Friday, June 15, 2012
I entered this race very late compared to President-Elect Hansen's announcement last fall. Since February 14th, I was able to raise a few hundred dollars and still fewer volunteers. My campaign simply ran out of funds. Once Ron Heintzman entered the competition on Nomination Day, my position became clear--split the votes, or be the "spoiler" for either one or the other.
I will contend that President-Elect Hansen won his narrow victory because of the positions he and I share about the established incumbency created by Former President Heintzman. I got, "Clobbered," NOT because of the ideals an principles I espoused in my campaign, but rather for want of funding and organization.
If I had elected to spend my own money on campaign posters, buttons, and junk mailings, like many candidates did, President-Elect Hansen's supporters would be calling me more names than just, "SPOILER!"
From Portland Afoot
TriMet never intended to amend nor consider Opal's budget proposal. That became clear as
soon as Neil began his GM report.
The Board's action to transfer 1 million to "low income riders" was a planned placeholder and only marginalized poor people even more.
Opal did not want nor did they ever ask for funds to help "poor people." They and their work was focused on retaining affordable, stable and equitable bus/rail services for AlL PEOPLE.
Opal urged greater transparency and inclusiveness from TriMet and continuously stated their willingness to partner with TriMet to achieve those goals, together.
Neil wants to and will build new train systems. To achieve that, he surrounds himself with unqualified Operations managers that don't have the capacity nor abily to think on their own. He hires new Directors (with questionable or no resumes) to deal with the stuff he cannot..those Union workers and a labor contract that is getting in his way.
Neil and his management team choose to use the media to discuss the labor dispute which placed every front line worker in a vulnerable and difficult position with their riders and the public.
Neil and his management team broke the law; not once but twice.
TriMet has lost the very core of what it once was..an agency that was committed to upholding delivery of safe and reliable transit service to every citizen. An agency that valued and deeply respected it's workforce.
Opal members and ATU employees deserve appreciation for their courage and tenacity.
Read his post HERE!
Definition of the death spiral is HERE!
We EXPOSED TriMet, once and for all, as an unaccountable, disconnected agency that lacks transparency and opportunities for meaningful participation. Over the past six months, we have given TriMet every opportunity to act equitably and to meaningfully consider the ideas and needs of transit riders in their budgeting process. Yesterday's meeting was confirmation that the board is not responsive riders' needs, and that the agency does not genuinely want our engagement.
The board has had multiple opportunities to take action on an alternative budget that doesn't squeeze those of us that can least afford to pay. Instead, they took the easy way out, refusing to schedule an extra meeting to formally consider our Budget Alternative and engage in more meaningful dialogue about striking the right balance. The TriMet board failed us, and our Bus Riders Unite leadership understands what comes next: a fight to bring greater accountability and representation to the board. See below for our next membership meeting date!
TriMet made internal cuts, including layoffs, to minimize service cuts and impact to
I don't know if I even believe this, what evidence does the public have to see that this is indeed true?
Read the full press release HERE!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
What a joke on the public they are, their little 'pretend' show, give the phony appearance of being 'public' when the opposite is the truth.
The general manager makes all the decisions, the show is scripted before they show up, so what's the point of watching that little circus. There is absolutely no transparency with any of it.
Yesterday was the PINNACLE in Trimet management hypocrisy.
"slick' boy Warner fooled lots of people, including me, into thinking the board meeting would be over at the conclusion of the public testimonies on the budget, and that it would be put off to a later date.
I come to find out after I had left the meeting that the sock puppets actually passed the horse shit budget.
This guy BRUCE WARNER is actually scary.
He is so smooth with his hypocrisy that he scares me.
But the coup de grace was making up excuses for the $111 million dollar bond and in the next breath voting to cut service and raise fares.
What a pathetic bunch of sock puppets the Trimet board is
I thought that was OK?
Who knows what these schizophrenic managers want, they change like the wind.
Thank god I don't have to deal with their nonsense,EVER AGAIN!
While it may have looked like a done deal months ago, near the end of the meeting, board members and general counsel discussed the possibility of holding additional hearings to review an alternative budget proposal put forth by OPAL Environmental Justice, an advocacy group for transit riders which held a rally outside the meeting site across from TriMet's corporate office, in the former Advantis Credit Union building.
Ultimately, however, the board decided to approve its own earlier proposal – with one amendment, proposed by Consuelo Saragoza, that $1 million of the budget's $20 million contingency fund be set aside to investigate ways to mitigate the effects cuts would have on low-income and impoverished riders, including a policy and economic analysis around the effects of service cuts and fare increases.
TriMet adopts $2.50 flat fare, kills free rail zone after heated four-hour meeting | The Lund Report
Testimony to the Trimet Board of Directors-OPAL -JONATHAN OSTER
Testimony to the Trimet Board of Directors-OPAL -PART 2
Testimony to the Trimet Board of Directors-OPAL -PART 3
Testimony to the Trimet Board of Directors-OPAL -PART 4
Al M testimony to the Board of Directors
JEFF ASCH TESTIMONY TO THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cameron Johnson testimony to the Trimet Board of Directors
Apparently not. I was substituting for Jason yesterday since Jason now has a actual job.
He ran out of storage space on his SD card and an elderly gentlemen was going on and on so I decided to book.
Little did I know that the board was about to vote on the budget. For some reason I was under the impression that the vote would not happen today.
I come to find out that they did vote and pretty much ignored OPAL's hard work.
( I knew that was going to happen of course)
OPAL members were enraged..KOIN has a good video of that.
The OPAL members gave some very impassioned presentation, about the best I have ever seen at the board meetings.
To bad it doesn't help.
The Trimet board is a board of sock puppets, might as well talk to a chair then talk to them.
They've already gotten their instructions from Mcfuher. Mcfuher holds the power, not the board.
They are useless completely.
A little later she said to me having her picture there makes it appear that the twitter feed is official Trimet sanctioned then she said "it will be removed"
Already having my dispatch library removed by Trimet I took her seriously and contacted Lane Jenson who is the person responsible for founding Trimet Scanner.
He removed the picture.
(I have no more interest in picking on Mary anymore, I pick on Neil now)
TriMet Board adopts FY13 budget that includes internal cuts, plus fare changes and service cuts to close $12 million shortfall | TriMet Media
THEY say there were 16k comments.
In typical Trimet fashion, nobody gets to see them except Trimet officials.
They go on, 'we saved 1.2 million with internal efficiencies including layoffs.
But guess what, we (the public) get to know nothing about the actual cuts that were made.
Typical Trimet nonsense.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Glad Bag bus did not go unnoticed by other drivers. "Plastic bags on the wires?" says one veteran operator with a laugh. "Oh, I've seen that one." Added another, "They were just the kind of bags you'd get at Safeway." Maxwell claims he refused to operate Coach 5427 several times, cementing a reputation as a "troublemaker." He has since been fired as a Muni driver, but the plastic atop the bus has outlasted him. "Those bags have been on that bus for about a year and a half," he says. "They are still on there now. I guarantee you that."
Muni: Our Transit Agency Has Neglected Maintenance for Years
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
On the issue: Solidarity with transit-dependent low-income people « Occupy The Pride Portland 2012
Have you noticed as I have that every-time something important is planned they move the meeting location and/or times?
Personally, I think its intentional.
Why did they change the time of this board meeting?
And what prompted them to change its location into a more obscure spot away from the beloved light rail lines.
They want to cut the hell out of bus service, increase the fares for passengers at the same time they are hoarding cash!
This place operates on the corporate model and we as the public are in serious danger of losing our transit system completely.
The OPAL fight is the most important fight in the history of TRIMET.
Be there tomorrow and support them!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 9 a.m. or 8am in front of Administrative building!
Advantis Building, Main Level
3717 SE 17th Avenue
There are dozens of internal "promotion" opportunities that I am not listing here.
Contract Administrator III Non-Union Regular Full-Time $4,876.25 - $7,314.25 Monthly 06/22/12
Deputy General Counsel Non-Union Regular Full-Time $8,080.33 - $12,120.25 Monthly Continuous
Part-time Bus Operator Union MRO $13.83 - $25.13 Hourly Continuous
Property Acquisition & Relocation Specia... Non-Union Regular Full-Time $4,876.25 - $7,314.25 Monthly Continuous
Senior HRIS Analyst Non-Union Regular Full-Time $6,298.75 - $9,448.25 Monthly Continuous
Systems Engineer II - Linux Server Non-Union Regular Full-Time $6,298.75 - $8,583.33 Monthly Continuous
Bus, Rail and LIFT Communications System and Bus Transfer printer: $34 million
New Buses: $23 million
Ticket Vending Machine and Bus Farebox Upgrade: $6.7 million
WES Positive Train Control: $3 million
Maintenance of Way Central Facility: $3.3 million
Estimated Costs of Issuance: $1 million
The resolution authorizing the borrowing will go down tomorrow morning.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Note: Sally’s bus was safely stopped in the yard when this photo was taken. She’s delighted by the gift, but she’s not driving with it dangling from the back of her seat!
Friday, June 8, 2012
Supervisor Shaffer approached the woman and attempted to talk her into coming back over the railing, but she said she wanted to jump. When she moved closer to the edge, Supervisor Shaffer grabbed onto her wrist and she jumped. He said his adrenaline kicked in and he was able to hold onto her. A passerby helped Supervisor Shaffer keep the woman from falling until police and fire crews arrived and pulled her to safety.
Epic fail Trimet Maintenance of Way Management and Supervisors. Yesterday a failure of the Steel Bridge at Portland's premier event the Rose Festival fleets arrival. This failure made the news. Trimet couldn't even muster the staff to come and repair it and relied on the luck of getting an ODOT crew that was in the area to inspect it so as the bridge tender could overide the Trimet signal locks and lift the bridge for the ships
Thursday, June 7, 2012
PolitiFact Oregon | Did John Ludlow, as mayor of Wilsonville, drive TriMet out of town?
Members of the group met with TriMet board members and staff to make sure everyone agrees on their numbers.
OPAL, which believes public transit is a civil right, accepts the creation of a single fare, the elimination of the Free Rail Zone and the reconfiguration of 15 bus routes to improve efficiency, as TriMet proposes. But OPAL argues for lower fares, discount ticket books, extended transfer times and maintaining low-ridership lines. The group would balance the budget with a smaller contingency fund, reduced subsidies for Portland Streetcar and parking fees at park-and-ride lots.
OPAL says its budget would generate more than 300,000 additional rides a year while TriMet's proposed budget would reduce them by 1.1 million. Dozens of people are preparing to testify in support of OPAL's proposal at the board's June 13 meeting. The group also is organizing a rally before the meeting, when the final budget could be adopted.
OPAL's alternative budget can be found at opalpdx.org.
Sources Say • Candidates hit rail vote hitch
Activists who gathered enough voter signatures to place the measure on the ballot certainly intended for it to require a public vote on the county's $25 million commitment to project. Virtually all of the news coverage said it did, too.
But now the commission has to decide whether to risk angering even more voters by saying they don't have the right to vote on the funding even before the measure passes or fails.
The decision is especially tricky for Chair Charolette Lehan and Commissioner Jamie Damon. They are already facing funding opponents at the November general election. Appearing to be against the right to vote is probably not the best way to win re-election, even if there's a legal opinion to justify such a decision.
Sources Say • Candidates hit rail vote hitch
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The idiots kept asking how often I was going to help him? I tild them hes 2000miles aways I dont plan to go regularly.
newsflash, the district has now started a new campaign.if it can be proven that you ran a red light. or if you are convicted of running a red light, you are going to be given a written reprimand. so much for progressive discipline. grievances to follow.
They even programmed into the Transit Tracker data
(in response to this tweet)
Also, would it really be better if TriMet didn't accept advertisements from places/events outside the district, even when a rider's TriMet fare will still get them there?
Cookie Monster at a bus stop « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans
But what the national media is not telling you is: I am the new Democratic Senate Majority Leader after winning an important Senate recall election by just hundreds of votes.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Walker wins tight recall after campaigning against Milwaukee streetcar as waste of taxpayer $$— TransportationNation (@TransportNation) June 6, 2012
It’s unlikely the average person would consider payouts to workers comp and unemployment coverage to be benefits in the traditional sense. They’re not the sort of thing you negotiate before taking a job -- they’re the cost of being an employer.
Mary King, a professor of economics at Portland State University, said lumping those sorts of costs in with this discussion may be misleading. "I think it's really a huge red herring to start talking about what TriMet might be paying for past employees," she said. "That's an attempt to make it look like they're paying a lot."
Read the rest of the article HERE!
Hey internets™, its been a few days. With the term wrapping up and Velo plans taking form it’s been busy!
As you may know I am forming a project to show how one person can change there lives with a Human Powered Vehicle, and while I get the nessary funds and what not, I am taking my bike everywhere. When my bike has issues (which it always seems to have) I go by bus! This week alone I’ve gone by bus quiet a bit and I can say that I am fucking done exposing myself to this greener, albeit disturbing form of transportation. Don’t get me wrong Trimet, you do provide a vaulable service but is it worth the cost of a ticket? Lets take a look!
Monday, June 4, 2012
Control/operator was concerned that the dog was going to get hit so they sent a supervisor check on the man.
The dog got on the train and traveled to 82nd avenue where the supervisor attempted to get it off.
However the dog was uncooperative being away from its owner.
They got the dog on another train going back to 60th ave.
By that time the man had woken up and had taken off down the tracks looking for the dog,
The supervisor went down the tracks and found the man, dog in tow.
Police came on another train and got off where the man was and arrested him.
The supervisor returned to the vehicle at 82nd avenue and found the windows shattered, glass all over the street.
Items were stolen from the vehicle.
The 'reconfiguration' of the bus service will 'force' some people onto the MAX, for example after September there will no now way down the length of the transit mall except by MAX from NW Portland., which is absurd in my opinion.
At Sunday's Charter meeting we got to hear about the new buses, interesting to learn there are 2 Hidden Camera's... full audio, both can be Live Streamed. Glad Bruce Hansen mentioned how we must revisit the policy... I know C-Tran has this system and allot of the drivers like the security it provides. what do you think?
My comment~~> live streamed? what's wrong with that? there are many more instances of passengers abusing bus drivers than bus drivers screwing up...i personally think this sort of thing is to the benefit of drivers.... and i've was pushing for audio for a long time because video without audio only tells one side of the story-take a look at the baby bus driver incident-if the public could have heard that baby screaming it might have had a different outcome-and then there is the bogus 'you didnt call your stops' baloney-those of us that were calling our stops still got accused of not calling stops-with audio that can no longer happen
Very good article about transit ticket machines
Movie that might be worth seeing
HANGZHOU, June 4 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese bus driver has been conferred the honorary title of "revolutionary martyr" for sacrificing his own life to save 24 of his passengers.
Thanks @trimet for allowing me on w/ only $2. Someday they'll join the 21st century and take card!— Tom Shimmin (@DelBravoTomTom) June 4, 2012
@trimet didn't use common sense just now. 1st workday this month, I have 2 passes(April,may). Still wrote me a ticket. Pass is on my desk.— Paul Frazier (@pfrazier) June 4, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Woman falls out of her wheelchair
Leonard needs lunch
Paranoid nation-supervisor gets it
Woman falls hits her head and lays in the middle of the street
operator has had enough
Fight starts on the bus
Bee swarm on the loose
Man that smells allowed to ride
Leonard part 3
10 cents creates incident
Man is angry with operator
Man stinks and can't ride the bus
Spitting sunflower seeds all over the floor 1 day 21 hours ago
Transit officer tells bus driver to take this bag to supervisor
Tire is flapping around