Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

MAY 10

5/10/11 from al m on Vimeo.

TriMet Cannot Control the Power of the Blogs!

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2011/05/10/trimet-cannot-control-the-power-of-the-blogs

C-Tran board gives in to veto threat

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/may/10/c-tran-board-gives-in-to-veto-threat/
City may veto size of light rail voting pool
Letter: Vote on light rail this year
Fate of light rail will go before voters
C-Tran will ask only for bus funds in 2011
Vancouver council supports single ballot measure for buses, light rail 

TriMet recognizes its best operators of the year

Ministry of Propaganda Official News Release!

This is the actual email for your enjoyment

(It says "Portland" rather than "trimet!)

MY REQUEST FOR FANS IN THE OLD BUSES AS A SAFETY CONCERN REJECTED

That makes two suggestions and two bureaucratic excuses for not doing something properly.


Use Your Imagination

http://bojack.org/2011/05/use_your_imagination.html

ATU 757 CONTRACT STATUS-CURRENT INFORMATION

Chart by Chris Day

MT HOOD COLLEGE TO GO ON STRIKE!

Mount Hood Community College Faculty Association has announced that they will strike this Thursday, May 12th, at 5 am. After a year of negotiations as well as sessions with a mediator, the Association voted on April 2nd to allow its leadership to call for a strike and set a date for a walk-out.  At issue are wages and retirees’ benefits. The college has threatened to hire full-time faculty replacements if there is a walk-out, and the student body is organizing a walkout during classes today to show their support for their instructors. If you are interested in showing solidarity with the Faculty Association, their strike will be at Mount Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark Street in Gresham. Assemble at the main courtyard by flagpoles - the south side of the main campus building.
(Jon Hunt ATU 757)

HR COMPLAINT DISMISSED-MR WALLACE FIXATION CONTINUES

I actually got a call from Lucy Shipley (very lovely woman to talk with BTW) telling me that Mr Wallace is not supposed to be in my letter and that a new version is being mailed out. Strange that nobody does any proofreading at Trimet?
No surprises in the letter of course, I had no expectations of anything changing.
They throw it back to the grievance process and say their rules are just wonderful and will continue to be enforced.

PARKER CASE UPDATE


Look at the bail amount for the various charges.
This is very interesting because what is obvious is that the actual "abuse" violations carry a bail of $2500, $2500, and $20,000, which is $25000 total, or $2500 to get out of that jail.

But then they added in the restraining order violations, which carry bail amounts of $50000, $50000, $50000, $50000, $50000, they are saying there were 5 instances of restraining order violations and each one should be charged separately.

The crime value is $25000, but the restraining order value is $250000, total $275000.

 Complete injustice in this bail as far as I am concerned.

SO HOW DID THE JIM STENGER CASE END?

According the court records he got 60 months probation and was shipped back to Hawaii.

NEIL IS GETTING WORKED UP

The media landscape in our region has changed quite significantly with the advent of social media. Twitter, Facebook and the like have become important communication vehicles as people look to them for near real-time information delivery. TriMet is beginning to use these channels as a way to get good information into the hands of our riders and the general public about our services and projects. But with this new communications paradigm comes some significant challenges.
Because information can travel at a lightning pace in these electronic realms, misinformation can spread like wildfire doing more damage than good. This all makes it harder than ever for TriMet to get across service information, information about our projects, and in general – tell our communities the good work that TriMet does each and every day.
I need your help. The expansion of blogs, Twitter and other new media tools provides the opportunity to remind all TriMet employees that any comment made can become part of a news story. The traditional news media – TV, radio and print – monitor blogs and tweets, and may consider them to be truthful and accurate. Here’s how easy it is to become part of the media message:
 A rider overhears that bus service will be cut again, making it even harder for people to get to work. That rider blogs about it and now a TV station is calling TriMet to comment on the cuts.
At a TriMet open house, a blogger tweets out comments from a TriMet representative without any context or perspective, again, the media is calling. 
All of these examples demonstrate how simple it is to create media coverage based on someone’s opinion.
Any time a TriMet employee speaks about the agency, whether at an agency-sponsored open house, a neighborhood meeting, while in uniform or just by posting comments on blogs, Facebook or via Twitter, it can become part of a news story.
Even though a news reporter is not present, it does not mean that comments aren’t ‘on the record.’ An attendee to a neighborhood meeting can contact a news organization, and it’s now a story.
Guidelines
If you are contacted directly by a news reporter or a member of the news media, refer them to the Communications Department. Mary Fetsch or Bekki Witt will handle. Only designated TriMet personnel are allowed to talk to the news media. Mary or Bekki may contact you and ask you for information or in some instances, may have you talk directly to the reporters – but only under their direction.
Internet postings may not disclose any information that is confidential, safety-or-security sensitive or proprietary to TriMet.
If you have a blog or comment on one that discusses TriMet, you must make clear that you are speaking for yourself and not on behalf of the agency.
Media on our system
Additional guidelines apply to bus and rail operators. The news media is allowed to record, videotape and photograph while traveling on our system or at the scene of an incident.  However, they are not allowed to interfere with the safe operations of a vehicle or interview an operator on duty. If the media approaches an operations employee on duty, they must refer the media to the Communications Department.
TriMet believes in employees’ right to freedom of expression, online and elsewhere, and supports open dialogue and the exchange of ideas. At the same time, employees should exercise that freedom in a manner consistent with TriMet’s commitment to transparency, integrity and mutual respect.
Employees are personally responsible for the content they publish on the Internet, both internally and externally. Be mindful that what you publish will be public for a long time and can be used by others, so protect your privacy.   (For full guidelines: HR-202.1 Information Technology: Internet Use and Communications, and HR-304.2 News Media Guidelines. )
With all the chatter out there in the electronic world, we want to make sure that TriMet’s communications are heard clearly – to help accurately inform our riders and our communities.
Thank you in advance for your help.

Transparency? See my "fight against the Trimet management" post.

TWO DIFFERENT PRESENTATIONS ON THE SAME SUBJECT

Chart by Chris Day

Chart by ATU 757

Do TriMet buses use any kind of signal premption or priority?

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/do-trimet-buses-use-any-kind-of-signal-premption-or-priority

BRUCE HANSEN T-SHIRTS NOT UNION MADE?

Made in El Salvador apparently!

WHERE THE HECK IS RON HIENZMAN ANYWAY?

So the union is operating in the red and yet we are paying Mr Heinzman to do what exactly?
He has never attended one of our local meetings has he?

IS OUR UNION BROKE?

It has been reported that our union is $282,000+ in the red!

SOCIAL PATHOLOGY

Peter Joseph Lecture

Historian Adam Hochschild: Lessons For the Antiwar Movement From the Pacifists of World War I

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/10/historian_adam_hochschild_lessons_for_the

The Zeitgeist Movement Response to Media: Death of Osama bin Laden

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOqQa5k0org

MAY 9

5/8/11 from al m on Vimeo.

Merlo Driver brings wd40 for pedals and blinkers and ticket cutters

Trimet Max Light Rail At Rose Quarter

http://wn.com/TriMet_MAX_Light_Rail_at_Rose_Quarter

REMEMBER MARCUS GRIFFITH?

What is he doing these days?
Taking on the sheriffs department!


Actions of Sheriff's Office may violate state open government laws - VanVoice Blotter