Quote of the day from Chloe Eudaly, city commissioner of Portland, Oregon:

“Each and every one of you has a constitutional right to exercise your freedom of speech and to peacefully assemble. The actions of a few should not negate these rights, and the response of law enforcement should be proportional to the infractions. Indiscriminately tear-gassing and firing impact munitions at thousands of peaceful protesters is not a proportionate response.”

By this same logic:

Each and every American has the right to keep and bear arms. The actions of a few gun owners should not negate those rights, and the response of law enforcement should be proportional to the infractions. Banning the ownership of commonly owned firearms like the AR-15 is not a proportionate response.

The commissioner who made this claim is a Democrat high school dropout. Her first act upon being elected was to pass the Mandatory Renter Relocation Assistance—commonly known as the relocation ordinance—into law. The ordinance requires landlords to pay for their tenants moving fees when they serve their tenants a no-cause eviction, a notice of non-renewal of a fixed term lease, a qualified landlord reason for termination, a rent increase of 10% or more over a 12-month period, or make substantial changes to lease terms.

The fees are based on the size of the residential unit. For a studio or single room occupancy, a tenant is entitled to $2,900; for a one-bedroom: $3,300; for a two-bedroom: $4,200; and for a three-bedroom or larger: $4,500.

Since the government of Portland is evicting the Federal government from the courthouse, I think that negotiations should start there. If a 3 bedroom house is worth a $4500 relocation payment, then something can be worked out here.

The city of Portland can pay the government an equivalent amount per square foot, adjusted for the fact that the courthouse is more expensive commercial real estate. How about $1 million?

In exchange, all federal operations of the Portland Federal government will move to Tacoma, Washington. Any person from Oregon who needs to conduct business with the Federal Government will have to do so at the Tacoma location. That includes bankruptcies, welfare applications, and all other matters that were once handled at the courthouse.

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jwl · July 29, 2020 at 4:59 pm

A question is whether the Feds own, or merely rent, the buildings.

If the own the building, the compensation should be considerably higher, commensurate with property prices in the area.

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