Sunday, July 16, 2017

Trimet still on the low road- From The Drivers Side

When management last year decided that new hires could no longer take an afternoon to go to the union office to be officially welcomed as ATU members, it was another slap in our collective faces. Then they locked our union leadership out of the garages. It's obvious management has definite plans to totally break the bond between workers and our representative body. It has us by the short hairs, because it's illegal for us to strike. This provides management an unfair advantage. They get the gold mine, and you know who gets the shaft

Monday, July 10, 2017

Trimet Deacon in Blue calls out management abuse

Why do we put up with it? We certainly don't need management's meddling. Instead of finding new ways to harass those who do the real work of transit, why aren't they working harder to support us? We don't need their interference, but we could use some constructive leadership.
  But for the pain we're feeling due to this over abundance of ridiculous management interference is counter-productive to the agency's fallacious mantra "Safety Is Our Core Value."

Get a grip on your own issues, management. We know how to do our job. Let us do it, and quit meddling where you shouldn't tread because of your lack of understanding. We constantly provide excellent service to the riding public. Why don't you trust us?

From the Driver Side: Us vs. Them

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lomax returns

Maybe she never left

Deconstructing the June Trimet board meeting part 6

The completely useless boondoggle called "Powell/Division"

Somebody's lying about the tax increase receipts

Why does Trimet say its $40 million in revenue but the state say its $71 Million.

My bet is Trimet is low balling.
Who's gonna ask them why the figures are so different?
No reporters that I know of.

I find it funny that light rail was specifically excluded from this tax grab!
It remains to be seen what actually happens to this money.

This is a screen shot of the state press release.
This is a screenshot of the Trimet document.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Trimet Deacon in Blue

I strongly believe that transit management today is no more "skilled" than its operators. We could, given the vast amount of experience many operators have gained in other careers, run the entire operation without those currently in management. Most of them have never driven a bus. Many wouldn't pass the training regimen, and others would likely run screaming from the seat if ever required to operate in service. These folks may believe what they're doing will improve local transit, but they cannot empathize with our problems. Conversely, I know many fellow operators who could lead the agency with a high degree of competence, while retaining our confidence they would lead us back to the top. They would manage with the knowledge of what it actually takes to do our job.

The Oregon transportation bill

Hard to believe that actual human beings write this stuff.
Another bureaucratic entity born with your money that has basically been stolen from us without a vote like they had In Seattle.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Testimonies to the Trimet sock puppets

 Very passionate testimonies. 

 Alas they are talking to the aristocracy and the aristocrats view the citizens as something that needs to be controlled not taken seriously.

Henry Beasley

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Latest Trimet PR stunt-HB2777

I'm sorry I don't see this as anything but a PR stunt because it basically doesn't change anything for the fare evaders. My guess is that most of the people that are fare evading are from the lowest economic strata of our society. I don't think most of these people give a shit weather its in the courts or in the Trimet system.

If Trimet really wanted to do something productive they would lower the fare evasion fine to something reasonable, like $50 and make sure a low income pass is available to low income riders. Right now a fare evader can go to court and have the citation lowered by 1/2.

It was pointed out to me by that with this new law Trimet will get to keep 100% of the fare evasion fines!  Maybe its all about the money! Most everything is in da land of da free!

Furthermore Trimet will need to expand its administrative staff. Adding more bureaucracy to the already out of control bureaucracy can't be a good thing. And this does not replace the current system, it just adds another level to the existing structure. The courts still get these cases if Trimet doesn't get what it wants out of these hapless poor people who didn't feed the monster according to regulations.

Trimet in the news-AGAIN

Friday, June 23, 2017

Chris Day is featured in a story on KGW

Chris and I have been pals for a long time now.
 I have the greatest respect for him. 
When it comes to fares we don't agree.

My objection to the way the media is covering this is the total lapse of any mention of why people are evading the fares.
 I drove buses for 20 years of my 40 years  trying to make money to survive.
 I know first hand how many people are struggling out there to survive. 
I would bet that 90% of the fare evaders are from the lowest economic class of citizens in this country. 
These are the people that you see wandering the streets because they have no where to go.
These are the people that live in and out of the revolving door of the criminal justice industrial complex.  
There is a huge underclass of impoverished citizens in this country  and the media  refuses to cover it.
Mainstream media would rather turn one segment of the population against another.
Divide and conquer.
Corporate Amerika.

A million dollars is nothing to Trimet. 
Check one of my Trimet cash machine posts and see how much money Trimet doles out in corporate welfare.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Oregon governor Kate Brown-Republican pretending to be a democrat

Nationwide, state and local governments are facing increasing pressures in the wake of the manufactured debt crisis, to include public transportation among “assets” to be liquidated in corporate fire sales. The Willamette Week story, and the prospect of the Democratic governor selling off state agencies met with a predictably celebratory response in the conservative Weekly Standard, which responded gleefully to the prospect of the governor “burning the [state’s] household furniture to say warm” , and “rechristen[ing] the University of Oregon ‘Nike U.’” The prospect of the privatization of Portland’s light rail system is a barometer of Brown’s willingness to pursue neoliberal austerity measures, and the power that corporations like Nike and Intel exert in a state with one of the lowest corporate income taxes in the country.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Yet more weird TriMet service alerts

NOTE: Many of these alerts were written by dispatchers who are not expected to be language experts, may not have time to proofread, and make mistakes like all humans.  They may have many other tasks in progress at the moment, such as dealing with buses that are already stuck due to the blockage or situations elsewhere.  While those errors probably should be forgiven, they can cause confusion or problems for those who try to follow them.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Trimet Deacon in Blue

"Operators should be better trained at de-escalating tense situations," said the public several times after the horrific murders on our light rail. As if these things wouldn't happen if only the drivers had better training.

What a load of crap. How about this, folks? We drive a bus or a light rail vehicle. In order to properly handle the mentally ill passengers who ride transit daily, we'd need a PhD in psychiatry. A few classes here and there ain't gonna give us the ability to talk a tweaked-out druggie or a mentally-disabled person out of creating mayhem.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 7

Roberta looks like a bus rider for sure

21 year old latest victim of Trimet light rail

What  fascinates me the most about this is how conditioned  we are to except this kind of senseless death and how quick the media drops the coverage. Oh well, she should have paid attention is what you hear from  average citizens.   What the truth really is government doesn't do enough to protect average citizens

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 6

Oregon elites are trying to rob citizens with this phony "transportation" bill

By all objective measures Trimet has been a miserable failure over the last 10 years. 
Billions and billions have been spent on light rail and ridership is slowly declining.
 Service quality is horrendous and the Trimet board and management deaf to the needs of the citizens.

Will the legislature shove this rotten transportation bill down our throats? 
The fact that they are avoiding a public vote speaks volumes. 
They know the public doesn't support this so they are attempting to back door the taxes onto citizens backs to service special interests.
That is what Trimet has been doing for the last decade, serving special interests and filling the pockets of Trimet executives in the process.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 4

-Mcfarlane talks about the budget-
-Brookshire speaks in tongues-
-Prosser and Bauman prove they are 100% sock puppets-

From the Trimet Drivers side

Cage us. Demean us. Blame, suspend, discard and abuse us. This is the new transit agency human relations strategy. We cannot simultaneously drive safely, remain on schedule, provide exemplary customer service, AND physically or emotionally protect every person who rides with us. It's inhuman and foolish to expect anyone to live up to this irrational set of standards.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 3K

Kelsey talks about changing Trimet culture-Lehto talks about future goals-Mcfarlane talks about bills in the legislature- Sapporta doesn't say much of anything

Mcfarlane lied about the stabber arrest

"I am grateful for our partners at Transit police for their rapid response and arrest of the suspect"

Well guess what?  

If it hadn't been for several MAX riders following the guy and keeping an eye on him the cops probably never would have found him! 

Mcfarlane is constantly pumping up the police state presence in our lives.

Its also interesting that after all this hub-bub over this Police bunker that Trimet is building and the board of directors bragging about the system being so safe because of the 
extra police there were 2 separate stabbings on the system in a week.

Watch the arrest below the break

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Deconstructing the Trimet May board meeting-part 1

Warner says he agrees with the protesters

Portland activists speak to the Trimet board of directors

I've been watching these board meetings a long time now and I've got to say I've never seen a more articulate well thought out group of activists speak on the injustice that is carried out by Trimet.

Alas, it was all for nothing, of course. I understand how government works. All the elections, public hearings, surveys, etc are nothing but a fraud. Government is controlled by an elite group of people and the citizens  have no input whatsoever into the final policy.

Trimet is government, and it functions like government. It's controlled by the elites. They care not what citizens think

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jim Howell at Todays board meeting

Mr Howell is  the most senior activist in the Trimet activist scene. 
He's now 84 and still going strong with his great ideas.

OPAL gets a nice turnout for today's Trimet board meeting

I'm very happy to see that the citizens of the Portland area care enough about their transit system to show up at a pivotal meeting. I was giving up any hope of actually seeing citizens caring at all about Trimet issues.
Of course it didn't impact the board of sock puppets.
They dutifully did their sock puppet thing and passed all the resolutions that Mcfarlane wanted.
We know that the citizens have no influence in the affairs of government.

Jim Howell

Trimet cash machine will be handing out the pork today

As we all know (except the governor apparently) Trimet is an independent tax farm (aka Kingdom) currently ruled by Neil Mcfarlane who holds virtually all the power in deciding who gets the tax payer funds that are stolen from the citizens for the advantage of various insiders, businesses, cronies etc etc.
 Of course Trimet pretends its all about the citizens, just like every tax farm does. 

The facade is the most vital aspect of government today.

So lets see who's on Trimet's MOST FAVORED LIST for today's handouts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trimet continues its practice of stealing employees time

In our class action lawsuit we sued Trimet for not paying wages for time that we spent getting to road reliefs and not time slipping  at end of shift among other things.

 Trimet transportation distinct has  developed this very bad habit of stealing operators time in multiple ways.  The latest theft of time is the new HOP  pass.  

Trimet required all operators to get new pictures on the operators time.

 Now Trimet is requiring operators to pick up the new passes on their own time rather than putting them in the company Mail.

This sort of behavior is  unconscionable and should not go unchallenged. The Trimet executive class all  received races of at least 3%. Trimet union employees got zero. And now they want active employees  to spend their own  time  Dealing with this new HOP pass. Employees are required to have new passes by July 1st or they will be locked out of the garages as the old passes will be deactivated. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kate Brown can't sell Trimet

Personally I think she should be impeached for intentionally misleading the public

2015 ORS 267.200¹

 A mass transit district shall constitute a municipal corporation of this state, and a public body, corporate and politic, exercising public power. It shall be considered a unit of local government for the purposes of ORS 190.003 (Definition for ORS 190.003 to 190.130) to 190.130 (Effect of ORS 190.125), a public employer for the purposes of ORS 236.610 (Rights of employee when duties assumed by different public employer) to 236.640 (Reemployment right of employee at end of cooperation agreement), and a political subdivision for the purposes of ORS 305.620 (Collection and distribution of local taxes on income and sales). A district and its contractors engaged in operating motor vehicles to provide mass transportation on behalf of the district shall be entitled to tax refunds as allowed under ORS 319.831 (Refund of tax on fuel used in operation of vehicle over certain roads or private property) to incorporated cities. It shall have full power to carry out the objects of its formation and to that end may:

The Trimet April board briefing part 2

A group of us have decided to buy Trimet from Govenor Brown