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June 28th, 2004
Please Help

I read this story in the paper, and figured I’d do a little bit of help by blogging about it.

Wounded Dog found in Mt. Tabor Park. If you want to help, you can probably call the store belonging to one of the people who helped rescue the dog. The dog needs surgery for a gunshot wound and the rescuer can’t afford it.

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March 31st, 2004
The Argh Files

Isaac Laquedem (blog here) has a great post about the massive waste of money that is Portland’s plan to relocate Fire Station 1.

I went to the Portland Public Market site (here) and was pretty alarmed to see that this plan means totally displacing the Portland Saturday Market. Yeah, yeah, they give a one-liner about how they’re not “replacing” the Saturday Market, but somehow it looks like a death knell to me. The market has been at that location for 31 years and it looks like we’re going to get steamrolled by people with more money.

I couldn’t see anywhere on their plans where they intend to move us to, and with my knowledge of the area, I can’t figure out where we’d end up (there just isn’t that much room around there for both). Besides, I can assure you personally that it’s not gonna work taking away our under-bridge space — sales will be SO BAD if we are entirely outdoors (the folks stuck outdoors on rainy days do poorly, as a rule) that the market will collapse. The market runs from March – December. I just can’t see that being possible if we are entirely outdoors. It’s the allure of shopping UNDER THE BRIDGE WHERE IT’S DRY that draws so many people on rainy days. How can we survive if they take that away?

This whole thing makes me so sad. I guess I’ll start attending PSM board meetings to find out what’s going on, and if possible, voice my objections. I don’t think I’m the only member who finds this whole thing a total scam.

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September 24th, 2003
Excuse me, what?

So there’s been quite a flap in Portland about the county commissioners and the library. The chairwoman of the library offered a salary of $138,000 to a candidate, who heads Washinton DC’s public library system. That, in my opinion is a ridiculous sum of money. The county commissioners approved her appointment at $120,000 a year, which I still think is too much.

Consider this (according to an Oregonian article): Raphael, the candidate, is going to retire from the DC system before coming to Portland, thus drawing a pension. How much? $98,600 a year. This woman is going to get almost a hundred thousand dollars a year from her pension alone. With her salary, she’ll be making well over $200,000 a year. Gee, isn’t that enough money Molly? Surely you can manage on a $120,000 a year salary, what with your pension and all. After all, lots of other county departments have had to stave off pay increases or make staffing cuts. We all have to make sacrifices.

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July 23rd, 2003
Observations

Downtown is dead quiet at 7 am. You’d think there would be more traffic, but the morning rush just seems to pass us by…

There was a rubber boot lying in the middle of 10th St. the other morning. It was totally random.

Finnegan’s Toys rocks. I especially like the kitchsy stuff in the annex.

With enough patience, you can walk anywhere downtown. 5 blocks? 10 blocks? Crack out your walking shoes.

Accuardi’s Old Town Pizza makes excellent, excellent pizza. Muy tasty. I recommend.

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June 20th, 2003
A Series

Observations from around downtown Portland yesterday:

There seem to be an unusual number of abandoned shoes on the sidewalks. These are perfectly good shoes, mind. Weird.

The streetcar isn’t very reliable.

Whole Foods Market is yummy. However, I like New Seasons better.

It’s not as far to walk to Powell’s Books as it seems.

I need to get in better shape. Walking ten blocks twice in one day has left my shin muscles screaming. All in good time…

The reason for going to Powell’s was to buy this book. It looks really good.

Posted by Claire at 08:21 AM | Days Go By, Portland | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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