Feb 14, 2017

Troutdale's wind really blows. 30MPH all day yesterday.


From the National Weather Service at Troutdale:

                                       Sustained/Gust
13 Feb 9:53 pm
41
27
57
E
31G37 

13 Feb 8:53 pm
41
28
60
E
31G39 

13 Feb 7:53 pm
41
28
60
E
29G40 

13 Feb 6:53 pm
42
29
59
E
29G37 

13 Feb 5:53 pm
43
28
55
E
33G40 

13 Feb 4:53 pm
45
29
53
E
29G40 

13 Feb 3:53 pm
47
30
52
E
30G43 

13 Feb 2:53 pm
48
30
49
E
26G40 

13 Feb 1:53 pm
47
31
53
E
30G43 

13 Feb 12:53 pm
46
31
55
E
29G46 

13 Feb 11:53 am
46
30
53
E
31G43 

13 Feb 9:53 am
43
30
60
E
31G44 

13 Feb 8:53 am
41
29
62
E
33G43 

13 Feb 7:53 am
40
28
62
28
E
33G45 

Jan 31, 2017

We have something to look forward to.

Had enough of the snow and wind?

Fed up with those idiots driving too fast on the ice?

Up to your eyeballs with the snowpocalypse lines of shoppers at your local grocery store?

Afraid to open that bill from the electric company?

Relax! The first day of spring is March 20, 2017. 

As a matter of fact, the Spring Equinox this year will be at 3:38 AM pacific time,  Monday.March 20.

According to the Farmers Almanac, we can look forward to the following at the Spring Equinox:

Worms begin to emerge from the earth. 

Notice the arc of the Sun across the sky as it shifts toward the north. Birds are migrating northward, along with the path of the Sun.

Speaking of birds, did you know that the increasing sunlight triggers bird song? Cool, eh?





Jan 24, 2017

Troutdale should not pay Councilor Rich Allen's legal fees, part 2

My testimony before the Troutdale City council, January 24, 2017

I am requesting that the Troutdale city council and the city of Troutdale deny any legal coverage to city councilor Rich Allen in defense of the civil suit filed against Mr. Allen.

The city’s proposed legal “general defense policy” states:

“The general defense policy does not provide automatic coverage or blanket protection for any actions by an elected official, as defense may not be provided for claims outside the course and scope of their duties, or for an act or omission complained of which amounts to malfeasance in office or willful or wanton neglect of duty”.

Lying is not within the course and scope of Mr. Allen’s duties as a city councilor.
Councilor Allen lied in the NW Connection article when he claimed that:
1) the city's urban renewal property is appraised at $6 million; and,
2)That the negotiations for the sale were "unethical."

What is “Malfeasance”?
This legal term refers to intentionally doing something that is wrong, either legally or morally. Malfeasance is a dishonest act/. It is an action undertaken for improper purposes, or an act that the individual knows exceeds his authority. Malfeasance in office includes illegal or dishonest activity especially by a public official or a corporation
LYING is intentionally doing something that is wrong, both legally and morally. Another way of saying someone is lying is that they are dishonest.

What is “Wanton neglect of duty”?
Neglect of duty is the omission to perform a duty. Neglect of duty has reference to the neglect or failure on the part of a public officer to do and perform some duty or duties laid on him as such by virtue of his office or which is required of him by law. It is not material whether the neglect is willful, through malice, ignorance or oversight, when such neglect is grave and the frequency of it is such as to endanger or threaten the public welfare, it is gross.



Mr. Allen took an Oath of Office, that having been duly elected as City Councilor for the City of Troutdale, that he will perform the duties of this office to the best of his ability; that he will support the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America and the Constitution and the laws of the State of Oregon and the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Troutdale to the best of his ability,
Mr. Allen is bound by this oath in all matters until he leaves office. No additional oath is needed to bind him to tell the truth in anything he says, as telling the truth is pursuant to all matters before the city council.  Any public statement is perjury if it is a lie. By lying,he has violated his oath of office. Based on this violation of his oath of office by itself, Mr. Allen should be asked by this city council to resign his office.
Instead of putting the interests of the city of Troutdale and its residents first, he is putting his own self interest first. He  violated his oath of office.

I am requesting that the Troutdale city council and the city of Troutdale deny any legal coverage to city councilor Rich Allen in defense of the civil suit filed against Mr. Allen.

The city's insurance provider already declined to provide coverage for the libel lawsuit against Mr. Allen.

Mr. Allen has no right to expect a blank check from Troutdale residents to defend his egregious behavior. The city of Troutdale should not pay Mr. Allen's lawyers to represent a city councilor engaged in alleged reprehensible conduct.

Mr. Allen's alleged conduct raised in the lawsuit was not performed on behalf of the city.

Mr. Allen's alleged conduct raised in the lawsuit was not in furtherance of any adopted city policy.

Payment of Mr. Allen's legal fees would serve only Mr. Allen's private interest and not in the public interest of Troutdale's citizens or the city itself.
I am requesting that the Troutdale city council and the city of Troutdale deny any legal coverage to city councilor Rich Allen in defense of the civil suit filed against Mr. Allen.

And I am requesting that you, councilor Allen, resign from the city council, effective immediately.

Jan 21, 2017

A woman was responsible for Trump's victory.

In contrast to what you're hearing from today's "Women's March on Portland", consider this:

"Throughout his campaign, liberals tried to portray Trump as a he-man-woman-hater (if you don’t recall the term from Little Rascals, please disregard and keep reading.) But it is simply incomprehensible to think that a man “with no respect for women” would hire one. It’s a fact that the media has certainly overlooked and attempted to bury."


"In the biggest and most critical “job opportunity” of his life, Donald J. Trump entrusted his political campaign– and ultimately, his fate–  to a woman. And now that she’s been appointed counselor to the president, Conway will be the highest-ranking woman in the White House."

Read more about Kellyanne Conway HERE.

Jan 17, 2017

Rich Allen has no right to expect blank check from Troutdale

The Troutdale city council, along with the city of Troutdale, are considering whether to have the city provide Troutdale city councilor Rich Allen legal fees in defense of a civil lawsuit filed against Mr. Allen. The city's insurance provider already declined to provide coverage for the libel lawsuit against Mr. Allen.

According to a Gresham Outlook article on December 26, 2016, 
"Troutdale's insurance provider has declined to provide protective coverage for a libel lawsuit targeting embattled City Councilor Rich Allen.
A review by CityCounty Insurance Services states that Allen "was not acting on behalf of the City of Troutdale … when he authored the newspaper article that gave rise to the lawsuit filed by Eastwind Development."
 "There is only coverage under the Trust Agreement if the lawsuit is related to actions taken by Mr. Allen in his official capacity as a city councilor," CIS manager Bill LaMarche wrote in an email. "Therefore, CIS cannot defend nor indemnify Mr. Allen in this matter."
Eastwind Development launched a $250,000 defamation lawsuit against Allen on Nov. 17, alleging he knowingly published false information that damaged the company's reputation and smeared the business as unethical."
Mr. Allen has no right to expect a blank check from Troutdale residents to defend his egregious behavior. The city of Troutdale should not pay Mr. Allen's lawyers to represent a city councilor engaged in alleged reprehensible conduct.

Mr. Allen's alleged conduct raised in the lawsuit was not performed on behalf of the city.  Mr. Allen's alleged conduct raised in the lawsuit was not in furtherance of any adopted city policy.

Payment of Mr. Allen's legal fees would serve only Mr. Allen's private interest and not in the public interest of Troutdale's citizens or the city itself.

I urge Troutdale citizens to contact the city and the city council, and demand that they refuse to pay Mr. Allen's personal legal fees.