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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE LIGHT RAIL FIXATION

The findings of this report have implications for value capture strategies that attempt to harness property value increases near transit to help offset the costs of transit investments, or to help finance other needed improvements along transit corridors. Due to the uneven nature of development patterns near transit and the need for strategic investments, the study suggests a corridor-level approach to value capture may be very useful because value created in a strong market locations can help fund needed improvements and enable development elsewhere in the corridor.

CLICK HERE!

SAFE? WHO'S UNSAFE?

DART Averages 3 Crashes a Day

Bus driver behind the wheel during a fatal wreck in New York speaks out

You think Sandi Day was traumatized?

http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S2028764.shtml?cat=566

Roundup of LaHood's visit to Portland

http://bikeportland.org/2011/03/22/roundup-of-lahoods-visit-to-portland-50035

MAX FAQs

Manual blocks and reverse traffic

Anti-lightrail Ads on Trimet Now?

http://www.oandc.com/media/entries/anti-lightrail-ads-trimet-now

STABBING ON MAX

TriMet : Stabbing Delays MAX Trains-KPTV
Stabbing reported on downtown MAX train-KATU

GREAT TRIMET STORIES

Only authorized members can view this video

http://trimetbusdispatch.blogspot.com/2011/03/great-trimet-stories.html

An Intro. to a Resource-Based Economy [ TEDx - Peter Joseph ]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mkRFCtl2MI

Our buddy John Charles discusses light rail on Fox News

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx9tJpBcWcE&feature=player_embedded

Trimet's bad faith offer

Alan Eisenberg

PORTLAND (not Trimet?) GETS MORE FEDERAL $$$$$$$$$$$!!!

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood also announced that Portland would receive another $10.2 million in federal transit system grants. The grants will supply buses and light-rail trains for the area.

“President Obama’s vision for winning the future by out-building and out-innovating the rest of the world is coming to life right here in Portland,” LaHood said. “The Department of Transportation’s ... grant award will reduce congestion, provide new pedestrian and bicycle opportunities, and provide streetcar service that will encourage economic development and connect residents with the city’s central business district.”

Very Strange statement, but the keywords are ENCOURAGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Not provide transit that people need. Is there any actual evidence that there is real economic development happening as a result of all this? I don't see it, we still have one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country and more people on food stamps per capita.

Federal Transit Authority says face it: We're getting fatter, so Portland buses may get tighter

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/03/federal_transit_authority_says.html

A sharp-eyed TriMet bus operator apparently prevented a person from jumping off the Steel Bridge this morning.

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/03/trimet-always-looking-out-for-you/

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/03/trimet_bus_driver_helps_save_w.html

A Brief History of the United States

Manufacturing jobs began flowing to Asia, first a trickle and then a torrent. Americans didn’t pay attention, not knowing exactly where Asia was. Anyway, those foreigners were comic little people with squinty eyes and ate with sticks. Who could take them seriously?
FRED REED HERE!

An Interview with Martín González from TriMet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqevkp1Cias

Trimet linea west chido

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLbd5ac0FqA

cyclotram

http://cyclotram.blogspot.com/2011/03/untitled-5th-oak.html

I would like to help clean up the transit venues in the Portland metro

http://getsatisfaction.com/foursquare/topics/trimet_in_portland_or

HOPE YOU DIDN'T GO TO THIS

Major transparency win at Supreme Court

http://pogo.ly/aBWPof

Bradley Manning Freedom Rally Portland Jail Cell direct action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt5a3uvD80U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuJqoLvFFWo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0DFyZ32mbw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP4F6J_iqpA

Monday, March 21, 2011

MARCH 21

MARCH 21 from al m on Vimeo.

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SAVAGE BEAST AT 162ND MAX STOP!

Attack-survivor Metro driver from West Seattle returns to work

http://westseattleblog.com/2011/03/attack-survivor-metro-driver-from-west-seattle-returns-to-work

Blogwatch Alert: Public Employees Don’t Deserve Abuse (Bellevue Reporter)

http://pstransitoperators.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/blogwatch-alert-public-employees-dont-deserve-abuse-bellevue-reporter/

We are BROKE BROKE BROKE....

http://www.clackamasreview.com/news/story.php?story_id=130075061249549700

TriMet bus crash on 82nd Avenue in Clackamas injures 4 people

I'm sure a federal case is pending over another stupid mistake.

http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2011/03/trimet_bus_line_six_crash_nort.html

$$$$$$$$$$$$$ EVERYWHERE-JUST NOT FOR BUSES AND PEOPLE

http://bikeportland.org/2011/03/21/4-million-lighting-project-complete-odot-re-opens-i-205-path-49994

Another TriMet Bungle

MaxRedline

DER SPEIGEL RUNS GI PHOTOS POSING WITH DEAD AFGHAN CIVILIANS

http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-65981.html

Alan Eisenberg

Another Role for Buses in Civil Rights History

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/19/us/19birmingham.html?_r=1

Disasters are always good for making someone $$$$$$$$$

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/buffett-sees-buying-opportunity-in-stricken-japan/

I SUBMIT MY FIRST SAFETY REQUEST ON LINE

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA

You'll notice that they have at least gotten more accurate in the description of what these statistics actually show, not last month but this month last year. Not really helpful at all in my opinion.


The 7.6 million trips taken last month are down 2.9 percent from Feb 2010.  MAX and WES Commuter Rail trips increased, while all bus trip categories declined. Ridership figures below are compared to Feb 2010.
  • Weekday bus/MAX/WES trips were down 1.7 percent
  • Weekday bus trips declined 4.8 percent
  • Weekend bus trips were down 8.9 percent
  • Weekday MAX trips were up 3.4 percent
  • Weekend MAX trips were down 7.3 percent
Here are the real figures however, from last month to this month, ridership looks to be holding steady, on both bus and rail:

WHY I RIDE THE BUS by A.L. Venable - Ep 29

Latest game at Fukushima: Watch the smoke color

http://bojack.org/2011/03/latest_game_at_fukushima_watch.html

LOTS OF NEW TRIMET IN SERVICE VIDEOS (not made by me!)

http://www.youtube.com/user/UnitedAirlines53467

I have to go to Pioneer Square to get 67 schedules

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV-nkQDe-mM

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR RICH

Q: How do you know if you are rich, middle class or poor in America?

A: When you go to work, if your name is on the building -- you’re rich; if your name is on an office door -- you’re middle class; if your name is on your shirt -- you're poor…and, if someone else’s name is on your hand-me-down work shirt.

Hahaha! TriMet, you liars! I read that news article and it said PORTLAND was #1 for transit, not TriMet alone!

http://trimetrider.blogspot.com/2011/03/hahaha-trimet-you-liars-i-read-that.html

Sunday, March 20, 2011

MAC(the knife)FARLANE BULLSHITS WHOEVER THIS GUY IS

http://blip.tv/file/4899239

Bill Maher: Governing With GOP 'Is Like Rooming With A Meth Addict'

http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/bill-maher-governing-with-gop-is-like-rooming-with-a-meth-addict.php

WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT ANYWAY?

I've gotten some information that tells me that the reason that this is being 'changed' is that Trimet will somehow be able to borrow against it.

If its true it sounds fishy.
It does sound like something Trimet would do however, given their history of "borrowing" against its own assets.

FROM TRINET RULES PAGE-ENFORCED EQUALLY? NO WAY!


What does it mean to “refrain from being photographed, recorded, or videotaped onboard while operating a vehicle”?

This means that you should not actively participate in the creation of an audio or video recording or photography shoot. Doing so is a distraction to safe operation of the vehicle. For this reason, TriMet does not allow members of the media to conduct interviews with an operator who is operating a vehicle in revenue service. It does not mean that customers are prohibited from photographing, recording or videotaping an operator. In fact, TriMet does not have the authority to prohibit a customer from recording an operator.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THIS?

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindducksbeat/2010/11/oregon_fan_zone_max_driver_and.html

Thought for the day











"I think the level of casualties is secondary. I mean, it may sound like an odd thing to say, but all the great scholars who have studied American character have come to the conclusion that we are a warlike people and that we love war. . . . What we hate is not casualties but losing. And if the war goes well and if the American public has the conviction that we're being well--led and that our people are fighting well and that we're winning, I don't think casualties are going to be the issue. " -- Michael Ledeen AEI(American Enterprise Institute) Breakfast March 27, 2003

"People I've Seen On Public Transport" Tales Of Mere Existence

TEA PARTY

WHO'S LOOKING....belarus?

Who's Vandalizing TriMet Ticket Machines?

http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-26664-whos_vandalizing_trimet_ticket_machines.html

Streetfilms series: Moving Beyond the Automobile features BRT

http://www.itdp.org/index.php/news/detail/streetfilms_series_moving_beyond_the_automobile_features_brt/

While America can't stop its boondoggles,(pocket liners) the rest of the world goes BRT

Buenos Aires new BRT line

Stupidity

The 89 bus today had a bad starter. That's once an hour service over there. The dispatchers wasted an hour by making a supervisor go to the scene to "confirm" the bad starter. A new bus was ordered.

They don't believe us, EVER!
 

DriveSafe.ly ® - The App to Stop Distracted Driving

http://www.drivesafe.ly/

LA-PORTLAND:FACING THE SAME ISSUES

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-3-20-metro-buses-20110320,0,6432780.story

LAHOOD COMING TO TOWN

RAY HARRIS-IRAQ VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge9gpJ24X-Y

YESTERDAYS PEACE MARCH

BEST VIDEO HERE!

Protest downtown Portland 3/19/11




NO MORE WAR!! - Peace Rally & March in Portland , Oregon - ...
Portland Oregon Protest
Iraq War Protest March 19, 2011 Portland Oregon II
War protest march 19th Portland , OR
Portland , Or March 19th Anti-War Protest
Protest war in portland 3-19-2011 3pm

SELF GLORIFICATION

http://gallery.bpsw.biz/v/public/20110319_017222.jpg.html

Legislated Dictatorship: Coming to a State Near You?

http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12498

A Tale of Two Americas: One America Lives on Greed; The Other America Barely Survives to Live

http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12507

Saturday, March 19, 2011

First Group affiliates pay $4.3M settlement

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20110317/BIZ01/103180324/First-Group-affiliates-pay-4-3M-settlement?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Concerns raised over some of Hello L.O.’s comments

http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=129977922505545600

Jeri Ellsworth video depecting the stupidity of Trimet management gets 20,000+ views!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8EOPFpmxu8&feature=player_embedded

Oregon Coast must prepare for repeat of the Great Cascadia Earthquake of 1700 (links)

http://www.oregonlive.com/earthquakes/index.ssf/2011/03/cascadia_subduction_zone_earth.html

THE COMPLETE INSANITY OF THE MONETARY SYSTEM

Plan to support Japan pushes stock futures up

Reports Of “Harmless” Radiation Reaching California Are a Whitewash

http://www.infowars.com/reports-of-harmless-radiation-reaching-california-are-a-whitewash/

ALWAYS LUV ALEX ANSARY

Outside the Box TV covers the JTTF PROTEST 3-10-11

RESPONSE TO JAY JACKSONS REQUEST FOR MORE INFO

Hello Jay-

Appreciate your time and open mindedness in this procedure.
Here is the National Labor Relations board ruling.
Pay particular attention to this section please:

"The NLRB complaint also alleged that the company maintained overly-broad rules in its employee handbook regarding blogging, Internet posting, and communications between employees, and that it had illegally denied union representation to the employee during an investigatory interview shortly before the employee posted the negative comments on her Facebook page.

Under the terms of the settlement approved today by Hartford Regional Director Jonathan Kreisberg, the company agreed to revise its overly-broad rules to ensure that they do not improperly restrict employees from discussing their wages, hours and working conditions with co-workers and others while not at work, and that they would not discipline or discharge employees for engaging in such discussions. "

Original link to the NLRB:

http://www.nlrb.gov/news/settlement-reached-case-involving-discharge-facebook-comments

AP story about it:

http://rantingsofatrimetbusdriver.blogspot.com/2011/02/feds-settle-case-of-woman-fired-over.html

And here is the video itself, {NO PUBLIC VIEWING ALLOWED}

You will see the video is critical of Neil MacFarlane’s attempt to change our health care coverage. I am clearly using this video to illustrate our abusive working conditions, and discussions such as this are protected under the NLRB ruling. There was obviously no "intent" to create any sort of disrespectful workplace for the person whose voice is in that video

I also contend that Trimet's internet's rules are most definitely "overly broad" and need to be more specific in nature.

All the discussions and letters were about my PHYSICAL PRESENCE when filming at Trimet.
There was never any mention or hint that public domain material (such as over the air dispatch communications) were part of that agenda.

Anybody can listen and publish an over the air communication, whether it be police, fire, or Trimet.

How can I can I obtain "express permission" when I have no idea who it was on that dispatch call?

To this day I have no idea who that was.
Thanks for your consideration into this matter.
Al

MARCH 18

MARCH 18 from al m on Vimeo.

STEVE FUNG'S MOVIE OF THE WEEK!

MAX DANCING!-(not my videos Trimet, leave me alone!)




STEP 2 REPORT


As the meeting with Jay got going, it became apparent that he had been convinced that I had been “warned” to get express permission before “making” an audio or video recording of any Trimet employee.

I then endeavored to explain to him that “making” meant my physical presence at the workplace with my camera, on or off duty.  He was under the impression that “making” means using any visual or auditory file where ever it may appear, including public domain material.

I then attempted to explain that there had never been any discussion around my use of public domain material until the letter from Robert Romo, where he made the statement “that is incorrect”.
The first letter had absolutely no reference to public domain material, but Jay seemed to think that “making” means posting anything, weather I personally made it or not.
“I am responsible for anything I post on my blog” is what I remember him saying. And if I post anything that uses pictures etc without permission then I am violation of HR202. (I continue to believe that this is absolutely not legally enforceable but that will require a court action)

I also tried to reference the HR investigation, which clearly delineated “scope” of policy with its ultimate ruling.
 
A-Not on Trimet equipment
B-Not on company time.
C-Not protected information.
D-I did not represent myself as speaking for Trimet.

Jay was not interested in any of that.
We wrestled back and forth about these issues. By the end of the meeting it did appear that he had opened up his mind to my point of view. He requested further information, which I have sent to him
.
So we will see, Jeff Ackerson seemed to think it went as well as could be expected, and he thinks Jay is a good judge of facts.

Hopefully he will be right.

MAX FAQs

Rules, train orders, and more

Friday, March 18, 2011

JOE ROSE EXCELLENT COVERAGE OF TALKING BUS FIASCO

According to the $46,000 invoice sent to TriMet (PDF), $6,000 went to installation of the 10 paperback book-size gadgets. Despite running on red ink, TriMet also splurged on overnight shipping – $1,050.

Wait. TriMet waits nearly a year before deciding to test talking buses, but can't wait a few days for standard freight?


http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/03/trimets_talking_buses_a_review.html 

OFF TO HEARING

Off to find out if there is any sanity left at this organization with my STEP 2 grievance hearing.

Full report to follow!

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT CALLS OUT MACFARLANE

GIVE BACK YOUR BENEFITS BECAUSE WE ARE BROKE

http://www.trimet.org/pm/getinvolved/index.htm#currentmeetings

OREGON BUS DRIVER FILES FREE SPEECH LAWSUIT

http://theworldlink.com/news/local/article_69034cbf-a48f-5f43-a4ce-419f0de1da4d.html

THIS COULD BE HERE!

This explains the "Trimet respects Civil Rights" stickers that we see on all the buses right now!

Judge issues temporary restraining order for Wisc. law

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/18/6294589-judge-issues-temporary-restraining-order-for-wisc-law

Nothing Left to Steal

The extent to which we value money depends on our degree of confidence in the economy. At first, as the economy starts to collapse, we start to hoard money, to make sure that we don’t run out. Then, as the economy continues to wither away, supply disruptions and price spikes cause some of us to suddenly realize that we might not be able to gain access to the things we need for much longer, never mind the cost, and that running out of money is not fatal whereas running out of food, fuel and other supplies certainly can be. And then we start cashing in our paper assets in exchange for physical commodities we think might be more useful. Shortly thereafter everyone realizes that the chips they are holding are not all that valuable any more. It is this realization, more than anything else, that renders the chips instantly worthless. [RC 2.0 p. 54-55]

http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2011/03/nothing-left-to-steal.html 

Ralph Nader and Daniel Ellsberg: We Need to See Courage and Mobilization Here as Well as the Middle East

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/3/18/nader_and_ellsberg

Crime on TriMet

http://portlandafoot.org/w/Crime_on_TriMet

A streetcar trestle was once part of an iconic Portland Heights scene

The cable car endeavor began as a real estate sales strategy -- the reason many streetcar lines were built.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/03/a_streetcar_trestle_was_once_p.html 

TRIMET GENERAL MANAGER LOSES HIS MIND-don't look at me, I didn't make this video!

LOTS OF GREAT TRIMET VIDEOS HERE-i'm prohibited from doing this sort of thing

http://www.youtube.com/user/cartographer1977#p/u

DUDE ON CRACK DANCING ON MAX-lucky it wasn't me filming cause I would be FIRED!


MARCH 17

MARCH 17 from al m on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tricks and truths on TriMet’s budget

McFarlane’s says "the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project is not competing for funds with wages." Sorry, but that’s flatly false

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/03/tricks-and-truths-on-trimets-budget/

International Bus Driver Appreciation Day is Friday

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/03/international_bus_driver_appre.html

Um... Is an Executive of a TriMet Contractor Leaving Crazy, Sexist YouTube Comments?

MERCURY

Union-Busting Kochsucker Scott Walker New GOP Favorite For 2012

http://wonkette.com/440885/union-busting-kochsucker-scott-walker-new-gop-favorite-for-2012-nomination

TRIMET BOARD MEMBERS QUESTION EXPANSION PLANS

ATU 757 NEWS

At the April 4, 2011 Charter meeting and continuation meetings, ATU members will consider whether charges preferred against Sister Ellen Fox are worthy of being further entertained and considered.

http://www.atu757.org/

MESS AT ATU 757

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Feds investigating LA bus rider bias complaint

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17625175?nclick_check=1

Transit Agencies Rebuffed On Request for More Funds

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703566504576202924273668518.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

‘It is patently silly public policy’

http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=130037930868145300

Is Rush Limbaugh mocking refugees in Japan or Diane Sawyer ... or both?

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/03/rush-limbaugh-mocks-japan-refugees-or-diane-sawyer-or-both.html?cid=6a00d8341c630a53ef0147e344d029970b
Wisconsin Union Law Challenge Filed By Dane County District ...

WORLD WIDE DISASTER MAP!

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

PROOF THAT TRIMET MANAGEMENT DOES NOT SUPPORT FREE SPEECH

http://www.kxl.com/TriMet-Going-to-State-Supreme-Court/9421218

And they will use every resource at their command to fight against Freedom of Speech!

Found on #57 bus at layover in Forest Grove

THIS LOOKS PRETTY GOOD....TRIMET NOT INVITED?

http://trimetgooglealerts.blogspot.com/2011/03/transportation-and-equity.html

NOT POSSIBLE.......RIGHT?

http://alsinterestingstories.blogspot.com/2011/03/couldnt-be-true-could-it.html

BEEN THERE....DONE THAT


"We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers salaries and take away their right to strike" - Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933

MESS AT ATU 757

It appears that Jon has been flexing his muscle again, this time replacing the step 3 ATU representative Khris Alexander with his brother Jeff. Although his brother Jeff is a very  personable man he works in maintenance and is not very familiar with operator issues.

Obviously using family members in various appointed positions does not give the impression of "transparency".

Reliable sources have informed me that Mr Alexander was replaced because he had lost his enthusiasm for the picketing and various demonstrations. He wanted to concentrate on his regular elected duties.
I've been questioning the effectiveness of the picketing myself.

There has been an issue with people showing up at their step 3 hearings. If you don't show up to defend your case you are risking a successful appeal.

One of the rail maintenance reps has not spent a full week working at Trimet for the last year due to union business. How much union business is there that it would take an employee off their regular jobs for a whole year?

The union won't pay for Rose Jordan to attend the national black caucus meeting?

ATU 757 policy of not accepting emails "due to cyber attacks" is very questionable. The entire world accepts emails as documentary evidence  of official communications but our union doesn't? Seems pretty simple to verify the sender of emails to me. Of course it makes it harder to conduct business when that business refuses to enter into the modern world.

JON HUNT UNDER PRESSURE
Is ATU757 Violating section 13.17?

TRIMET DISREGARDS THE FINAL REPORT OF THE SAFETY AND SERVICE EXCELLENCE ...

MARCH 16

MARCH 16 from al m on Vimeo.

Radiation plume to visit Los Angeles first

http://bojack.org/2011/03/radiation_plume_to_visit_los_a.html


WHATEVER

CONFIDENCE

SILLINESS

ABSURDITY

DUH

PREVENTABLE ACCIDENT-STANDEES PROHIBITED

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

TRI-MET SAFETY EDUCATION COMMITTEE-MARCH 2011

SAFETY EDUCATION COMMITTEE-MARCH 2012 from al m on Vimeo.

TRIMET BOARD BRIEFING-MARCH 2011

BOARD BRIEFING-MARCH 2012 from al m on Vimeo.

A 2LonleyGuys Production





In 1979, they mocked Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas saying,
"Typical lyin liberals - it could NEVER happen."

Then it happened.

Will ATU757 Drop The Ball?

Update 03/20/2011:
                I was advised by Sandy that Center Street posted the charges 03/19/2011 so it looks like everything is a go. So now the next step is to get 60% membership approval so a Trial Committee can hear the evidance and make a ruling. Things are finally moving forward.

                To assure that all members are treated equally I must point this information out. In preferring of charges our Constitution states “At least fifteen (15) days before the regular meeting of the L.U. or J.C., a copy of such charges shall be served upon the officer or member against whom such charges are filed and the L.U. or J.C. The L.U. or J.C. shall contemporaneously provide notice to all members that such charges are to be considered at the meeting by posting at appropriate locations.”

Contemporaneously - existing at or occurring in the same period of time.

                What this means is that the accuser must file at least 15 days before the charter meeting it will be presented at. The member being accused must receive a copy at least 15 days before the charter meeting and the membership must be notified about the consideration of such charges by being posted at appropriate locations.

                Our next charter meeting starts April 4th, 2011. Fifteen (15) calendar days would make Sunday March 20th, 2011 the last possible day to meet this requirement. Currently I have not seen any postings about this at Center Street Garage area. Today was the first I noticed the posting online. Only posting online is not assuring that all members have access to the information. This must be posted on all ATU757 union boards.

                Failure to do this is not fair to Sister Ellen Fox, Our membership or me. This filing was submitted to the union February 22nd, 2011. My last communications to Brother Jon Hunt about assuring this to be able to be presented in April’s charter meeting was on March 11th, 2011. I have given more than ample time for our local to advise the membership and Sister Ellen Fox. If any of our union boards do not have notice of this action posted by March 20th, 2011 our local has dropped the ball on all of us and would be in violation of our Constitution. If you do not see a notice on your union board before March 20th please let our local office, a union officer, Sister Ellen Fox or I know about this. Our Constitution is in place to protect all of us equally so please help us make sure this is all done correctly. –Thank you for your time on this Chris Day-

Jeri Ellsworth vs. TriMet's talking buses: Sexism 'alive and well' in technology circles, say bloggers, commenters

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/03/trimets_talking_buses_youtube.html
TriMet's talking buses, Jeri Ellsworth's $10 alternative and sexism: It's complicated | OregonLive.com

Is a $1 Zone 1 coming back next year?

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/03/is-a-1-zone-1-coming-back-next-year/

SAFETY COMMITTEE SECRET SOCIETY?

Apparently there was a discussion as to weather this safety education advisory committee would be open to the public and recording allowed.

It was being seriously considered that this committee that they would not allow any members of the public to view this proceeding.

It turns out the paranoia waned and they did allow the public entry.

It also turns out that David Sale and Darla Sturdy were allowed to sit at the table with the other participants although they were not appointed to the group.

Strange!

People Who Make Our Day

PART 1
PART 2

BEST COVERAGE OF JAPAN NUCLEAR CRISIS IS AT BOJACK.ORG

Another decent source of meltdown info
ClubOrlov: Earth Shakes, Sea Surges, Nukes Blow

MARCH 15

MARCH 15 from al m on Vimeo.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

JON HUNT UNDER PRESSURE
Is ATU757 Violating section 13.17?

@Dan_Christensen

Dear Bus riders,

http://community.livejournal.com/trimet/81429.html
Twitter / Tinkerbell: @ trimet I think I know at ...

IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF OREGON

http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/A139375.htm

IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF OREGON

http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/A141873.htm

Distracted driving…or standing up against management?

I GOT A SUPPORTER OUT THERE!

http://truckersteve.org/2011/03/distracted-driving-or-standing-up-against-management/ 

What is the problem @trimet?

http://twitpic.com/4a1czg

TRIMET-DON'T

http://community.livejournal.com/trimet/81871.html

From Hiroshima to Fukushima

Some have suggested that in light of the new developments we should abandon nuclear power. I have a different proposal, perhaps more in keeping with the peculiar nature of the peril. Let us pause and study the matter. For how long?


Plutonium, a component of nuclear waste, has a half-life of 24,000 years, meaning that half of it is transformed into other elements through radioactive decay. This suggests a time-scale. We will not be precipitous if we study the matter for only half of that half-life, 12,000 years. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/opinion/17iht-edschell17.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1 

LIVING IN A SICK WORLD

Insurance industry shielded from Japan quake

BRIDGE TO NOWHERE?

Neils proposal for one year. It sounds like he is worried about the unfair labor practices. Also I don't see any reimbursement proposal for current employees. Other than that it's not bad. Of course we will all be right back here in 9 months.

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/take-it-to-the-bridge

FACISISM GAINING GROUND IN AMERIKA

The Michigan State Assembly has given final approval to an emergency financial management bill decried by critics as an attack on workers and basic democracy. Under the bill, emergency financial managers would be allowed to break union contracts, dismiss elected officials and even disincorporate entire municipalities. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the measure into law. Snyer is also attempting to push through a plan to tax the public and private pensions of senior citizens. Over a thousand people held a protest outside the state Capitol in Lansing Tuesday before attempting a sit-in inside. Protesters are vowing to return for another rally today.

Open Source Software Helps an Oregon Transportation Department for GIS, Website Development

http://www.govtech.com/e-government/Open-Source-Software-Oregon-Transportation.html

Transit: A Few Observations

http://www.portlandurbanista.com/?p=1689

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

tech cleans ticket machine hit by cigbutt bandit (sw 6th/Madison) 3 machines hit on 6th last night

http://twitpic.com/48jeap

Petition aims to prevent light rail

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/mar/15/petition-aims-to-prevent-light-rail/

Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Bus Feces Incident

http://www.kptv.com/news/27208496/detail.html

ANOTHER STUPID OPERATOR GETS FIRED

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/03/15/17617721.html

SAFETY ASSESSSMENT FORM AT TRINET (must have Trinet account)

https://trinet.trimet.org/cms/departments/operations/safety/forms/request-for-safety-assessment

JON HUNT UNDER PRESSURE

SAFETY PROCEDURES DETAILED

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/safety-reporting

Jeri Ellsworth vs Talking buses #Trimet

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/03/jeri-ellsworth-vs-talking-buses-trimet.html

MAX OPERATOR GIVES THE WEATHER FORCAST

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gakv5w-smAE

MARCH 14

MARCH 14 from al m on Vimeo.

Is ATU757 Violating section 13.17?

                Our Constitution on page 60 section 13.17 states “A L.U. (local union) willfully violating the Constitution or principles of the A.T.U. or acting in antagonism to its welfare, may be suspended by the I.P. (International President) with the consent of the G.E.B. (General Executive Board), or may be placed in trusteeship in accordance with the provisions of Section 12.6.”
                Our ATU757 President Jonathan Hunt’s actions have been very questionable and I present to you the question of, should we take action? If we take action it will require presenting international with documentation that supports the violation of section 13.17. I submit to you some of the reasons and facts I have to move this action forward:
1.       In January of 2010 a preferring of charges was filed on Khris Alexander. This filing was submitted with at least the minimum required signatures. From communications with Khris Alexander and all the documents I have located on this filing I find that no signatures had been released to him or the membership. This is being handled different on my preferring of charges. President Hunt released the signatures allowing the list to be submitted to the employer. Signers of the filing had been questioned and intimidated for signing the filing by the employer, the member being accused and President Hunt. President Hunt states in an email “is my understanding the signatures make the charges so I sent her all of it”. Handling the two filings different is violating the principles of the A.T.U. in regards to assuring all members have equal rights and protections.
2.       President Hunt mailed out a letter to six (6) members. This letter was misleading and the facts were not correct. The purpose of the letter was to deny a member their constitutional right to present the filing to the membership.
3.       Allowing a list of members to be submitted to the employer is a violation of our Constitution section 21.7.

This is just a few examples of President Hunt’s willful acts that I have documentation on. There is more that can be presented. His latest actions leave room to question the security of our local union. The other officers have not taken any actions to stop him and that is why I question our members about bringing this to the International. I am working on the letter to mail to international and would like to get feedback from our membership about this. If you have anything you would like to add or comment about please feel free to contact me at chipsxday@gmail.com.

Still Riding Tri-Met?! BAD CREDIT ACCEPTED (Financing Available)

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/ctd/2265748635.html

Talkie Review

I caught one of the prototype "talkie" buses today. I rode the 15 from SE Morrison & 7th to NW 23rd & Irving. Here's what I found:

- 2 cases the announcement was made during a non-turn (ex: pulling out from a bus stop)

- 1 case the bus entered the crosswalk at the "Ped" in "Pedestrians, the bus is turning."

- 1 case the bus entered the crosswalk at "the"

- 1 case the warning activated while the bus was totally stopped at a red light! (I guess the driver turned the wheel in preparation for a right turn?)

You can clearly hear the notice from inside the bus. I guess I wouldn't call this system annoying, just useless -- since generally speaking you won't hear the notice (much less have time to react) until the bus is already past the intersection.

Monday, March 14, 2011

State of Oregon: Everything's fine, don't take iodine

BOJACK.ORG



Inside America's 'Adjustment Bureau'

Today’s American political crisis has many facets, but a key one is narrative – how the history and ideals of the United States are understood by the public. The strategic importance of narrative is why the Right has invested so much in building media to redirect and control the national storylines.
http://http://consortiumnews.com/2011/031411.html

PREFERRED CHARGES ON JON HUNT

I have found out from a reliable source that a preferring of charges has been filed on 757 president Jon Hunt and that it had 50 signatories.

The rumor is that officers laughed about it and dismissed it.

At this time the filing has not been acknowledged or responded to.

The sponsor is still waiting for official action to be taken.

WHAT IF WE'RE NOT BROKE?


Read the full story here

NEIL SAYS NO CONFLICT--RAIL EXPANSION WON'T AFFECT US.

Of course he means building it won't have any effect, running it sure the hell will!

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/does-he-connect-the-dots

Sounder train between Everett and Seattle canceled for Monday

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014488766_sounder14m.html

SENATOR HOPPER DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE....ANOTHER REASON FOR RECALL


Click to read story here
If a protest happened in Wisconsin and the media ignored it ...

James Howard Kunstler

There was Japan, standing quietly offstage all these years, minding its own business, more or less - though unwinding financially and socially at some very deep level for two decades, debt rising around everybody's ankles like a silent, insidious tsunami, population dying back, young people demoralized by the "salary-man" culture with its meager consolation of nightly drinking sprees ending in micro-hotels with rooms like funerary vaults - Japan, who had been horrifically chastened after its mad military-industrial outburst of the last century, who shook all that off to become the world's most dependably, civilized nation. 
     And now, the sorrows of Job.

AMERICANS FINALLY STARTING TO WAKE UP

Labor protests are continuing across the country. In South Carolina, thousands of teachers, religious leaders and state workers gathered at the capitol building on Sunday in opposition to cuts targeted at education, healthcare and other state services. In Austin, Texas more than 10,000 protesters swarmed the grounds of the capitol Saturday to denounce Gov. Rick Perry’s proposal to fire educators, increase class sizes and cut programs. On Friday, protesters in Maine filled the capitol building to take a stand against Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to strip $18 million from the state’s Fund for a Healthy Maine. Also on Friday, concerned parents and citizens in Maryland’s Prince George’s County gathered at a local school to protest budget cuts that could leave hundreds of low-income, magnet high school students without school buses. Meanwhile, protests in response Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to tax the public and private pensions of senior citizens are scheduled for Tuesday in Lansing.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

PortlandAFOOT

WHAT WAS THAT?

I've been fascinated by the events in Japan and have spent almost all day watching the various clips coming out of there.
When I first saw this clip I wondered what the hell I was seeing, now I find out I am not the only one that noticed it!



Prison Planet.com [1]
Saturday, March 12, 2011
As we accurately reported earlier today, the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan was the result of a nuclear meltdown of the reactor core at the facility.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) confirmed the meltdown [2] Saturday afternoon. Fukushima is one of the 25 largest nuclear power stations in the world. The NISA is affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
High levels of cesium and iodine, by-products of nuclear fission, are being reported and providing more evidence that a nuclear meltdown is currently underway.
It is now certain Japan is experiencing a Chernobyl event. “At this point, events in Japan bear many similarities to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Reports indicate that up to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) of the reactor fuel was exposed. The reactor fuel appears to have at least partially melted, and the subsequent explosion has shattered the walls and roof of the containment vessel – and likely the remaining useful parts of the control and coolant systems,” Stratfor explains [3].
“Given the large quantity of irradiated nuclear fuel in the pool, the radioactivity release could be worse than the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe of 25 years ago,” said Kevin Camps [4], a nuclear waste specialist.
Prior to the explosion of the containment structure, exposure rates outside the plant were at about 620 millirems per hour [5]. Radiation exposure for the average individual is 620 millirems per year. Virtually any increase in ambient radiation can raise long-term cancer rates, and authorities distributed iodine, which helps protect against thyroid cancer, The Oregonian [6] reports.
As the image above illustrates, the prevailing jet stream [7] moves from Japan to the United States across the Pacific Ocean. Airborne radiation would work its way into the jet stream and reach the United States in less than 36 hours. Jet streams flow from west to east in the upper portion of the troposphere.
By downplaying this serious disaster, the Japanese government is not only endangering its own people, but also millions of people in the United States and Canada.


The cover-up by the Japanese government provides more evidence that government cannot be trusted to safeguard the lives of its citizens.

Assault on Collective Bargaining Illegal, Says International Labor Rights Group

In 1935, when Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (also known as the NLRA, or the Wagner Act), it recognized the direct relationship between the inequality of bargaining power of workers and corporations and the recurrent business depressions. That is, by depressing wage rates and the purchasing power of wage earners, the economy fell into depression. The law therefore recognized as policy of the United States the encouragement of collective bargaining

http://www.truth-out.org/assault-collective-bargaining-illegal-says-international-labor-rights-group68423 

From the PSU student newspaper

TriMet needs to stop spending money on more "extravagant" things and start putting its focus back where it belongs—on services for the people. Public services need to be the top priority for the public transportation organization.

If TriMet wants to spend money on extras, then it should first be sure to reinstall lines and stops that have been cut out rather than spending extra on things that are not necessities.

NEVER TRUST A SNAKE

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WHO'S BEEN LOOKING AT THIS BLOG THIS WEEK?