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Thursday, March 25, 2004
Possible site revamp + Phil Busse
Since it's spring break and most of the readers that stroll through here are students, I've decided to spend the rest of week revamping Blog. The all new Blog is sure to faster, smarter and, of course, deadlier. It will also include pictures of cheese fries, possibly cheese steaks as well. I haven't decided yet.
While it's undergoing a much needed butt tuck, here's a link to Phil Busse's mayorial website. He's one of the editors for the Portland Mercury. Over the years, he's turned the paper's news section into a launching pad for verbal missiles against PPD and city hall. Last year, he tossed his hat into the ring for the upcoming race for the
Busse's grassroots campaign is under funded, relatively ignored and he stands no chance of actually winning. Given the bland, lackluster competition though, I'll have a hard time voting for anyone else. On his site, Busse has outlined 100 ideas for his potential administration. Along with a crackdown on PPD's endless parade of PR woes and a repeal of the sit-lie ordinance, he plans on giving away $100 a day from his salary to a needy person or organization every day he's in office. He's an idealistic, long-shot radical but I can't argue with these suggestions:
#10 - Summer movie series in Pioneer Square.
#55 - More "bar time" bus service to reduce DUII drivers.
#68 - Review police taser use.
Others on the list are more grandiose and reek of Vera Katz's head-in-the-clouds delusions. Busse campaign seems focused on improving livability, cracking down on the cops and making city hall more accessible to the public. Given the Portland's continued budget woes, many of them would unlikely to come to fruition. While it's nice to day dream, the last thing city needs is another dreamer.