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www.pprc-news.org posts possible location for A13 Bush visit: Terminal 6

PPRC's website at www.pprc-news.org has posted a likely venue of the Bush visit.
Although the post warns that the information has not been verified by "official" sources, the PPRC website has identified a likely venue for Bush's visit on Friday, August 13th:

Location: Several independent sources have reported that Bush will be speaking at Terminal 6 of the Port of Portland. THIS INFORMATION HAS NOT BEEN VERIFIED BY ANY "OFFICIAL" SOURCES. Terminal 6 is located up by the Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife area, just east of Kelley Point Park, west of the I-5 Bridge, where the Willamette joins the Columbia River. Part of the Port of Portland's Rivergate Industrial Park, Terminal 6 is the region's primary container and auto handling terminal.

The PPRC website at www.pprc-news.org has been posting updates on the A13 Bush and Kerry campaign stop since Monday.
Terminal 6 Area Study 10.Aug.2004 16:52

rand

Here's a start on what T6 looks like.

 http://www.mapquest.com/maps/

(plug in N. Portland Rd. and N. Columbia Rd., Portland, OR)

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How typical 10.Aug.2004 17:49

Fellow Traveler

Bush and Cheney can't show up anywhere without hundreds if not thousands of protestors. So they have to retreat to places like seaports and airports where they can completely squelch access to anyone who so much as has a sign that isn't positive.
He'll probably take a boat in, especially because of the reception you good people in Portland gave him in 2002.
Same shit in Santa Monica CA this thursday, the 12th. Hes helocptering into the Santa Monica airport to completely avoid the hundreds if not thousands of angry liberals and radicals who are gonna be there.
Best of luck on giving him hell, check LA IMC for reports on the protests in Santa Monica, and maybe a little about what to expect.

Solidarity from LA

Terminal 6 Easy to Get to By Bike 10.Aug.2004 21:02

xyzzy

A bike path goes all the way there from a MAX station!

Ride the Yellow Line, aka Interstate MAX, out to the very last stop at Expo Center. Work your way north and east through the parking lot (be sure to evade the tire ripper as you exit the entry lane). Cross Marine Drive and get on the bike path heading east. That path goes all the way to Kelley Point Road, which means if the description of where T6 is is correct, it goes right by T6.

Only tricky part is following the bike path right after it goes under the railroad bridge. There's no sign, but if you cross over Marine Drive at the light you'll pick up the path again on the left side of Portland Road. After about 1/4 mile, you'll come to Old Marine Drive on your right. That serves as part of the bike path (and a nice path it is, fast, wide, and closed to cars). From then on it's pretty obvious how to follow the path.

Portland

Correction 10.Aug.2004 21:08

xyzzy

"Cross Marine Drive and get on the bike path heading east."

Eh, that should read "... heading WEST." My bad.

another possible bush locale 11.Aug.2004 08:03

ready to protest

i heard on the news this morning (i think it was Channel 2)that the "summit" would be at "a local school." whatever that means...clearly the hope is that the good guys will give up and attend the kerry event and not make the effort to track down bush.

Security Info 11.Aug.2004 08:26

badpenny

For what it is worth, everyone who enters terminal six must show ID at a security checkpoint. The terminal is patroled by federal customs officers.

In my experience, the security at terminal six has been fairly lax, with the guards merely glancing to see if you are in fact showing ID, but not really bothering to check if the ID belongs to you. I suspect that if Bush does show up here, they will be doing much more thorough checks though.

Terminal 6 is a fairly large facility with multiple security checkpoints. There is one checkpoint to gain access to the container yard, which is the largest part of the facility, and other gates and checkpoints to access some of the berths that are used exclusively be specific companies, such as Hyundai.

Due to the large vehicles that are constantly moving around terminal six, it is very dangerous to move around on foot. If you manage to make your way onto the terminal, please be very careful and very alert, as many of the larger vehicles have large blind spots.

"They Were There to Wave to You..." 11.Aug.2004 14:49

buffalo springfield

Looking ahead at making the best out of a possible (and uncertain) T6 showing, does it look like there are a very limited number of options for getting out to that end of the penninsula from the airport? The airport must be in the cards, since he'll be in AF-1. Is there a place along the way, outside the port security zone, for the VIP entourage to not miss seeing/hearing the "subjects", as it proceeds to the "undisclosed bunker location", to take delivery of the tax-cut kick backs?

Additional T6 security info 11.Aug.2004 21:59

RAC

All seaports fell under the authority of a new federal law that took effect in June. Apparantly security has been tightened significantly at T-6 since that time. Entering onto a port without authorization is now treated as a federal felony, you know the whole B.S. war on terrorism angle. The port is now patrolled by armed homeland security thugs aka DHS agents. Drove past the place today and saw signs all over the place like you see on military base fencelines. "Deadly force allowed". Can I just take my Zyklon B shower now and get it over with.

Photo op, announcement at Terminal 6 12.Aug.2004 18:44

river rats

Conservationists React to Bush Administration's Pledge to Deepen Columbia River Channel

8/12/2004 7:58:00 PM
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To: National Desk, Environment Reporter

Contact: David Moryc of American Rivers, 503-827-8648 or 503-307-1137 (cell)

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Bush administration, in a reversal of its policy to rein in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spending on new projects, is expected tomorrow to pledge $15 million to start the Columbia River channel deepening project, a controversial plan that will harm threatened and endangered salmon, and that has been plagued by unsound economic analyses and questionable claims of economic benefit, according to American Rivers.

The Army Corps' own team of expert economists raised serious questions about the Corps' analysis and claimed benefits. The panel questioned whether the region, or even any U.S. companies, would see any benefits from the project.

"Aside from the environmental impacts of the project-which are considerable-the economic case for the Columbia River dredging project has not been made," said David Moryc, Lower Columbia River Coordinator for American Rivers. "The Corps' own experts are concerned that 'benefits' of the project will flow only to foreign-owned shipping conglomerates with no guarantee of benefits for the Northwest."

Dredging and disposal operations will harm fish and wildlife habitat such as shallow water wetlands and tidelands critical to salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act, as well as crab and sturgeon. Twelve threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead populations use the lower Columbia at some point in their life history. Dredging the channel will also exacerbate existing water quality problems by revealing and re-suspending the pollutants into the water.

"The region has been working together to restore the Columbia River estuary for salmon and wildlife for years now," said Moryc. "We simply cannot roll back these efforts by destroying essential salmon habitat with an economically wasteful and environmentally harmful project."

The Columbia River estuary has lost 70 percent of its wetland and riparian habitat -- 50 percent since 1950 -- primarily due to dredging, hydropower operations and diking practices. Scientists and the federal government have identified restoration of estuary habitat as one of the highest priorities for salmon recovery of threatened and endangered salmon in the Columbia and Snake river basins.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1) Why is today's announcement a departure from previous administration policy?

Since taking office, the Bush administration has had a policy of opposing appropriations for new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction projects as a way to rein in federal spending and allow the agency to address its large backlog of unfunded work. As late as September 2003, White House budget officials categorized the Columbia River deepening project as a new start.

Also see Bush administration budget documents:

"Given the large backlog of funding needed to complete construction projects already underway ($21 billion), the budget focuses on completing ongoing projects, rather than starting construction of new projects that would add to this backlog and increase delays in completing ongoing projects."

A Blueprint for New Beginnings, February 28, 2001 (Bush Administration FY 2002 budget)

2) Why is deepening the Columbia River channel bad for the environment?

The federal plan to recover Snake and Columbia River salmon relies on improvements to the Columbia River estuary to offset the damage done by federal hydropower dams. Yet, the Corps is pushing forward the economically dubious Columbia River deepening proposal that would further threaten salmon habitat.

The Columbia River estuary has been described by NOAA Fisheries as "grossly altered by previous dredging to establish the navigation channel, disposal of dredged material, diking and filling, sewage and industrial discharges, water withdrawals and flow regulation." Not only have 70 percent of the estuary's wetlands and riparian habitat been destroyed but a state-federal study has concluded the combination of dams and dredging has reversed the flow of the river's sediments, causing coastal areas to erode into the mouth of the Columbia.

By dredging millions more cubic yards of river bottom, the Corps' proposal to deepen the Columbia River would further damage the river's estuary already degraded by more than 100 years of dredging and the loss of floodplain habitat. Twelve species of salmon and steelhead rely on the remaining shallow water habitat in the Columbia River estuary before making their ocean going journey.

A host of wildlife, including 200,000 over-wintering migratory birds, crab, sturgeon, steelhead and salmon rely on the estuary.

3) Why is deepening the Columbia River channel a bad deal for the taxpayer?

The Oregonian in 2002, in a series of investigative reports, concluded that Corps overestimated the project's benefits and underestimated its costs. The newspaper's analysis revealed the project would return 88 cents for every taxpayer dollar spent.

4) How reliable are the Corps' economic forecasts for the deepening?

An independent review of the Columbia River deepening proposal concluded that dredging the channel would not lead to any more cargo or cargo ships coming to Columbia River ports, finding that the Corps' analysis, in part, "appears to be self-contradictory."

5) Will deepening the channel create jobs?

The same panel also raised a concern that many of the potential "benefits" of the project flow only to foreign owned shipping conglomerates with no guarantee of reduced rates for U.S. shippers.

The Corps did not analyze the cost of dumping 7 to 9 million cubic yards of dredge spoils at the deep water ocean site home to a $20 million annual commercial crab fishery important to local lower Columbia River communities.

6) What is the political history of federal water projects?

Two words: porkbarrel spending. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a rich history of exaggerating economic benefits and downplaying environmental consequences of its proposed projects to enhance the projects' appeal to elected officials.

7) Has the administration acknowledged these concerns?

"(S)erious questions have been raised about the quality, objectivity, and credibility of Corps reports on the economic and environmental feasibility of proposed water projects." The government should "redirect funds away from ongoing funds that are not economically justified, are environmentally damaging or violate other policies." -- President George W. Bush's proposed 2002 budget.



 http://www.usnewswire.com/

/ 2004 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/

Don't go to T-6! 12.Aug.2004 22:08

in-the-know

Don't waste your time! The closest place that you're going to be able to park is Kelly Point. From there, it is a HELLA-far walk to the entrance to T-6. There is only one entrance to T-6. Even when the Resident is not in town, NOBODY gets in to the terminal unless they have Business there. It's because it's one of the two Honda (automobile) docks around here. With the Resident here, you Aren't Getting In. The best you can hope for is a big rally that shuts down marine drive, but the problem with that is that NOBODY GOES OUT THERE EXCEPT FOR THE LONGSHOREMEN. And they already hate Bush, so what's the point?! Go rally against Kerry; he's going to win anyway, so tell HIM what you think, not some lame-duck fuckwad who's living his last days...

Disaponitment in Turnout at Terminal Six, Where were you? 13.Aug.2004 19:35

Angry Protestor

I was disaponited in the turnout at Terminal Six for G.W. Bush's appearance. There were only 20-30 people out there at the end of Marine Drive. Those who did come had great signs and spent a couple of hours in the sun waiting for the leader of the free world to arrive. He did with great fan fare, some 24 motorcycle cops, two limos, and 10-15 cars, vans, and trucks, not to mention the several dozen police officers from Portland, Vancover, and Milwaukee. Who by the way outnumbered protesters 7 to 1!

What I want to know though, is where were all the liberals of Portland today? Only 300 odd people showed up in Beaverton! So where were the angry youth of this fare city today. Smoking pot? Recovering from last night? Working is an ok excuse, but many of the youth of this city work evening or afternoon shifts. You could of taken the day off if you saved your money instead of buying PBR. We will not defeat this man unless we work very hard. No one else will do the work. Do you think that some organization is out there doing your share and you can be self-absorbed and pesatmistic?

So while you sit there at your friend's house this weekend intoxicating yourself or zoning out at a movie or the TV, just think the wasteland of a nation and world we are going to inherit. If this generation is as lazy as I think we are, then folks we are surely going to be fucked. It is up to us, get out there and help Oregon go Blue this year, and perhaps green in the future. And all of you folks at the Kerry thing protesting. Of course it is a shame that Kerry is for the war. But people come on, do you know you are playing with fire. Oregon could be close like some other states. It would be a shame if Oregon went to Bush over a couple thousands votes. The key word here is BABY STEPS! We are not going to win this battle for Iraq anytime soon, so lets work on labor rights, tax cuts, health care, education, road rules, and a million other misguided policies.

So please go out there and do something for Kerry, even if you hate him and the system, at least our kids will be smarter, our aid cleaner, and the military a little smaller.
Thank you for reading!

cheers to that! 13.Aug.2004 23:13

lichen

Thanks for the thoughtful comments here...when i moved to Portland I was told I was moving to this amazing city where people were liberal and outspoken, but never have I been to a place where so many liberals do so very little...it is ridiculous to only talk about what you don't believe in...what about what you do believe in? While I used to be an idealistic youth, i am now a contributing citizen, and this makes me even more passionate in my quest to oust Bush...lets see people but their heart and energy into really making change that is realistic.