Last night, the city's Transportation, Sustainability, and Energy Committee unanimously approved a resolution calling upon the state legislature, US State Department, US Congress, US Environmental Protection Agency, and President Barack Obama to "require a thorough analysis of the potential impacts of any tar sands oil pipeline proposal through Maine including evaluation of the health, safety, and environmental risks and spill response techniques and impacts."
I've been talking to various people about how new vendors at
Farmers' Market should be added, when space is available. It's a topic that was going to be discussed last night at a city meeting, but was put off until June 21.
City staff, and elected officials, largely want to hand off
the responsibility of day-to-day management of the market to the farmers
themselves, who - for their part - want that additional responsibility.
UPDATED 2 pm with info from Daniel Price.
Without some revisions, farmers and other vendors hoping to
participate in the Portland Farmers' Market on
Wednesdays in Monument Square
and Saturdays in Deering
are unlikely to find the already murky admission process any clearer under a
new plan for market management set to be discussed by city officials on
Thursday, May 17, at 6 pm in the City Hall's Council Chambers.
It appears time to consider the possibility that the
pro-business, anti-public ethos that plagues American
politics has also started to infect Portland's
To wit: Most Portland
city councilors love to make deals with corporations, but have no interest in finding a way for people to protest
overnight in city parks, despite repeated attempts on the part of OccupyMaine
members, the city manager, the city attorney, and even a fellow councilor to
persuade them to try it.
We'd hope so, of course - we'd hope that the council would
behave equably toward all petitioners, from all quarters. We'll have to see
councilors are up to that challenge, which is made sharper by the
anti-corporate nature of the Occupy movement's message.
Stand up for urban chickens. Next week, on Wednesday, February 18, at its 7 pm meeting, the Portland City Council will discuss an ordinance that would allow city residents to keep chickens in their back yards. Folks working toward a "Sustainable Portland" by 2030 are asking residents to support this effort, which mirrors a successful effort in South Portland in 2007
Last night the Portland City Council approved reopening negotiations with the politically connected Ocean Properties (you know, the one run by the gov's cousin and his brother - except now the gov's bro is just a "consultant"). Of course, we've been calling for a complete do-over since August 2007 (see "Saving a Sinking Waterfront") but the council isn't interested.