When will they ever learn? The PERS Coalition has had a dreadful record of inserting themselves in legal proceedings at exactly the wrong time. I have no idea which genius decided to *not* intervene in the original legal proceedings between PERS and the Oregonian and the Statesman-Journal. By taking the "high road" in that case, the parties reached a settlement (does that sound achingly familiar?) that permitted the newspapers to have somewhat free reign over the lives of PERS retirees. So, at the last minute (relative to the length of this case), the PERS Coalition pulls a goal-line stand to enjoin PERS from releasing the information (today) to the newspapers. And the legal response? Too late. You don't have any standing. You could have had standing, but you sat on your hands while the real action was taking place. Too bad, so sad, way too late.
Argh is all I am capable of saying at this point. The Coalition has been defeated again by its own poor sense of timing. Rhetorical question: does PERS ever switch sides in litigation? Does it rain in Oregon? Does this "lack of standing" have a familiar ring? It does to me.
So, when you wake up one of these mornings with your name plastered across one of the newspapers or find your name in some whipped up database, you can blame both the PERS Coalition and Attorney General John Kroger, and for good behavior, you can add PERS itself to the list of people selling us out right, left, and center. The whip has come down again, and we are again the whipping people. How fun.