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Re: “Fight for Your Right to Party

"It's grown and evolved into a bar," the neighbor explained. "The main concern for the neighbors is we don't want an alcohol-fueled business in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Bend." How many breweries and pubs do we have again? And, how many are on wheels? This whole town is a neighborhood with an alcohol-fueled business in it. Enjoy the blowback of your tourism focused
gentrification, morons.

40 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Preston Krull on 09/30/2015 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Dear Tenant, You Must Vacate the Premises

Something HAS to be done with this greed and housing market in Bend.. and in Oregon... and in the USA. It should be illegal to put someone out in a homeless camp just because they want to remodel and make more money. Especially when they have nowhere to go.
I'm looking for a house to buy now.. because in a few months my rent will be at the same price for a 2 bed 2 bath apartment 925 sq ft. as it will be for a mortgage on a 1150 sq ft 3 bed 2 bath house with garage and lawn. People need to wake up and put a stop to this and other things that are happening in our community

39 likes, 47 dislikes
Posted by mfaccone on 05/11/2016 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Clipping the Crow's Wings

After walking across the "Plaza" to visit Crows Feet one morning I was greeted by a vagrant who asked me to pee on him. I told David about it and he made the guy move on. So if you wonder why its hard for David to develop a lunch crowd on the plaza they should help him out by removing the vagrants. The City should enact an ordinance that does not allow vagrants to sit on the ground anywhere in downtown Bend. It works for Santa Cruz so why not here.

37 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Vagrants be gone! on 08/27/2014 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Dear Tenant, You Must Vacate the Premises

Capitalism rules.

34 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mayme on 05/12/2016 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Clipping the Crow's Wings

This is another perfect example of how unfriendly the City of Bend actually is to small businesses. They pat themselves on the back all day long in public eye about their commitment to small business. Then use underhanded, back door methods to drive the entrepreneurs out of business. It's systematic and devious and there's a lot more going on than any of us know. Who is bought and sold? This business, it's owner and the employees have been a reputable establishment since conception. They have done nothing but positive for the community. This is yet another bad move by the "powers that be". I hope people care enough to stand and fight for this business.They truly deserve the support and would be sorely missed in an ever homogenizing downtown.

34 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Wesley Ladd on 08/27/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Septic Shock

thanks for the article Brian Jennings. There seems to be some missing information because, as it stands, this sounds like some serious gauging by greedy contractors and possibly the city. Having been involved with other construction projects, this seems to be a relatively straight-forward project of ditch digging and laying of plastic pipe. These poor home owners are being mislead and I think the city should absolutely step in and make sure the contractors are charging a fair and competitive price. I think this is an outrage!

30 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tamdg on 11/10/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Septic Shock

$50,000 dollars to dig a trench 100 feet? The problem is in the cost more than in the law that forces the work. Maybe allow more competition in the business? Maybe give homeowners the option of excavating it themselves? I'm sorry but I just can't see why it would cost that much to dig a ditch and lay some pipe.

30 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Andrew Newcomb on 11/10/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Home Distillers Duck the Law: Barriers to legal operations force booze makers to stay underground

This article is factually incorrect. Heads do not cause blindess or death, they cause massive hangovers. The thing that used to cause blindness when people distilled at home was the lead solder and car radiators people sometimes used to make their stills out of.
Please get your facts right.

29 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Scott Hayden on 11/30/2012 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Stand Down or Stand Your Ground?: Critics say self defense laws like Oregon’s and Florida’s go too far

Oregons laws are spot on. Dont fall for these stupid political scams. This "one in a million" story is just smoke and mirrors to distract your common sense.

28 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Dan Downard on 06/08/2012 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Too Many Tourists?

We reached the tipping point years ago! No amount of tourist dollars are worth what Bend has turned into.

26 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by anonymous on 07/20/2016 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Stand Down or Stand Your Ground?: Critics say self defense laws like Oregon’s and Florida’s go too far

If I am a dumbass and get drunk then try to crawl into bed with someone in their house while they are asleep I deserve to be shot. Sorry we need to take responsibility for our actions and what they may cause.

25 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Freddie on 06/08/2012 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Too Many Tourists?

Visit Bend is a major recipient of TRT funds and spends well over a million each year to attract even more tourists to Bend. In fact this year they are expected to enjoy (and spend) a TRT bonus bump of over 500K.

The City has a contract with Visit Bend that guarantees these funds each year - free money - YOUR money. The City has failed repeatedly to recognise that social media now plays the majority role in attracting visitors to Bend. Social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram now drive trusted organic traffic with a global reach the hundreds of thousands of wasted TRT Visit Bend funds could never hope to touch.

Is this a smart use of taxpayer funds?

Should Visit Bend take a leadership role and scale back operations while the economy is booming?

That's a question for Visit Bends new CEO and right now Kevney Dugan is showing no signs of taking up that leadership challenge...after all when the City guarantees you free money each year plus a 500K bonus bump why would you want to accept anything less?

24 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bend Resident on 07/20/2016 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Fight for Your Right to Party

Good, diverse communities evolve with the quality of their gathering spaces. Riverside Market is a place that a diverse cross-section of our community likes to gather. We lose spaces like that, and we lose our collective soul.

24 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Jeff Swanson on 10/01/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Clipping the Crow's Wings

Once again, the city fails to impress. Marchi's doing good work in revitalizing the area, yet the city -- which hasn't presented any sort of plan for the space -- now thinks they can do better?

The accusations made by city staff against Crow's Feet are so minor that you can't but wonder what the real agenda is.

24 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by TCWriter on 08/27/2014 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Clipping the Crow's Wings

"We didn't see that it was accomplishing what it was intended to accomplish" - Anyone else see the irony in that statement? Couldn't you say the same thing about the City of Bend on certain issues?

24 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Irony on 08/27/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Clipping the Crow's Wings

That Plaza is horrible. I would evict the city manager and get someone in who can get the dirtbags out of our public places.
As for the wine leaving the premises at Artwalk. That event is a public drunk fest. Everyone leaves with wine. To point out one specific instance is stupid.

23 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by bluedog1 on 08/28/2014 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Clipping the Crow's Wings

I had thought about moving from Park City to bend, in large part because of the very positive vibes that Crows Feet displays. Good thing I didn't - sounds like the City Officials are trying to take it all in a different direction. Too bad for Bend.

23 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Lenley Hensarling on 08/27/2014 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Convenience Over Accountability

Dave's comments are presumtious, shameful, WAY off the mark, and very premature. Wildland Fire fatality investigations are thorough in the extreme and there has been exactly ZERO official word on the circumstances of the tragedy thus far. Vitelle knows this damn well - If he really does have 25 years in the industry, he knows perfectly well that detailed analyses and lessons learned ALWAYS result from fatalities, and NEVER occur this soon afterward. Please publish a followup article this fall when the actual experts release their findings; it would be the responsible journalistic thing to do, and will certainly disprove most of what Vitelle has so irresponsibly stated here.

23 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by ericmetzger on 08/03/2013 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Stand Down or Stand Your Ground?: Critics say self defense laws like Oregon’s and Florida’s go too far

Granted this slanted piece of trash is a year old your comments look even more foolish as the Zimmerman trial plays out:
"Martin was, in fact, returning to his parents’ house after walking to a nearby store during half time of the NBA All-Star game for an Arizona Iced Tea and a pack of Skittles."
Evidence is very consistent that Zimmerman was assaulted by Martin, who was in a gated community. But go ahead and make it seems like Trayvon was the victim. Love how you didn't put your name on this.

23 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Facts Hurt on 07/02/2013 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Dear Tenant, You Must Vacate the Premises

I and many others around Bend have been taking displaced families into our home. If you are feeling glad about this remodel, you are also encouraged to clear out a spare bedroom and invite people to lodge with you. I have 5 people living in 1000 square feet on the Westside, and we are enjoying a cozy communal situation, with no forseeable end, as there are no available remotely affordable rentals for anyone. I hate the fact that Bend is only for the rich, but it has been this way for the 10 years I have lived here. Just move in a family of five to your single-family home and -- instant tiny house.

22 likes, 36 dislikes
Posted by Tight Quarters on 05/12/2016 at 7:52 AM

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