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Portland, OR

Standard Insurance Company - Class Action Lawsuit

I used to work for Standard. I am not defending them in any way but I think one of the huge problems with that company is the Peter Principle. That's the one where a person rises to the top of their level of their incompetency. I saw that all over the Standard as the people in charge took over from those who knew what they were doing were replaced by those who got there by means of politicking and chronism and just knowing how to play the game. IMHO, Ness is a perfect example of this as well as the rest of the others on top of the heap today. He knew no more how to rum a major insurance company than my cat. And I think she could have done a better job. They do not know insurance. They do not know the laws. They pile on layer after layer of highly paid upper management while the lower paid peons do the grunt work with antiquated equipment that went out with the 20th century. Many middle management people have no idea what their jobs are. The sit there all day making up flow charts and computer models going nowhere. Salespeople sell products that can't possibly get off the ground but they are not lying, they simply don't know they are selling items that don't exist. Ness claims the company looses money to the high volume of claims. Not true. It's due to things like clients cancelling million dollar contracts even before they begin because Standard can't even get them off the ground. I wasn't supposed to see this when I was there but I did. The Standard solution is to lay off more employees which they did. 100 this month. Many long timers. All any one can do is discourage their company from buying into their product.  (Jun 16, 2013 | post #18)

Portland, OR

Obama-Marriage - Portland, OR

I am all for state recognition of same sex marriage but it will not make a huge difference until it is recognized on the federal level. There is still the issue of being allowed to file federal income tax, social secruity spousal benefits, FMLA, and a host of other items married people are allowed on the Federal level that allowing same sex marriage on the state level will not.  (Sep 13, 2012 | post #57)

Portland, OR

how you hate oregon; let you count the ways

What I hate most about Portland is the changes taking place that cater to the elite population moving here. Take TriMet as an example. What was once a public transportation system that was for all people traveling all hours of the day to serve as many people as possible is now a system catering only to commuters and those who take it to expensive entertainment events who pat themselves on the back and brag they took the bus or MAX so they didn't have to waste the gas in their Suburus. But the schedules and bus routes needed by the people going to doctor appointments or the grocery stores or to help out shut ins or the elderly during the off hours don't run very often any longer if at all. They have been replaced by nice, bright shiny light rail trains that impress clueless outsiders from other cities who believe that Portland has one of the top public transportation systems in the country. And they don't run all that often either when they are not breaking down or slowing down due to the heat. More and more the yuppies move in and push the lower middle class and the poor farther and farther out of the city. They stack them up in inadequate housing. I can count four neighborhoods where new so-called "affordable housing" is being built where too many units will be housing low income people where there is poor and in some cases no bus service. Even those who can afford cars will not have a parking places in these buildings causing the streets to be overcrowded. The neighborhoods will be overcrowded. People will be squeezed in like sardines. There have been neighborhood meetings of the present residents and small business owners to try and talk to the city representatives to no avail. The greedy builders just laugh at them. There are no city ordinances to protect these neighborhoods or the people who will be shoved into these tiny overcrowded buildings. Ever heard of Cabrini Green in Chicago? Like in the TV show of the 70's "Good Times." These are mini Cabrini Greens of Portland on a smaller scale. But Chicago had the good sense to tear them down. People think of Chicago as gangster ridden and corrupt. I am originally from Chicago. I can tell you Portland is more corrupt. When it comes to protecting its citizens, unless you are a yuppie with lots of money and a street address indicating a weathly zip code, in Portland you are screwed. It's not just the street people. It's you and me and all the regular people just working hard and trying to survive in this town.  (Aug 22, 2012 | post #1975)

Portland, OR

how you hate oregon; let you count the ways

Looks like you ran too since you are in Seattle. I am leaving the state of Oregon after 34 years mainly because I can no longer afford to live here. I am a Senior Citizen living on savings and those are going less and less farther in the ever increasing COL here. That's the simple truth. I don't fit in with your liberal-progressiv e views. I am moving to a place that better suits me. It's a large country. It's a citizen's right to live wherever he or she chooses to live. I would think your liberal beliefs would recognize that freedon.  (Jun 20, 2012 | post #1807)

Portland, OR

how you hate oregon; let you count the ways

orkin-33. I never mentioned Californians. I never said they cared. My problem is the changes that have been so drastically made in Oregon, Portland specifically are more than I want to life with. I don't really care who caused them. I'm going to quote from another forum that sums it up for me. "Portland's transformation from a gritty but highly livable middle-class town to a fad-obsessed theme park...." has ruined the city for me. I don't care who did it, how it happened or why. I'm out of here asap.  (Jun 13, 2012 | post #1800)

Portland, OR

Who is the worst Thief in America

I would like to see local companies cancel their business with Standard. It just bugs me that while Standard brags about being a local Oregon company, they take jobs away from local people by outsourcing and laying people off while "consolidatin g" departments. Their HR deparmtent was also partially dismantled and much of the services they perfromed inhouse have been contracted out. They squeeze out employees who have worked there for many years probably because they can pay new employees less. And these older, loyal employees are usually in their fifties without much hope of getting new jobs in today's competitive marekt. I think if the policy holders knew this and how antiquated and unreliable the computer systems Standard uses are they would stop doing business with Standard. I don't think though that Eric Parsons should be on the candidate list. He was a pretty good guy. He was a fair leader as far as I could see. A lot of the special perks and rewards he instigated for employees' good work and other employee perks were gotten rid of when Ness took over. My worst person though would be Jeffery Grayson of Capital Consultants. He stole union thousands of members' 401k's and pensions. My 401k included from 12 years on another job. He's dead now, may he rot in Hell, but I think he was the worst person in Portland when he was breathing. But I am going to vote for Ness on this thread.  (Jun 9, 2012 | post #179)

Portland, OR

how you hate oregon; let you count the ways

Do you mind if I put my two cents in on this? I think a lot people very young people see TV shows like "Portlandia " and think it's real. They are sure that they will come here and be greeted by others of that kind and be immediately taken care of. Others are nothing more than sheeple who follow the crowd who ordained Portland as the "progressive " and "cool" place to be. The Crunchy Granola set. With money. Your example of the lady whose care was stolen is a good example of this. So many of the people moving here today are just phonies who haven't an independent thought in their heads. I young neighbor from the Midwest where it is warm an sunny now complained about Portland's cold weather to me. Hey! This is Portland. Not Nirvana. Summer doesn't come until July. That's fine with me but those who move here just take it for granted the weather along with everything else will be what they want it to be.  (Jun 9, 2012 | post #1791)

Portland, OR

how you hate oregon; let you count the ways

I visited St Pete once and thought it was a nice city. It was too humid for me and I don't like the sun. Portland weather suits me fine but that's about all in this city that does. It's interesting you should say you may move outside of Portland. A few people I know have done just that. They were long time residents of Portland too but Portland had become too expensive for them and they also didn't like the crowd who are "taking over" the city. I considered that but I think I want a totally different environment now. And besides, my Cleveland friends are really pressuring me to move there. I remember how unfriendly people were when I first moved to Portland from Chicago back in the late 70's. The people I worked with, mostly native Oregonians, were so hostile. Now most of my friends are native Oregnians who accept me because of my long stay here and because they really don't like the new yuppie types who are moving here. So I wouldn't want to move to another place where I had the abuse like I received when I first moved to Portland and I know in Cleveland I have friends.  (Jun 7, 2012 | post #1785)

Portland, OR

how you hate oregon; let you count the ways

I am curious about something. Since I plan to do this I wonder how many others here plan to leave Oregon sometime in the future? I don't want to live in a place I don't like but moving is expensive. I have a plan and have been saving up to move as soon as I can. 34 years for me here is enough. Of course, I have to say that many of those were good years but in this present decade not so much. When I tell people I am planning to move from "Paradise " they are shocked. When I tell them where I plan to move, they are even more surprised because I plan to move to Clevland OH. For me, Cleveland is so much better than Portland. The COL is lower, there is pretty good public transportation, it has museums, libraries, a MLB team, top rate clinics, beautiful parks, The Rock 'N Roll Hall of fame and some good friends of mine. So the weather is crappy. I don't really mind having lived in Chicago for the first part of my life I can deal with it. Cleveland reminds me of a reverse Portland; Clevelanders apologize for their city and are humble. Portlanders are over-smug and brag about their city as if it were the greatest place on earth. Neither deserves their reputation. Moving is expensive though and that's the only thing keeping me in Portland. But as soon as I have enough to get the Hell out of Dodge, I am done with this place. Why live in a place that's so nasty if you don't have to?  (Jun 5, 2012 | post #1779)

Portland, OR

how you hate oregon; let you count the ways

It is interesting to follow people who moved to Portland and then see how they are doing a year later. On the Portland forum of another website, there are about three or four people who were so happy and enthusiastic about relocating about a year ago who are now posting about how disappointed they are. The complaints are the same, no jobs or the jobs they relocated with do not pay enough for them to be able to afford even the necessities;very high prices not only in housing but in groceries, gas, water and any thing else you can think of. And for some how awful the schools are. These were people who before they came to Portland didn't believe when others told them how bad the economy was here. Their standard replies were "But jobs are hard to come by everywhere!" No, people would tell them, there are still a few places in this country where one can get a job that will pay enough for them to live on. And other places where jobs are scarce don't have the insane competition for the few that are available. One thread complains "People are so unfriendly here, I can't get to know my neighbors!" Well, Portland tends to be aloof and standoffish. You really have to seek out those who would be friends but it often takes time. "The public transportation system isn't what I was told it would be! I can't get from here to there!" Yes unless you are going downtown and live along a major bus route that isn't being cut back or a MAX station. If you want to depend upon it for anything else, it will be difficult unless you are living in an expensive area like downtown or the Pearl. And even if you live on a good busline now, you can depend upon the fact that service will be cut back or the route completly eliminated with each MAX line that appears even if it goes no where near your neighborhood. These are actual comments from people who thought Portland was going to be Nirvana. The believed the hype they saw in the Media rather than the information people tried to give them before they moved here. I am not saying Portland is a horrible place. But it is not the wonderland so many dream of. And it is more and more a place for the more affluent who can afford it. I just wish those who think it will be their "dream location" as many potential relocaters call it, would open their eyes to the real facts.  (Jun 4, 2012 | post #1766)

Portland, OR

how you hate oregon; let you count the ways

Well, Mickey you make some good points too but it started long before Obama. I would say that the changes began in the 90's and went downhill from tnere. "Go-nowhere state" is a good description of Oregon.  (Jun 2, 2012 | post #1756)

Portland, OR

how you hate oregon; let you count the ways

The sad thing for me is that Portland which is where I live now, is so completely different from the Portland I moved to about 35 years ago. There were few yuppies, hipsters and people desperate to be known as cool. But the city was cool back then because it was natural and the people were not trying to prove something or keep up with other cities in their "coolness. " I think of Portland in those days as a kind of "Northern Exposure" type town for those of you have have seen that TV show. Now it's just another place for people who have no original thought or imagination other than to follow the crowd. As Portland becomes more and more unaffordable to the average person, it will become more and more like a stereotype of a generation of people so committed to nonconformity as conformity they will be the dullest people on earth.  (Jun 1, 2012 | post #1753)

Portland, OR

how you hate oregon; let you count the ways

Trust me you are not alone. Many come here thinking it's Nirvana only to find the exact opposite. You were wise to come with savings because many don't. And some who do wind up going through their savings before finding a job that will pay enough to support them. People here have been called "passive agressive" and I think what happened to you at your former workplace is a perfect example of that. No one had the guts to tell you to your face that something was wrong. They just wanted to sweep everything under the table to avoid getting involved in a conflict. I hope you find a new job soon.  (May 31, 2012 | post #1749)

Portland, OR

how you hate oregon; let you count the ways

In Oregon and a lot on the West Coast, wealth does not automatically equal Republican. I believe much of the wealth is held by young "crunchy granola" types in the area you are talking about. You know, the ones who are in the more uncommon areas of high tech and who earn a lot of money. They drive a Prius, shop at famer's markets and Whole Foods and have expensive bicycles. They moved here because they heard that Oregon was a liberal state. They want to be in the Valley because it's green and pretty and so forth. They identify with liberal beliefs to be hip and cool because being Republican is like being old school to them. The lesser well off people are also going to vote Democrat because they feel more comfortable with it. So with the combination you have a predominately Democractic population.  (May 31, 2012 | post #1748)

Portland, OR

Greg Ness belongs in

The outsourcing really bugs me. Standard makes such a big deal about pushing its employees into doing volunteer work and to contribute to charities when they steal jobs and send them overseas. Maybe they never heard the old saying "charity begins at home." What hypocrites.  (May 30, 2012 | post #26)