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Thursday, 24 January 2013
Can we hold City Council to some rational standard of humanity?
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: "It Is Time"
Topic: City Hall

 

 We Were There!

 

We attended the Portland, Or. City Council meeting on 1/23/2013..... and the five shi-s have not seen the light, they remain in the darkness. I was joined by a wonderful and gentle monk from Vietnam; that was amazing. Most of you know that I am not a holy or gentle type of guy, so sitting next to this man was a joy for me. The rest of this report will not be so good.

 

We need to pack this chamber every week, if you can will you join Individuals For Justice and hold these people to some rational standard of humanity? We need you to attend and challenge what they are doing week after week. If you can't go to the meetings would you send the 5 shi-s an email after watching the video of the meeting. It is important that we have a presence and tell them what we think should happen. Many of you know that I believe a nervous politician is a good politician. We need to do more.

 

Just think of what the last council did and what this new council is continuing:

 

1. Rejoined the Joint Terrorist Task Force, even though most of us asked them not to join forces with the FBI.

 

2. Sit-Lie Lie bullshit!

 

3. Want to add poison to our water, cover the reservoirs and close Right to Dream Too.

 

4. Camping Ban

 

4. In coordination with the FBI raided Occupy Camps!

 

5. Spent money on buildings without asking any homeless/houseless people what they really need.

 

6. Make promises and then break them almost immediately.

 

7. Arrest peacemakers but promote rogue cops.

 

8. Make up their minds before the first public testimony is given.

 

9. If you watch closely, you will see half the time one or more members don't have a clue what staff is talking about.

 

10. Spend money on overtime like there is no shortage of funds.

 

I could go on and on but you should get the picture by now, they just laugh at us.

I could go on and on but you should get the picture by now, they just laugh at us.

 

The fish-man is up for re-election in 2 years, we should find a candidate that will kick his ass. We should make it very clear that if the council does not represent us, we will run them out of office. Do not listen to what they say, watch what they do and respond. I would love to see all of us engaged, I know the meetings are boring but being a citizen means participation and letting them know that there are consequences for their actions---now they get a free ride. Call to action for all of you, post this on your pages, send it out to all and let us start to change this gang of hypocrites! I will attend and report on most meetings, but my health continues to give me fits and from time to time I will be in bed watching them on TV and yelling. It would be good to have more people engaged every week. I want to see the Overpass Light Brigade illuminate the night sky with a message that says something like, "The 5 shi-s are at it again."

 

HA! 


Agenda for Council Meeting 1/23/2013

 http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=26997

 

Council meeting 1/23/2013 video

 http://www.portlandonline.com/index.cfm?c=49508&a=430875

 

Call members of the 5 shi-s

Elected Officials Portfolios and Liaison Responsibilities

 

Charlie Hales, Mayor

Commissioner of Finance and Administration

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 340, 97204

Phone: (503)823-4120

e-mail:  mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov

 

Amanda Fritz

 

Commissioner of Public Utilities, Position Number 1

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 220, 97204

Phone: (503) 823-3008

E-mail:  amanda@portlandoregon.gov

 

Nick Fish

 

Commissioner of Public Works, Position Number 2

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 240, 97204

(503) 823-3589

e-mail:  Nick@portlandoregon.gov

 

 

 

Steve Novick

Commissioner of Public Safety, Position Number 4

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 210, 97204

Phone: (503) 823-4682

e-mail:  Steve.Novick@portlandoregon.gov

 

 

 

Dan Saltzman

Commissioner of Public Affairs, Position Number 3

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 230, 97204

Phone: (503) 823-4151

E-mail:  dan@portlandoregon.gov

 

 

 

LaVonne Griffin-Valade

City Auditor

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140, 97204

Phone: (503) 823-4078

E-mail:  LaVonne@portlandoregon.gov

 

"It Is Time"

 

Joe Walsh-Lone Vet


 homepage: http://IndividualsForJustice.com


Posted by individuals4justice at 2:16 PM PST
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Can we hold City Council to some rational standard of humanity?
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: "It Is Time"
Topic: City Hall

 

 We Were There!

 

We attended the Portland, Or. City Council meeting on 1/23/2013..... and the five shi-s have not seen the light, they remain in the darkness. I was joined by a wonderful and gentle monk from Vietnam; that was amazing. Most of you know that I am not a holy or gentle type of guy, so sitting next to this man was a joy for me. The rest of this report will not be so good.

 

We need to pack this chamber every week, if you can will you join Individuals For Justice and hold these people to some rational standard of humanity? We need you to attend and challenge what they are doing week after week. If you can't go to the meetings would you send the 5 shi-s an email after watching the video of the meeting. It is important that we have a presence and tell them what we think should happen. Many of you know that I believe a nervous politician is a good politician. We need to do more.

 

Just think of what the last council did and what this new council is continuing:

 

1. Rejoined the Joint Terrorist Task Force, even though most of us asked them not to join forces with the FBI.

 

2. Sit-Lie Lie bullshit!

 

3. Want to add poison to our water, cover the reservoirs and close Right to Dream Too.

 

4. Camping Ban

 

4. In coordination with the FBI raided Occupy Camps!

 

5. Spent money on buildings without asking any homeless/houseless people what they really need.

 

6. Make promises and then break them almost immediately.

 

7. Arrest peacemakers but promote rogue cops.

 

8. Make up their minds before the first public testimony is given.

 

9. If you watch closely, you will see half the time one or more members don't have a clue what staff is talking about.

 

10. Spend money on overtime like there is no shortage of funds.

 

I could go on and on but you should get the picture by now, they just laugh at us.

I could go on and on but you should get the picture by now, they just laugh at us.

 

The fish-man is up for re-election in 2 years, we should find a candidate that will kick his ass. We should make it very clear that if the council does not represent us, we will run them out of office. Do not listen to what they say, watch what they do and respond. I would love to see all of us engaged, I know the meetings are boring but being a citizen means participation and letting them know that there are consequences for their actions---now they get a free ride. Call to action for all of you, post this on your pages, send it out to all and let us start to change this gang of hypocrites! I will attend and report on most meetings, but my health continues to give me fits and from time to time I will be in bed watching them on TV and yelling. It would be good to have more people engaged every week. I want to see the Overpass Light Brigade illuminate the night sky with a message that says something like, "The 5 shi-s are at it again."

 

HA! 


Agenda for Council Meeting 1/23/2013

 http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=26997

 

Council meeting 1/23/2013 video

 http://www.portlandonline.com/index.cfm?c=49508&a=430875

 

Call members of the 5 shi-s

Elected Officials Portfolios and Liaison Responsibilities

 

Charlie Hales, Mayor

Commissioner of Finance and Administration

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 340, 97204

Phone: (503)823-4120

e-mail:  mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov

 

Amanda Fritz

 

Commissioner of Public Utilities, Position Number 1

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 220, 97204

Phone: (503) 823-3008

E-mail:  amanda@portlandoregon.gov

 

Nick Fish

 

Commissioner of Public Works, Position Number 2

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 240, 97204

(503) 823-3589

e-mail:  Nick@portlandoregon.gov

 

 

 

Steve Novick

Commissioner of Public Safety, Position Number 4

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 210, 97204

Phone: (503) 823-4682

e-mail:  Steve.Novick@portlandoregon.gov

 

 

 

Dan Saltzman

Commissioner of Public Affairs, Position Number 3

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 230, 97204

Phone: (503) 823-4151

E-mail:  dan@portlandoregon.gov

 

 

 

LaVonne Griffin-Valade

City Auditor

City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140, 97204

Phone: (503) 823-4078

E-mail:  LaVonne@portlandoregon.gov

 

"It Is Time"

 

Joe Walsh-Lone Vet


 homepage: http://IndividualsForJustice.com


Posted by individuals4justice at 2:14 PM PST
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Saturday, 12 January 2013
Steve and The PDX Coal Train - January 2013 - By Barbara Ellis
Mood:  sharp
Now Playing: Report Back - Coal Trains In Portland and Steve Novic - Scoping comments from Barbara E.
Topic: City Hall

[This full blog reposted below is from a public Email]

[I'm forwarding this because it's good to know one's opponents (or in this case, affirm what we know of this political animal.)  

I hope no one is inspired to begin an ad hominem attack of Mr. Novick, as that would be a waste of energy.   

It has already (from his campaign) become apparent to many of us that his reputation re  Love Canal is so raggedy and threadbare that it cannot even serve as a figleaf...    Pam]

 


 


Thanks, Beth. Please keep me updated on developments, but I don't
have a blast list on coal so I could FW.
Let me tell you what new PDX commissioner Steve Novick told me and
Joe Walsh this a.m. after the city council's Wednesday morning
meeting. We both know him from the 2010 campaign and jumped him today
about his pro-coal views. He told us "I need data" which he indicated
was not sufficient enough for him. That he wanted to see what
MultnomahCounty's environmental folks came up with. I laughed out
loud and pointed out we wanted the feds/state to do a deep study. To
depend on any county data is laughable because they have neither the
money/staff equipped to do such a study. His next comment having to
do with diesel train engines spewing that stuff (including cyanide)
was that "You might as well ban gas stations, then." (!!!)

 

This from the guy who was among the feds attorneys that shut down Love Canal because of the toxic wastes Occidental, et al. left behind.

 

From the guy who more recently was working for the health folks until Commissioner Randy Leonard indicated he wasn't

going to run for re- election and gave the nod to Steve (who won unopposed in last spring's primary).

 

Lawyer's logic above environmental health, in short, is his credo. When I left, Joe and he were still in heated discussion.


Over and out for now.
Barbara


Posted by individuals4justice at 3:29 PM PST
Updated: Saturday, 12 January 2013 3:49 PM PST
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Wednesday, 9 January 2013
Portland City Council Meeting 1.9.13 - The Lone Vet Report
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: 1 Million Dollar Project - A City Council Report back fro The Lone Vet
Topic: City Hall

Portland City Council Meeting

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/01/421263.shtml

author: Lone Vet       lonevet2008@comcast.net

 

very confusing???

 

          we should always be watching  

 


January 9, 2013 at city hall, all five of the members were present and for the most part, paying attention. Commissioner Fish was a little late but did not miss much. Actually, there was not much to deal with during the 90 minute meeting, except this item:

"TIMES CERTAIN

*21 TIME CERTAIN: 9:30 AM - Authorize the Bureau of Transportation to acquire certain permanent and temporary rights necessary for construction of the SW Boones Ferry Rd - SW Stephenson St Project, through the exercise of the City's Eminent Domain Authority (Ordinance introduced by Mayor Hales) 15 minutes requested."

This request did turn interesting; it did go a lot longer than 15 minutes as requested, and there were a number of citizens who objected to the limited way the city was going ahead with this project. One woman said straight out that the change will not deal at all with the biggest problem they have and that is speeding. I was a little confused by this because I thought this was a simple problem that was going to be finally answered by the city--wrong!

This was presented as an emergency which means that you have to get all the members to agree or they would have to do a second reading and more discussion. The cost of this project is not cheap, in the range of over a million bucks.
One of the things I learned if you put your mouse on the item number, in this case *21 you get more info to understand what they are going to do with your money.

   
http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=50265&a=428559

"5) Expense: What are the costs to the City related to this legislation? What is the source of Funding for the expense? (Please include costs in the current fiscal year as well as costs in future years. If the action is related to a grant or contract please include the local contribution or match required. If there is a project estimate, please identify the level of confidence.)

$10,000, which includes the costs associated with the filing of a condemnation action by the City Attorney's Office if necessary. These expenses are covered as part of this cost center budgeted appreciations. This dollar amount does not include the costs of the property acquisition and construction of the project. These costs are included in the project's budget. This dollar amount also does not include the costs of prolonged litigation or those associated with appellate court proceedings."

There is no way of trying to figure out how much this is going to cost, during the testimony the figure of $1,000,000+ was being thrown around, but one would not know this from the info given. I hate it when they do this stuff!
Well, it was interesting and if you get a chance, watch the testimony on this item. Sometime after Friday you should be able to go and find the video for the 9th of January. One of the things that bothered me about what was going on, the council members had an expression on their collected faces saying they did not understand what was going on either. There was a gathering of people in the area and a vast majority was reported to favor this construction---amazing!

Barbara was with me today and we did speak a little with Comm. Steve Novick about the council and what he thinks about the coming coal trains. He wants the county medical/environmentalist people to do some investigation and let him know what the damage to our environment will be with these open coal trains coming through our city. We disagreed, but I understood what he was saying; unusual for me and a politician to understand each other. We shall see on this, I am not encouraged!

I have no idea where this council will end up, but the unanimous vote on the above issue did not leave me with any good feelings. We will see!

If you get the opportunity please come to the meetings, it is important that we keep a presence at all the meeting, a major task I know. Until next week, smile things will probably get worse. Ha!

Individuals For Justice homepage:  http://IndividualsForJustice.com

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 12:01 AM PST
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Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Class no Class - The Lone Vet Report
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: The Ruling Class Without Any Class. November 27 2012 in PDX
Topic: City Hall

The Ruling Class Without Any Class.

By The Lone Vet,

From sea to sea, from city councils to the President of these United States, the ruling class has one thing in common; disrespect for the voting public.  When we take the time to attend council meetings and give our opinions we are limited to giving 3, and sometimes 2, minutes of opinions.  We are told that we can write up something and also offer that in place of or with our citizen’s input.  The body of representatives will then vote on the issue and most times it is against what the attendees have asked for.  Portland City Council spent hours listening to organizations representing legal and community groups and many individuals who told their horror stories during the hearing that asked the question should Portland rejoin the *JTTF.  Most, maybe 90% of the testimony said do not rejoin, yet the council voted unanimously to rejoin the feds. 

We have a constitutional lawyer as president, and he violates the Bill of Rights at will.  He has announced that he can arrest anyone, at anytime, without charges and without trial.  He has announced that he can kill anyone, anywhere in the world including American citizens at his will.  Congress might want to hold hearings on this but is too busy in the war against women.  The ruling class tells you to go to hell everyday and you say---OK!

Now we have a president who has been re-elected and the biggest deal in DC is the “Fiscal Cliff” we are about to go off.  Ha! What a bunch of BS!  This was set up by the congress because they did not have the brains to work out a system of taxation during the bush Administration.  They did what they always do and kicked any decision down the road.  You will see it happen again as this bunch of creeps kick the decision until after the new Congress is in place next January.  The ruling class is busy working on cutting programs for the poor and what is left of the middle class.  Millionaires and their friends, billionaires have said no to raising any taxes on them.  Unions, once a voice of reason for the middle class, have now been reduced to whining.  It is shameful to watch union leaders talk just like the owners of the company or leaders of the city.  We, on the other hand, have our heads in the sand and just want to get the bargains at Walmart.  Even the groups who are the usual suspects fighting for equality are in a trance, called “Obama Stupor.”  So what do we do from here?

For all you faith based people, pray---we need help from any god.  For all you democrats who have sold your souls to the party of murder, pray, there is a price to be paid and you might not have enough capital.  For all you crazy republicans just go away, don’t care where, just go, there is no hope for you.  For all you occupiers, wait for the system to collapse, and rebuild it from scratch.  Protests may be effective if there are good people in power, we have none----so just wait for the collapse, it is coming soon. (I write this acknowledging I have been in many protests and will continue to try.) 

There is not one political person whom I trust, none!  Even Bernie Sanders is corrupt, he is just less corrupt than the others.  Ever hear Sanders criticize Israel?  He will only do it when also telling us how bad the Palestinians are when they rebel against occupation. 

http://bullshitphilosophy.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/statement-from-bernie-sanders-on-gaza/

There are lesser of evils in the congress, the members seem to go from the crazy like congresswoman Bachmann to someone I kind of like, DeFazio.  They all have their price, just some are cheaper than the others.  If you put your values in any politician, stand by to be disappointed.  Is all lost, yes!  We need to rebuild from scratch, and no one I know will accept this picture of the future.  Would it not be wonderful to be wrong.

* Joint Terrorist Task Force  

  



Picture was during a controversial hearing in Portland
 

For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice  http://individualsforjustice.com
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party,  http://progparty.org/


Posted by individuals4justice at 6:17 PM PST
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Friday, 2 November 2012
"It Was A Time" The Lone Vet Report on November 2 2012 - from city hall steps
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: It Was A Time
Topic: City Hall
city council-cops

It Was A Time
 
[ this was copied from the original post by Joe Walsh on a Facebook post ]
 
 
11/2/12
 
We gathered at city hall at 2:00 PM, November 1, 2012 to hear what the Dept.. of Justice and the City Attorney had put together as a settlement concerning the actions by the Portland Police Bureau. The report is very long and complicated and I fear that is by design.
http :// www . portlandcopwatch .org/ copwatch _analysis_ doj _1012. html

I don’t trust the Justice Department, City Council or the City Attorney to come up with a good settlement, so I decided not to testify and tried to listen to what the mayor and members of the council had to say. The first thing I noticed was the absence of Commissioner Saltzman . I wondered what it would take for me to miss this meeting if I was in Saltzman ’s shoes. Since I was there and it is always a big deal for me to sit for 3 hours listening, why was he missing? One of the things I hate about this council is how much time they spend congratulating each other on the job they are doing; this was no exception.

The problem with this settlement was made visible by Dan Handleman when he used a plastic hammer to demonstrate why this settlement was garbage in garbage out. (My words not Dan’s) I just love simple demos and this was right on the money, as Dan spoke about the settlement and the lack of enforcement he banged a metal nail with a kids plastic hammer; it was priceless.

http :// www . portlandcopwatch .org/

There was very good information offered to the council but the only one who seemed to pay attention was Commissioner Fritz, the other three shi-s looked like they just wanted this to be over. Commissioner randy left a few times, I imagine to scream in the men’s room. JoAnn was JoAnn at her best and she always makes me proud that I know and like her so much. The ACLU gets a bad rap from the cops and I can never understand why, they seem logical to me, sometimes a little too logical, I wish they had more passion. The ministers were there and polite but strong, and wanted adams to take some more time with this and do it right. All and all most people could not understand how the public was left out of the process until today. It would have been much better to involve the standing committees, and other organizations before today. This is not the first time the council has presented something that was half-assed and I fear it will not be the last time.

So it looks like adams will have to revamp many of the items to satisfy the people of Portland. The next step is next week and as stated, will be for amendments to the settlements. The mayor also announced that if you wanted to comment on the issue at hand he would keep it open for another week. Here is an article about what the msm reported.
http :// www . oregonlive .com/ portland /index. ssf /2012/11/ portland _activists_others_say. html

I am glad I did not present my arguments because I think I would have thrown my shoes at the council.

I was disappointed that many of the activists from Occupy were not there, many of the clean water people, and anti-war people were also not present. This is a very important meeting that will shape our police force for many years. JoAnn said it well, what are we going to get for our $25,000,000+ in the next five years. You all should be there during this process, next week and until it is over. I will go if my health is ok but that is not always possible.

For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice http :// individualsforjustice .com
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party, http :// progparty .org/

War is failure, occupation a disgrace!

“Funding these wars is killing our troops”
http :// www . mfso .org/

* Why laughter?? Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.

Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Mohandas Gandhi

Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, “Henry, what are you doing in there?” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?”

Molly Ivins , "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world."
Eugene V. Debs

"So keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds..." -- Molly Ivins

Posted by individuals4justice at 1:07 PM PDT
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Wednesday, 31 October 2012
A letter to Mayor Sam Adams from The Lone Vet
Mood:  accident prone
Now Playing: Remove the Unconstitutional Signs at City Hall
Topic: City Hall

[original copy was posted here]

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/10/419397.shtml#406400

Dear Mayor Adams:

I am sending you this complaint because you are still the Police Commissioner. There are a number of signs around city hall that, in my opinion and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, are violations of the Federal Constitution, and we here in Oregon also rely on our beloved Oregon Constitution. I am requesting you order these signs removed. Please have one of your staff read the following cases and you should agree that you cannot pass a city ordinance to replace the above mentioned constitutions.

 http://www.leg.state.or.us/orcons/orcons.html

Start with Section 1----Natural Rights------"
8----Freedom of speech and press-
9----Unreasonable searches and seizures.


Officer Stuart Palmiter, #27244 has been on a rampage for the last few months stealing/confiscating items belonging to protesters outside City Hall, knowing that he has no legal right to act in this oppressive manner; he does it because he believes as stated to me on one occasion that "They" won't do anything to me. I will be there, (city hall) for the Thursday meeting concerning the agreement between you and DOJ. I wish that you let me know if any changes are in the works or I will take it as just another one of your reactions that says, "Screw Off."

The 9th Circuit decision that came down just recently reaffirms that you cannot continue doing what you and your police are doing:

 link to www.latimes.com

From a good friend of mine who is a lawyer:



UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, FIRST AMENDMENT, PROTECTS PEACEFUL
EXPRESSIVE CONDUCT IN CITY PARKS,
EVEN IF "LEASED" TO PRIVATE GROUP
Gathright v. City of Portland, 315 FSupp2d 1099 (2003), 74 FedAppx 810 (9th Cir
2003), and second appeal, 439 F3d 573 (9th Cir 2006), cert denied, 549 US 815, 127 SCt
76 (2006). Preacher sued City, whose police officers removed him from public property
upon complaints by sponsors of private events on City property (such as Pioneer
Courthouse Square and Tom McCall Waterfront Park). Ninth Circuit upheld lower court
decision that private events sponsors on City property cannot exclude persons based on
their speech or views. The Court later upheld permanent injunction issued by Judge
Ancer Haggerty, U.S. District Court, which ordered City to delete section of City Code
purporting to grant private permit holders the right to exclude persons from public property.
The City cannot "enable[] private citizens to exclude people from events in public forums
solely on the basis of the content of their speech."
Rohman v. City of Portland, 909 FSupp 767, 772 (1995). Judge Ancer Haggerty held
that Pioneer Courthouse Square of Portland, Inc., the operator Portland's Pioneer Square,
could not restrict preacher to "Free Speech Area" or exclude him from Pioneer Square
because the "venerable tradition of the park as public forum * * * [has] a very practical
side to it as well: parks provide a free forum for those who cannot afford newspaper
advertisements, television infomercials, or billboards."

 

Seems Appropriate

Seems Appropriate

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 12:14 PM PDT
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Tuesday, 30 October 2012
7 Days - Elections Are Almost Here
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: There is much to do - Elections Are Almost Here
Topic: Politics

7 Days

There is much to do

City Hall Protest
City Hall Protest


Elections Are Almost Here

{original post here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/10/419397.shtml }
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We are now into the time where one can predict some races and our local mayor's race seems to be out of reach of Jefferson Smith and Nolan may want to start looking for a job. Looks like 80 will be defeated but the corporations will have to kick in some more money to the state of Oregon.

I am a little sad that it looks like Jefferson Smith will not be in City Hall, he would be much more in tune to the needs of everyday people than Hales. I think we will have our hands full trying to get Charlie to listen to us and reform the Portland Police Department. I did not vote for either of them, I wrote in Scott Fernandez and was proud of that vote. My hope is that Charlie will be a pleasant surprise, kind of like Sen. Merkley. I did not vote for Merkley in the democratic primary but will vote for him next time around. Sen. Merkley is much better than the "wyden." The polls are showing that Commissioner Fritz will be returned for another 4 years of service. I will not be happy about this but did not vote for Mary Nolan who I think would be worse. My hope is that Amanda will begin to understand that if she just votes with the boys she will, sooner or later, be on the outside of city hall. She and Novick have a chance to work together and do some good stuff, I don't have much confidence in that, but it could happen if you who disagreed with me about Fritz will stay on her case and get her to understand she represents our interests and not her own. We shall see.

All in all not much will change unless people begin to understand that elections are not the end of the journey but the beginning and we must keep the pressure on. I have always criticized protests that go to city hall for one vote and move on; we must do better. After a tough election, like the one Amanda has/is going through, this is the time to meet with her and let her know that some of her votes on the council were wrong and you will not be there next time around to pull her out of the mess she created. Celebrate your victory but get back to work soon. There is a place for people who stood with Amanda, I am just not one of them. So, her successes or failures will be on those who say they are progressives but saw in her something that I did not. I have been pulling back on my activism for the last month or so and will continue to save my energy for those things that really piss me off, like JTTF, fluoridation of our water, secret meetings with lobbyists, etc etc. I will no longer attend protests that ask permission to exercise 1st Amendment Rights or are scheduled on the weekends. If there is direct confrontation I will be there if I can, I hate parades. Well, see you in the streets, not because I like it, because in a republic you must keep the pressure on politicians. As one of my heroes would say, "enjoy your Protest."

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Posted by individuals4justice at 12:19 PM PDT
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Friday, 19 October 2012
No Questions Allowed
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: Local Debate - A Report Back from The Lone Vet
Topic: City Hall

No Questions Allowed

 

               .... But I wanted to ask a question!


October 17, 2012
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/10/419220.shtml

I was very excited because the debate, or as it was advertised, Forum on Housing was going to take place at Portland Community College which is on 82nd Street and Division. This was going to be great, as I live within walking distance from the gathering.

I no longer do two events in one day because of my health, but I was going to make an exception here due to the topic; Housing. I have lots of problems with the way we spend our money on housing here in the Rose City; bottom line we have anywhere from 1700 to 2500 people who sleep on our streets and are constantly harassed by the cops. A friend, street name 99, was recording the event on live stream and I hope you get to see some of the bullshit that took 2 hours of our time.

First, the format was terrible, no questions were allowed from the audience, the moderator was Wendy Wills, director of something called *Policy Consensus Initiative At The National Policy Consensus Center. I did not know who or why this person was selected but another should have moderated the show, the questions were so soft I wanted to use them on my butt because the metal chairs were very difficult for me. I needed a cushion to lessen this pain in the ass. I had to wander around a few times and visit the restroom just to remain for the two hours of bullshit. Each contestant/candidate was asked questions in order and given a few minutes to tell us how wonderful they were/are; no questions from the other candidates were tolerated and none of the four even tried to get one in. It was boring.

I don't know if the press covered this non-event but did not see any of the big cameras usually associated with the corporate press. Did I tell you how boring this was, yet all except Jessie Sponberg and I applauded at the end, they all seemed to think this was something that they could talk about going home--yuk! Charles Hales came up to me and said hello, I asked him why they did not take any questions from the floor and he said something like, "I just came and had nothing to do with the format." Commissioner Fritz came over and said hello, we talked a little about an issue that came up at the council meeting a few hours before that and she had some concerns about it also. Commissioner Fish was there but he and I don't like each other and he had the good sense to stay away. Jefferson laughed about my bright green shirt that said, "Don't Lie to the Irish." I thought that was a good shirt to wear to a political debate; oh, wait---it was just a forum.

The college people who were there were very welcoming as I remember from a previous event a few years ago. We were allowed to ask questions of the participants then, but not this day.

In my opinion Jefferson and Amanda were good, gave some interesting answers and Charlie and Mary were boring and gave pat answers to questions that were way too soft. Not one question about Charlie Hales quitting in mid-term and now he wants people to vote for him to a higher office. No questions about why we continue to have so many people left out of the decisions made by our representatives. No questions about the very annoying habit of our local politicians making announcements of their position on an ordinance before the first citizen offers testimony. That would have been a question that I would have asked. But we were told to sit, be nice and shut up. Mary Nolan is one of the most condescending politicians I have ever met, she uses "I" way too often. My predictions:

Amanda will stay in office and our next mayor will be Hales. The organizations that support this format should hang their heads in shame, it was a complete waste of time.


*www.policyconsensus.org/about/mission.html


PS I did get to see Barbara Ellis and Scott Fernandez and that would have been worth attending this-------

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Posted by individuals4justice at 12:07 PM PDT
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Monday, 17 September 2012
(out of retirement)
Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: A sign for Voters to Stop The Fluoride Poisioning and the police
Topic: FLUORIDE
 
 
 

 
 
Joseph Walsh  my first day at gathering signatures 9/17/12

{This was copied from Joe Walsh FaceBook Page}
 
My first day in front of City Hall was filled with drama, and I love drama. I arrived about 0900 and started to put up my sign. The announcement sign was made up of PVC piping that would hold two signs, and people could read it from both sides. When I started to put the frame together I heard and saw a police car come next to me. It was no other than officer *stuart palmiter #27244; I said under my breath, “Oh boy, this is going to be one of those days.” You see this police officer gave me a hard time not very long ago and today he was walking around giving our beloved protesters, who have been in front of the City Hall for at least the last nine months a hard time. The first thing he said to me is that you cannot build anything in front of City Hall. I said I am going to put a sign here and it is about getting people to sign a petition to put the fluoride question to all Portland voters, not leave it in the hands of the 5 shi-s who call themselves our representatives. The officer’s reply was, something like, “Well this is not going to happen here.” I said, oh yes it is.”

The officer left and went into the City Hall as I continued putting together my sign holder. After a bit, officer palmiter returned and said, “We are going to let you have your sign but you must not leave it.” My response was that I was exercising my legal right to collect signatures and he was interfering with that right. He said a strange thing, something like, “I can talk to you if I want, I also have freedom of speech.” I continued having fun with him now, I pointed out, “If you are not on the job, then you should be moving your car, it’s in a place right next to a sign that says, “Government automobiles forbidden.” He continued to say something but I did not pay too much attention, he departed, but I just knew we were not finished. About two hours later I had to use the restroom, just before I went inside I heard office palmiter yell at me not to leave my sign unattended or he would arrest it. I yelled back that because I am on oxygen, walk with a cane and considered disabled he had to make “Reasonable Accommodations.” I went inside to the warm welcome of the uniformed security and asked if I could use the restroom. Coming out of City Hall I noticed my sign was gone, stolen, taken into custody. I was not happy. 99 was there and he told me what happened.

After I went inside the cop and a City Attorney representative got together and decided I had abandoned my sign, so they could steal it, I was pissed. I went back into City Hall to the City Attorney’s office, was very polite to the receptionist, but very firm with the CA Rep. “I want my sign back.”

The rep looked at me and said I had abandoned the sign and the police locked it up for safe keeping and the officer would come back and give me a receipt. Now I was even more pissed, “I want my fuc-ing sign back and I want it replaced where you stole it!! I told the city attorney that if it wasn’t replaced in one hour I would go home and return tomorrow to file a small claims action against officer palmiter and the City Attorney for stealing my sign. About an hour or so later I got my sign back. There was more to this adventure but I am getting bored writing about it. Bottom line, stand up for your rights, if we don’t use them we will surely lose them. There were some funny parts but I did not take this lightly and will do some formal things that says, “Don’t do this anymore..” I will return tomorrow and expect more adventures, we are having a time!
* Will not cap due to being pissed or just plain disrespect!

For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
 
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