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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Featured Item: City Council

Portland Greens are running competitive races in both the City Council at Large seat as well as City Council District Three in 2007.

John Anton, Former Planning Board member and longtime housing advocate is running for the At Large position. Two candidates will be elected out of four running. John has received the endorsement of the League of Young Voters. John Anton realizes how important it is to grow our housing stock, particularly on the peninsula where it is becoming increasingly mores expensive to live for working class, middle class and young people. Investing in housing stock will allow Portland to grow, while working to ensure our top notch quality of life is not whittled away. We must invest in the things that make Portland what it is: our schools, our parks and, of course, our neighborhoods. The Maine State Pier issue is one that John cares deeply about, he believes the process must be restarted to ensure Portlanders get the best development deal possible, while maintaining the integrity of our working waterfront. Finally it is crucial that all major decisions are made with community involvement, and that all business the city does is out and in the open so that we as citizens can be sure that proper protocol is being followed and taxpayers are getting the best deal possible.

Captain Bill Linnell, Former Cape Elizabeth Town Councilor and leader of the successful fight to shut down Maine Yankee nuclear power plant, and seeks to chart a new course for the open City Council district three seat. Four are running for one seat. Bill Linnell is one dynamic guy! He runs his own business, is former president of the Stroudwater Village Association, is a licensed captain where he works as a towboat operator, pumps out boats for the Friends of Casco Bay, and is a lobsterman to boot! You can bet that Captain Bill Linnell is the one candidate who really knows the working waterfront. You probably have seen his signs out in district three- those are his: the ones with the lobster traps! Captain Bill sees many problems with city hall’s 'Business as usual' model and he's particularly incensed by the way the Maine State Pier has been handled. Captain Bill wants to see a new bidding process with a much longer Request for Proposal (RFP) so that we have more competitive bidders. The pier is a city owned asset and Captain Bill wants to ensure that the taxpayers of Portland receive adequate compensation if and when we develop this piece of public property. Bill also is an advocate for citizen involvement- particularly through our neighborhood associations. Our neighborhoods are extremely important and a decision such as one to close a neighborhood school can have dire consequences for that neighborhood. These decisions are not to be made lightly and should involve many community members.

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