Readers' Letters
by: Christopher Onstott Fairview police Sgt. Bernie Meyer has had trouble with the replacement 9-1-1 computer dispatch system in his police cruiser.

It amazes me that the 'culture of complaints' used to be against the officers, and the commissioners defended the officers. Now the complaints are from the officers regarding a major safety issue, and (City Commissioner Randy) Leonard still coins the 'culture of complaints' argument (Union blasts 9-1-1 system, June 23).

Get it straight, Randy: Back up your officers. They know more about what they are doing than you do, and your 'culture of complaints' argument doesn't hold water.

I never thought I'd say Portland police officers know what they are doing, but darn it, this time they may be right.

Ann Lambert

Southeast Portland

Public won't welcome any change

Have we ever had a new system that the users of the old system liked (Union blasts 9-1-1 system, June 23)?

Roxanne Cummings


Dispatch system needed testing

Going live with a new complex 9-1-1 system before performing extensive testing in the field (Union blasts 9-1-1 system, June 23)?

With lives at stake, who would make a decision like this? No IT professional I know would ever agree to something like this with so much at stake.

Robert Canfield


Meetings should be open to public

The (BOEC) User Board, without regard to its membership, is an advisory group to the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications and is therefore subject to ORS 192.630, the Oregon public meetings statute (Reporters barred from meeting on faulty 9-1-1 system, July 7).

The required stated purpose of the meeting did not qualify as an exception to the law as specified in 192.690. The statutes do not allow a public body, as this User Group is defined to be, any option to close by simple vote any meeting which is otherwise required to be open to the public.

The Portland city attorney's explanation is not based on any provision or reference in the statute. While it might not necessarily be accurate to say Ms. Osoinach originated this specious reference to the statute, it nonetheless appears to be a fabrication that was convenient to the moment.

The Tribune should sue the city for denying access and also request that the minutes, recordings and notes from the meeting (also required by Oregon law) be transcribed and released in a timely manner.

Ronald Wray


Investigate city's no-bid contract

I hope (Lisa Vasquez, former director of the Public Safety Systems Revitalization Program) prevails, and it would be nice if both Commissioners (Randy) Leonard and (Amanda) Fritz were personally held liable instead of the taxpayers (Critic of faulty 9-1-1 system will sue city because of firing, July 2).

This new system is not working and probably cannot be fixed. So who are the losers in this? The taxpayers and the citizens of the county who rely on the system to work.

The DA or the AD should open an investigation into this no-bid contract and all the cover-ups that both commissioners were involved in.

Larry Cooper


Transparency, accountability needed

I would like to think that this story represents Portland politics, but it is just politics leaning towards corruption that is found increasingly in smaller cities (Critic of faulty 9-1-1 system will sue city because of firing, July 2).

It is not the corruption like money passing under the table, although sometimes it seems that way. It is the type of corruption that affects the conduct of ambitious people that become adherents of the 'ends justifies the means' policies.

It is the corruption that seems to almost flow naturally from the power of office. Politicians seem to believe that once elected, the needs of the city or constituency is to be subverted to their personal political agendas.

But, it matters not the agenda - liberal or conservative - the power of the office seems to corrupt even those one thought to be above corruption.

There is not one City Council member, and of course that includes this mayor, that doesn't appear tainted is some way in their decision making. Of course, mistakes will be made giving the sense of unethical or unsavory action, but this City Council seems to regale in its lack of ethics.

It is with this city council that the much touted and spouted 'transparency and accountability' has completely disappeared. And frankly, the announced candidates are not presenting much in the way of change.

Sadly, the media finds itself asking questions only after the fact. The journalistic hounds should have sensed the smell coming from this no-bid contract from the very beginning.

Larry Norton

Northwest Portland

Commissioners try to silence public

More proof that Voter Owned Elections are a waste of funds (Snafus snarl 9-1-1 system, May 12): Amanda Fritz, the people's commissioner, is trying to silence public dissent to protect the bureaucrats and corporate vendors who deserve to be fired.

Bruce Anderholt


Money wasted on Windows program

Is the source code owned by the city (Union blasts 9-1-1 system, June 23)? If not, then the consultants own the system, as we saw with the parking meter debacle.

A Windows-based app in a two-ton rolling cruiser is a recipe for disaster. Do it in Linux with open source code next time, please, to avoid further taxpayer and officer abuse.

John Bartley

Oak Grove

Press absence allowed honesty

This meeting was the (Bureau of Emergency Communications) User Group (Reporters barred from meeting on faulty 9-1-1 system, July 7). Maybe the absence of the press allowed for some real honesty, which might be misconstrued or misunderstood out of context.

Also, remember that many of these folks' jobs are controlled by the very people responsible for this mess, and publicly identifying them as the corrupt idiots they are could have negative consequences.

I hope they all were comfortable speaking their minds. What comes next should be interesting.

Bonnie Hadley


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