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#1 Finnegan

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 05:10 PM

Portland is very, very close to landing a MLS franchise.

After months of meeting and reviewing the Merritt Paulson's proposal to remodel PGE Park into a Soccer Specific Stadium * a 18 member task force appointed by the Mayor voted unanimously to recommend to the Portland City Council to move forward with this proposal.

Next Weds, March 11th, the Portland City Council will vote on whether to approve $85 million in publicly backed bonds to remodel PGE Park and build a separate baseball stadium for our Triple AAA team.  Merritt Paulson has taken the extra step of guaranteeing these bonds with his family's personal wealth in order to make this palatable to folks.

All indications from MLS is if we sort the stadium issue out, the Portland Timbers are MLS in 2011.

Right now, it is unsure whether this will pass.  We think we have two votes, two undecided and one is a possible no.  We need three.

What are we asking Section 8/Chicago Fans for?

We are asking you take 5 minutes to write our city councilors with a simple message:

As Chicago Fire fans we will come to Portland twice each summer and spend money and stay in hotels and in general provide a boost to the local economy.  We also know and respect Portland soccer culture, Timbers Army and would love to see them in the league.

That's it.  Please take a minute to write.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

Sam Adams, Mayor
E-mail: Samadams@ci.portland.or.us

Amanda Fritz
Commissioner of Public Utilities, Position Number 1
E-mail: amanda@ci.portland.or.us  

Nick Fish
Commissioner of Public Works, Position Number 2
e-mail: Nick@ci.portland.or.us

Randy Leonard
Commissioner of Public Safety, Position Number 4
E-mail: randy@ci.portland.or.us

Dan Saltzman
Commissioner of Public Affairs, Position Number 3
E-mail: dsaltzman@ci.portland.or.us


*it will be stunning people, 90 year old stadium with incredible history, character, a wooden roof over all the stands, ivy etc but with modern amenities, in the heart of downtown Portland with it's own MAX Light Rail stop.  No parking lots etc, think Highbury or Craven Cottage as it was built in 1923 before the neighborhood came up around it.  Very urban.

#2 gofire2001

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 10:14 PM

Will start writing now. Everyone else should be doing this also.

#3 IceFunk

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 10:43 PM

We are so close right now it is insane...

We are 1 city council vote away....yes that is right "1" vote away.

....1...... :blink:

If we get the majority vote (3 out of 5) we get MLS, simple as that.

We have...

2 city officials who are onboard...
2 on the fence,
1 is not so on board.

We need 3 out of 5.

Please...please, please, help us get this 1 vote, write to these people how important MLS will be for the future of Portland, and to Major League Soccer. Portland WILL not let MLS down, and it was destiny from the start.

If you need more information of how great MLS will be for Portland, please visit this site:
http://www.mlstoportland.com/
Timbers Army & Section 8 Chicago: "America's finest united against the boring mass."

#4 FIRExNECK

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 10:50 PM

Almost done.

I made sure to mention the skatepark system in PDX, so they dont just think I am copying and pasting some petition!

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#5 m311ton

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 12:14 AM

Best of luck. I really do hope you guys get it.

#6 Charolastra

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 06:58 PM

Section 8

MLS2PDX is on the final push for our bid for a yes vote, word around the campfire is that we have a good chance for this to happen, but where not letting the gas off the pedal, this is going to be our last stand on Wednesday when the city council votes. I ask of you all to please take a moment and write a few lines to city hall and help us make this happen. We still need your help!
Can't wait to meet you next July when you guys make it here and we storm that giant sh*t hole up north and humiliate the flounders yet again.
WE ARE RED WE ARE GREEN AND SH*TTLE IS IN BETWEEN.

#7 Es Brennt

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 09:37 PM

SH*TTLE

That reeks of Crew fans West. :)+
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#8 chileno18

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 04:23 PM

DONE.
I just emailed all 4 counselors.

i REALLY wish u guys get it! Good luck Portland/TA!


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#9 BenBurton

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 04:37 PM

When do I get to start the hate?

#10 Saeyddthe

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 10:13 PM

July 26th.

#11 BenBurton

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 10:29 PM

July 26th.


The anniversary of my grandfather's death. Sweet!

#12 Charolastra

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 03:24 PM

I would like to thank every one of you that helped us in this, City Council aproved it, but whre still 15M in the hole, but things look good. you guys are effing solid, thanks again from everybody in the Timbers Army.
ROSE CITY 'TILL I DIE

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 03:39 PM

I just noticed your screen name, awesome! I love that movie.
"Dave Checketts and SCP Worldwide partners Dean Howes, Kenneth Munoz, Michael McCarthy and Chris Bevilacqua, chose Real Salt Lake for the team's name because they desired to associate the team with a successful soccer club, and "Fire" was already taken."

#14 Charolastra

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 01:55 AM

Thanks for all the support, tomorrow is our day, can wait til 2011. And July.




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#15 Krasny

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 12:31 PM

i'm watching the tv announcement and did they have to put fans on the stage? just seems corny.

whatever, better than seattle.




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