I really don't care for guy's that HUG other guys. It's not a homophobic dilemma ...i just don't like it, never have. Yesterday our wonderful lead by example Mayor of Stumptown worked the Governor Hotel like the master hugger that he is. (WATCH VIDEO)
If this does not click just got to KGW.COM to watch Sam The Sham work the room before his "State of the City" speech where he begs for support. This guy is a LIAR & PREDATOR. Pure and simple. Another big question in my mind is when people say how difficult it is to let him go, because he would be such a fantastic & dynamic Mayor! Give me Whoop Bud Clark any day. This guy is CREEPY...Pure and simple. I would bet that he will BEAT this deal as the clock is his best asset right now. On Jack Bogs blog he has a clock counting down the seconds until we can impeach this sickening piece of garbage.
http://www.bojack.org/ (to see the coutdown clock & a great blog that it is!)
THIS IS A FIRST OF MORE SPOTLIGHTS TO FOLLOW OF FAMOUS STUMPTOWN FOLKS!
TITLE:/ COMPANY Pres. & CEO Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships
EDUCATION: BA in business, Univ. of Washington
BEST BUSINESS DECISION: Buying a small Chevrolet Dealership/Chevron Service Station on Barbur Blvd 1960; becoming Ferrari dealer in 1966 and a Fisker dealer in 2009.
WORST? Several, including becoming a Yugo dealer and trying to become a Smart Car dealer.
WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME CAREER HIGHLIGHT? Being elected to the Presidency of the National Automobile Dealers Association.
IF YOU WERE NOT THE #1 CAR MAN.....WHAT FIELD WOULD YOU HAVE CONSIDERED? As a kid a boxer; later a race car driver; then a lawyer.
IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE ONE BIT OF ADVICE READY TO START A BUSINESS WHAT WOULD IT BE? Follow your dream and do something you like. Life is short so enjoy the ride and be patient. However, my wife tells me I have lots of patience as I have never used any!
WHAT YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? Uniting our great clients with great cars. It's fun to be a part of peoples happiness.
LIKE LEAST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? The red tape. When I started in this business we could complete the sales process of buying a car or truck in about five minutes. A car order; a receipt if it was a cash sale or a contract if it was a time sale. Today, we have so many forms to be signed it drives us and our clients to distraction.
PERSON MOST INTERESTED IN MEETING? Ronald Reagan
MOST RESPECTED COMPETITOR? Fritz Hitchcock, Los Angeles
WHAT TV SHOW IS YOUR FAVORITE? Two an a Half Men and "24"
WHAT WAS THE LAST CD YOU PURCHASED? A CD of Sinatra songs
WHAT ARE YOU READING CURRENTLY? Racing In The Rain
FAVORITE CHARITY CAUSE? Make A Wish
FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME? How Green Was My Valley
FAVORITE PORTLAND RESTAURANT? El Gaucho
FAVORITE DESERT RESTAURANT? Chef George's
FAVORITE PLACE TO VACATION? Indian Wells, CA and Gearhart, OR
YOUR FAVORITE CAR? Ferrari
LEAST FAVORITE CAR? Smart Car
ONE PIECE OF ADVISE FOR PRES OBAMA: Practice what you preach. Having the most lavish inauguration parties in history and redoing the White House in these tough economic times does not send the right message to the people.
Randy Leonard has my vote for Governor! In the strangest issue of the Portland Tribune yesterday, Randy was quoted as saying that he might entertain the idea of being Oregon's next Gov! That was inside the razor thin pulp...On the FRONT PAGE was a huge story about his alleged spending splurges of campaign cash donations & City dime. But here is where I respect this guy so much, when it came down to taking Curtis Salgado out to dinner, Randy pushed to hit my favorite Portland haunt of all time,
NICKS FAMOUS CONEY ISLAND on Hawthorne. But oh no...Nicks was not fancy enough for this half ass musician....He demanded the RINGSIDE where they use to serve the best steak in Stump-city. Today the Ringside is a shadow of it glory days. Last two times I paid my Ransom at the Ringside it was like eating leather. Randy...keep up the great fight in supporting Nicks Famous and please run for GOV because you will sure make better headlines than that boring union kiss ass TED! At least you can't say Randy is boring.
I walk by this barber shop which looks like a 1950's-60's Hollywood set! This is Swedes barber Shop in the Fred Meyer Shopping Center in Beaverton. It has been there since the early 1960's. This is the real deal here folks complete with the TV playing in the corner, lots of interesting magazines in the racks and three experienced barbers that you just KNOW have the best guy-jokes in the city! Everything in this hair emporium is original and it was a great time chatting with these cutters about the barber shop and it's history. The next time your in the neighborhood take a look inside and if your looking for a style or a cut give them a shout at 503-292-6767. I hope they will be around when I have a grand-kid to show him or her what a REAL barber shop looks like!
In a previous post you can read my rant on stupid people who make a transaction with a clerk and have a cell phone glued to their ear while talking (ALWAYS) very loud so everyone can hear their stupid conversation. Well Well Well....Yesterday I stop at the Post Office to buy some new Lincoln stamps (which are very cool stamps) and I notice this hand made sign at the Postal clerks station. I thought, here is a person who just had one too many IDIOTS talk endlessly while he was trying to figure out what the customer wanted with motions not talking directly......YES THAT IS WHAT THESE A-HOLES DO....a word now & then in-between their important conversation on a cell phone and sign motions . Let me tell you guys what is worse. A IDIOT talking on a hands free system!!!!!!!!! NOW THAT IS A REAL IDIOT.
I'm 55 years old. I grew up in a two newspaper town (Oregonian & Oregon Journal) ....The Journal was owned by the same publisher as the morning delivery paper (Oregonian).....One big advertiser decided to pull their year long deal and "poof" the Journal was history. Today the Oregonian just keeps getting thinner and thinner like it's on a super diet of pages and content. Due to the paper struggling to deliver features and benefits to the reader, they are also getting thinner! The READERS. There is much more to the story of this decline than just content. Young people do not read a daily anymore. They get their news feed from the web, Jon Stewart, cable news etc etc. They KNOW the front page story hours before the paper lands on the driveway at 5:30am. The KEY to survival for papers is to FOCUS ON LOCAL STORIES. I would keep the new front page all local, and run the big national story on the inside front page. They should add Phil Stanford at the Oregonian to write an edgy street column. The Tribune is not even worth looking at anymore without Phil. I'm writing this story due to the news that broke about the San Francisco Chronicle which could be closing forever. One of life's great enjoyments to me is to sit and read my morning papers with a great cup of Joe at the Blue Moon Coffee shop. I get the Oregonian - Wall St Journal and on the drive home will pick up a NY Times. I love clipping stories out that I can mail off to friends.....even make a funny caption now & them as I have done for my Brother for over 40 years. I wonder if he has collected all of them? Rick told me yesterday that the Oregonian is going to cut out a list of comic strips since they have to pay for that service. For all the smart-educated people running these papers, I don't think they are that street smart. If in my lifetime newspapers falter, I will be very depressed over that. I really enjoy the pulp in my hands.
After listening to the master of speaking "Obama" tonight, and then viewing Bobby J with his GOP spin,expect 8 years of the O man if they seriously think this cat has the mustard to win. Holy cow.....what a yawn this guy is with ZERO camera appeal. So they have the witch from the north and Slumdog. Good luck. Try Mitt Romeny! Now there is a President for ya.
THIS IS THE LAW THAT SHOULD TAKE EFFECT...(here is the case study in total IDIOTS) YOUR THE CLERK STANDING AT THE COUNTER HANDLING A TRANSACTION & THERE YOU HAVE HAVE IT, A TOTAL YAHOO TALKING ENDLESSLY ON HIS STUPID CELL PHONE. WHY IS IT IDIOTS LIKE THESE ALWAYS TALK IN SUCH A VOLUME, NOT ONLY DOES THE CLERK OR SALES ASSOCIATE HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT WHAT'S FOR DINNER, BUT THE WHOLE STORE NEEDS TO HEAR IT! LAST NIGHT I WAS AT WIZERS GROCERY STORE IN LAKE GROVE OREGON WHERE THIS LADY IS SHOUTING INTO HER PHONE ABOUT BRAD PITT AND HOW HOT HE LOOKED AT THE OSCARS......THEN OF COURSE SOME B.S ABOUT HER KIDS DAY CARE & AT THE SAME TIME SHUFFLING INTO HER MESS OF A PURSE LOOKING FOR $12 BUCKS TO PAY THE POOR SAP AT THE COUNTER. HONEST TO GOD, I FELT LIKE BITCH SLAPPING THIS COW. WHEN MY PHONE RINGS LIKE IT DID TODAY AT KETTELMANS BAGELS I TOLD THE PERSON ON THE OTHER END "HOLD ON A MOMENT" AND FINISHED THE TRANSACTION AND WHILE WALKING AWAY I RESUMED THE CALL. THE CLERK ACTUALLY SAID "THANKS FOR DOING THAT, ITS A PET PEEVE OF MINE WHEN PEOPLE CHATTER WHILE PAYING" .....SO THAT'S MY RANT FOR THE DAY. THANK'S FOR LISTENING. SIGNING OFF NOW. BYE. (sorry for shouting...couldn't help it)
City looks at higher fee, later hours for parking meters
This is what you get when there are COMMIES running city hall..They don't have a clever idea in their brain to BRING business downtown....only to keep TAXING and more FEES.
by James Mayer, The Oregonian
Monday February 23, 2009, 5:38 PM
You may have to start reaching for more change to plug Portland's parking machines -- the city is looking at charging another 25 cents an hour and extending the meter hours to 9 p.m.
"Of course they are," said Leah Reynolds as she ponied up at one of the city's solar-powered meters downtown Monday afternoon. Reynolds works as a waitress in the Pearl District and has to play parking-meter roulette all day.
"With all the money they make, they don't need to be charging more," she said.
Community budget forum: 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capital Highway
The proposal from the Portland Transportation Bureau calls for charging $1.50 an hour for street meters to bring in an extra $2.2 million. The bureau also wants to push back the 7 p.m. meter time by two hours to make another $1.7 million and boost various rates at city-owned garages to earn $1.5 million more.
The city would use the new money for paving projects on busy streets such as 39th Avenue and Southeast Hawthorne Street.
Portland last increased parking rates and hours in 2006.
Parking is big business for the city and it's one of the few sources of income that has been fairly stable. Portland expects to rake in $21.3 million this fiscal year from all the city's parking operations. That's about a quarter of the bureau's discretionary spending on such services as maintenance, street lighting and streetcars.
The City Council would have to approve the parking increases. If the plan passes, the rates would increase July 1.
Portland parking would still be less expensive than Seattle, where parking will jump to $2.50 an hour in April.
Portland's Transportation Bureau budget has fallen $68 million over the past nine years and faces more cuts in the next year, because of falling state gas tax revenues and rising prices for asphalt, fuel and other materials, said John Rist, the bureau's finance director.
The city is behind on street maintenance, he said. Without additional money, the number of lane miles in poor condition is expected to be 740 in 2016, or about 60 percent of major streets, an increase of 276 miles in 10 years.
Rist discussed the proposal this weekend at a community budget forum in Southeast Portland.
Roberta Foxley, a resident of Northeast Portland, said she supported the rate increase. "We're low compared to other cities, and we don't need to be," Foxley said.
Megan Doern, spokeswoman for the Portland Business Alliance, said the organization understands the need for more revenue, but downtown retailers want the money spent in downtown, not on eastside streets.
"When they put raising the revenue on the backs of downtown, the downtown retailers should benefit," Doern said.
JUST CAUGHT THIS AT KGW.COM....GR8T IDEA, NO QUESTION...BUT IT SHOWS HOW BAD THIS ECONOMY IS. THIS STORY IS A REALITY CHECK.
Dog Food Bank opens in Oregon
10:27 PM PST on Saturday, February 21, 2009
By Wayne Havrelly for Kgw.com
Now the tough economy is impacting pets.
Hundred of people in Clackamas County have reached the point where they can no longer afford to feed their family and their animals. They’re giving up their animals to shelters.
A group of volunteers in Clackamas County has come up with an idea to keep those pets with the owners who love them.
Linda Cloud is coordinator for the “Dog Food Bank” which opened its doors on Saturday. The facility is right next to the Clackamas County Dog Services Shelter on Kaen Rd. in Oregon City.
Cloud has delivered donated dog and cat food to struggling seniors for several years through a program called “Ani-meal”. The charity partners with the popular “Meals on Wheels” program. Cloud quickly learned there was no program out there to help struggling dog owners under the age of 60.
“Families have dogs that need to be fed and food stamps that don’t cover pet food, so they’re giving up their animals, said Cloud.