Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 4

-Mcfarlane talks about the budget-
-Brookshire speaks in tongues-
-Prosser and Bauman prove they are 100% sock puppets-

From the Trimet Drivers side

Cage us. Demean us. Blame, suspend, discard and abuse us. This is the new transit agency human relations strategy. We cannot simultaneously drive safely, remain on schedule, provide exemplary customer service, AND physically or emotionally protect every person who rides with us. It's inhuman and foolish to expect anyone to live up to this irrational set of standards.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 3K

Kelsey talks about changing Trimet culture-Lehto talks about future goals-Mcfarlane talks about bills in the legislature- Sapporta doesn't say much of anything

Mcfarlane lied about the stabber arrest

"I am grateful for our partners at Transit police for their rapid response and arrest of the suspect"

Well guess what?  

If it hadn't been for several MAX riders following the guy and keeping an eye on him the cops probably never would have found him! 

Mcfarlane is constantly pumping up the police state presence in our lives.

Its also interesting that after all this hub-bub over this Police bunker that Trimet is building and the board of directors bragging about the system being so safe because of the 
extra police there were 2 separate stabbings on the system in a week.

Watch the arrest below the break

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Deconstructing the Trimet May board meeting-part 1

Warner says he agrees with the protesters

Portland activists speak to the Trimet board of directors

I've been watching these board meetings a long time now and I've got to say I've never seen a more articulate well thought out group of activists speak on the injustice that is carried out by Trimet.

Alas, it was all for nothing, of course. I understand how government works. All the elections, public hearings, surveys, etc are nothing but a fraud. Government is controlled by an elite group of people and the citizens  have no input whatsoever into the final policy.

Trimet is government, and it functions like government. It's controlled by the elites. They care not what citizens think

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jim Howell at Todays board meeting

Mr Howell is  the most senior activist in the Trimet activist scene. 
He's now 84 and still going strong with his great ideas.

OPAL gets a nice turnout for today's Trimet board meeting

I'm very happy to see that the citizens of the Portland area care enough about their transit system to show up at a pivotal meeting. I was giving up any hope of actually seeing citizens caring at all about Trimet issues.
Of course it didn't impact the board of sock puppets.
They dutifully did their sock puppet thing and passed all the resolutions that Mcfarlane wanted.
We know that the citizens have no influence in the affairs of government.

Jim Howell

Trimet cash machine will be handing out the pork today

As we all know (except the governor apparently) Trimet is an independent tax farm (aka Kingdom) currently ruled by Neil Mcfarlane who holds virtually all the power in deciding who gets the tax payer funds that are stolen from the citizens for the advantage of various insiders, businesses, cronies etc etc.
 Of course Trimet pretends its all about the citizens, just like every tax farm does. 

The facade is the most vital aspect of government today.

So lets see who's on Trimet's MOST FAVORED LIST for today's handouts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trimet continues its practice of stealing employees time

In our class action lawsuit we sued Trimet for not paying wages for time that we spent getting to road reliefs and not time slipping  at end of shift among other things.

 Trimet transportation distinct has  developed this very bad habit of stealing operators time in multiple ways.  The latest theft of time is the new HOP  pass.  

Trimet required all operators to get new pictures on the operators time.

 Now Trimet is requiring operators to pick up the new passes on their own time rather than putting them in the company Mail.

This sort of behavior is  unconscionable and should not go unchallenged. The Trimet executive class all  received races of at least 3%. Trimet union employees got zero. And now they want active employees  to spend their own  time  Dealing with this new HOP pass. Employees are required to have new passes by July 1st or they will be locked out of the garages as the old passes will be deactivated. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kate Brown can't sell Trimet

Personally I think she should be impeached for intentionally misleading the public

2015 ORS 267.200¹

 A mass transit district shall constitute a municipal corporation of this state, and a public body, corporate and politic, exercising public power. It shall be considered a unit of local government for the purposes of ORS 190.003 (Definition for ORS 190.003 to 190.130) to 190.130 (Effect of ORS 190.125), a public employer for the purposes of ORS 236.610 (Rights of employee when duties assumed by different public employer) to 236.640 (Reemployment right of employee at end of cooperation agreement), and a political subdivision for the purposes of ORS 305.620 (Collection and distribution of local taxes on income and sales). A district and its contractors engaged in operating motor vehicles to provide mass transportation on behalf of the district shall be entitled to tax refunds as allowed under ORS 319.831 (Refund of tax on fuel used in operation of vehicle over certain roads or private property) to incorporated cities. It shall have full power to carry out the objects of its formation and to that end may:

The Trimet April board briefing part 2

A group of us have decided to buy Trimet from Govenor Brown

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trimet bus operators being treated like pack animals

For an agency that puts the words "safety is a value" on every piece of literature that they publish they sure do create hazardous working conditions for their front line workers.
Take a look at these paddles below the break.

Oregons DEMOCRATIC governor spreads fake news about selling Trimet

One more example of the medias power to create fake controversies. 
This is so obviously ridiculous on its face that I'm surprised it got printed, well actually I'm not surprised at all. 
The media, the government, all the elected officials, all conspire 24 hours a day to manipulate the minds of the public.

This is obviously tax hike propaganda. 

Union buster Stedmen is the second highest paid person at Trimet

Being evil pays

The Deacon in Blue exposes the Trimet and Public transportation conspiracy

Read the full post here!

 Notice how many transit operators have been lured into this once-honored profession the past five years, only to find benefits have systematically declined in the same time period? There is a reason. Management, under direct and highly-secret orders from the Department of Transportation, has put into effect policies that force operators to adhere to schedules to the fraction of a second. The reason? Because transit operators are part of the first elimination phase. Timing is precise, as massive amounts of people will need to be quickly transported to disposal plants, in order to create the element of surprise.

Friday, May 12, 2017

TRIMET board meeting part 4

More on the downtown construction, Doug Kesley, and Dee Brookshire financial update

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The best of @giedosst

The most recent tweets are top and the further down the list the longer ago the tweet!

There's a lot of wisdom and information to be found in his tweets

Trimet says they are on time 85+% of the time

I have a hard time believing that

More calls

One hell of a Trimet rant

Go here for the original posting

People ask me 'why purple line strangler?'
I reply 'because of it's double meaning'.
They retort '...huh?'

Like an idiot I engage their stupidity 'because of the purple line and because my names is Max like the trains here and because it sounds good and because it's symbolic of the subculture of Portland's transit system-the fans, the throwaways, the bloggers, the tweeters, the activists, the groups, the observers, the complainers, the thinkers, the comedians, the protestors, and the daily riders.'

They usually reply with 'oh' or just leave the conversation.

The passion surrounding this transit system is a giant circle jerk. A self pleausre. An indulgence that will never be satisfied. The Purple Line Strangler is my mocking-neigh-my acceptance that all of us who identify issues with Portland's transit system will not live to see the day those issues are resolved. In effect, no matter which gender or sexual preference we assign ourselves today, the transit system in this region is a broken system by design and as such will never be fixed to satisfy our comfort.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Trimet budget hearing part 3

Captain SassyPants calls it quits

One of the most entertaining Trimet operator social media accounts has been @giedosst  on twitter. He made it about 3 years and had recently become a rail operator.

I'm going to go through his fantastic collection of trimet tweets in the very near future and devote and entire blog post to them.

He's leaving to so some writing at a professional level. 

This is one guy I'm going to miss


In my post "Defend Us, Don't Suspend Us!" I forgot to add we've been shot at too. Yeah, with actual bullets. I'll bet our upper management gets squirmy if anyone even raises their voice at a meeting. No wonder it moved its offices far away from the action... it's too hot for them.
 I've simply had it with this kangaroo court management suspending our drivers, most of us suffering from some degree of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, for defending themselves. According to our union reps, they totally ignore PTSD and armchair quarterback every situation. Safely, in the past tense. Study videos of the incidents and such. We can't tell an assailant, "Now wait a minute before you attempt to murder me. I have to call our GM and ask him what an appropriate response would be."
"You should have done this, not that," they say later, smugly condemning us for doing what comes naturally. Easy for them to say.

Read the complete essay HERE!