“Sweeping” Port of Astoria

What, did somebody get a deal on push-brooms? There’s a move afoot to remove Port of Astoria commissioners from the vagaries of elected office and move them instead into the arena of Democrat political cronyism. Oh, and just to be sure that it’s all “inclusive” and everything, they’d like to rename it to Port of Clatsop County.

It’d be really spiffy to follow the Port of Portland model, where commissioners are recommended by local mayors and appointed by the governor. I mean, hey – it’s worked so well here (at least for members of the Friends of Neil Goldschmidt club). What could possibly go wrong?

The commission was appointed until the late 1980s, and there’s a reason why that’s not the case today. Back to the future!


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6 Responses to “Sweeping” Port of Astoria

  1. g says:

    I have mixed feelings on this but haven’t got the low down on the detail.
    I have to admit I am a Betsy fan and have voted for her every time. She’s got a spine and is a gun nut like yours truly. She departs from her liberal colleagues on several issues. I like that.
    Also, most of the names of the local fellas that are pushing this are old school republicans.
    I know several of them personally and I will make an effort to get the story and get back to you.

    • maxredlines says:

      For a Democratic, Betsy occasionally displays disquieting sensibility. This, however, doesn’t seem like one of them. Personally, I can’t imagine why politicizing the situation there via political cronyism would be considered an improvement. Of course, Port of Portland commissioners are all long-time members of the Friends of Neil (Goldschmidt) club.

      • g says:

        My take is the port has been severely mismanaged for the past few years and the commissioners that have been elected or appointed have been extremely immature, egotistical, arrogant, and unprofessional. Very embarrassing. There is still one on board who is part of this disruption (hunsinger the longshoreman). I think once he goes, a lot of the problems that have plagued them over the years will go away as well. It really doesn’t make sense to me at this time to have an appointed board. It won’t solve any problems the South county is bitching about. I’m not even sure why they bitch about the port. Seriously, I really don’t get it. The port does not tax its district very much. If memory serves me, I think the total amount the port receives from the taxing district is about $400k. So spread out over 40,000 people we’re not talking about a lot of tax.

        The only other reason I see they want an appointed board would be a power play for esteem. That’s basically what government has turned into. A playground for the wealthy. Kind of like owning a race horse. The only thing that is wrong is money doesn’t make you smart. Which is evident in govt.

      • maxredlines says:

        Thanks for getting back on this, g. As a Portland-area resident, I have less insight into the machinations in the Astoria area.

        Those longshore boys are constant sources of trouble here; I think there’s some sort of requirement that they have to take a brief seminar in thuggishness. So I suspect you’re correct in that if he can be removed, the situation will improve.

        I am aware that the folks in South county complain about the Port a lot, but I’ve yet to understand exactly why – it seems to me that they move from one gripe to another, and none of them seem connected. All that occurs to me is that since Seaside, etc. are so tourism-oriented, they object to Port because it’s not.

        The reason why I did the post was because an appointed board (given what we see at Port of Portland) seems like exactly the wrong thing to do. Voters can be stupid, but political appointees have a lock on it. Sure – let’s have Kitz or Kulo or Kitz again exercise their vast knowledge of the area and allow them to make appointments.

  2. lectorconstans says:

    Is Clatsop a typo for Catslop?

    There’s a typically Orwellian title for the bill: “Committee to Restore, Revitalize and Reorganize the Port of Astoria”.

    We all know how boring and tedious elections are. So much money spent for such little return. And then there are the times when the voters get it wrong.

    • maxredlines says:

      Sometimes I wonder…They should have “Committee to Restore, Revitalize, and Reorganize Astoria’s Port” (CRRRAP).

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