Tom Dwyer Automotive http://tomdwyer.com Portland's Best Auto Repair - Now Servicing 1998+ Vehicles Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:33:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.4 Tom’s Tidbits- More noise, less news http://tomdwyer.com/2015/newsletters/tidbits-more-noise/ http://tomdwyer.com/2015/newsletters/tidbits-more-noise/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:51:38 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=17672 More noise, less news Greetings! Despite the humiliation of the letter from the 47 Senators last month, and hopefully with or without the US; Russia, China, France, the UK, Germany, and Iran will continue moving towards a peaceful deal on … Continue reading

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More noise, less news

Greetings!

Despite the humiliation of the letter from the 47 Senators last month, and hopefully with or without the US; Russia, China, France, the UK, Germany, and Iran will continue moving towards a peaceful deal on Iran’s nuclear future. Bibi Netanyahu wants to escalate the stranglehold on the Iranian economy and our own Republicans are pushing for permanent war. RestOfNewsletterTheir unified voices cry that the deal is a sellout that will lead to mushroom clouds across the Middle East, while others are already polishing Obama’s second Nobel Peace Prize.  When the details of the agreement are finalized maybe the American press will actually report information direct from the parties involved and not just amplify the banter of the angry bystanders.

We live with more sources of information than ever before, but a sea of propaganda, half-truths, spin and lies permeate them.  Most people accept mainstream media as fact, but even the people who know better may not always make an effort to dig deeper.  The drone of talking heads, headlines and articles never read, oblique satire news quips, they all form a background static that unconsciously helps form our opinions.

Perceptions of the Palestinian-Israeli hostilities are a good example why we all could stand a much clearer lens and the time to focus. US media tells the story of a fragile, inoffensive Israel beset on every border by zealots driven to destroy them.  However, the history of the region and the facts on the ground are a far more complex matter than are being presented by the 6 corporations that control 90% of our news.

Sadly, in a system where real journalism can quickly end a lucrative career in a mainstream media organization, we are getting more and more noise but less and less news. If you have some time and want some information that might have you cogitating, I would like to share two links and a documentary recommendation. These seem to flow together in an intricate way and are definitely worth your time if you are able.

5 Broken Cameras. You may be familiar with the award winning documentary created by a Palestinian farmer; a view of his village’s struggle to maintain their land and their humanity.

“Goliath; life and loathing in greater Israel”   A discussion with Max Blumenthal about his book.

Noam Chomsky gives us a history lesson as only he can.

These recommendations of course should be assumed to be propaganda and spin to be consumed carefully and digested thoroughly before passing and allowing them to influence you in any way.

Take Care and Make a Great Day!

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Why are REAL blues fans excited?  http://tomdwyer.com/2015/home/blues-fans-4th-inner-city-blues/ http://tomdwyer.com/2015/home/blues-fans-4th-inner-city-blues/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:42:28 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=17674 The 4th Annual Inner City Blues Festival is THIS WEEKEND! Every blues fan in the northwest knows about the Waterfront Blues Festival in July, but it has two big drawbacks.  First, it’s about three months away, and second, every blues … Continue reading

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Feature- Blues Fest articleThe 4th Annual Inner City Blues Festival is THIS WEEKEND!

Every blues fan in the northwest knows about the Waterfront Blues Festival in July, but it has two big drawbacks.  First, it’s about three months away, and second, every blues fan in the northwest already knows about it!  But Portlanders aren’t waiting three months for blues, and they aren’t dealing with the July crowds and expense.  They’re dressing up for a night on the town THIS WEEKEND, April 11th, at the 4th Annual Inner City Blues Festival benefitting Health Care for All Oregon (www.hcao.org).  The biggest names in northwest blues will all be there, and the crowds?  Just big enough to make it a party instead of a show!RestOfNewsletter

This is the fourth year for the resurrected Inner City Blues Festival, which ran as an annual event by the Portland Rainbow Coalition from 1988 to 2003.  Norman Sylvester, Northwest Boogie Cat and blues legend, will head the bill as he has every year since the Festival reconstituted in 2012.  Celebrity emcees Paul Knauls and Renee Mitchell will present this year’s slate of powerhouse musicians including Andy Stokes, Bill Rhoades, LaRhonda Steele, King Louis & Friends, The Strange Tones with The Volcano Vixens, Tevis Hodge Jr, Steve Cheseborough, Bloco Alegria, Richard Arnold, Dave Kahl, Sarah Billings, Jay “Bird” Koder, Newell Briggs, and The Mad As Hell Doctors.

The Inner City Blues Festival’s roots in the socially conscious Rainbow Coalition continue to bear blooms today, because the Festival is about more than just music.  It’s also about Health Care for All Oregon (hcao.org), the group supporting single payer healthcare in the Beaver State and beyond.  Musicians may have been helped by Obamacare but as “independent contractors” they’ve long faced difficulty obtaining stable health insurance.   This year’s show will recognize Janice Scroggins, Mel Solomon, Linda Hornbuckle, Jim Miller, Lucinda Tate and Geneva Knauls, all community and music ambassadors who have passed in the last year and all of whom had horror stories to tell about corporate health care before they died.  It’s only appropriate that musicians take such a leading role in supporting single payer healthcare, and on behalf of the entire Inner City Blues Festival we hope you reach beyond the music to remember the reason for the party.

The 4th Annual Inner City Blues Festival Benefitting Health Care For All Oregon is Saturday, April 11.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, the show starts at 6:00 pm and the party goes until midnight.  The location this year is the North Portland Eagles Lodge, 7611 N Exeter & Lombard.  Admission is $20.00 and if you hurry you can still buy advance tickets at  TicketTomato.com, Music Millenium, Geneva’s Shear Perfection, or the American Federation of Musicians Local 99.  Any remaining tickets will be available at the door, but this event usually sells out… don’t wait for the last minute!

Proceeds from the concert will go to support the work of Health Care for All-Oregon.  For more information about the Inner City Blues Festival and Health Care for All-Oregon go to: www.hcao.org or www.facebook.com/healingthehealthcareblues.

The Inner City Blues Festival is co- sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association, KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM, and almost one hundred other businesses, groups, and individuals like Portland Jobs with Justice, Cascade Blues Association, KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM, American Federation of Musicians Local 99, Hollywood Impress Printing, Music Millennium, Rusty Truck Brewing, Bipartisan Café, Art Heads Custom Framing, Geneva’s Shear Perfection, Portland Observer, Tom Dwyer Automotive Services, Main Street Alliance, Hawthorne Auto Clinic, Morel Ink, May Wallace Design and more.  Please go out of your way to thank them for their support!

 

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Your convenience is up to YOU! http://tomdwyer.com/2015/newsletters/schedule-ahead/ http://tomdwyer.com/2015/newsletters/schedule-ahead/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:41:53 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=17675 Planning ahead means service on YOUR schedule Susan R. posted a review of our services on AngiesList this month.  On behalf of everyone here at the shop, we’d like to thank the clients who share their opinions on review or … Continue reading

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Planning ahead means service on YOUR schedule

Susan R. posted a review of our services on AngiesList this month.  On behalf of everyone here at the shop, we’d like to thank the clients who share their opinions on review or social media sites across the Intertubes.  Your reviews matter and they help keep our doors open!  Susan was mostly positive about us, but she thought it took too long to schedule an appointment; pretty disheartening considering we have not been booked to capacity recently!RestOfNewsletter

We rarely have to schedule more than one or two business days in advance and we always take in tow-ins or emergency situations immediately.  We do our best to keep all our client’s needs met; those who have scheduled in advance and those with surprise needs. Our workload and client’s needs change unpredictably and the roller coaster of demand creates special problems for us. We want to maintain the very best professionals here, and at a staffing level that works year-round. We need enough seasoned staff to provide impeccable service when it’s busy, but not so many that we need to let them go when it’s slow. Aside from the fact that we just don’t like treating people like pawns, our staff is the best there is and they can’t easily be replaced.

Many shops pay Service Advisors on pure commission or Technicians on flat rate; but we’re serious about not letting that happen here. Things run differently in that environment…. and not in way that you as a client would appreciate. When people are paid solely for sales or production, having excess bodies standing around is free to the business.  When work is available there will be sales and production, and when there is no work it gets pretty lean for the staff and attrition sets in.  The best of the staff will either be given special division of available work or move on.

We can’t deliver our quality service with a revolving door of workers, so instead we try to maintain a sustainable staffing level.  As result we may not be as able to keep up with the peaks, but we aren’t cutting people lose in the valleys either. Sometimes it’s busy but often it’s slow, and we hope our clients can be understanding on the occasions when lack of planning or an emergency strikes.

Those peaks and valleys in work flow are very real, but there are ways to reduce even the possibility of inconvenience. Scheduling well in advance for routine things like planned maintenance or your pre-vacation once-over will insure timely service.  We do try to keep some excess capacity for those inevitable surprise needs, but we can unexpectedly have no-shows or cancellations that turn “excess capacity” into “not enough work to keep busy”. Scheduling is one of the most challenging aspects of our business and we do the best we can to strike the right balance, but there is always unpredictability that defies prediction or perfection.

Our free Courtesy Shuttle or our access to rental cars can help change a scheduling conflict into an easier experience.

We hope our special offer this month will make it easy for you to think about servicing your vehicles now rather than waiting until our busier summer months.  We’re offering our Comprehensive Inspection (normally $150) at half price, or free with a minimum purchase of $150.  Not only that, but we will also take 20% off labor (up to $200).  Find out the exact mechanical condition of your vehicles and save money on needed service!  Schedule your vehicle for service before May 15, 2015.

We do appreciate the flexibility and patience of our clients and while we can’t promise next day appointments, we do promise this… we will produce the best possible outcomes in the shortest possible time frame!

 

 

 

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New signage coming to Tacoma Street       http://tomdwyer.com/2015/home/new-signage-coming-to-tacoma-street/ http://tomdwyer.com/2015/home/new-signage-coming-to-tacoma-street/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:39:20 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=17651 New Multnomah County initiative will help Sellwood businesses The worker stepped off the ladder, pushed back his hard hat, and surveyed his handiwork.  The new Tenino Street Exit sign was in place ahead of schedule… just the first of many … Continue reading

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The worker stepped off the ladder, pushed back his hard hat, and surveyed his handiwork.  The new Tenino Street Exit sign was in place ahead of schedule… just the first of many such signs recognizing Sellwood businesses coming to Tacoma Street!RestOfNewsletter

Usual Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen was unavailable, but temporary spokesman Norm De Guerre was glad to tell us about the project.  “The plan is for a whole series of signs along Tacoma Street between the Sellwood Bridge and McLoughlin Boulevard.  There’ll be one at each cross street, marking each street and giving directions to local businesses.”

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A worker puts the finishing touches on the new Tenino Street Exit sign.

This is just the latest effort of Multnomah County to blunt the economic impact of the Sellwood Bridge project on the Sellwood-Westmoreland area.  “Although we’re well past the 50% completion point, there’s still just over a year left” said Norm.  “This project will help the mostly small, independently-owned businesses throughout Sellwood that have been hurt so bad these last couple years by the construction.”

Tom Dwyer, owner of the Tom Dwyer Automotive Services mentioned on the sign, was obviously pleased with this new outreach.  “This is a great program, and we know we’ll be only the first of the many businesses to benefit.  We have new clients all the time who have lived in the neighborhood for years yet never knew we were here!  We expect this to be a welcome boost for our business!”

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This sign at the East End of the Sellwood Bridge is the first of many signs planned along Tacoma Avenue

Asked what the world should know about the Bridge construction, Dwyer was quick to answer… “It’s sad that people think the construction is a hassle.  Sure, there are some slowdowns, but the County has been fantastic about keeping traffic moving.  I just want everyone to know that the Bridge is safe, open, and flowing smoothly!”

If you’re waiting for the construction to be finished before you visit Sellwood, DON’T!  Spend the day eating, shopping, or relaxing in one of our many parks.  And if you’re in the mood to try the new Tenino Street exit, maybe you can even drop your car off with Tom!

(and, if you’re interested, more details are available by clicking here)

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Drew’s Kitchen- April 2015 http://tomdwyer.com/2015/newsletters/drews-kitchen-apr-2015/ http://tomdwyer.com/2015/newsletters/drews-kitchen-apr-2015/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:36:05 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=17677   Garlic Butter Burgers Drew’s smelled grills firing up all around town, so grilling season is obviously a little early this year.  Knowing this spin on a regular burger now will set yours apart on grills throughout the summer.   … Continue reading

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Drew’s smelled grills firing up all around town, so grilling season is obviously a little early this year.  Knowing this spin on a regular burger now will set yours apart on grills throughout the summer.RestOfNewsletter

 

Serves 4.  Nutrition Information (per serving)-  Calories-716; fat 48g (sat 21g); Protein 46g; Carb 22g; Fiber 1g; Chol 183mg; Sodium 953mg.

Ingredients: 

  • ¼ cup (4 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Tomato slices, onion slices, and/or lettuce leaves for garnish

Preparation:

  • Prepare grill for medium direct heat or preheat broiler.
  • In a small bowl, mash together the butter, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest.  Form the mixture into a log, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the freezer for 10 minutes
  • In a large bowl, mix together the beef, salt, and pepper.  Form into 4 patties about 1 inch thick; place on a rimmed baking sheet.  Cut a slit ½ inch deep into the side of each burger.  Cut the butter log into 8 slices; tuck 1 slice into the slit in each burger, pressing it deep into the burger.  Pinch the slits closed so the meat totally covers the butter.
  • Grill or broil the burgers for 7 to 9 minutes for medium rare, turning once.  Top burgers with remaining butter slices and place in the toasted buns.  If desired, top with tomato, onion, and lettuce.

 

 

 

 

 

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Shop Talk for April 2015 http://tomdwyer.com/2015/newsletters/shop-talk-april-2015/ http://tomdwyer.com/2015/newsletters/shop-talk-april-2015/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:35:12 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=17678   A great deal on our Comprehensive Inspection We publish our special offers or discounts in this Shop Talk column, but you don’t have to wait for our newsletter.   We created a page on our website with all our current offers … Continue reading

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Current Offer BannerWe publish our special offers or discounts in this Shop Talk column, but you don’t have to wait for our newsletter.   RestOfNewsletterWe created a page on our website with all our current offers in one spot so you’ll always know where to find them, and we’ll update the page whenever the offers change.  Bookmark this page now, and you’ll always be a click away from savings!  In the meantime, here’s one discount we have right now…

Discount on Comprehensive Inspection PLUS 20% Off Labor

We’re offering our Comprehensive Inspection (normally $150) for just $75, or FREE with a minimum purchase of $150.  Not only that, but we will also take 20% off labor (up to $200).  Find out the exact mechanical condition of your vehicles and save money on needed service!  Schedule your vehicle for service before May 15, 2015.

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We started our Referral Reward Program as a way to say “thanks” for the loyal support of our clients.  We used to send certificates for service, but that could lead to conflicts of interest in referrals… we don’t want people referring their friends in hopes of getting an oil change coupon!  This seemed to be a good way to express how grateful we are and help deserving people at the same time.

When last we checked in on our Referral Program, we had donated over $5,600 dollars to non-profit groups of all types.    With the close of March, our total has passed $6100 and the program remains popular with all our clients.  Here are the groups who have benefitted in March…

Oregon Food Bank

Q Center

Bark

KBOO

Friends of Trees

Little Sisters of the Poor

Zenger Farm

There’s still plenty of time for YOU to take part, and it’s pretty simple…  every time someone comes in and says they were referred by you, we’ll write a check to the non-profit group of your choice (up to $50) and your group will be automatically eligible for the quarterly and yearly awards as well.  Refer a friend today!

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We are constantly grateful for the supportive and loyal clients we have developed over the years.  Your comments and appreciation keep us on the right road to providing the superior automotive service you deserve.  Your reviews and referrals are not only the highest compliments we can receive, but they’re the lifeblood of our new business.  If you like what you’ve found at Tom Dwyer Automotive Services, please tell a friend or take a minute to write a review on YelpAngieslistGoogle, or the review site of your choice. Thank you!

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Automobiles are just like any other product; occasional flaws in manufacture or design can cause problems once they leave the factory.  When an issue is identified the manufacturers and government work hard to bring the vehicles back in for refit or repair, but not all recalls make the front pages.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a constantly updated list of recalls from every manufacturer.  The last month’s recalls are below, but clicking the button will take you to the full list at the NHTSA website.

 

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Health Notes for April 2015 http://tomdwyer.com/2015/newsletters/health-notes-april-2015/ http://tomdwyer.com/2015/newsletters/health-notes-april-2015/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:34:31 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=17679 The Your Car Matters newsroom grew by one this month as Sarah Heidler, Service Advisor extraordinaire, joined the team. You may have talked with Sarah about your car, but you probably don’t know that she’s quite a buff on health … Continue reading

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aaaHealthNotesButtonThe Your Car Matters newsroom grew by one this month as Sarah Heidler, Service Advisor extraordinaire, joined the team. You may have talked with Sarah about your car, but you probably don’t know that she’s quite a buff on health and nutrition. While no one here at the shop can figure out why she’s never sick, Sarah insists it has something to do with avoiding toxins, eating nutritious, RestOfNewsletterhome-made food, and riding her bike to work each day. Be that as it may, Sarah’s come on board to share her own take on a healthy lifestyle with you, and we think it’s advice you’ll appreciate. Welcome aboard, Sarah!

StaffPic-SHeidlerSarah’s Eggshell Calcium Recipe:

My mother always said if something looks to good to be true, it probably is. This came to mind while looking at the vitamin offerings a chain drug store. Just $9.49 and I could have a buy-one-get-one-free multivitamin supplement that promised me “100% daily value of 10 essential vitamins. Support heart health with vitamins B, C, and E, plus folic acid.* Supports eye health with vitamins A, C and E. Promotes physical energy with B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, to help convert food to energy.” Amid the widespread supplement fraud targeted by New York Attorney General’s office, this is a claim I’m resistant to believe to say the least. I always wondered what could possibly be in those types of supplements for so very little money. As it turns out, The New York Attorney General’s office has discovered many supplements that didn’t even contain any of what they claimed to contain, but are just full of fillers.

I’ve been a firm believer in getting as close to the food as possible for supplements. So, recently instead of taking a tablet that’s been purchased for calcium, I’ve been eating eggshells. Eating eggshells? Well, not exactly munching them into my eggs, but taking about a ¼ tsp of ground eggshells in my morning smoothie. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try it yourself…

  • Save a few dozen used eggshells, rinse them very well.
  • Cook them at 300 degrees for about 20-25 minutes to dry them out, and kill any possible pathogens. Be forewarned – eggshells small BAD when they are baked. Another way to do this is to use eggshells that come off of your boiled eggs – they will already be sanitized and you can just bake them a little bit to dry them out completely.
  • Let cool for 30-60 minutes.
  • Blend in a coffee grinder or high speed blender (or I use a coffee grinder) until you get a very fine powdered consistency (very important!) After you grind it, leave it sit for a few minutes – you really don’t want to breath in the fine eggshell dust.
  • Consume about 1/8-1/4* tsp with a little water or juice 1-3x per day or as needed to meet your individual health needs 1tsp eggshell calcium equals about 800 mg calcium. I see no need to consume a teaspoon of it a day, I am, after all eating which is where I get most of my calcium.

My sister actually started me on this idea of making my own eggshell calcium supplements and it appeals to my frugal nature and desire to make everything that I put into my body as natural as possible. She started having powdered eggshells in her morning juice and has seen a marked increase in the thickness of her nails in just a few weeks. (She’s always been jealous of my thick and long nails!) As we women age, it becomes even more important to get a good amount of calcium. The current US RDA for Calcium is an average of 1000mg a day, or you can look up the recommendations for your specific age here. Read a study about eggshell calcium and the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis here.

 

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By Congressman Barney Frank

frankBarney Frank, once referred to as “America’s only left-handed, gay, Jewish congressman”, is out with a new political memoir.  He has been in congress for 35 years in some of the most crucial battles of modern political history.  This, combined with his caustic yet engaging style promises a great read, but that’s not why he’s in our Spotlight this month.  We chose to focus on Barney this month because of one story in his book, a story that tells too much about the way our broken political system works.  Here’s a summary from David Dayen at Salon

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“Nobody has focused on Frank’s allegation that Barack Obama refused to extract foreclosure relief from the nation’s largest banks, as a condition for their receipt of hundreds of billions of dollars in bailout money.

The anecdote comes on page 295 of “Frank,” a title that the former chair of the House Financial Services Committee holds true to throughout the book. The TARP legislation included specific instructions to use a section of the funds to prevent foreclosures. Without that language, TARP would not have passed; Democratic lawmakers who helped defeat TARP on its first vote cited the foreclosure mitigation piece as key to their eventual reconsideration.

TARP was doled out in two tranches of $350 billion each. The Bush administration, still in charge during TARP’s passage in October 2008, used none of the first tranche on mortgage relief, nor did Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson use any leverage over firms receiving the money to persuade them to lower mortgage balances and prevent foreclosures. Frank made his anger clear over this ignoring of Congress’ intentions at a hearing with Paulson that November. Paulson argued in his defense, “the imminent threat of financial collapse required him to focus single-mindedly on the immediate survival of financial institutions, no matter how worthy other goals were.”

Whether or not you believe that sky-is-falling narrative, Frank kept pushing for action on foreclosures, which by the end of 2008 threatened one in 10 homes in America. With the first tranche of TARP funds running out by the end of the year, Frank writes, “Paulson agreed to include homeowner relief in his upcoming request for a second tranche of TARP funding. But there was one condition: He would only do it if the President-elect asked him to.”

Frank goes on to explain that Obama rejected the request, saying “we have only one president at a time.” Frank writes, “my frustrated response was that he had overstated the number of presidents currently on duty,” which equally angered both the outgoing and incoming officeholders.

In the end, the Obama transition wrote a letter promising to get to the foreclosure relief later, if Congress would only pass the second tranche of TARP funds. Congress fulfilled its obligation, and the Administration didn’t. The promised foreclosure mitigation efforts failed to help, and in many cases abjectly hurt homeowners.”

 

 

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There were two big stories swirling around the Sellwood Bridge this month.  The first was an issue that seemed to be big but turned out to be nothing much at all, and the second was a major milestone toward the bridge’s completion.

BridgeUpdate 1Chunks of concrete falling from the Sellwood Bridge is nothing new, in fact it was one of the obvious drivers of the replacement project.  But that was then.  Now that the project is underway, most people expect the new concrete to stay where it’s put but passersby noticed that wasn’t the case.  Big chunks were falling from the newly poured concrete on one of the new supports.  At first blush that would seem to be a problem, but it turns out that molded concrete frequently leaves bubbles or voids that have to be cleaned up before it can be called finished.  There’s more detail in the KOIN story at right, but the important thing is that the worry was misplaced.

Bridgeupdate 4The second big thing was the connection of the gigantic steel arches that span the river. In the video at right, Multnomah County Spokesman Mike Pullen describes why this milestone is so important and what we can expect next.  There’s not much for us to add to Mike, but there is a lot more to see and Randy Rasmussen at the Oregoinan captured it all.  Here are two of his pictures, but his full gallery of pictures is well worth a look.

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 As always, Multnomah County maintains the definitive website on everything related to the Sellwood Bridge Replacement project, www.sellwoodbridge.org.  Construction and closure alerts, archived information, and other resources are all available 24/7 for your convenience.  If you’re looking for something that’s not on the website, you can contact Mike Pullen (mike.j.pullen@multco.us503-209-4111) or visit www.sellwoodbridge.org.

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