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Open forum, Nov 17-22

That's $65.8K for this new job. I'm not seeing checking product quality in the job description, though.

"The manager will represent City Hall as the state sets rules about where and when pot shops can operate. The city is preparing to fight the measure’s backers in the Legislature to allow Portland to levy a 10-percent sales tax on weed (“Pot of Gold,” WW, Oct. 1, 2014). Meanwhile, the city will pay the new employee with existing funds. “We know there will be a significant role for the city in both ensuring a smooth implementation and reasonable enforcement,” says Josh Alpert, who has led Mayor Charlie Hales’ marijuana policy. “We are hiring a staff person now to help the city get ready for both.”

Looks like the P'Towners have decided the State isn't going to bogart the revenues from the trade. I suppose that will be an interesting battle, seeing as how Measure 91 prohibited the addition of local taxes - they want to keep the cost low enough to fight the illegal market.

November 23, 2014 at 4:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 17-22

From the article -

"If by “gone mad” you mean “exploded in an orgy of multifamily residential development,” the answer is yes. One need only walk down Southeast Division Street to sample the dense agglomeration of high-rise luxury bukkake this real-estate bacchanal has left in its wake.

"What did we do to deserve this? Follow the money, chump. You may be gobsmacked to learn—I was—that the average condo price in Portland has risen by 41 percent in the past year. As ECONorthwest’s Bob Whelan notes, “This is a very profitable time to be in the apartment business.”

"Returns like these tend not to be overlooked by Wall Street, and much of the activity in this sector has been driven by “real-estate investment trusts,” which are basically big, amorphous piles of self-replicating capital that try to do with real estate what the now-well-known vampire squids of finance did for banking."

I'd say that's what's driving the Gramor led Waterfront project too - lots of money to be made with waterfront luxury high rises.

November 23, 2014 at 4:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 17-22

nailingit — November 23, 2014 at 8:23 a.m. --- Greatest ever is a really rough call. Pink Floyd has to be included in the conversation, even though their commercial hits from Dark Side, The Wall and Wish You Were Here overshadowed the rest of an excellent discography. I keep going back to the Stones - mainly because they're the band that caught my attention first, and they've got at least one of the best albums of all time (Let It Bleed). Bands like Cream and Guns & Roses could be considered, but they were too short lived to make the cut. I'd put Metallica and Iron Maiden in the conversation - The sustained excellence of Maiden is especially hard to ignore. ZZ Top and Elton John remain relevant. The Moody Blues, though not one of my favorites, were one of the most creative of their time - possibly even more so than Floyd.

And then, because some bands are better live - Black Sabbath and Humble Pie.

November 23, 2014 at 9:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 17-22

I saw the Eagles early on (around '73-'74) and again after Joe Walsh joined up. I prefer their early stuff, and think one album - Desperado - definitely changed the focus of what we were listening to and opened up the market to a lot of the Southern sound that followed.

November 23, 2014 at 7:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 17-22

nailingit — November 22, 2014 at 11:44 p.m. --- Thanks for the post. I listened to bits of several of the tunes, and it's like some of their other studio albums - background music for when you're doing something else. Good - not great - very polished and more like mood music. I think their 69-72 era - including Obscured and their live albums like Ummagumma - was when they were most creative.

November 23, 2014 at 7:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 17-22

How old was Eric in '67?


November 22, 2014 at 6:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 17-22

An interesting All Politics blog. The best part is at the end - it appears the Board decided to do something further in regard to trying to get TriMet to dump the LRT agreement, but Connie Jo had her leash yanked before she could spill any details.

November 22, 2014 at 6:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 17-22

Of all the Brits who tried to sound Black, Eric was the only one who actually pulled it off. There's an old story about him getting booked at The Apollo because they thought he was - surprised hell out of them.

"When I was young, IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT
Pain more painful
Laughter much louder
Yeah, when I was young
When I was young

My faith was so much stronger then
I believed in fellow men
And I was so much older then
When I was young
When I was young
When I was young

November 22, 2014 at 6:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, Nov 17-22

My favorite CCR tune - it was great live.

November 22, 2014 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )