Contrast between Dozono and Adams increases

The difference between Sho Dozono and Sam Adams is more clear with every financial blunder Adams makes.

Last week was a perfect example of why this race matters. Sam Adams was stopped in his tracks from spending $5.5 million the city didn’t have for a Bike Bridge over I-405, a bike bridge Mayor Potter didn’t support because it wouldn’t add to bike safety. Although Adams seemed determined to push this project through, taxpayers opposed this waste and forced Sam to pull the project at the last minute.

This is just one of the many ways Sam Adams has wanted to squander tax money that should go to core services — Adams wants to spend $80 million on the Burnside Couch Couplet, at the same time he claims the city has no money for sidewalks and potholes unless taxpayers agree to a $460 million “street tax”.

Just last week, we learned that Sam Adams and the City Council were asleep at the wheel when they signed a $31 million computer software contract with a company that wasn’t staffed up to do the job. It’s going to cost taxpayers an additional $19.5 million to fix the mess.

Apparently, Adams and the folks at City Hall didn’t learn from their mistakes with the Water Bureau computer fiasco, the Tram cost overruns and PGE Park, to name just three fiscal debacles, all during Sam Adams’ watch over the past 15 years inside City Hall.

  • Bob Clark

    I see as many Sho lawn signs around my neighborhood as Adams’ signs, but the polling reports indicate a significant lead for Adams. I hope there’s at least a general election run off because otherwise Adams will probably rope Cityhall into passing his street maintenance tax increase before this November.

  • Dave A.

    Thanks heaven I’m retiring and selling my business in another 20 months. I will be long gone before Adams, Leonard and the rest of the moonbats on the Portland City Council can screw things up even more.

  • Eddie

    Just the fact that Sam Adams has been in charge of Transit and Roads in this city for the past few years should automatically invalidate him for anything more difficult than pushing a broom somewhere (somewhere in a long hallway without any intersections, because those seem to be too difficult for him to handle.)

    I see lots and lots of expenditures on area streets, but they all seem to have one thing in common, they all hamper automobile traffic. Speed bumps, chicanes, restriping to lose lanes, bike lanes in places where no one rides bikes, pedestrian protection islands blocking turns where no pedestrians cross, and of course the Transit Mall, where auto traffic is being second-classed again downtown, where we all know there’s never any problem with congestion. Yet, with all this expensive construction, there’s never enough money to put in sidewalks outside of downtown, or fix potholes, or widen outdated roads.

    I’ve never understood the philosophy that: “You’re going to run out of oil someday, so you’d better learn to do without now, and I’ll help you by making it impossible to use your car.”… it’s like saying: “Some day the Earth will be out of food, so you’d better stop eating now, and I’ll help you by stapling your stomach!”

  • Crawdude

    Sam is going to wait until after the primary to decide whether the sewer fee is going to be on the ballot. My guess is that if there is a run-off , it won’t be on the ballot and vise-versa.

    He doesn’t even have it in him to stand up for something he says he believes in, pathetic!

  • Dave Lister

    If there is a runoff in the mayor’s race, there will be no street maintenance fee proposal on the November ballot. If there is no runoff I think it is likely that Adams will table the proposal until he takes office in January and then pass it by a vote of the council without referring it to the people.