Archive | October, 2010

Metro President Candidate Presentations

Earlier this week, my neighborhood association (Rose City Park) held its candidates fair. A number of candidates were present, as were presenters representing various ballot measures.

Of particular relevance to PortlandTransport readers are the two candidates for Metro President.

Here are videos of their presentations and Q&A sessions, presented in order of appearance and without commentary. (The non-profit, non-partisan nature of this blog prohibits candidate endorsements.)


RCPNA Candidates Fair, Tom Hughes Presentation, 2010-10-26

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5UB0JDxNCQ


RCPNA Candidates Fair, Bob Stacey Presentation, 2010-10-26

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su6Bd5KFDuQ

UPDATED: LCDC rejects Forest Grove, Council Creek plots, accepts remainder of urban reserves

While it isn’t official, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Condition is set to issue a ruling accepting all of Metro’s recent designations of urban and rural reserves, without amendment, according to Metro councilor Robert Liberty.

UPDATED:

Councilor Liberty’s report of the Oregon LCDC affirming all Metro urban/rural reserves designations was in error. Today, the LCDC issued their recommendations, and many environmentalists are happy–whereas the mayors of Cornelius and Forest Grove, both of which were looking to add industrial tracts within their respective city limits, are not. The Council Creek parcel–a 624-acre plot north of Cornelius was rejected outright, and a plot north of Forest Grove was remanded for further consideration. The list of rural reserves was also remanded for further investigation, with metro permitted to add these plots to rural reserves if it deems appropriate, and find other parcels (including those currently designated as rural, but less suitable for agriculture) to add to urban reserves instead.

The remainder of the Metro’s recommendations, including all designations in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, were accepted.

Due to the delays involved in the partial remand of the designations, Metro stated that it was unlikely any UGB expansions would occur until next year.

(The remainder of the post below the line is the original content, which is preserved–but is now largely superseded.)


While it isn’t official, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Condition is set to issue a ruling accepting all of Metro’s recent designations of urban and rural reserves, without amendment, according to Metro councilor Robert Liberty. The decision, which was set to be announced last Friday and delayed, is expected this Friday (the 29th). Quite a few objections and amendments were raised to the LCDC, which rejected the lot of them. The LCDC only has authority to rule on legal objections, not technical objections.

While the LCDC is expected to approve the designations, it did have a few sharp words for the process–suggesting that Senate Bill 1011, the 2007 legislation which created the urban/rural reserves designations, results in a more politicized process than the prior method. This claim drew a rebuke from Mr. Liberty, who articulated the opposite opinion–that the UR/RR process involves more technical analysis, and less horsetrading, then before.

One example of that, of course, is the Stafford Basin. The basin, an area which is surrounded by urbanization on three sides, bisected by I-205, and is too hilly to be useful for agriculture, had nonetheless resisted any urban designations for years–unsurprising given that its full of wealthy homeowners living on large lots. The three cities bordering the basin–West Linn, Lake Oswego, and Tualatin, all oppose its inclusion, and were busy trying to convince the LCDC to overrule Metro on its inclusion.

Other parties bound to be disappointed by the upcoming ruling include 1000 Friends of Oregon, who were hoping that LDCD would overturn the inclusion of Washington County farmland in the Cornelius area into the urban reserves. It would be interesting to see how Bob Stacey, should he win next Tuesday, goes about implementing a decision he disagrees with.

Feast with AORTA

From our good friends at the Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates:

AORTA 2010 Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon

Saturday, November 6

Doors open 11:30 AM
Luncheon Served 12:15 PM

Note: Advance payment by mail is necessary to reserve your
space. Please see instructions below.

Location:

Jake’s Grill at the Governor Hotel
611 SW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR

Details:

The 2010 AORTA Annual Meeting and Luncheon will be held on
Saturday, November 6 in the Tom Hardy private dining room of
Jake’s Grill at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

Coming just a few days after the General Elections, this meeting
will allow rail supporters to determine the best path ahead for
the coming year.

Our principal guest speaker will be Martin Callery, Chief
Commercial Officer, Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, who
will tell a true success story achieved through Connect Oregon
III funding. In addition, we will have an update from Chris
Rall, Oregon Coordinator, Transportation For America, a broad
coalition of which AORTA is now an affiliate. This year our
luncheon will be in the ground floor Tom Hardy private dining
room, filled with local art, and with large windows providing a
view of streetcars operating on SW 10th Avenue. The Governor
Hotel was opened in 1909, is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places, is central to Portland’s shopping and cultural
attractions, and offers free wireless internet service. The
schedule allows easy arrival and departure by Amtrak and TriMet
light rail or streetcar. Registration and luncheon price this
year will be less than in 2009: $28 per person, and all
registrations received by October 29 qualify for a $3 discount,
making the cost just $25.

Menu:

Grilled Wild Sockeye Salmon, with basil pesto and rice pilaf

Jake’s Grill Classic Pot Roast, with slow-roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes

Vegetarian Entree, a bistro specialty of Jake’s Grill

Menu choice must be specified in advance. To register, please
send your check with the entree selection for each attendee to:

AORTA Annual Meeting
PO Box 2772
Portland, OR 97208-2772

Register today!

Registrations cannot be accepted after Tuesday, November 2, due to
catering requirements.

Also plan to attend the All Aboard Washington Annual Meeting the
following Saturday, November 13.

Service bulletin

The site appears to be a bit constipated this morning–we’ve had issues with server errors, and some have made repeat posts. There are presently entries in the comment queue which TypePad thinks are published, but which don’t appear to be visible on the web.

If you see “Server Error”, chances are your post will show up sooner or later. If it doesn’t, feel free to ask. I can be reached at gmail (my name @gmail.com).

Transit Appliance Gets Some Notice – Time for a New Name?

I’ve been pleased to see that the posts on this site and on StreetFilms about the Transit Appliance have been retweeted and syndicated, bouncing around the net for a few days.

And yesterday it got some love on the PDXCommute blog.

I also had a chance to show it off at GOSCON (Government Open Source conference) with a unit on the OpenPlans exhibit table (thanks, Michael and Nick) and a brief overview during the TriMet open data presentation.

Time to get a few more out in the field for testing and generate an architecture for a scalable rollout. I’m hoping to engage the local open source developer community to build many of the pieces we’ll need to take this mainstream.

It’s also been suggested that we need a better name than ‘Transit Appliance’. Perhaps we should just use “Transit Board™” which is the name for the web application we’re running (which we’ve had since about 2007).

Or maybe we need something more original – I’m open to suggestions (all ideas become the property of Portland Transport – you’ve been warned)!