June 18, 2005
(Updated) Taking A Mid-Report Hiatus
Clearly, This Experiement Is Not Working
Note: This post has been updated. Any and all updates appear at the end of the original post.
It might seem a little poorly-timed, given that we've only published half of our report from Wednesday's hearing on PDC before City Council, but we're stepping back for a bit.
On our end, methodically going through our notes from that meeting to produce material unavailable elsewhere and of clear value to people following such a story (representative of the best of which we are capable, even if we don't rise to that level with every post) is bumping up across some financial realities this weekend.
In essence, we're having a particularly peevish moment where we're a little frustrated at producing the sorts of things we are capable of producing, and which, arguably, no one else is producing (and which, arguably, no one else would produce if we did not) and yet not having that value reflected in the manner in which society recognizes value -- namely, coin.
With monthly reader contributions having dropped to $150, the looming Summer is bringing us back to where we were last Summer, which had been leading to a November drop-dead date which we were spared mainly because at the end of the year we ended up in a Willamette Week "giving guide" -- something which allowed us to extend things a few more months, and then do an unsteady lurching from two-month period to two-month period.
Which, as we've kept telling people, has certainly been better than not lurching at all. But after two and a half years of trying to make this work, it's obviously... well, not working.
So we're backing off, and getting some distance, and doing some deep pondering between Red Sox games on the radio. When we decide to come back we'll see where things are, and maybe at that point we can all see what happened during the second half of that Wednesday hearing.
June 22nd, 2005 Update
Local politics geeks may be bereft in the blogosphere if the blogger known as One True b!X (a.k.a. Christopher Frankonis) puts his Portland Communique ... site on hiatus. Communique's fanatically complete reporting on public hearings and musings on policy have a big following, but the site's lack of financial support may require b!X to pull the plug after two and a half years. If Communique dies, City Hall nerds may be forced to burn their cubicle time on Commissioner Sam Adams' just-launched blog ... .