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Friday, September 25, 2009

Telfer Gets a Failing Grade From OLCV

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 9:54 PM

 

Central Oregon’s first-term legislators emerged on the opposite end of the spectrum on environmental issues, according to the legislative scorecard released this week by the environmental policy watchdog group Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV). The non-profit has been tracking the votes of individual legislators on environmental policy issues for more than three decades and compiling the information into post-session scorecards for voters.

According to the most recent scorecard, newly elected state Rep. Judy Stiegler supported nearly three-quarters of the legislative items identified as being pro-environment by OLCV and other Oregon environmental organizations. First-term senator, Chris Telfer, however, secured only a 15 percent pro-environmental voting record, according to OLCV, which singled her out for criticism in its news release.

“..new Senator Chris Telfer represents a dramatic downgrade compared to former Senator Ben Westlund,” the release stated, noting that while occupying the same seat during the 2007 session Westlund had scored a perfect 100 from OLCV.

A former Bend city councilor, and one time Democrat, Telfer is well known to those who have followed Bend politics as an extreme pragmatist and un-abashed supporter of business. While Telfer’s score was among the lowest in the legislature, she didn’t nab the worst score. That dubious honor went to, Sen. Larry George, a Sherwood republican who narrowly edged out another Central/East Oregonian Sen. Ted Ferrioli, who voted in favor of pro environmental bills a scant 10 percent of the time.


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Monday, September 21, 2009

Wood = Good

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 8:01 PM

editor's note: Due to a website snafu this post didn't get up last week. So if it feels a week late, there's a reason... But I wanted to get it out there. Cheers.

Okay, maybe I’m biased as festival was organized by Lay It Out Events, the Source’s sister company, but damn the Little Woody was an event worth toasting, which I did – repeatedly. Starting with the fact that you got to drink from your own pint glass – no plastic garbage! – the Woody was an intimate affair that seemed to fit perfectly in the Historical Society grounds downtown. With about 2,000 folks tasting throughout the daylong event, the Woody was the answer to every overblown beer fest that crowds the calendar and delivers nothing more than long lines for beers and bathrooms and brews that you can sample at most local bars. Yes there were a few broken pints glasses, which were met with cheers and jeers, but there were no stolen golf carts. Just a bunch of locals doing what we do best: sipping good beer and sharing good cheer. Word has it that all the local breweries burned through their specially brewed wood-age beer, but don’t surprised if one of them finds a lost keg this fall. They tend to do that.

Here’s Microcosmos top tastes from the Woody:

1.  Silver Moon’s Nekkid Creeper (Hop-a-licious) 2. Deschutes Mirror Mirror (Thank goodness for lost things) 3. BBC’s Barrel X (9 percent alcohol and counting!) 4. Cascades’ Skookum Street (wood=good!)


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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Back In Black (Welcome back Woody)

We'll maybe not in black, but longtime Source columnist Bob Woodward is returning as a contributor this week with a new Blog, which we've dubbed

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 8:46 PM

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Making The Call On Clem

Well I'm sitting here eating an early lunch of crow after hearing that Brian Clem will NOT be running for governor after all.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 6:18 PM

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

How To Lose A Million Bucks. Bend Style.

Down at the bottom of tomorrow's (Wednesday's) council agenda is a real estate item of interest to those of us who have been following the

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 12:54 AM

Down at the bottom of tomorrow's (Wednesday's) council agenda is a real estate item of interest to those of us who have been following the city of Bend's aggressive real estate and development dance over the past few years. It's a notice of a public hearing of an intent to put the old Bulletin property on the market four years after the city acquired it a premium price from local developers Todd Taylor and Jeff Pickhardt.

At the time the city paid almost $4.7 million for the site that the council was eyeing as a potential home for a new city hall. Mind you the city council didn't actually have the money at the time for a new city hall, nor did it actually need a new building. Rather the city was looking for some more legroom for its then fast-growing staff.

In a shell game that's ‘like so totally 2005' the city council was contemplating a deal that would have seen it sell its downtown home to the highest bidder and use the proceeds from the presumably wildly profitable sale to fund construction of a new city hall building to house its armies of planners and permit techs.

In the most "pie in the sky" scenario the city was going to work with the potential buyer to build a public plaza between the library and the school admin building.

Like I said, so 2005...

Four years later the city is flat broke and the real estate market is beyond bust. All those planners and permit techs have packed their bags and headed elsewhere after round after round of lay-offs. And that's not intended as a slight; these were hardworking civil servants - just an acknowledgement of making long-range decisions in a short-term bubble.

Now the city is finally waking up to reality - and a harsh one it is.

Cash strapped the city is prepared to take in the shorts by putting the old Bulletin site on the market for an asking price of $3.5 million-a more than $1 million shortfall from its purchase price.

This isn't to say that the city made a horrible investment, or got duped. Everyone got burned in the collapse. The question is whether they should have been playing the real estate game with taxpayer money in the first place.

Now take the current situation, multiply it by a factor of 100 or so and you've got Juniper Ridge.

Somewhere, Dave Malkin is shaking his head in dismay.

 


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