Bruce Broussard speaks for all of us
I had an opportunity to watch and listen to the Portland City Club interview of the candidates running for the Multnomah County commissioner position representing District 2 (North and Northeast Portland). I'm very pleased to see Bruce Broussard in favor of using the Wapato jail for addressing the homeless issues facing our county.
Bruce Broussard has often been mocked or criticized for running for public office in the past. But doing so, he has raised awareness of those many issues affecting the livability of our communities and so often pushed aside by our elected officials. Bruce is not a politician; he's an experienced and knowledgeable member of our community, someone who cares and is passionate about doing the right thing and doing it better.
Yes, if elected, Bruce would be the only male member representing us on the five-member Multnomah County Commission. He also would probably be the only military veteran, proudly representing our veterans. Even if he is a senior citizen, Bruce understands the issues and certainly has the passion to make change where change is obviously necessary.
Having been a candidate in the past, running on a zero budget, Bruce's ranking numbers have been more than impressive, a sure indicator that he has been out in the community meeting with our citizens and listening to our concerns. It's a challenge competing with those who have the big money and the backing of special interest groups, but Bruce's resume speaks for itself.
I think now's the time to put Bruce Broussard in office. The county needs someone who can stand up to and challenge the current county chair, and truly represent the members of our community.
Portland's recent reduction of speed limits from 25 to 20 mph on residential streets is a reasonable start to a growing problem ("More cops, not lower speed limits," letters, March 22).
Many streets, such as mine, are narrow, in poor condition, and are increasingly being used to bypass larger streets that are designed for higher traffic volumes.
Social media programs are suggesting routes that drivers branch off main arteries at 30-plus mph, launching them onto 20-mph streets, endangering people, property and pets. Higher speeds are also louder.
Why aren't drivers caring that they are invading family neighborhoods on their quest to get somewhere a bit faster, or so they think?
I know that citizens like me have communicated with the city over the years about the increasing problems, only to find out that speed-calming methods like speed bumps and/or other traffic diversions are not possible due to lack of funding.
Having traffic officers or other methods of ticketing speeders would be fantastic. Preventing drivers from cutting through neighborhoods would be ideal.
Shelter requirements cost money
Isaac Spellman's letter was spot on, a very comprehensive summary ("Think about Wapato operating expenses," letters, April 12). It also dovetailed nicely with the feature article and its above-the-fold headline ("Homeless referral center planned").
In his letter, I substituted "navigation center" for "Wapato jail" and the words that followed fit perfectly, as they will for any shelter. The expense summary is so comprehensive that it should be used as a planning/decision tool well beyond Wapato.
All shelters have special homeless requirements, and associated line-item costs, including the answer to the final question, "Just who do you think is going to pay for all of the above expenses?"