Entries Tagged as 'Portland'

Mover Mike Hit 2,000,000

After an incredible June, Mover Mike hit 2,000,000 page views. I have been blogging since 2004 and it is nice to see that more people are finding this blog. Sometimes, I have considered quitting, thinking why bother, no one reads me. However, conservative fiscally, Libertarian socially, this blog joins many others who don’t like the path the U.S. is on.

No longer can we discuss things rationally and heatedly.  Now it seems the play book says to ignore the message, savage the messenger. We are seeing that currently with Trump and we read that Hillary hasn’t answered the press questions in two weeks. AND…more and more people are considering leaving the country.

Mexico”sends” their unemployed to the U.S.. How long will 93,000,000 unemployed and under employed wait to move south? How long will the drought stricken  in the south west wait to move? What happens when the U.S. becomes like Greece and can’t feed the 43,000,000 on EBT?

Stay tuned, dear reader. I hope to cover it and provide some answers. Thanks for reading Mover Mike

Map Of Locations To Which Feds Are Shipping Illegal Alien Minors

Red flag has an interactive map of destinations of illegal alien minors in the USA. Here in Oregon it’s Morrison Child & Family Services

How do you feel about this “bigger than Normandy” Invasion?

The Battered Middle Class

In a King World News interview with long term investor Richard Russell and writer of The Dow Theory Letter, Russell stated:

“Interestingly, big box retailers are losing their middle class buyers, and it’s only the wealthy that are brightening their favorite retail stores, such as Tiffany and Nordstrom.  The battered middle class are frequenting their favorite discounters, leaving their previous favorites such as Target, JC Penney and Best Buy wondering why their same store sales are fading.  Again I advise subscribers to stay on the side and watch history unfold.”

Maybe, Nordstrom isn’t immune. Nordstrom’s has announced that it will be closing two Portland area schools; one in Lloyd Center and the other at Vancouver mall. The Lloyd Center store opened in 1960. I was 14. When I turned 15, I got my work permit and was hired first as a stockboy at Thom McAn. Soon I was selling shoes while in high school, buying my own clothes and flowers for my dates. Sometime later, I sold shoes at Nordstrom’s which was just across the aisle-way from Best’s.

I was shocked to hear this news. Nordstrom’s says the two stores are not meeting their financial targets and will be closed in 2015. What a shame for Lloyd Center. This move will leave a big hole at one end of the mall.

Portland Teachers and Drivers Headed For A Strike?

One of the nation’s largest school bus companies has announced it is closing its doors after union members voted to reject a contract that would have kept the company in business.

With its labor costs among the highest in the nation, Atlantic Express, a Staten Island, NY bus company attempted to negotiate a new contract with the Amalgamated Transit Union.
However, union members rejected the deal last week.
The city opened up the 4,100 school bus routes to bidding and for the first time non-union companies could compete.
The city of Portland is currently negotiating with the teachers union and school bus drivers are negotiating with First Student. Drivers, members of the ATU rejected the last contract offer. It now appears likely both teachers and drivers will strike after January 6, 2014.  Is the answer to go the non-union route and is Portland looking at a repeat of New York? Stay tuned.

PB & J Racist???

Back in January, 2013, all First Student employees were forced (the meeting was mandatory) to attend a “Courageous Conversation.” I posted in White Oppressors that “Many of us objected to the characterization of “white racism.””

Now, at Harvey Scott you can see the ridiculousness of the teachings. PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH IS RACIST, SAYS PORTLAND SCHOOL OFFICIAL

I can’t follow her logic. When I first saw the headline, I thought it might be racist because the white bread was separate from the brown peanut butter. However, that’s not here argument. Too bad! I was about to label Double-stuff Oreos as racist.

Following her logic, when I go to Mexico, it would be racist to be exposed to tortillas, since it’s not a “normal” food for gringos, thus we are victims of Mexican racism. Give me a break!

Lane Jensen Is Fighting Our Fight

Generally, I won’t ride Max late at night. I suspect if you are an average citizen of Portland, you won’t either. We read of too many crazies in east-county shooting or harassing passengers. We suspect that Max is a pipeline for east-county thugs into the central core. If you ride, you just don’t want to make eye contact with some fellow riders.

Willamette Week has an article about a Lane Jensen, journalist or gadfly to some, writing and urging TriMet to increase security on Max. He’s vocal at board meetings and on his blog, Portland Transit Lane, and on his phone, texting questions to TriMet.

Jensen was arrested by four TriMet police recently for telephone harassment after trying to get TriMet press spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt to answer questions about the transit agency’s security after a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed at the Holgate MAX station.

“Altstadt ignored Jensen, so he used an automated text program to send her 31 messages over four hours to her personal cellphone.

“So what is it going to take to get safety on the buses?” the texts asked. “How many more lives will it take? 1? 10? 100? 1,000? A driver being killed while in the seat?”

She had previously requested Jensen not contact her anymore. The text message questions violated that request.

Jensen is a blogger and TriMet doesn’t believe he qualifies as a journalist, so they feel they can ignore him.

I consider myself a journalist and Mover Mike my newspaper. In today’s world I am a non-traditional journalist, just as Lane Jensen. We are free to write and speak our opinions and seek answers from public agencies about the public’s business. TriMet doesn’t want to answer his questions, so they are trying to muzzle him. Good luck with that!

My Future Career Tip!

Yesterday, I picked up a Prestige Limousine client in Lake Oswego and took him to PDX for a flight home. As we crossed the Willamette on the Marquam Bridge, we took in the progress of the new light rail bridge being built. He told me that everything, like a bridge, is now built on a computer in the cloud and all sorts of engineering decisions are made there. An engineer can subject the bridge to various loads, make design changes, subject the design to earthquake stresses all on the computer. Because the design is in the cloud, what used to take two to three days for each iteration, even with a powerful computer, now can be viewed instantly or can take as much as a 30-minutes. The cloud substantially decreases the design time, cuts production or manufacturing time, cuts costs and increases safety.

I shared with him the bus charter of children that took us to the new Sellwood Bridge. The children saw from water level the result of shifting a working bridge 30 to 60 feet downstream, so a new bridge could be built in its place. They saw how new piles coffer dams were built and met the engineers working on the project. I doubt if it impressed the children, but I was astounded that most of the civil engineers were women fresh out of college in the last two years. When I grew up, engineers were men.

Big pipe to be used for the new bridge concrete.

Looking up at the old, shifted Sellwood.

My charter bus under the new bridge supports.

Here’s my future career tip: My passenger says his company is looking for female engineers to hire. I failed to ask him why. Maybe women bring a unique perspective to a project; maybe they demand less in salary; maybe it’s good for morale; maybe the answer is none of the above. Whatever, his company wants to hire female mechanical and electrical engineers. All they can get. This is still an area dominated by men, he told me. So if you like to design or build things and you’re a woman consider becoming in demand mechanical and electrical engineers.

“Where Was The Old Portland?”

Brendan Spiegel is a freelance travel writer and the editorial director of the New York-based storytelling platform Narratively. He has written of Portland, Oregon and asks “Where was the old Portland? This is, after all, a frontier logging town and shipbuilding port city with half a million residents. Surely there must be something to see here that predates Portlandia?”

And he finds it. See his article


America’s Best Family Getaways includes City Getaway: Portland, OR

João Canziani

With a flourishing food and wine scene and an artsy, DIY vibe, this eco-minded metropolis is challenging San Francisco’s supremacy as the West Coast capital of cool. The Ace Hotel Portland, a rocker favorite, also scores big with kids, who love the in-room turntables and the burgers at on-site restaurant Clyde Common. Get around town on the energy-efficient Portland Streetcar. —James Jung

There’s A Lesson Here!

The Chicago teachers strike is over. Now the 17.6% raise over four years must be ratified by the union membership. One problem, the city can’t afford the contract. In the end teachers will be laid off and class sizes will go up, until the richer parents take their children to private schools. Politicians will search for new revenues to cover the shortfalls.

Our neighboring city Gresham wants to add $7.50 a month to the water bills to pay for police and parks. The mayor says he’s cut everything he can and now he needs additional revenues. It’s only $7.50 per month. Surely, the citizens of Gresham will pay that little bit for police protection.

Portland can’t seem to educate it’s students, no matter how much money is given to them. Now we will be asked to pass a bond measure of $482 million to correct all the differed maintenance issues. It’s only $1.10 per $1,000 of assessed value for eight years. (My assessed value is about $250,000, so I will be asked to pay an additional $275 this year and that will grow to at least $350 in the eighth year.) Surely, the voters value education and don’t want their schools to fall apart.

In addition, we will be asked for $35 per-person tax to support Portland Public Schools to offer art and music instruction. Surely, you realize the value of art and music. It’s only $35 per person per year.

The lesson for all is giving money to a politician only encourages them to spend more money and come back for more and more and more. Soon, many of us won’t be able to afford to live here and we will take our boomer lives elsewhere.

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