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Re: “Bend City Council Fills Open Seat

This appointment is a horrible choice. Since when did party affiliation become a litmus test for the Council? It's non-partisan for a reason. I'm a former City Councilor who consciously suppressed his party affiliation at every chance, in voters' pamphlets and such, because I always took the term non-partisan seriously. D vs R seemed, and was, irrelevant for tackling the city's issues. And who the hell is Chris Piper? Are we seriously still using 'businessman' as a surrogate for competence? For real? Most data indicates the exact opposite is true. From what I can tell, he's completely unqualified. What are his credentials for serving the public? For legislating on topics that matter to a broad segment of the population?

More broadly, when has there ever been a better chance to appoint someone who speaks for a vulnerable and underserved segment of the population? The apparent horse trading that went on behind the scenes is gutless and cowardly. Doesn't reflect well on the new mayor. What were you thinking, Sally? The outrage at this decision seems justified.

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Posted by Peter G on 01/22/2019 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Bend City Council Fills Open Seat

This was a very curious choice but the new mayor gets 3 thumbs down on this appointment. Mosley and Livingston are the conservative faction of the council and Mayor Russell appoints another republican in philosophy to the council. If an election was called I doubt Mr. Piper would get elected, (my opinion) but this still is a very strange call by the mayor.

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Posted by Mr. Lucky on 01/21/2019 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Bend City Council Fills Open Seat

Going into Wednesday's Council meeting, three Councilors were ready to vote for Kerani Mitchell. Mayor Russell could have been the fourth vote. She claims to support all the proclamations and resolutions the Council has adopted in support of increased diversity and inclusion. She holds up her own election as mayor as an example of inclusion. We often hear from folks at city hall that city committees lack diversity because people of color don't apply. Then, when a well-qualified person of color does apply and there is an opportunity to put words into action, Mayor Russell single-handedly prevents it from happening. That is a horrible message to send to people of color who live in Bend. It is a permanent stain on Russell's record. She is not the mayor of the whole city. She is the mayor of white Bend.

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 01/21/2019 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Bend City Council Fills Open Seat

Local government, characterized as "the laboratory of democracy," should be largely free of partisan bickering, because at the local level we face immediate and urgent issues head-on that require alliances and partnerships, not obstruction due to ideological petulance. Mr. Moseley and Mr. Livingston are, I maintain, the true ideologues here. Livingston, I think, fears Council initiatives that would provide renter relief, based on his allegiance to the "invisible hand" of the market. Moseley, I believe, is dead set against providing transportation options, due to, I would guess, his adherence to the cult of automobilephilia. In the guise of achieving "ideologic" balance, these and other initiatives for a better Bend, I fear, will be scuttled.

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Posted by fosterfell on 01/20/2019 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Bend City Council Fills Open Seat

These developments are so utterly disheartening. We could either have had Cathy Austin--an ardent, experienced advocate for workforce housing--or Kerani Mitchell, who would have been an inspiring advocate for young, struggling working families in Bend. The sequence of events leading to the selection of Mr. Piper gives the appearance, at least, of behind the scenes maneuvering. This was not the best way for the new Russell-led City Council to get underway. I suspect that trust and confidence in City government will fall away, creating blowback, and eroding support for expected City initiatives, such as an anticipated ballot measure for a multi-million dollar transportation bond. I hate to say it: The '2 more years' motto of consolation applies equally as much to Bend city government as to Washington D.C.

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Posted by fosterfell on 01/20/2019 at 10:27 AM

Re: “A New Representative for Bend

Hopefully, Cheri Helt will learn to recognize the value of public employee unions.

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 01/18/2019 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Bridge Battle, Part Deux

Designated Forestland Special Assessment $79.38 per acre.

All the facts on public records.

Posted by $79.38 on 01/18/2019 at 6:00 AM

Re: “Wild & Free In The Indoors

Thanks for the info, Frank Florence! I wasn't trying to convey that there weren't any "serious" or "experienced" cyclists at Juniper, but just that with its price point and vibe, it may be a bit more of an approachable option for those who are just starting out.
And MajorMajorx2: I found a couple classes at Redmond gyms including Redmond Athletic Club and Fitness1440. Not exactly a drop-in scenario, but they do have options to check out their facilities before you commit.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 01/17/2019 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Wild & Free In The Indoors

I'll second the recommendation for Juniper and point out that it's not just for beginners or the mellow (although useful to both groups.) Two instructors in particular, Andy and Cheri, are experienced cyclists who structure their classes for riders who intend to transition back outdoors.

Posted by Frank Florence on 01/17/2019 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Wild & Free In The Indoors

Anything in Redmond you're aware of?

Posted by MajorMajorx2 on 01/17/2019 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Slowing it Down

The police dont enforce the speed limits they have now. How are new speed limits going to make a difference?

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Posted by Russ Westmark on 01/16/2019 at 10:43 AM

Re: “St. Charles Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement

I think the solidarity and strong support for their union that SCMC nurses have demonstrated made hospital administrators and negotiators blink. Community support for the informational picketing was clearly growing and the hospital did not want to see over a thousand people outside the hospital protesting their treatment of nurses and patients. There is power in a union and ONA is the strongest and most united union in all of Central Oregon. Support staff and other caregivers at SCMC need a union, too.

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 01/15/2019 at 9:11 AM

Re: “(Almost) DIY Weddings

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Posted by Olga Reznikova on 01/14/2019 at 3:39 AM

Re: “Redmond's On The Rise

Mattyk: It's linking to the right article now-- Not sure what you were seeing but I hope you find the "Signs of Progress" story by following that link now! Thanks for reading.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 01/10/2019 at 12:04 PM

Re: “(Almost) DIY Weddings

In working with many clients on their weddings, I've found that the more casual and lower budget weddings are the most fun because everyone is more relaxed. It's the people that makes it fun, not the fancy, expensive stuff.
Than Nguyen

Posted by Than Nguyen on 01/10/2019 at 9:50 AM

Re: “(Almost) DIY Weddings

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Posted by Aingeal Rose & Ahonu on 01/10/2019 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Redmond's On The Rise

Cultivating the arts and the expanding beer scene link to the article about progress. Any chance you could update those links?

Posted by mattyk on 01/09/2019 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Parking Updates Go Into Effect

No problem. Plenty of other places to go and obviously downtown does not need my business.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 01/08/2019 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Parking Updates Go Into Effect

These rules are disappointing. They are designed to encourage and facilitate more driving downtown at the behest of downtown retailers. They are not sound or modern transportation policy. Cities that are working to reduce congestion and foster efficient transportation systems are not implementing such weak rules. Robust 21st century cities are charging for parking 24/7 and or removing parking altogether - and getting great results.

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Posted by easy_edwin on 01/08/2019 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Parking Updates Go Into Effect

This is a result of downtown businesses wishing for shoppers with a few more dollars in their pockets and planners infatuation with Donald Shupe. If, as reported, Mirror Pond parking is 85% full, according to Shupe, that should be perfect. So why the need for a Parking Manager with a $80K salary? Will the increase in fees pay for it?

Only people with Android or iPhone can park? The ParkMobile app has terrible reviews with glitches, drops, parking tickets and towing charges as a result.

Talk about solutions in search of a problem.

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Posted by Geoff Reynolds on 01/08/2019 at 8:28 AM

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