Sunday, March 30, 2008

Support LD 2019 AS AMENDED

An Act To Make Capital Rail Improvements for Economic Development Purposes.

Why Support LD 2019 AS AMENDED?

1. Fixes the missing link in our railroad network by directing one half of the rental car tax for investment in railroad improvements to Yarmouth Junction and Brunswick. Towns and cities along railroads throughout Maine will have the possibility for passenger service and improve freight business by investing in this railroad link.

2. The success of passenger rail service in Maine due to ridership exceeding expectations and economic development will be extended to Yarmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick.

3. Freight rail speeds will double allowing Maine wood products and other goods to be exported more competitively.

4. State tax revenue will increase by $72 million by 2030 due to transit oriented developments along the passenger rail corridor.

When? RIGHT NOW because the Legislature will vote on LD 2019 AS AMENDED tomorrow (Monday 3/31).

How?
1. Forward this email to your friends and family member throughout the Maine.

2. Call your State Reps and Senator by using the phone script below and clicking on the link to find their contact info: http://janus.state.me.us/house/townlist.htm#P

TELEPHONE script

Hello Representative/ Senator ______________________,
My name is ____________________________________ from _______________________ and I’m calling you in support for ld 2019 AS AMENDED AND Changed to upgrading a rail road connection to Brunswick for Freight rail and passenger service.

The passage of LD 2019 AS AMENDED

1. Fixes the missing link in our railroad network by directing one half of the rental car tax for investment in railroad improvements to Yarmouth Junction and Brunswick. Towns and cities along railroads throughout Maine will have the possibility for passenger service by investing in this railroad link.

2. The success of passenger rail service in Maine due to ridership exceeding expectations and economic development will be extended to Yarmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick.

3. Freight rail speeds will double allowing Maine wood products and other goods to be exported more competitively.

4. State tax revenue will increase by $72 million by 2030 due to transit oriented developments along the passenger rail corridor.
This is not to fund passenger rail OPERATIONS. Instead it is an investment in a ROAD - a railroad - serving the immediate economic needs of the entire state’s economy.

I urge you to support this investment in railroad infrastructure in Maine. If you have any questions or would like to talk about this more, please feel free to call me at __________________, anytime.


3. Email your State Legislators and the Governor http://janus.state.me.us/house/townlist.htm#P with this message by clicking the subject line above.

Hello Representative/ Senator ______________________,

My name is ____________________________________ from _______________________ and I’m contacting you in support for LD 2019 AS AMENDED and Changed to upgrading a railroad connection to Brunswick for Freight rail and passenger service.

The passage of LD 2019 AS AMENDED

1. Fixes the missing link in our railroad network by directing one half of the rental car tax for investment in railroad improvements to Yarmouth Junction and Brunswick. Towns and cities along railroads throughout Maine will have the possibility for passenger service by investing in this railroad link.

2. The success of passenger rail service in Maine due to ridership exceeding expectations and economic development will be extended to Yarmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick.

3. Freight rail speeds will double allowing Maine wood products and other goods to be exported more competitively.

4. State tax revenue will increase by $72 million by 2030 due to transit oriented developments along the passenger rail corridor.
This is not to fund passenger rail OPERATIONS. Instead it is an investment in a railroad serving the immediate economic needs of the entire state’s economy.

I urge you to support this investment in railroad infrastructure in Maine. If you have any questions or would like to talk about this more, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Sincerely,
________________

4. Go to Augusta tomorrow (Monday 3/31) and urge the Legislature to pass LD 2019 AS AMENDED.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Transit/Rail Supporters Forum



Date: Tuesday March 25, 2008

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Place: Casco Bay Lines Conference Room



Purpose: Organize the effort to pass a legislative document (LD 2019) to fund Passenger rail service in Maine.



Agenda:



6:00 to 6:30 – Overview of the legislative process to fund passenger rail and track upgrades to date. And proposal for expanding the service to Brunswick.



6:30 to 7:00 – NNEPRA Management Patricia Quinn will present an overview of the economic impacts of the Downeaster service.



7:00 to end: Organize, create talking points, discuss strategy, plan for trip to Augusta, design presentation methods, identify supporters and who can go to the hearing*



Please spread the word and bring friends. We have a great opportunity right now to expand rail service in Maine. Please contact me with questions.


Dave Marshall

Portland City Councilor

207.409.6617



WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Transportation Committee

Week of: March 24th - 28th
Monday: 3/24
Tuesday: 3/25 HOUSE 9:00 am / SENATE 10:00 am

1:00 pm

Rail Road Service Quality Report - Richard Davies, Public Advocate

Work Session

(tentative) Amendment Review on:

L.R. 3488 A/A to Require That a Person Be a Maine Resident in Order To Be Issued a Maine Driver’s License

Work Session

L.D. 2196 An Act To Make Supplemental Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Other Funds, and To Change Certain Provisions of State Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2008 and June 30, 2009

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Portland moves toward NBA team lease

By Kelley Bouchard Portland Press Herald Staff Writer March 20, 2008 12:25 PM

Portland officials continue negotiating with investors who want to start an NBA Development League team in Maine's largest city.

The city council is scheduled to vote April 7 on a potential lease agreement for the city-owned Portland Exposition Building on Park Avenue, said Nicole Clegg, city spokeswoman.

The council's finance committee is expected to hold an executive session next week to review details of a possible lease.

Councilor David Marshall, who represents the Parkside district where the Expo is located, will hold a neighborhood meeting to discuss the impact of such an agreement at 6 p.m. April 1 in the Portland Room at Hadlock Field, 271 Park Ave.

The investors include Bill Ryan, owner of Oxford Plains Speedway; his father, Bill Ryan, board chairman of TD Banknorth; and Jon Jennings, a former assistant coach with the Boston Celtics.

NBA D-League officials are looking at several East Coast cities in their effort to establish an eastern division.

Portland officials and the investors have said that a D-League team wouldn't displace current Expo users or cost the city anything.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Priorities Task force for Community Development Block Grants

Based on recommendations from the Housing and Community Development
(HCD) Task Force last fall, we are now creating the CDBG Priority Task
Force. The goal of this Task Force will be to set the funding
priorities for the Community Development Block Grant for the next 3-5
years.

This is not the City Manager's Policy Advisory Committee (CMPAC) who
reviews the funding applications and makes recommendations to the City
Manager and the City Council each year.

Rather this is a Task Force that will meet throughout the spring,
summer, and possibly fall 2008, to review current priorities for the
CDBG program and make recommendations for new priorities. The
recommendations of this Task Force and the final decisions by the City
Council will significantly impact what programs and projects will be
funded in the future, based on the priorities that will be set.

I encourage you to apply. Information is attached.

The deadline for applications in Friday March 28, 2008.

Please forward this to any group or individual you think would be
interested. I apologize if you received this more than once.


For more information about the Community Development Block Grant
program at the City of Portland, go to:
http://www.portlandmaine.gov/planning/commdev.asp
http://www.portlandmaine.gov/hcdtaskforce.htm
For more information about the HCD Task Force go to:


If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thank you!



Amy Grommes Pulaski
Housing & Community Development Program Manager
389 Congress St. Rm 312
Portland, ME 04101
207.874.8731
AVP@portlandmaine.gov
Skatepark Logo Design Contest

March 12, 2008

Portland Calls Upon Young Artists to Design

Skatepark Logo for Fundraising Effort

PORTLAND, Maine - Today, the City kicked-off its Skatepark Momentum contest. Portland students (elementary through college) are invited to design a logo for the new Skatepark's tagline Momentum. The winning logo will be used as a tool to help the committee meet its fundraising goal of $325,000 to build a new Skatepark at the Dougherty Field Complex. To date, the City has allocated $75,000 in capital funds and a $75,000 in-kind land donation. The remaining funds will be raised through public donations.



"This contest is a great way to kick-off our fundraising efforts," stated Sally DeLuca, the City's Recreation Director. "Our tagline, Momentum, captures both the enthusiasm of Portland's skateboarders/bikers for the new skatepark and the committee's commitment to working together to meet our goal."



Contest participants are allowed to use any medium (computer graphics, sketches, painting, etc.) to design the logo. The logo should embody the word momentum and skateboarding/biking. All submissions must be received by March 24, 2008 at 4:30 PM. A winning design will be selected Wednesday, March 26th at 5:30 PM. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to a local skateboarding shop.



Logo designs can by dropped off or mailed to Portland Parks and Recreation, 134 Congress Street, Suite 2, Portland Maine 04010, attention Sally Deluca or an electronic version of the logo can be emailed to sld@portlandmaine.gov.



Nicole Clegg
Director of Communications
City of Portland
389 Congress Street, Room 208
Portland, ME 04101
office: 207-756-8173
cell: 207-272-4477

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Forum set for St. John neighbors

By Portland Press Herald Staff Report
March 06, 2008 01:09 PM

Portland officials and the Muskie School of Public Service will host a community discussion on Wednesday about the future of the neighborhood near St. John and Valley streets.

Hosts of the 6:30 p.m. meeting will include City Councilor David Marshall and representatives of the Muskie School's community planning and development program.

The informal gathering at the Portland Eagles Club, 184 St. John St., will provide an opportunity for residents, business owners and others to identify neighborhood goals and improvements.

The St. John and Valley streets neighborhood runs from Veterans Memorial Bridge to Park Avenue, including the area between Maine Medical Center and Hadlock Field, and as far east as Weymouth Street.

Refreshments will be served.

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