July 22nd, 2010 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

BikePortland Reports Trouble For a Best of Portland Honoree

TriMet bus

Here's an update, as first reported today by BikePortland, on Dan Christensen, who was among the honorees in this week's Best of Portland as "Best Bet Against Sam Adams in a Municipal Twitter Smackdown":

TriMet placed Christensen on administrative leave today after Christensen wrote a piece on his blog with the headline, "PORTLAND! KILL THIS BICYCLIST!" BikePortland reports in this piece that Christensen removed the post from his blog but that TriMet has placed him on leave and is referring the incident to police and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

Here's the writeup we had in Best of Portland on Christensen:
What do shaved heads, shootings, organic firearms, whales and blind spots have in common? The newest Wes Anderson film, you automatically postulate? Nay, these are just a few topics of the 3,400-plus Twitter posts (“tweets,” if you're hip to it) showered on the world by Portland's Twitterific TriMet bus driver, Dan Christensen (twitter.com/Dan_Christensen). A former history teacher, the collective chauffeur of our city's carless thinkers and drinkers has amassed an impressive following of more than 18,000 folks—that's only about 7,000 less than Portland's own tweeting mayor, Sam Adams (and more than Willamette Week, The Portland Mercury, the Portland Tribune and Bike Portland combined). What a Twitter smackdown would look like is beyond us, but our money—that tiny sum left over after that darned Internet got so popular—is on Christensen.

Meantime, add this incident to the already contentious relationship between TriMet and its union.
 
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