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Monday, July 30, 2012

They have no future in Portland

Here are a couple of photos of who's currently living on West Hayden Island in Portland. You can bet they won't be there once the city and the Port of Portland finalize their awful plan to pave the area over for a pointless, redundant shipping terminal. It's a young bald eagle and a black-tailed buck:

The folks fighting desperately to save West Hayden -- up against an unholy alliance of the Adams administration and the Goldschmidt people at the Port -- write of the young bald eagle:

They don't get their full white heads until they are 4-5 years old.... The eagles raised two young this year. They nest virtually in the center of the area that the Port would convert to parking lots.

Shame on those who would destroy their habitat. Why don't we want these animals in our area? [Photos courtesy David Redthunder.]

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Or to rephrase the question. Why would these animals want us animals in their area?

Because money trumps all here.
No concern for the living whether animals or people.

They have no future in Portland

Doesn't look like many of us do either.

Where are all the hipsters on this issue?

Where are all the greenies?

Where are all the 1%ers?

This is the place in which we now live. A bunch of pretenders with credit cards, iphones and headphones.

I wish the wacko environmentalists would proclaim that they will fight to restore Portland to its natural beauty.

You know, back in the days of Lewis & Clark, when even they refused to set foot on what was largely swamp and wetland, and free-flowing creeks and lakes. Until the late 1800s and early 1900s when Portland was filled in as fast as could be, destroying thousands of acres of prime wildlife habitat.

As far as I know, Vancouver Lake is to this day a protected wildlife refuge. Had Vancouver Lake been on the south side of the Columbia, it'd be "the Portland Lake Industrial District", or possibly where the airport would be (the current location is on filled wetland, protected by dikes, and the terminal structure is designed to float in the event of a flood.)

It's Chinatown....all over again, and still.

West Hayden Island is fill from dredging the Columbia, and the island was made bigger for industrial use.

Mark is right -- And Ross Island used to be a real island, not Ross Atoll.

Oh, s***! You guys know nothing about construction. I would scoop out ponds on the South portion of the island and use the material to build out the proposed dock. Then let (radiated) Columbia R. water flow in and out through culverts. Petty soon you would have so many ducks swimming around on W. Hayden Island you'd here incessant quacking all night.....

Of course you probably know more than MultCo. Commissioner Kafoury. Who, even though she thinks the present Sellwood Bridge is going to fall down, sees nothing wrong with MOVING IT TWO HUNDRED FEET TO THE SIDE AND PUTTING IT ON TEMPORARY PILINGS!"

Kafoury presumably deferred to the judgment of a national or international engineering firm - or do you think she came up with the idea herself?

As far as the hipsters are concerned, this week's Mercury cover story is about West Hayden Island.

And Erik H. - there is nothing inconsistent with both enjoying present development and wanting to preserve the open areas we have left. It is far from a "wacko" idea.

The city plans on asking a pair of health organizations to help vet the study, and it's also working with Multnomah County's public health officer.

In my opinion, of course the city will go to the Multnomah County's health officer. The city can go into their mode of operation, with a little run around here. We need to remember that Saltzman and Cogen have a tight alliance. Actually, I would like to hear more from our public health officer on some issues in our area. Who is our public health officer now and where has our public health officer been on the garbage issue, radon in our area if those reservoirs are covered? What does our public health officer think about the proposed coal trains coming through our city?

"If it looks like we're still figuring out what that all means," says Adams, "it's because we are."
. . . . . . . . .
The Planning and Sustainability Commission is also insisting on a health study before it decides whether to recommend annexation—the last hurdle before the city council weighs in. Under the newly approved Portland Plan—the document that guides the commission's work and, incidentally, another legacy piece pushed insanely hard by Adams—"health" is part of the rubric the city must now apply when vetting development pitches.

What kind of health are we discussing here?
Another study? I think by then city hopes less people will be active and in their face.
Katz liked to do that, if too many people objected, to take off the table
and come back later.
A Planning and Sustainability Commission? I think we need to be examining what the word Sustainability means here.

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