Michael Rindfleisch 
Member since Jul 12, 2015


Recent Comments

Re: “New Plan Will Guide Airport Development

Follow-up to my last post, Zachary Bass at the Redmond Apt got back to me advised the airlines are not suspending ticket sales as they are taking "a wait-and-see approach" with possible work slippage. Obviously, the airlines are going to book the tickets and then end up with a number of upset passengers when the flights are cancelled. Wonder why management in those airlines are not willing to take the Redmond Airport staff who are doing the project management at their word. Thanks for the quick response, Zachary.

Posted by Michael Rindfleisch on 07/13/2015 at 9:33 AM

Re: “New Plan Will Guide Airport Development

I recently checked the Redmond Airport website to determine status of the proposed airport closure for May 2016 and according to their website, "during the 21 day closure, all air service will be suspended from May 2-22, 2016. Air carriers will not issue RDM tickets to customers during these traveling dates...[g]iven our proactive communications with air carriers we do not anticipate customers will encounter travel problems by inadvertantly purchasing tickets during the closure date." Obviously their information is incorrect as I was just able to reserve flights from my military overseas location in Frankfurt Germany to Redmond on United Airlines, Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines websites for the dates of 4-21 May. As the travel community is normally able to purchase tickets a year in advance, it would be extremely helpful for the airport leadership to get with the airlines and get the travel closure information in their system to prevent inadvertent ticket purchase.

Posted by Michael Rindfleisch on 07/12/2015 at 6:06 AM

Re: “This Used to Be My Playground

Appears to me that the Bend-La Pine school district owes the taxpayers a $700,000 rebate since they determined that a bid of $1.9 million on property listed at $2.6 million was an acceptable way to steward limited public funds. There was no rush to sell this property at this time as the funds from the sale have not been sequestered for purchase/construction of a specific school project. Perhaps school board chair co-chair Nori Juba can explain how the construction of high-end rental condos are not "an easy transaction from the development perspective."

Citizens of Bend have a couple of opportunities to kill this one-sided transaction. One, demand the public facilities designation for the property not be removed until the asking price is increased to the listed price. Two, demand that when the offer is raised to $2.6 million, also require the developer to accept the hazardous clean-up costs as part of the acquisition. Third, when those two contingencies are meet, also require the developer to provide parking on the site of the condos, either in a basement setting or at least above ground, not on-street parking spots. Obviously, the developer community will scream loud on how affordable housing would be affected by these requirements, but let's be honest, this is not affordable housing, but just another step in the Vail-ization of Bend.

Posted by Michael Rindfleisch on 07/12/2015 at 3:55 AM

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