oberon, Cabernet 2014
Hedges, Red Mountain 2012
Balboa, Rose of Grenache 2015
Ontañón, Rioja Reserva 2015
Three Horse Ranch, Pinot Gris 2014
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
Nelms Road, Merlot 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris 2014
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2012
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2013
Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
G3, Cabernet 2013
Chateau Smith, Cabernet, Washington State 2014
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16
Willamette Valley, Rose of Pinot Noir, Whole Clusters 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2012
Goodfellow, Reserve Pinot Gris, Clover 2014
Lugana, San Benedetto 2014
Wente, Cabernet, Charles Wetmore 2011
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
King Estate, Pinot Gris 2015
Adelsheim, Pinot Gris 2015
Trader Joe's, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
La Vite Lucente, Toscana Red 2013
St. Francis, Cabernet, Sonoma 2013
Kendall-Jackson, Pinot Noir, California 2013
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
Erath, Pinot Noir, Estate Selection 2012
Abbot's Table, Columbia Valley 2014
Intrinsic, Cabernet 2014
Oyster Bay, Pinot Noir 2010
Occhipinti, SP68 Bianco 2014
Layer Cake, Shiraz 2013
Desert Wind, Ruah 2011
WillaKenzie, Pinot Gris 2014
Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2013
Des Amis, Rose 2014
Dunham, Trautina 2012
RoxyAnn, Claret 2012
Del Ri, Claret 2012
Stoppa, Emilia, Red 2004
Primarius, Pinot Noir 2013
Domaines Bunan, Bandol Rose 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Deer Creek, Pinot Gris 2015
Beaulieu, Rutherford Cabernet 2013
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
King Estate, Pinot Gris, Backbone 2014
Oberon, Napa Cabernet 2013
Apaltagua, Envero Carmenere Gran Reserva 2013
Chateau des Arnauds, Cuvee des Capucins 2012
Nine Hats, Red 2013
Benziger, Cabernet, Sonoma 2012
Roxy Ann, Claret 2012
Januik, Merlot 2012
Conundrum, White 2013
St. Francis, Sonoma Cabernet 2012

The Occasional Book

Kent Haruf - Our Souls at Night
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Amy Stewart - Girl Waits With Gun
Philip Roth - The Plot Against America
Norm Macdonald - Based on a True Story
Christopher Buckley - Boomsday
Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way
Ruth Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray
Richard Adams - Watership Down
Claire Vaye Watkins - Gold Fame Citrus
Markus Zusak - I am the Messenger
Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See
James Joyce - Dubliners
Cheryl Strayed - Torch
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler's Planet
Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 109
At this date last year: 151
Total run in 2016: 155
In 2015: 271
In 2014: 401
In 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269


Clicky Web Analytics