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Porland City Council Members Balk at $150,000 Bill
"A big dose of skepticism has temporarily grounded the nation's biggest Y2K trial balloon.
Mayor Vera Katz and other Portland city officials are scrambling to keep alive an ambitious proposal to organize the city's 200,000 households in preparation for the Year 2000 computer problem.
"We should ask ourselves why the city of Portland is doing this while 200 other cities in this state aren't," Commissioner Charlie Hales said Tuesday during an informal City Council work session on Y2K preparedness.
I think he has it backwards
Hales and Commissioner Erik Sten, unlike Katz, said their constituents weren't bombarding them with anxious questions about the impending arrival of 2000. They both questioned whether the city needed to pour resources -- initially estimated at as much as $150,000 -- into preparing for a disaster that many, including the mayor, say they believe won't occur.
"There's going to be a serious food shortage," Hales joked, "of potato chips and champagne." . . . ."
yes but no shortage of idiotic unfounded wishful thinking...yet
-- a (email@example.com), February 26, 1999
A thread has already been started on this. I think it's about 20 threads before this one. You might be interested in the responses posted there.
-- Anon (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 26, 1999.
$150,000 sounds like a small price to pay.
-- Deborah (email@example.com), February 27, 1999.