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Who Are The Citizens Against the Government Takeover?

Posted this about an hour ago and it never came up!

If you watch TV or listen to radio in Portland you will have seen an anti PUD commercial that suggests that since PGE and Pacific Power have always done a good job, there's no need to vote for a PUD which will "add another layer of government" and significantly raise property taxes. The wording in the commercial suggests that voters should base their decision on PGE of the past . . . something that hasn't existed since Enron bought the company. PGE is now simply a part of Enron's corporate assets which a bankruptcy court could parcel out or sell to anyone in the near future . . . someone with no association to, or interest in, our community.
Posted this about an hour ago and it never came up!

If you watch TV or listen to radio in Portland you will have seen an anti PUD commercial that suggests that since PGE and Pacific Power have always done a good job, there's no need to vote for a PUD which will "add another layer of government" and significantly raise property taxes. The wording in the commercial suggests that voters should base their decision on the performance of PGE past . . . something that hasn't existed since Enron bought the company. PGE is now simply a part of Enron's corporate assets which a bankruptcy court could parcel out or sell to anyone in the near future . . . someone with no association to, or interest in, our community. The price Portland ends up paying could be far more than whatever costs are involved in setting up a PUD that would be administered by, and answerable to, local citizens with no stockholder involvement.

Prime time television advertising and radio spots are not cheap and my interest in just who the "Citizens Against Government Takeover" were was picqued. The group also fields a website and fliers. Website is accessible at:  http://www.citizensagainstthegovernmenttakeover.com

I do not know what the incentive may be for the people below to join "Citizens Against" and pool their resources; maybe you do.

Meet the Committee Members:

The Chairman is Brian Gard, President and CEO of Gard Gerber Advertising. PGE has been a major Gerber account for many years; I cannot say for sure but I assume it still is. This would make Gard's interest in defeating the PUD initiative an obvious one.

Dennis E. Anderson (US Fish and Wildlife)

Scott Andrews (President, Melvin Mark Properties; Executive VP, Melvin Mark Brokerage)

Hank Ashforth (CEO, Ashforth-Pacific)

Betty Atteberry (Executive Director, Westside Economic Alliance)

Joan Austin (VP, A-Dec, Inc.)

Ken Austin (President, A-Dec. Inc.)

Bill M. Bakke (Director, Native Fish Society; Fish conservationist)

Ronald H. Beltz (VP, Louis Dreyfus Property Group)

Nik Blosser (Owner, Sokel-Blosser Vinyard)

Kandis Brewer Nunn (Consultant)

Bud Clark (Past Portland Mayor)

Debi Coleman (Chairman, Merix Corporation)

Gun Denhart (President/CEO, Hanna Anderson)

Sho Dozono (President, Azumano Travel, etc.)

Tony Ferronato (President/CEO, Liberty Northwest)

Don C. Frisbee (Past Chairman, PacifiCorp)

Neil Goldschmidt (Past Portland Mayor, Past Oregon Governor, currently consulting)

Curt Henninger (Senior VP, AT&T Broadband in Oregon/SW Washington)

J. Clayton Hering (President, Norris, Beggs & Simpson)

Steven J. Holwerda (CFA Chief Operating Officer & Principal, Ferguson Wellman Capital Mgt. Inc.)

Jim Jeddeloh (President, Perkins & Co.)

Chuck Jones (CFP, The 'H' Group)

Philip A. Kalberer (President, Kalberer Company)

Gregg Kantor (Senior VP of Public Regulatory Affairs, NW Natural)

Phil Keisling (Past Oregon Secretary of State, now consulting)

Tom Kelly (President, Neil Kelly Group)

Kim Kimbrough (President, Portland Business Alliance; BOD Pacific Central Bank)

Donald L. Krahmer, Jr. (Attorney/Shareholder, Schwabe Williamson et al)

Ellen C. Lowe (Past Director of Public Policy for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, now a Public Policy Consultant)

M. James Mark (CEO, Melvin Mark Corporation)

Kenneth Novack (Executive VP, Schnitzer Steel; President, Schnitzer Investment Group)

Sue O'Halloran (Realtor, Kohler Meyers O'Haloran Real Estate)

George J. Passadore (President/CEO, Wells Fargo)

Judy Peppler (VP, Qwest)

Walt Pollock (Senior VP of Power Supply, PGE)

Steven D. Pratt (President/CEO, ESCO)

John Rakowitz (Portland Business Alliance Member)

John W. Russell (Past? Chair, Portland Development Commission)

Fred Sanchez (President, Gateway Area Business Assn.; Designated Broker, Realty Brokers)

Donna Schmidt (2003 Car Free/Care Free Program, Westside Transportation Alliance; past PR Director of Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce)

Tom Sjostrom (Chairman, Portland Business Alliance, Morgan Park Real Estate)

Drake Snodgrass (Owner, 7-Dees Nurseries)

Ronald E. Timpe (Chairman/CEO, StanCorp Financial)

Bruce A. Walters (Senior VP/Chief Development Officer, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc.)

Ed Washington (Metro Councilor, District 5)

Virginia Willard (Executive Director, NW Business of Culture and the Arts)

You will not find the committee's business affiliations listed next to their names on the "Citizens" site, so here you are. Lots of deep pockets here and a good many belong to the Portland Business Alliance.
Benefits of Public Power / PUDs 26.Sep.2003 20:21

North Portlander

A useful link relating to the benefits of public power:

 http://www.appanet.org/about/why/answers/straightpublicpowerbenefits.cfm

"citizens" exposed months ago 26.Sep.2003 21:38

in case anyone missed it


p.s. 26.Sep.2003 21:40

just a thought

With so many corporations against it, you know public power must be a good idea.

PGE Stealth Support 27.Sep.2003 10:34

North Portlander

Thanks "In Case Anyone Missed It". This is WELL WORTH READING, folks. Check it out. Somewhere along the line the word needs to get out to Mr. and Mrs. Portland Taxpayer that the puppetmaster behind the backing for "Concerned Citizens" is PGE/Enron - via their Portland advertising agency - using ratepayers dollars to save their own butts.

GREAT research! 09.Oct.2003 09:45

Ready Kilowatt

This saved me alot of time. THANKS!

The new Campaign and Expenditure report shows $500,000 spent so far against the Multnomah People's Utility District so far. The Oregon Public Power Coalition (OPPC) has spent about $25,000.

See their websites: www.oppc.net www.100000votes.org www.cheappower.org

The next required report in NOT until after the election on November 4th. It will be in the millions $$!
And we the ratepayers will pay in our monthly checks to PGE for their ad on TV, radio and newspaper telling us that we should not want to control our own energy future!!!

The last day to register for this historic vote is next week, if you are not registered PLEASE do it now.

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