Guru “Ted” to Molalla land speculator LOSERS: Get a LIFE!

As Zimmerman travels past the abandoned mill, through the poverty-stricken lowlands and up to the partially completed hillside homes near the golf course built for timber executives, the obstacles facing him and his town are unveiled in harsh succession: no rail access at the industrial park, lingering pollution at the mill, stimulus dollars that have been slow to flow to forgotten small towns, an in-migration of welfare recipients, an out-migration of families with children, absentee landlords, sprawling vacancies, an aging population, soaring joblessness. Not to mention the worst economy since the Great Depression.” – Trouble in Timber Town, Oregon Business (describing Oakridge casting about to reinvent itself, but it sure sounds like Molalla): own

A recent study released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University points to a looming rental crisis making it harder for families to make ends meet. The report estimates that more than one in four renters are paying more than 30 percent of their income on rent.” Oregonian op-ed, 5/8/2011 (posted below)

Here’s some food for thought for the local Molalla land speculator LOSERS and the petty bourgeois merchant class that continues to believe it can exploit residents in low quality Molalla.

Greedy land speculators and TEAM petty bourgeois merchants: You know who you are: the fools who actually believe Molalla can “grow” itself out of its current dire economic and social crisis; the fools who actually think high-end could still come if only a bunch of resource lands were ruined; the fools who cling to the idea that wishing for a vibrant, job filled city will make it come true. Sure, and the moon is blue and made of cheese…

First, read “Ted’s” message and ask what YOU can do to help someone else for a change. Get the $$$$ signs out of your eyes. And then read the Oregonian op-ed about the dire need for affordable housing. High end isn’t coming to Molalla – Section 8 is more like it. Molalla itself is a welfare city government and even with grant handouts Molalla wasn’t competent to implement changes to make itself competitive. Remember, it only took a couple of months for Stone”Motel 6″ Place Apts. to advertise for Section 8 renters.

So who’s going to bail out decaying Buckerooville in hard times? Roll up your sleeves, TEAM, and start planning for the real demographics of Molalla’s future – it sure ISN’T going to be Bill Gates living in a view lot on the hill! Who WILL fill the growing pile of low quality, foreclosed upon Molalla houses? Read the Oregonian op-ed following Ted’s message and take a guess…

Dear Friend,

How can you manifest the life of your dreams? It begins by how you define abundance. If you define it as you accumulating as much material wealth as you can, then it may be possible, but your life will never be ultimately rewarding. If you want a life that is full of satisfaction and blessings as well as material abundance then another definition is required.

Try defining abundance as being able to share what you have with many, many people in a way that will have a truly positive impact on their lives.

The key is to surrender your ego’s selfish desires for gratification for a higher purpose in life. When your desire is to serve others, then your wealth takes on a whole new meaning. When your desire is to share instead of hoard then you open the floodgates of the universe to send you as much as you need to fulfill your desire to share. In this way you manifest abundance that is always available to you but that is consciously circulating the riches of the universe with others as well.

Love & Light,


Affordable housing in Portland: Doing more with less

Published: Saturday, May 07, 2011, 1:08 PM
Guest Columnist By Guest Columnist The Oregonian
By Nick Fish and Margaret VanVliet A recent study released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University points to a looming rental crisis making it harder for families to make ends meet. The report estimates that more than one in four renters are paying more than 30 percent of their income on rent.Here in Portland, we estimate that more than 15,000 households cannot find an affordable home for their family. Many families cannot afford to rent or buy a home close to their work, school or transit. Others live in lower-cost, substandard housing in order to afford food and health care. Forced to pay more than they can afford for housing, they have to choose between paying rent, buying food, clothing or medical care — putting families at risk of eviction and foreclosure.Low-wage workers pay an even higher percentage of their monthly income on rent, with an all-time high percentage paying more than 50 percent of their income on housing. With lost jobs and depressed wages brought about by the economic downturn in Portland, hard-working families are struggling more than ever before.Adding complexity to the problem is that the existing affordable housing stock is at risk. The wave of foreclosures is pushing many families out of their homes and into the rental market, creating more competition for rental units among those who can afford market-rate rents and lower-income folks. We now see fewer affordable units available to low-income renters.With unemployment expected to remain high, and the rental market tightening, the affordability crisis will only get worse. This burden will be most acute for our most vulnerable neighbors: older adults living on fixed incomes and people with disabilities.

Since the creation of the new Portland Housing Bureau in 2009, we’ve made a concerted effort to preserve the stock of affordable housing in our community. We launched the 11×13 campaign with a goal of preserving 11 at-risk buildings. To date we’ve preserved eight buildings, including the Admiral, Walnut Park and the Roselyn.

Without private-public partnerships, these properties would be lost to the market, displacing vulnerable tenants. We partner with other government entities and the private sector, including nonprofits such as the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing and Enterprise Community Partners. Through this collaboration we have acquired and rehabilitated 7,300 affordable apartments statewide.

Our work is far from over. The looming rental crisis will be difficult for Portland families. As we struggle to do more with less, we must continue to work together to preserve and maintain the affordable housing we already have.

Nick Fish is the city commissioner who oversees the Portland Housing Bureau. Margaret VanVliet is director of the Housing Bureau.

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