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Friday, November 9, 2012

Creepy's last-minute plan to screw the bald eagles

Friday afternoon, last 52 days of his political career -- time for Portland's lame duck* mayor to announce that he's going to ram home a deal for paving over wildlife habitat on West Hayden Island. What else would you expect? Maybe they'll find a job for him at the Port -- he could be a restroom attendant out at the airport.

Let's hope that Nurse Amanda, who doesn't need the Sam Rand goofballs any more, and Nick Fish, who's been painting a target on his own back lately, decide that it would be better to let the new lying mayor, rather than the old lying mayor, handle this. Not that the final outcome is going to be any different.

* -- No offense intended to birds.

Comments (7)

Jelly Fish will not oppose the Port plan for West Hayden Island.

Jelly still wants to be Mayor after Char - LIE, and Jelly votes always to cause the least offense o the West Hills crowd (gota' keep that campaign money from going to any potential opponent) and to support the Sam-Rand cabal.

Where is The Legend on this issue?

I suspect that if she opposes, Amanda will be all alone, again.

You really gotta' watch Fish's voes. He's never in he minority on any council vote. Its uncanny. And he always on the side with the big campaign bucks backers on every issue.

If there was a good good investigative media presence in PDX, a multi year look a Fish's voes and positions taken by campaign money deep pockets would be enlightening.

Fish is always for sale, IMHO.

For sale or scared to death or maybe both!
Such a disappointment!

He said it was time to make a decision. "This is a very informed and thoughtful process," Adams said. "But it has to come to a conclusion."

What else is going to have to come to a conclusion by this "well informed" Mayor!
It is more like he has been well informed as to what he has to do.

In my opinion, the recalls didn't happen for a reason, the oligarchy needed him in that position to get what they wanted. Adams can be ruthless covering it with the word of "thoughtful" yet! Unfortunately, the city has their "ruthless" attitude in play that accompanies many plans, and the treatment of the people challenging is abusive.
It is like neighborhood after neighborhood is led down the merry path into those chambers only to be let down. This has been going on for years, I doubt it will stop with Charlie in there.

Nonny Mouse,
I think you have it right about Jelly Fish. If the press won't do it, maybe some citizens ought to keep a chart on these votes.

Where's the Sierra Club to buy up the island? Or 1000 Friends of Oregon, or OLCV, or any of the other deep-pocketed environmental groups?

If the Bald Eagles hire Winning Mark, they can turn this around in a hurry.

Audubon has been the group that has been successfully opposing development on West Hayden Island for more than two decades. In 2005 Audubon put together a coalition of groups that offered to buy WHI from the Port--the Port was unwilling to come to the table to negotiate. In 2006, Audubon sought to have WHI made eligible for purchase with funds from the 2006 Greenspace Bond Measure. The Port blocked those efforts. Now the Mayor has come forward with a last minute proposal to keep the Port's annexation efforts from failing for the third time in 12 years. The entire proposal is less than 140 words long. The first hearing is on Thursday night. It would be great to see some of the folks posting on this blog show up to oppose this annexation in person: http://audubonportland.org/issues/metro/rivers/hayden/west

Commissioner Fish stood with Fritz in the minority on the Sustainability Center:

http://blog.oregonlive.com/portlandcityhall/2011/09/portland_city_council_votes_3-.html

Along with Bob, I strongly encourage anyone concerned with the West Hayden Island process and proposed outcome to speak out NOW.

The press has been all over this issue as a "jobs vs. environment" passion play. However, the simple truth about the "jobs versus environment" at West Hayden Island is that the "jobs" case for developing a marine port has been surprisingly weak from day one.

The freight bottlenecks in the NW aren't marine facilities, it is lack of rail capacity and the dramatic pinch points in the regional freight rail system.

With regard to marine facilities, existing Port of Portland terminals, with planned improvements, can handle more than double today’s cargo volume and still not be at capacity (Source: Port of Portland 2020 Marine Terminal Master Plan). And if we build a “deep water port” at Hayden Island, a large portion of boat traffic still will not be able use it because the Columbia simply isn't deep enough. This is why most of the container ship market will remain out of Portland's reach. (Source: Columbia River Channel Coalition).

It really boggles my mind that WHI may be handed to the Port to create a "solution" for a problem (marine capacity) that simply doesn't exist.


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