Thank you, Mayor Sam Adams.
Your steadfast refusal to apply the law equally to Occupy Portland, simply because you agree with them politically, is costing Portland residents big time.
You have failed to do your job, Mr. Mayor. You have not protected Portland taxpayers from unreasonable expense.
Portlanders are finding out why large groups that use city parks are required to take out permits, pay fees and cover the costs of repairs.
According to the article, the costs to rehabilitate the parks, originally estimated at around $19,000, have predictably risen to over $100,000. That’s on top of the police overtime costs, currently around $1.3 MILLION, “and rising”.
Again, from the article:
And it is unlikely that much of the money to repair the squares will come from the protesters, who cannot account for any of the funds they raised while camped there.
The article goes into great detail as to why fees are required, and the reason these parks will be so expensive to repair. One of the more outrageous expenses will be the repair of the public restrooms, which were overloaded and disabled. The electrical and plumbing engineering costs will be enormous, owing to the high standards required of public facilities. Also, all the soil that will need to be replaced will need to be done BY HAND. There are so many old, large trees in the park that excavation equipment would jeopardize the root systems of the trees.
So thank you again, Mayor Adams, for your latest dereliction of duty. The fact that you survived 2 recall attempts is mystifying.
Let it NEVER go unchallenged when the Occupy movement is compared to the Tea Party movement. There is no valid comparison on any level.
One last note -It has been 10 days since The Paper Of Record in Oregon has mentioned the expense of this occupation to the taxpayers. The reader will note that this story appeared in The Portland Tribune, a twice-weekly alternative news source. One would think that this story would be considered newsworthy at The Oregonian.