It was a Community Development Committee meeting. They are never broadcast.
For some reason I thought it was city council night..
Where was the meeting?
To the artists and others being displaced in Portland, I give you an open invitation to move up to Lewiston-Auburn. Far more afforable rents, a beautiful downtown, a great arts clearinghouse (LA arts) and people who care.
Come on up.
LaMaine, Lewiston Auburn does not need just artists, they need to keep with their current plan, of being open to everyone..
Wonder of wonders, [url=http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/viewpoints/editorials/070111chains.htm... thinks that the chain ban is silly, too.
Last night it was stated on several newscasts that the council is "reconsidering" the ban, in light of the recent protests from many residents and business owners. A "sunset clause" for June 30th, 2007 is now being considered, according to what I heard.
Day late; many, many dollars short.
EJ, Steven, etc
What happened to the petition drive to overturn this nightmare? My concern judging from the commentary from Cloutier, Mavadones, Carr and Duson is that they have no interest at all in respecting the will of the people by overturning the provision.
The Portland Works group is circulating their petiton. If you want want to circulate one call Tony Donovan at 329-6732.
I am not coordinating the efforts as previously reported.
Open Letter to City Council:
Please consider the following stores no longer on Congress Street.
RecordTown, The Arcade,Dorsey's Computer, Radio Shack, Lorning Short and Harmon, Maine National Bank, Maine Savings Bank, TGIFridays (old Port), Wendy's, Burger King, McDonalds, Days Jewelery Store, The list goes on and on.
Businesses change, as pointed out on As Maine Goes, Ma and Pa (and maybe even Ma and Ma) stores have simple business pressures, and sometimes do not make it through the first couple years showing a profit.
Franchises offer success, you are buying into a process that has proven records, and ways to make sales, that in turn make jobs.
Franchise businesses are not bad, in fact many franchise businesses employee people above minimum wage, and offer advancement.
It seems to me, that some on the City council have secondary motives to uphold this ban, I truely wonder what they are.
Please repeat this fact loudly: CouncilPerons - Cloutier, Mavadones, Carr and Duson
".there are 83,000 square feet of vacant ground-floor commercial space in the part of the city affected by the ban"
Say it LOUDLY:
Look in the mirror, and ask yourself, do you want to have a Congress Street that looks Empty like it did in the late 1980s and early 1990s?
Do you want to have the city foreclose on buildings?
Maybe it is time for me to build an illistration, to post on the telephone poles of the Downtown, for that is how many of you CouncilPersons seem to get your direction..
Here is a sample Headline:
"Communist for Portland City Council"
The Simpsons had a show that shows this same type of protectionism for Ma and Pa stores.
Crusty the Clown had to pay the Mobsters, a kick back so they could keep the rule not allowing Chain National Businesses to come into his territory.
Look for Portland to pass a tax on departing businesses. That'll teach em.
The Portland City Council does not get it.
Cause and Effect.
Businesses need foot traffic.
Liberals do not get it, raise Minimum wage, and businesses costs go up.
No one is talking about the Loss of the Public Market either..
There is some deal behind the scene somewhere.
[quote="Steven Scharf"]The Portland Works group is circulating their petiton. If you want want to circulate one call Tony Donovan at 329-6732.
I'd like to sign the petition - where are they being circulated?
I spoke to Tony today and the petition drive will begin in earnest next week. All our welcome to help.
Please let me know when you begin the petition drive I will gladly sign it to do away with this ordinance. I am also willing to help with the petition drive if needed...
GOP, What part of my message did you not understand. Call Tony.
Sorry Steve, I missed that part..Was not paying attention to that part..
[size=24]Going Out Of Portland Sale ~ 40% off at all three Portland Stores[/size]
How come the City can violate the Location clause on Congress Street.
The City Of Portland has more public buildings, and funded buildings in Portland, that we should not allow any more to be built. Use this franchise rule to stop the expansion of the library.
(Fire Departments, City Hall, Portland Public TV, Add up all public buildings, and you are above the CAP RULES for in town development).
[size=24]Council Votes Tonight![/size]
Voted, all voted to repeal.
Good for them...it was badly crafted knee jerk reaction law
Forming a committee to come up with new recommendaions.
[quote="Mike_in_Maine"]Good for them...it was badly crafted knee jerk reaction law[/quote]
It was worse than that. It was political correctness run amok. A small handful of idiots rammed it through because of their own personal distaste for a certain restaurant chain.
As if the people who work in said chain - or those who patronize it - are brought through the doors at the point of a gun.
Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid. Glad the council finally got its head out of its own butt.
EI and others
Mayor Cloutier, is still for this Anti Business stance. He was quoted in TPTSNBN as being against the repeal.
I only worry this committee they form will have some agenda, but I hope it just withers away.
Even though this rule was repealed, the damage has already been done. Why would a business take a risk coming to Portland when the City Council has (or had) and agenda to keep NON LOCAL businesses out.
At least one of the Local Organtic businesses on Marginal Way will close sometime soon, so another chain can come in. Perhaps Walmart or a Krispy Kreme.
I think you've seen the end of Krispy Kreme up here.
Then any chain store..
Portland City Council is foaming at the Mouth to run Perry's out of bayside.
Businesses around Perry's for years have had no problem.
Haverty Buick, The Poker Chip Plant, the Truck Repair shop, VIP coaches, T-Birds...
Killer Koi, Redux.
For the record, Jim Cloutier made a motion to strip the repeal from the order. It was seconded by Mayor Nick Mavadones (the same one the Portland Chamber PAC endorsed in November 2 weeks before he voted for the orginal bill). That amendment failed 2 to 5. The main motion which was to repeal and create the new committee passed 7 to 0 (Duson and Carr were absent).
Will this committee do anything? Will they try to make it tough on business?
Has it been seated already or are the perps still to be named?
[size=18]Business balance is new panel's mission[/size]
By TESS NACELEWICZ, Staff Writer
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Determining how to best maintain Portland's character and achieve a balance between locally owned businesses and national chains will be the charge of a new task force the City Council is expected to appoint Wednesday.
Councilors Cheryl Leeman and David Marshall, nominated to serve as co-chairs of the Business Diversity Task Force, said Friday they believe the group will provide a balanced perspective on the controversial issue.