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March 03, 2006

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The city's sewer and road infrastructure are literally crumbling. Any software implementation or redevelopment effort they undertake is wildly overbudget. They just caved in to the public employee unions, thereby doing NOTHING about rising health insurance costs, and guaranteeing a 2%-5% raise for every employee, every year. To add insult to injury, they are siphoning off funds from all departments to fund "Voter Denied Elections" and the purchase of public art (now 2% of all construction or remodel budgets, thanks to Sam Adams). Oh yeah, they would like (but can't afford) to help the schools.

YET, WITH ALL THESE CONFLICTING FISCAL PRIORITIES, THEY HAVE THE TIME AND RESOURCES TO TELL PGE HOW TO RUN AN ELECTRIC UTILITY?

It takes some Big Brass Cajones for the City Council to pretend to tell anybody about responsible leadership or fiscal management.

That's exactly what the Portland Tribune editorial (and lots of my fellow citizens) have been saying for months.

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