The Portland Business Alliance represents big downtown businesses in Portland. They have a huge voice at city hall. See "Businesses try softer touch with council". Portland Tribune, March 1, 2005.
A couple of things bother me about this:
1. The PBA represents a very small section of Portland--downtown and the bigger business community. Yet they have had and continue to have a huge say in what goes on in Portland. They continue to command the ear of the city council and they hire their own cops who continue to harass street musicians. I have had confrontrations with these cops when they hassle musicians and the cops do not know the law and they are bullies.
2. The big one: The PBA is in part funded by us, the citizens of Portland. Our taxes go to pay for part of THEIR BUDGET, yet, we do not have a voice in their lobbying of city council.
My suggestion: Cut the umbilical cord. Cut the money that goes to the PBA. Why should we pay for their lobbying particularly if the city's budget needs cutting?
Anyone with me on this?