Monday, November 8Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I've been real busy and haven't had time to mess with this site. By the end of this week I plan to have the Halloween pics (and a little detail of what went down) up like I said I would. To tell you the truth, I haven't even been able to ride much in the past couple of weeks. I think I've skated a total of two hours since Halloween. Whatever.
The local elections here in Portland went very well as far as skateboarding is concerned. There were two candidates that were elected and are basically pro-skateboarding. The first, Tom Potter, was elected mayor of Portland. Tom Potter was chief of police in the early years of Burnside. He even donated some money to help with construction. He was a big factor in helping the local community see that Burnside was beneficial to the neighborhood. Tom even came down to Burnside during the Burnside Blowout back in August. One other factor in Tom being skater friendly is the fact that a key member of his campaign staff was none other than Howard Weiner, owner of Cal Skate, the oldest skateshop in Portland. We plan on keeping Tom aware of skateboarders and our needs throughout his term as mayor.
The other candidate that is skater friendly is Sam Adams, no not the beer. He was running, and elected, to the Portland city council. What makes him so aware of skateboarding? I guess that would be his campaign manager, Tom Miller. For those of you that don't know, Tom Miller is the co-founder of Skaters for Portland Skateparks and a huge factor in all things concerning skatepark advocacy in Portland.
So now Portland has two folks that are running Portland that are aware of skateboarders and our needs. That doesn't mean it's time to sit back and hope that things happen though. It just means that we may actually get positive responses from the city concerning the ongoing quest to make Portland the skatepark capital of the world.
That's it. Go skate!