|Experts: NKorea lacks ability, intent to attack US planesKOIN / 2 h. 5 min. ago more|
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Military analysts say North Korea doesn’t have either the capability or the intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country’s top diplomat saying it has every right do so.
They view the remark by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and a recent propaganda video simulating such an attack as tit-for-tat responses to fiery rhetoric by U.S. President Donald Trump and his hardening stance against the North’s nuclear weapons program.
By highlighting the possibility of a potential military clash on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea may be trying to create a distraction as it works behind the scenes to advance its nuclear weapons development, said Du Hyeogn Cha, a visiting scholar at Seoul’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Another possibility is that North Korea is trying to win space to save face as it contemplates whether to de-escalate its standoff with Washington, he said Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters before leaving a U.N. meeting in New York, Ri said Trump had “declared war” on his country by tweeting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer.” Ri said North Korea has “every right” to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. strategic bombers, even when they’re not in North Korean airspace.
The U.S. frequently sends advanced warplanes to the Korean Peninsula for patrols or drills during times of animosity. Last weekend, U.S. bombers and fighter escorts flew in international airspace east of North Korea to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea that they have in this century, according to the Pentagon.
Hours after the flights Sunday, a North Korean government propaganda website posted a video portraying U.S. warplanes and an aircraft carrier being destroyed by attacks. The video on DPRK Today, which was patched together from photos and crude computer-generated animation, also included footage of North Korean solid-fuel missiles being fired from land mobile launchers and a submarine. The North was clearly trying to claim it has the ability to conduct retaliatory strikes against U.S. attacks, said Hong Min, an analyst at Seoul’s Korea Institute for National Unification.
Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official and current senior analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy, said it’s highly unlikely North Korea has the real-world capability to match Ri’s words. North Korea’s aging MiG fighters won’t stance a chance against much more powerful U.S. fighters escorting long-range bombers. And while North Korea touted in May that it’s ready to deploy new surface-to-air missiles that analysts say could potentially hit targets as far as 150 kilometers (93 miles) away, it’s questionable how much of a threat the unproven system could pose to U.S. aircraft operating far off the country’s coast, Moon said.
It’s also unclear whether North Korea would be able to even see the advanced U.S. warplanes when they come. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers in a closed-door briefing on Tuesday that the North’s inadequate radar systems failed to detect the B-1B bombers as they flew east of North Korea.
The last time North Korea fired on a U.S. aircraft was in 1994 when it shot down a U.S. Army helicopter around the heavily armed inter-Korean border, killing one of the pilots and capturing the other. The surviving pilot said after his release he was pressured by North Korean officials to confess that the helicopter had crossed into North Korea. In 1969, a North Korean fighter jet shot down an unarmed U.S. reconnaissance plane and killed all 31 crewmembers on board.
It’s highly unlikely North Korea would attempt a similar attack now, experts say. Amid tension created by the North’s nuclear weapons tests and threat to detonate a thermonuclear missile over the Pacific Ocean, such an attack would pretty much guarantee retaliation from the United States that could lead to war, Cha said.
“The most obvious reason Ri made those comments was because North Korea simply can’t tolerate such high-profile insults to its supreme leadership,” Cha said. It’s also possible that the North is trying to fan concerns about a potential military clash in the region now so that it can win room to save face later when it tries to de-escalate, he said.
“If Kim Jong Un ever offers a moratorium on his missile tests or makes whatever other compromise, he could say made a big-picture decision to reduce military tension in the Korean Peninsula,” Cha said. He said Ri’s comments also allow China and Russian to restate their calls for a “dual suspension” of North Korean weapons tests and displays of military capability by the U.S. and South Korea.
The Trump administration’s stance on North Korea has been hardening in recent months as the North has been stepping up the aggressiveness of its nuclear and missile tests. It conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, which it said was a thermonuclear weapon built for intercontinental ballistic missiles. It tested two ICBMs in July, displaying their potential ability to reach deep into the continental United States. North Korea has also fired two powerful midrange missiles over Japan in recent weeks.
Trump in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly last week said the United States would “totally destroy” North Korea if provoked, which prompted Kim to pledge to take the “highest-level” action against the United States. Ri then said North Korea might conduct the “most powerful” atmospheric hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean, but added that no one knew what Kim would decide.Filed under: International
|Hurricane Maria weakens as it moves north in AtlanticKOIN / 2 h. 55 min. ago more|
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Maria has weakened slightly as it moves northward in the Atlantic off the coast of the Carolinas.
Maria’s maximum sustained winds Tuesday morning are near 75 mph (120 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Maria is expected to keep gradually weakening and is forecast to become a tropical storm Tuesday night or Wednesday.
The storm is centered about 210 miles (340 kilometers) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and is moving north at 7 mph (11 kph).
A tropical storm warning is in effect for a swath of the North Carolina coast from Bogue Inlet to the Virginia border.Filed under: National
|Trump looms large in Alabama Senate raceKOIN / 3 h. 55 min. ago more|
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Sen. Luther Strange and firebrand jurist Roy Moore face off in Alabama’s U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday in a race that will reverberate through the Republican Party and has pitted President Donald Trump against his former strategist, Steve Bannon.
Trailing in the polls, Strange has looked to the White House to help make up ground against Moore, who is best known for defiant stands against gay marriage and for the public display of the Ten Commandments. Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Strange in Birmingham, Alabama, while Bannon, speaking at a Moore rally, argued Moore is a better fit for Trump’s “populist” movement.
“All of Washington is watching to see what Alabama does,” Moore said at a south Alabama rally attended by Bannon, Brexit leader Nigel Farage, and “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson.
Wearing a white cowboy hat and leather vest at a Monday night rally, Moore repeated the conservative Christian themes he has used his entire public career. He also lashed out at attack ads run against him in the race, including one suggesting he was weak on gun rights. “I believe in the Second Amendment,” Moore said as he pulled a handgun from his pocket.
A super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has pumped millions of dollars into the Alabama race on behalf of Strange. “Mitch McConnell needs to be replaced and your vote tomorrow may determine that,” Moore said in a line that garnered some of his loudest applause of the night.
Bannon told the crowd that Alabama can show the world “that this populist, nationalist, conservative movement is on the rise.”
Propelled by his support from evangelical voters, Moore led Strange by about 25,000 votes in the crowded August primary and runoff polls have shown him leading, or in a dead heat with, Strange.
Trump on Monday continued his push for Strange. Speaking to several hundred supporters at an airplane hangar in Birmingham, Pence said Strange had been a “real friend” to the Trump administration.
“I’m here tonight to say I stand with Luther. I stand with President Donald Trump — and I will always stand for our national anthem,” Pence said in a nod to Trump’s criticisms of athletes who kneel in protest during the national anthem.
Trump called into a popular Alabama radio show on Monday morning to urge Republicans to pick Strange.
“Luther Strange is going to be a great senator. He already has, and he has already helped me,” Trump said on the “Rick & Bubba” radio show. Trump predicted that Moore, whom he mistakenly called “Ray,” would have a “hard time” in the December election against Doug Jones. A Democrat, Jones is a lawyer and former U.S. attorney during the Clinton administration.
“Tomorrow, there’s a lot on the line,” Strange said, speaking in front of a large American flag in the rally with Pence. “For the vice president and the president of the United States to come here on my behalf means more than I can possibly say.”
In addition to the national backdrop, a number of state factors are at play in the race to fill the remainder of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate term. Moore’s loyal following is able to pack a greater punch in the low-turnout special election. Strange also has been dogged by criticisms for accepting the interim Senate appointment from a scandal-battered governor when Strange’s office was in charge of public corruption investigations.
Walking into the humid hangar to hear Pence, 57-year-old Randy Beasley of Springville said he had been undecided in the race but was swayed to vote for Strange because of his backing from the National Rifle Association. Beasley said he also had concerns that the twice-ousted chief justice “might have more of a negative image for the state.”
Although Trump has endorsed Strange, many in the crowd at the Moore rally wore Trump T-shirts or “Make America Great Again” hats.
Chu Green, 71, of Mobile said she arrived five hours early to snag a front row spot just feet from the speaker’s microphone. She held up a sign reading: “Mr. President and Mr. V.P. I love you but you are wrong! America needs Judge Moore.”
“It’s how I feel in my heart,” Green said. “I think (Trump) knows he made a mistake. He had an obligation to Strange.”Filed under: National
|Oregon Dome Team pursues NFL stadium - Portland TribuneGoogle News / 4 h. 43 min. ago more|
Portland TribuneOregon Dome Team pursues NFL stadiumPortland TribuneThe Oregon Dome Team, led by U.S. Bancorp Chairman Roger Breezley and Portland attorney Ted Runstein, wants to pre-sell seats in a proposed covered stadium to raise money for a 1991 ballot campaign that would finance construction of a football ...and more »
|Top Multnomah county manager, Joanne Fuller, retires abruptlyPortland Tribune / 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
Fuller was under scrutiny over Tricia Tillman's controversial ouster and $165,000 settlementThis article has been updated to include Joanne Fuller's retirement. A longtime top Multnomah County manager, Joann Fuller, retired abruptly Monday following the controversial ouster of public health director Tricia Tillman. Tillman last week was given a settlement worth ...
|Conflicts of interest snag central city planPortland Tribune / 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
Commissioner Amada Fritz wants review of allowable height increases on properties where conflicts were not declared by advisory committee membersCommissioner Amanda Fritz wants to review some of the preliminary decisions to increase the maximum allowable heights for new construction projects in certain downtown locations in the proposed update of the ...
|City Hall Watch: Salmon restoration projects celebratedPortland Tribune / 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
Also, the fire threat to the Bull Run Watershed is over and a new playground at Lents Park opensOn Wednesday the City Council proclaimed Sept. 24 to be Portland's first "Salmon in Our City Day," declared Crystal Springs Creek to be the city's first Salmon Sanctuary, and awarded a $5,000 ...
|SPEED SKILLSPortland Tribune / 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
BY PAUL DANZER/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/Mattocks' potential starts to surface in Portland Timbers winFits and starts. Darren Mattocks lurks along an opponent's backline, waiting for that instant when he can dash forward for a scoring chance — which he did multiple times during Sunday's Portland Timbers win over Orlando City. Fits and ...
|Parsons' conundrumPortland Tribune / 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
BY PAUL DANZER/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/Thorns have interesting matchup Saturday when they finish NWSL regular season against Chicago Red StarsMark Parsons and the Portland Thorns face an interesting challenge on Saturday. With nothing to gain or lose, the Thorns entertain Chicago to close out the National Women's Soccer League regular season. The ...
|Taggart puts Ducks on auto-correctPortland Tribune / 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
BY JASON VONDERSMITH/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/UO confident it'll bounce back to do battle with BearsA year ago, one loss turned into two and then into five consecutive and finally to eight over the final 10 games. The 2017 Oregon Ducks are going to try hard to prevent a repeat of the 2016 ...
|Main eventsPortland Tribune / 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
The Portland Tribune's comprehensive breakdown of games and happenings for Sept. 26-27Tuesday, Sept. 26 Mariners: Seattle at Oakland, 7 p.m. Prep boys soccer: Faith Bible at Columbia Christian, 4:15 p.m. ... Franklin at Cleveland, 5 p.m. ... Westside Christian at Catlin Gabel, 6 p.m. ... Lincoln at Madison, Roosevelt at ...
|TV, radioPortland Tribune / 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
The Portland Tribune's comprehensive breakdown of games and happenings on the air locally on Sept. 26-27Tuesday, Sept. 26 Mariners: Seattle at Oakland, 7 p.m., Root Sports NW, KUFO (970 AM) WNBA: Los Angeles at Minnesota, 5 p.m., finals Game 2 (best of five), ESPN2 NHL exhibition: N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, ...
|Oregon Dome Team pursues NFL stadiumPortland Tribune / 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
OREGON SPORTS HISTORY/OGA plans new course; Musburger makes return to Eugene; Lomax on ESPNSept. 26-27, 1990 The Oregon Dome Team, led by U.S. Bancorp Chairman Roger Breezley and Portland attorney Ted Runstein, wants to pre-sell seats in a proposed covered stadium to raise money for a 1991 ballot campaign that ...
|Local Portlander looks for love on MTV showPortland Tribune / 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
Lents neighborhood native and David Douglas graduate Joe Torgerson goes to New Orleans for 'Are You the One?' For those not yet worn out on network reality television, what with all of its high-pitched bleeps censoring swear words, catch local 20-something Joe Torgerson on MTV's "Are You the One?" The ...
|Is Portland's neighborhood association system broken?Portland Tribune / 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
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|September 2017 – Mid-county Oregon Lottery results for JulyMid-county Memo / 5 h. 30 min. ago more|
This chart shows lottery sales and commissions by area businesses for July 2017. Businesses not offering video lottery games are not included. The three highest-grossing retailers in our area were Dotty’s—Mall 205, Dotty’s—San Rafael and Lucky Spot on Southeast Stark Street. (you can download a copy here: Sept2017_lottery)
The original post is titled September 2017 – Mid-county Oregon Lottery results for July , and it came from Mid-county Memo .
|Wm. Paul Young, Author of "The Shack," C. Baxter Kruger and John...Portland News / 6 h. 6 min. ago more|
Whitworth University's Office of Church Engagement welcomes Wm. Paul Young, author and producer of "The Shack," along with C. Baxter Kruger, director of Perichoresis, and John MacMurray, founder of the Northwest School of Theology, for a lecture on Thursday, Sept.
|2 West Nile infections hit Washington state, first this yearKOIN / 6 h. 15 min. ago more|
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane Regional Health District states that Washington state has its first two cases of West Nile virus this year.
The Spokesman-Review reported (http://bit.ly/2xHLKob ) Monday that two men are believed to have contracted the virus in Spokane County.
One man, who’s in his 60s, remained in a hospital Monday receiving treatment for the virus, and the other, who’s in his 50s, was recovering at home after a brief hospitalization.
The health district states a third Spokane County resident likely contracted the virus in a different state and was also recovering.
West Nile virus was first detected in Washington in 2006. Last year, the state saw nine confirmed human infections, one of which killed a Benton County woman who was in her 70s.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.comFiled under: AP Washington
|In Ivanka’s China, business ties shrouded in secrecyKOIN / 7 h. 29 min. ago more|
SHANGHAI (AP) — It is no secret that the bulk of Ivanka Trump’s merchandise comes from China. But just which Chinese companies manufacture and export her handbags, shoes and clothes is more secret than ever, an Associated Press investigation has found.
In the months since she took her White House role, public information about the companies importing Ivanka Trump goods to the U.S. has become harder to find. Information that once routinely appeared in private trade tracking data has vanished, leaving the identities of companies involved in 90 percent of shipments unknown. Even less is known about her manufacturers. Trump’s brand, which is still owned by the first daughter and presidential adviser, declined to disclose the information.
Ivanka Trump listens during a 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report ceremony at the State Department, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The deepening secrecy means it’s unclear who Ivanka Trump’s company is doing business with in China, even as she and her husband, Jared Kushner, have emerged as important conduits for top Chinese officials in Washington. The lack of disclosure makes it difficult to understand whether foreign governments could use business ties with her brand to try to influence the White House — and whether her company stands to profit from foreign government subsidies that can destroy American jobs. Such questions are especially pronounced in China, where state-owned and state-subsidized companies dominate large swaths of commercial activity.
“There should be more transparency, but right now we do not have the legal mechanism to enforce transparency unless Congress requests information through a subpoena,” said Richard Painter, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer for George W. Bush, and is part of a lawsuit against President Donald Trump for alleged constitutional violations. “I don’t know how much money she’s making on this and why it’s worth it. I think it’s putting our trade policy in a very awkward situation.”
An AP review of the records that are available about Ivanka Trump’s supply chain found two potential red flags. In one case, a province in eastern China announced the award of export subsidies to a company that shipped thousands of Ivanka Trump handbags between March 2016 and February of this year, Chinese public records show — a possible violation by China of global fair trade rules, trade experts said.
Graphic shows details of Ivanka Trumpâ€™s brand arrangements with overseas manufacturers; 2c x 8 inches; 96.3 mm x 203 mm;
The AP also found that tons of Ivanka Trump clothing were exported from 2013 to 2015 by a company owned by the Chinese government, according to public records and trade data. It is unclear whether the brand is still working with that company, or other state-owned entities. Her brand has pledged to avoid business with state-owned companies now that she’s a White House adviser, but contends that its supply chains are not its direct responsibility.
Ivanka Trump’s brand doesn’t actually make its products directly. Instead, it contracts with licensees who oversee production of her merchandise. In exchange, those licensees pay the brand royalties. The AP asked Ivanka Trump’s brand for a list of its suppliers. The company declined to disclose them. The clothing, footwear and handbag licensees contacted by AP also declined to reveal source factories.
Abigail Klem, president of IT Operations LLC, which manages Ivanka Trump’s brand, said the company does not contract with foreign state-owned companies or benefit from Chinese government subsidies. However, she acknowledged that its licensees might.
“We license the rights to our brand name to licensing companies that have their own supply chains and distribution networks,” Klem said in an email. “The brand receives royalties on sales to wholesalers and would not benefit if a licensee increased its profit margin by obtaining goods at a lower cost,” she added.
But Michael Stone, chairman of Beanstalk, a global brand licensing agency, said lower production costs for licensees would ultimately benefit Ivanka Trump by freeing up money for marketing or lower retail prices, both of which drive sales.
“It gives her a competitive advantage and an indirect benefit to her financially,” Stone said. “The more successful the licensee is the more successful Ivanka Trump is going to be.”
The AP identified companies that sent Ivanka Trump products to the United States by looking at shipment data maintained by ImportGenius and Panjiva Inc., private companies that independently track global trade. Panjiva’s records show that 85 percent of shipments of her goods to the U.S. this year originated in China and Hong Kong, but beyond that, it’s becoming more difficult to map the brand’s global footprint.
The companies that shipped Ivanka Trump merchandise to the U.S. are listed for just five of 57 shipments logged by Panjiva from the end of March, when she officially became a presidential adviser, through mid-September. Panjiva collects data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which did not immediately release the missing data to AP.
While in many cases the manufacturer ships goods directly, merchandise can also be made by one company and shipped by another trading or consolidation company.
There used to be more visibility. Last year, 27 percent of the companies that exported Ivanka Trump merchandise to the U.S. were identified in Panjiva’s records, and back in 2014 a full 95 percent were named. For two of Ivanka Trump’s licensees — G-III Apparel Group Ltd. and Marc Fisher Footwear — the number of shipments appears to plunge in 2015, likely because they “requested to hide” their shipment activity, according to Panjiva records. Neither company responded to AP’s questions.
The brand declined to comment on the growing murkiness of its supply chain.
Chris Rogers, an analyst at Panjiva, said any company can ask customs authorities to redact its information for any reason. About a quarter of companies request anonymity, he said, but the majority don’t mind disclosing who they’re doing business with.
“A lot of companies have said, ‘yes there might be a commercial disadvantage, but we want to be transparent about our supply chain,’” he explained. “‘Why would we want to cover up the fact that we’re working with this particular company?’”
While ethics lawyers may see disclosure as the best antidote to conflict of interest, many brands see it as a tool to keep supply chains scandal-free. Public outcry over sweatshop conditions and worker suicides prompted companies like Nike Inc. and Apple Inc. to disclose the names and addresses of their manufacturers, and a growing number, including Gap Inc., the H&M Group, New Balance Athletics Inc., Adidas AG and Levi Strauss & Co., publicly identify their suppliers.
Ivanka Trump should do the same, said Allen Adamson, founder and CEO of BrandSimple Consulting. “It’s a missed opportunity to lead by example.”
What shipping records do show is that a company called Zhejiang Tongxiang Foreign Trade Group Co. Ltd., a sprawling conglomerate once majority-owned by the Chinese state, sent at least 30 tons of Ivanka Trump handbags to the U.S. between March 2016 and February.
Zhejiang province’s commerce department said in June 2014 that it would help lower export costs for that same company, along with nine other local enterprises, through a special three-year trade promotion program. Among the measures outlined were export insurance subsidies and funding for online trading platforms and international marketing, as well as special funds earmarked for foreign trade companies with large-scale, fast-growing exports.
The value of the subsidies is unclear, as are details about how the directives were implemented, but using subsidies to reduce the price of exports is considered so destructive to fair trade that the World Trade Organization generally bans the practice. Chinese government subsidies hurt American workers but can lower costs for U.S. companies that import made-in-China merchandise, potentially boosting their profits. President Donald Trump has called companies that benefit from foreign government subsidies “cheaters.”
Melania Trump, left, Ivanka Trump, center, and vice presidential candidate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence wait for the beginning of the first presidential debate between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
The AP spoke with four trade experts in the United States and China who said the Zhejiang measures appeared to violate World Trade Organization rules. “These are clearly export subsidies,” said Gary Hufbauer, a trade expert at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.
Zhejiang province’s Department of Commerce and the Zhejiang Tongxiang Foreign Trade Group declined comment.
The AP also found that from Oct. 2013 to Jan. 2015, Jiangsu High Hope International Group Corp., a conglomerate majority-owned by the Jiangsu provincial government, shipped 45 tons of Ivanka Trump clothing to the U.S., according to records from ImportGenius and Panjiva.
High Hope told AP it had “a small number of business dealings” with Ivanka Trump licensee G-III Apparel, but declined to answer questions about whether the relationship is ongoing.
G-III, which is based in New York City, declined to respond to specific questions but said in a statement that it is “committed to legal compliance and ethical business practices in all of our operations worldwide.” Ivanka Trump licensee Mondani Handbags & Accessories Inc., also headquartered in New York, did not respond to requests for comment.
Ivanka Trump’s brand said it was in the process of reviewing its supply chains with the help of “independent experts whose mission it is to advance human rights” and emphasized that all licensees, manufacturers, subcontractors and suppliers are required to abide by the law, as well as ethical practices set forth in a vendor code of conduct.
The AP asked to see the code of conduct, but the brand declined to share it.Filed under: Business, National, News
|Sports and politics mingle after Trump commentsKOIN / 8 h. 25 min. ago more|
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — What started with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick protesting by taking a knee during the national anthem has become to talk of the nation again after comments President Donald Trump made at rally.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s FIRED!'” he said Friday, September 22, at a rally in Alabama.
After Kaepernick’s initial actions, other players joined him and then a few more. Now after Trump’s remarks, the protests have transcended sports into politics.
Blazers star Damian Lillard at Media Day in Portland, September 25, 2017 (KOIN)
More than 200 NFL players, coaches and even team owners took a knee or locked arms during the anthem at stadiums across the country over the weekend and Monday.
In Portland, Blazers coaches and players addressed the demonstrations and the president’s comments at media day.
“I think it’s sad that with all that’s going on in the world, in the United States, that our president is concerned with football and basketball,” Damian Lillard said. “I think that’s crazy.”
Like many coaches in pro sports, Blazers’ head coach Terry Stotts voiced his support for athletes taking a stand by taking a knee.
“I think they are eloquent in their thoughts, I think it’s about the right things,” Stotts said.
Still some find kneeling during the national anthem disrespectful or at the very least, distracting.
“We have a lot of real problems in the country and whether somebody kneels or stands during the national anthem is not one of our higher priority problems,” said James Buchal with the Multnomah County Republicans.
The Seahawks notably were not present on the field during the national anthem prior to their game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The team released the following statement:
As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continuing to work towards equality and justice for all.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) and center Justin Britt (68) walk to the field with arms linked after the national anthem had been played before an NFL football game between the Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Neither team was present on the field for the playing of the anthem. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Monday night, the Arizona Cardinals stood for the anthem with their arms locked together in solidarity and the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones locked arms with his players, kneeling before the anthem started.
For now, it seems politics and sports are playing out in the same arena.
“I’m happy to see athletes taking a role in I guess politics coming in our direction and I’m more happy that some guys are informed,” Lillard said.Filed under: News, Oregon, Politics, Sports, Top Video
|Wheeler hopes to extend homeless emergency 18 monthsKOIN / 8 h. 59 min. ago more|
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wants to extend the state of emergency for the homeless crisis for another 18 months.
The state of emergency was first introduced in October 2015 by then-Mayor Charlie Hales. It allows shelters to be set up in areas where they otherwise wouldn’t be allowed and speeds up the construction of affordable housing.
Multnomah County point-in-time count for homelessness
Originally it was a one-year idea that was extended for another year last fall. The homeless crisis is ongoing and as of June 2017, there were 1,668 unsheltered people in Portland, 1,752 living in emergency shelters and 757 living in transitional housing.
“It is terrible, you never know who you’re going to run in to,” said Sheri Stutsman, who has been homeless for 11 years. “It is a real struggle.”
Stutsman was forced to pack up and move after the city gave notice that her campsite is illegal.
“You don’t even know where you’re going to sleep most of the time or if you’re going to have another meal,” she said.
Despite the continued issue with homelessness, the mayor’s office insists progress is being made.
“The number of shelter beds since the emergency was first declared has increased from 800 to about 1,600,” Wheeler’s spokesperson Michael Cox said. “We’re getting ready to send down a housing bond that would lead to another 1,300.”
The mayor’s office wants more time to “quantify that progress.”
“Need is outpacing our efforts though but we’ve still helped 2,000 more people a year get off the streets and in to housing,” Denis Theriault with the Joint Office of Homeless Services.
He attributed the problem in part to the growing gap between income and the cost of rent.
“It’s a challenge but we didn’t have homelessness like this 30 years ago and we don’t have to have it years from now either,” Theriault said. “We can end this.”
A homeless woman’s cart in the Montavilla neighborhood. (KOIN)
Filed under: Headlines, Homeless, Local News, Multnomah County, Portland, Top Video
|Teen pleads guilty in North Eugene High photo scandalKOIN / 9 h. 43 min. ago more|
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A teenager who circulated nude photographs of girls at North Eugene High School has avoided a prison sentence but must register as a sex offender.
The Register-Guard reports the teen told the court Monday he knows what he did was wrong and he’ll never do it again.
He pleaded guilty to using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. In addition to registering as a sex offender, the now 18-year-old is banned from contacting underage females during his five years on probation.
The police investigation began in February, after a student told an officer that the teen had shown her nude photos of classmates that he had on an iPod.
A prosecutor said the teen offered marijuana to fellow students in exchange for photos.Filed under: Crime, Headlines, News, Oregon
|The Monday Roundup: LA's future lane capacity, America's worst bus stop and morePortland News / 10 h. 21 min. ago more|
Against stoplights: Amsterdam flipped off the traffic signals at a busy multimodal intersection and saw startlingly good results . "People pay more attention," said one man.
|Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Game bids denied by NBA - OregonLive.comGoogle News / 11 h. 44 min. ago more|
OregonLive.comPortland Trail Blazers All-Star Game bids denied by NBAOregonLive.comThe dreams of an NBA All-Star Game in Portland have been put on hold until at least 2022. "We were told by the league we won't be a finalist for the All-Star bids that were put out for bid," Portland Trail Blazers CEO Chris McGowan said during Monday's ...Blazers forge ahead without AnthonyThe Register-GuardBlazers media day: Everybody loves Caleb Swanigankgw.comall 38 news articles »
|Inclusionary housing halts new proposals in PortlandDJCOregon.com / 12 h. 29 min. ago more|
In the first six months of Portland’s inclusionary housing policy, not a single large multifamily development was submitted for land-use review.
|Want a rifle? Multnomah County GOP raffling oneKOIN / 12 h. 37 min. ago more|
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If you want to own a Smith & Wesson M&P-15 equipped with a vortex strikefire red-dot site, get hold of the Multnomah County Republicans.
The Multnomah County GOP is raffling this rifle on December 4. Of course you have to buy a ticket, be at least 21 and pass a legal background check.
On their website, organizers said this rifle raffle will “help support the Multnomah County Republican Party Defenders of the Second Amendment.”
A call for comment from the Multnomah County Democrats has not been returned at this time.
This kind of raffle tends to generate both controversy and big raffle sales.
|String of car shootings in Canby sparks investigationKOIN / 12 h. 49 min. ago more|
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Detectives in Canby are warning the public to use extreme caution after a string of shootings in recent months.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said detectives are investigating after the latest incident early Monday, September 25. A van was hit by gunfire around 3:20 a.m. near S. Canby-Marquam Highway and S, Barnards Road.
The driver told deputies his passenger window had been broken and they found a bullet fragment in the sun visor on the driver’s side.
The sheriff’s office said this is the fifth car hit by bullets in the past 2 months including one on August 7 near the same intersection. Investigators have been patrolling and interviewing people in that area since and have heard 10 reports of gunfire, but no other cars shot until now.
Detectives don’t have a suspect but are asking anyone with information that may help their investigation to send in a tip by calling 503.723.4949 or online via the tip sheet. Please reference CCSO Case #s 17-20840, 17-20816, 17-19830, and 17-25410.Filed under: Clackamas County, Crime, Headlines, Local News, News
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|Man accused of hitting HTC runner with truck arraignedKOIN / 13 h. 56 min. ago more|
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Hood to Coast runner accused of driving over another runner in a stolen truck was arraigned Monday.
The victim, Cindy Gillespie, and her family were in court too as 36-year-old David Blackmon faced a judge. Gillsespie told KOIN 6 News she was very uncomfortable being in the room with him and her daughters were angry.
“I hope he truly knows the impact he had on our entire family. My nieces and nephews and my sisters and brother,” Brittany Gillespie said.
Columbia County deputies said during the relay, Blackmon stole a pickup truck and ran over Gillespie, who was resting in a sleeping bag in a field. Others were able to get out of the way in time, but Gillespie’s sleeping bag got caught up in the wheel and she was dragged for a short distance.
Read Gillespie’s account of the incident
She didn’t suffer any broken bones, but she has been treated 2-3 times a week for pain in her neck and legs. She also deals with headaches and migraines.
“Look what’s going on with my family,” Gillespies’s daughter, Kate, said. “This is ridiculous. My mom still cannot walk. She’s have a hard time day to day. It’s been a really hard time with our family.”
Blackmon was allegedly drunk when he stole the truck.
Gillespie said she doesn’t think he hit her on purpose, but she doesn’t understand why he would have been drinking.
Cindy Gillespie is still experiencing pain a month after she was hit by a car during the Hood to Coast relay. (KOIN)
“He’s a runner,” Gillespie said. “We’re all out there running, we’re not supposed to be drinking. What compelled him to drink and do what he did, I can’t imagine.”
“I take this matter very seriously,” Blackmon told KOIN 6 News after he faced the judge.
Blackmon also has a history of bad driving and previous convictions for careless driving, speeding and numerous parking offenses. He now faces 7 charges: 2nd-degree assault, reckless driving, reckless endangering, driving with a revoked license, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.
He will appear in court again on October 30.
“I hope he gets help and realizes how serious hat was and that never can possibly happen to anyone again” Gillespie said.
Despite her injuries, Gillespie said she’s planning to run Hood to Coast again next year just like she has for the past 20.
“We’re all signed up for next year,” she said. “We’re going to be back.”
Cindy Gillespie’s daughters (Kate, right, and Brittany) went to court to see the man accused of hitting her with a car at his arraignment on September 25, 2017. (KOIN)Filed under: Crime, Headlines, News, Oregon, Top Video
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|As a Spokane Father Faces Deportation, His Son Wonders If He Will Be NextPortland Mercury / 14 h. 53 min. ago more|
It was 5:30 a.m. when Luís Manuel Salazar-Campaña heard a knock on his car window.
by Ana Sofia Knauf
Luís Salazar-Campaña with sons Isaac, 8; Maximiliano, 9; and Alexander, 13. COURTESY OF FAMILYEditor's note: This piece was originally published in our Seattle-based sister paper, the Stranger. It was 5:30 a.m. when Luís Manuel Salazar-Campaña heard a knock on his car window as he was about to drive to work. A police officer stood outside with his gun drawn. After confirming his identity, Salazar-Campaña was ordered to step out of his car to answer the officer’s questions. The police officer told him his car was reported as stolen. (The Spokane Police Department was unable to locate any incident reports listing Salazar-Campaña as a suspect, according to documents provided to The Stranger.) An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer walked from behind Salazar-Campaña’s car and asked for his legal status. The 39-year-old father of four refused to answer.
That was in April. Salazar-Campaña has been incarcerated at Northwest Detention Center since then. His eldest son, Luís, now worries he could end up there, too.
Luís, 18, is also undocumented, but he is a recipient of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors from deportation and grants them work permits. President Donald Trump announced his plans to end DACA earlier this month.
“I’ve never been to Mexico, but talking to my grandparents and stuff over the phone...it makes me never want to go there,” he said. “It gives me more fear with this DACA thing.”
Trump’s promised immigration crackdown could affect at least 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S. On February 21, the president rescinded Obama-era immigration enforcement priorities and empowered law enforcement officials to arrest anyone suspected of violating immigration law. Although Trump said he would target undocumented people with criminal records for deportation, arrests of those without records more than doubled compared with arrests under Obama.
Now, Luís and his father are just two of the 250,000 undocumented Washingtonians whose futures are in jeopardy. If the Trump administration gets its way, two generations of the Salazar-Campaña family could be displaced.
On September 19, a balding corrections officer escorts Luís and his three brothers, Isaac, Maximiliano, and Alexander, through a winding hallway to a courtroom inside Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center, the largest immigrant jail on the West Coast.
“Remember: You can’t talk to or hug your dad, okay?” the officer says.
The children solemnly nod. With help from Luís’s girlfriend and her mother, the Salazar-Campaña siblings drove across the state from Spokane that morning.
Inside the courtroom, Salazar-Campaña doesn’t turn around as his kids sit feet away. He dabs his eyes with a crumpled tissue and glances up at an overhead TV screen showing video of everyone in the room. On another TV screen, Judge Arwen Swink begins Salazar-Campaña’s hearing remotely from an immigration court in San Francisco, California.
Over the course of his two-hour hearing, Salazar-Campaña presents police reports showing that members of his wife’s family told his parents they had kidnapped him and were requesting ransom. He details how they threatened him at gunpoint and had already attempted to kill him by trying to run him over with their car. He provides Judge Swink with letters and character references from former bosses, his children’s school counselors and Spokane’s City Council president. But none of the pleas or testimony convinces Judge Swink. She denies Salazar-Campaña’s case under the U.S. Convention Against Torture and his request for withholding of removal, which would have allowed him to stay lawfully with a work permit.
Salazar-Campaña is ineligible for asylum because U.S. authorities previously ordered his deportation in 1998. Instead, immigration attorney Andrea Lino of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, made a case for withholding against removal, which requires a higher burden of proof than asylum cases. Salazar-Campaña also attempted to get protection under the U.S. Convention Against Torture.
Asylum-seekers must prove past persecution in their home country or a “well-founded fear” that they would be persecuted their race, faith, nationality, political affiliation, or membership in a particular social group if they returned to their home country. Defendants seeking withholding from removal must prove they “more likely than not” would be persecuted because of their membership one of the same groups. The U.S. Convention Against Torture takes that a step further and requires defendants that they would more than likely be tortured if deported.
Of more than 30,000 Convention Against Torture cases processed across the U.S. in 2015, only 504 cases were granted protection, according to data from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Salazar-Campaña now has until October to make a case to stay in the U.S. by appealing Swink’s ruling to the Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals. If his final appeal is denied, he will be deported back to Mexico.
When Swink announces her ruling, one of Salazar-Campaña’s sons, Alexander begins to cry. Despite attempts to maintain his composure, his father speaks out.
“You would rather separate a family than give an opportunity,” he told the judge.
Under the Obama administration, Salazar-Campaña would not have been considered a removal priority because he does not have a criminal record, has strong family ties in the United States, and has lived in the country for nearly 20 years. (Still, between January and August, Trump deported about 16,000 fewer undocumented immigrants than Obama did during the same period last year, according to the Washington Post.)
When Trump was elected, Salazar-Campaña said he wasn’t worried about deportation because he “heard that he was only going to deport bad men” and criminals.
His wife has not visited him in Tacoma because she is afraid she would be detained, too.
The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. ASK
Salazar-Campaña first arrived to the United States from Mexico to look for work in 1995. After returning to Mexico to marry his high school girlfriend, he returned in 1998. Members of his wife’s family, who were unhappy with their marriage, had threatened to kill him, he noted in court. Salazar-Campaña was arrested at the U.S. border for entering the country illegally and was deported to Tijuana. He crossed the border to California the next day. Months later, his wife, who was also undocumented, joined him with their young son, Luís.
The couple eventually moved to Spokane in 2009. There, Salazar-Campaña and his wife, who requested not to be named for fear of being targeted by ICE, worked as cleaners. He worked three jobs, usually from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., to pay for his eldest son’s community college tuition and provide for their family. Salazar-Campaña was in the process of starting his own business when he was detained.
“I’m working so my children can move forward and be somebody in this life,” he says, “because that’s the education they deserve and that’s what I never had.”
Aside from being separated from his family, Salazar-Campaña now worries that if he is deported back to Mexico, he and his wife won’t be able to afford daily medications for their son, Alexander, 13, who has chronic asthma. Alexander’s medical condition requires daily care and monitoring, he said.
Salazar-Campaña last saw Alexander and his brothers Isaac, 8; Maximiliano, 13; and Luís, 18, in August. Although he was relieved to see his sons after a four-month separation, the visit was painful, he told The Stranger through a translator.
“It was emotional and sad at the same time, because I couldn’t hug them or kiss them,” Salazar-Campaña said. “I couldn’t touch them because they were behind the glass.”
Since he was detained and brought to the Tacoma jail, Salazar-Campaña’s family has struggled to stay afloat. During a recent phone call, his younger sons told them they couldn’t afford clothes or shoes for the new school year.
“That just broke my heart,” he said, crying. “They said I should not be worried because they know that I’m going to come back. They said they don’t want any clothes, just their Papi.”
Luís, Salazar-Campaña’s oldest son, said that if the federal government decides to deport his father, they are effectively “sentencing him to death.”
The morning Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained his father, Luís woke up to his mother sobbing in his bedroom.
“It was that feeling, that pinch in the gut, it sounded almost like someone was dead,” he told The Stranger.
The first time Luís and his brothers visited their father in Tacoma “was the most painful experience I’ve had,” he said.
“The only time [we] get to see him, [we] have to drive across the state,” Luís said. “You have to talk to him through a shitty phone through a scratched window.”
As a DACA recipient, Luís said he didn’t get much support from his community college school counselors while working to become a firefighter. He said he is still uncomfortable sharing his immigration status with most of his friends. Only two close friends, his girlfriend and her family know he is undocumented.
Since his father was detained, Luís said he finds himself questioning the intentions of people he meets.
“It feels like ever since they came for my dad, you’re always skeptical,” he said. “Who’s this car parked close to my house? It’s a paranoia kind of thing.”
Although his mother is still working, Luís has had to get a part-time retail job in addition to working as a seasonal firefighter to help cover the bills. With Trump’s efforts to undo DACA, Luís said he worries about what would happen to his three little brothers, who are U.S. citizens, and his mother if he is deported to Mexico.
“Imagine tearing apart a white family,” he said. “If that were to happen, what would be the reaction of [Trump supporters]? ... When it’s people like us, they don’t even seem to care.”
During a phone call two days after Judge Swink denied his father’s case, Luís sounds emotionally exhausted. Since leaving the courtroom, he and his mother have been working to persuade Salazar-Campaña to appeal the judge’s decision. The details of his dad’s case should have swayed the judge, who seemed to have difficulty issuing her decision, he said.
While driving back to Spokane after the hearing, Luís said he had to explain to his youngest brothers, Isaac and Maximiliano, what had happened in the courtroom. If they understood what being deported could mean for the father, why couldn’t the judge?
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|Review: Marvel Universe Live! at the Moda CenterPortland Mercury / 15 h. 3 min. ago more|
by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey
"Avengers... and a lot of other randos... ASSEMBLE!" Courtesy Marvel Universe Live!
I'll admit that before last year's Marvel Universe Live! show at the Moda Center, my expectations were verrrrrry looooooow. After all, it's from the same company that produces the "Disney on Ice" shows that kids love, but make parents want to claw their eyes out. So yes, I was SHOCKED when I totally loved the debut of Marvel Universe Live!—a cobbled together plot about Marvel superheroes teaming up to fight bad guys with acrobatics, explosions, and dirt bikes. Read that review here.
So how did my expectations hold up for the second installment of this show, called Marvel Universe Live!: Age of Heroes (which played all weekend at the Moda)? Well, this time my expectations before the show were about here (holds hand about six inches above head), but what I got was WAY UP HERE! (Holds hand like about two feet above head!)
In short, the producers of Age of Heroes took everything that was lacking in last year's show, fixed it, and added a lot more of the stuff I loved. The story—while entertainingly ridiculous/hilarious—was a lot more cohesive, and eschewed the boring exposition that bogged down the first go-around. Some legit and funny jokes have been added (largely given to the Guardians of the Galaxy characters), and while there are significantly fewer dirt bikes involved (WHAT), the motorcycle tricks were far more impressive—including a sick dirt bike backflip performed by Spider-Man. (A sentence never before typed in the history of humankind.)
And not to disparage Cirque du Soleil... well, I guess I'm disparaging them, because Age of Heroes had a lot of the same impressive acrobatic verve, but none of the pretentiousness. In fact, among all the explosions, villain fights, special effects, and towering, 10-foot-tall bickering Hulks and Groots, there were some sweet moments and acrobatic displays that were nothing short of beautiful.
In all, Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes is silly, totally entertaining fun for kids and dorks of all ages (me). And, at least thus far, is only getting better with age.
Courtesy Marvel Universe Live!
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|Reel M Inn Bartender/Manager Carey Bolton Is Also Its New OwnerPortland Mercury / 16 h. 34 min. ago more|
And That's Terrific News for Fans of Chicken, Jo-Jos, and Great Neighborhood Bars
by Ned Lannamann
Minh TranThree years ago, Carey Bolton walked into the Reel M Inn to meet a friend for a drink. That drink turned into a bartending gig, then a promotion to manager. And on August 26, 2018, she’s going to own the place.
As first reported by Willamette Week, Bolton is buying the bar from its current owners, Paul Meno and Cathy Myers, having signed all the paperwork on September 7. Bolton has been the Division Street bar’s manager for about six months, and has worked behind the bar at the Reel for three years, following that fateful drink.
“I walked into the Reel to have a drink with a girlfriend and asked the bartender, Kaili, if they were hiring,” Bolton says. “She had been there for years and years and told me that she was moving to the coast, could I start tomorrow? I’ve been there ever since.”
The Reel has become one of the best-loved bars in Southeast Portland, due to its fastidious refusal to change amid the rapid development of Division Street and the disappearance of other neighborhood bars like it. (In 2015, The Daily Meal called it the second best dive bar in America.) It’s also got the best chicken in town; the Reel’s familiar exterior sign announces “Chicken & Jo-Jos,” a beacon for lovers of perfectly fried bird and potato.
Bolton says there will be no immediate changes to the Reel when she takes over next summer. “Maybe a few updates, but nothing major,” she says, offering welcome reassurance to longtime Reel patrons who have heard scuttlebutt about the cozy bar’s possible closure after the building transferred hands earlier this year. The property’s new owner, and the Reel’s new landlord, is Douera LLC, a group led by Chris Briggs and family members. Briggs’ other ventures in Portland include Loyal Legion beer hall (co-run with Kurt Huffman of ChefStable), and he told the Mercury back in June that the very last thing he ever wanted to do was close the Reel, thoroughly debunking all the rumors that were circulating at that time. Briggs also said that there would be something to announce in the coming months—presumably that something has turned out to be the Reel transferring ownership to Bolton.
It’s not just fantastic news for lovers of the Reel M Inn; this is also a pretty wonderful story about an employee becoming owner of the workplace she loves and preemptively protecting it from any lingering possibility of closure. “I started in this industry as a dishwasher at 14 years old and have been in the service industry one way or another, ever since. It has been a dream to own my own place!” Bolton says.
Meno and Myers have owned the Reel just shy of 18 years, and will be retiring following the transfer; their plans had left the fate of the Reel up in the air when the lease expires next year. “I’ll be finishing out Paul’s current lease and then signing a new one,” says Bolton. “A new lease is guaranteed; we are currently working out the terms.”
So maybe it’s not exactly breaking news: the Reel M Inn is sticking around. But if that means things are staying the same, then no news is good news. “The most special thing about the Reel would hands down be the regulars. An incredible group of people,” Bolton says. “There is something about the Reel that makes any and all feel comfortable and welcome when they walk through those doors.”
As for now, she says, “It’s business as usual at the Reel, even if I have a million things to do!”
Further Reading—Reel M Inn: An Oasis in a Desert of Development
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|An interview with Linda Robinson, a stalwart advocate for east Portland parksPortland News / 17 h. 8 min. ago more|
This is the third installment of our Women's Bike Month interview series written by Steph Routh. This content is sponsored by the Community Cycling Center and Gladys Bikes .
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Police say the driver made a U-turn and drove toward the officer. He then drove over a curb and collided with a fence and hot tub before hitting the bumper of an occupied patrol vehicle.
|Does Star Trek: Discovery Justify Signing Up for CBS All Access?Portland Mercury / 17 h. 29 min. ago more|
by Erik Henriksen
So far there's been as much discussion about Star Trek: Discovery's distribution model as there has been about Star Trek: Discovery.
In order to watch anything beyond last night's series premiere, Americans have to subscribe to CBS All Access, the network's attempt to create a streaming service that stands alongside services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, ad infinitum. (In other countries, Netflix subscribers will find Discovery already included in their subscription, since Netflix provided a big chunk of Discovery's budget.) Asking people to pony up for CBS All Access is a tall order, given that other streaming services have stuff that people actually want to watch, while CBS All Access has Discovery and... uh, I guess a lot of episodes of The Big Bang Theory? In case you find the skull-splitting experience of existing in 2017 not painful enough and want to make it even worse?
On one hand, it's a bit unfair that Discovery is inextricably linked to All Access. On the other, it makes perfect sense to talk about them together: I can't think of another time when a new TV show has launched and, after less than an hour, asked viewers to pay for a streaming service they probably don't want in order to continue. Last night's first hour of Discovery not only had to not only kick off a whole new Star Trek series, it also had to convince viewers to buy into CBS All Access.
Did it accomplish the former? Uh, kind of! Mostly!
Did it accomplish the latter? Not a chance.
As Star Trek pilots go, Discovery's is decent enough. That said, we're grading on a curve, since Star Trek pilots are generally pretty lousy. (Hell, the first few seasons of any given Trek are generally pretty lousy.)
But based on its first hour, Discovery is exactly the kind of show that justifies a "wait and see" attitude: It could easily get better, and it could just as easily get worse. Problem is, in order to "wait and see" with Discovery, you'll have to cough up $6 a month—or $10 if you don't want commercials.
Leading up to the oft-delayed Discovery, much of the conversation focused around the departure of showrunner Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies), following both his commitments to American Gods and disagreements with CBS over the direction of Discovery. Fuller's ambitious pitch for Discovery—an allegorical anthology that would span Trek's different eras, pulling in talent like Edgar Wright along the way—was reportedly scrapped by CBS in favor of something decidedly more pedestrian: a darker prequel to the original Star Trek. (If you're thinking we already got one of those, you're right.)
Once you ignore what it could have been, it's easier to determine what Discovery actually is: a thoroughly mixed bag. Sure, there are nits to be picked, the most obvious being that, aesthetically and technologically, everything in Discovery is somehow more advanced than anything in Star Trek: Voyager, despite taking place 115 years prior. But the things that're worrisome about Discovery go deeper than the visuals: There's the fact Discovery is relying on Klingons, yet again, as adversaries. (And yep, these Klingons are just as boring as all the other Klingons.) There's the fact that, aside from leads Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Saru (Doug Jones), all the characters feel intentionally disposable. (The great Michelle Yeoh is, sadly, more or less squandered.) There's the fact that the first episode kicks off on a weird, inventively designed planet with weird, inventively designed aliens, with Yeoh and Martin-Green doing cool stuff—yet ends with an unearned, too-early twist and a rote standoff that already feels familiar.
But there's stuff Discovery has going for it, too: Both Martin-Green and Jones are great, and while the pilot's twists and turns don't necessarily work, they signify a refreshing willingness to experiment and try new angles on an increasingly worn-out franchise. Tonally, Discovery seems to land between the previous TV series and the more recent movies—there's technobabble and diplomacy (however poorly said diplomacy goes), but there's also a whole lot of money thrown at pretty CGI.
So far, though, Discovery doesn't have the charms of either old-school or new-school Trek: Despite the show's title, the fenced-in time period in which it's set automatically eliminates the sense of the unknown that defines the best Trek, while the blockbuster visuals can't make up for its mostly generic protagonists and villains. If there's a criticism of the new Trek movies, it's that they trade philosophical substance for visual style—but those movies also do a fantastic job with their characters, so even when their plots don't make sense, it's still a pleasure to spend time with the cast. In Discovery, you've got the shiny visuals of the new movies, but none of the character charms; you have the TV series' science nerdery, but its grandeur and strangeness are kneecapped by the fact it's a prequel. (And a pretty low-key one at that: Discovery might have a better crafted pilot than other Treks, but the "Eeek! Klingons!" plot feels pretty underwhelming compared to the weirdness of The Next Generation's "Encounter at Farpoint," the ambition of Deep Space Nine's "Emissary," or even Voyager's goofy "Caretaker.")
So yeah. It's got pros and cons—and while that might have been good enough for previous Trek pilots, where viewers' only investment was tuning in every week, the investment level in Discovery is about six to 10 bucks higher.
In 2017, if you're asking viewers to pay more for a TV show—and do so month after month, and juggle another subscription, and another password, and another app—it better be great. I'd love for Discovery to become great, and if it finds firmer footing, it seems like it could. In the meantime, I'm going to wait and see. Hopefully Discovery's first season will hit Netflix at some point. I'm already paying for that.
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|Mayor Ted Wheeler Wants to Extend Portland's Housing State of Emergency by 18 MonthsPortland Mercury / 17 h. 32 min. ago more|
by Dirk VanderHart
Portland's housing state of emergency might get its longest extension to-date, if a proposal Mayor Ted Wheeler is cooking up moves forward.
Tomorrow, Wheeler's office plans to submit an ordinance for council consideration that would push an expiration date for the city's housing emergency status out 18 months, spokesperson Michael Cox says. The ordinance would be taken up next week—in time to keep the emergency declaration going past its slated expiration on October 6.
"We had talked about 12 months. we had talked about 18 months, we had talked about 2 years," Cox said this morning. "This seemed like the best place to land."
The housing emergency, first proposed by Mayor Charlie Hales roughly two years ago, has been used again and again to place temporary homeless shelters in places where Portland's zoning regulations otherwise would make that difficult. For Wheeler, who won office partly on a promise to increase shelter space, that's a crucial point.
But Cox says the mayor is also leery about the heretofore murky definition about what, exactly, constitutes an emergency. As written, he says, the ordinance the mayor plans to file would create a group that would hash out that definition, and criteria for ending the emergency period—all within six months of passage.
"We don't know what the right metrics are," Cox says. "Is it vacancy rates? Is it rent increases? Is it homelessness?"
In fact, City Council has cited all three of those and more in past decisions about the housing emergency. Last year, an ordinance extending the state of emergency until October 6 laid out the city's housing issues in detail. It discussed how housing supply hadn't kept pace with the city's population growth, rent increases of 30 percent over five years, a ballooning homeless population, insufficient affordable housing, and more.
"These combined circumstances are contributing to significant human suffering, creating an immediate need to provide adequate, safe, and habitable shelters for persons experiencing homelessness, and to rapidly increase the supply of permanent affordable housing," the ordinance read.
Wheeler's most high-profile use of the emergency declaration came in April, when his office brokered a last minute-deal that saw well-regarded homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too to move into the Rose Quarter, onto a plot not zoned to automatically allow a mass shelter. (Hales ran into a similar issue when he tried to move the camp into the Central Eastside, and wound up scuttling that plan.) The emergency is also being used to site a 200-bed shelter at a county-owned building in East Portland.
A new plan to create another 200-bed shelter in Old Town would be allowed under the zoning code, officials have said.
The designation has done more than offer officials zoning leeway, though. When Hales called for an emergency declaration in 2015, it also served to center officials' attention on Portland's growing issues. In the time since, the city has developed an inclusionary housing policy that mandates affordable units in many new apartment buildings, passed new renter protections, won voter approval for a $258.4 million housing bond, and more.
Even so, problems persist. The latest "point-in-time" homeless count found Multnomah County's homeless population had risen 10 percent between 2015 and 2017, and stories of rising rents and renter displacement are still common.
It's possible Wheeler's 18-month extension could cause heartburn in City Hall. Last year, when Hales proposed extending the emergency by three years, the rest of city council immediately shot down the idea. A compromise was reached to extend it by one year. (When the emergency was first passed, it was supposed to be reconsidered every six months.) We've reached out to city commissioners' offices for reaction.
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|Dad: Son ‘wouldn’t do anything awful’ to toddlerKOIN / 17 h. 53 min. ago more|
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “I know he wouldn’t do anything awful to that kid.”
Cory Adams, the father of Shalondre Adams, told KOIN 6 News Monday his son wouldn’t hurt a 13-month-old named Dominick, who died Thursday at a home in Gresham.
Shalondre Adams in his first court appearance related to the death of a 13-month-old toddler, September 25, 2017 (KOIN)
Shalondre Adams, 21, was arraigned Monday afternoon and pleaded not guilty in Dominick’s murder. But the court documents are sealed, leaving details of the baby’s death unrevealed at this time.
An autopsy showed Dominick died from a traumatic brain injury and his death was ruled a homicide.
Outside court Monday, Shalondre’s sister, Quiness Hall, said, there is no way he would harm the child.
“I really do hope whoever did it and whoever is in the shadow and whoever is hiding behind, doing this and point fingers at him, what’s done is going to come to the light,” Hall said. “At the end of the day the truth is going to come out, it’s going to come out.”
Shalondre Adams’ sisters attended his first court appearance related to the death of a 13-month-old toddler, September 25, 2017 (KOIN)
Cory Adams, who lives in Seattle, said his son felt “compelled” to help Dominick’s mother, who just started a new job. “He was going to help raise the kid,” Cory said.
The father said Shalondre had been living in the Portland metro area for 6 to 12 months and at one time stayed with his mother before moving in with Dominick’s mother, one of Shalondre’s 2 girlfriends.
Shalondre and Dominick’s mother had been dating for 3 years, Cory said, and added Shalondre had been dating another woman for about a year.
“He called me crying when (all this) happened,” Cory told KOIN 6 News.
That call was on Friday, and Cory said Shalondre told him Dominick “wasn’t breathing.”
“He was concerned,” Cory said. “He was really distraught,” and suspected the child had gotten into something, Cory said.
Shalondre “was definitely family-oriented” and called Dominick his “son,” Cory said. He added Shalondre has a child with another woman, a girl who is 3 to 4 months old.
KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.
Baby Dominick died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at 13-months old from a traumatic brain injury. The mother’s boyfriend was arrested for the murder two days later (Courtesy: Lurdes Rolan)Filed under: Crime, Editor's Pick, Headlines, Multnomah County, Top Video
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|Cannabis Community Fair and Book LaunchPortland Mercury / 19 h. ago more|
by Josh Jardine
If you enjoy cannabis science, free chocolate, and smart womxn, and you're one of those eggheads who love their bookie books, here's a fantastic way for you to spend Wednesday evening, and it's free to those 21 and over.
This Wednesday, September 27, from 6 to 10 pm, Holocene will be the place to be, as Tin House Books hosts the Grow Your Own Book Launch and Cannabis Community Fair. The book's subtitle, "Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying cannabis," is on the money. This is a beautifully made and laid-out book, the combined efforts of four authors who used their expertise to cover a wider range of topics than you would normally find it a grow book, including vaporizers, making edibles, decarboxylation, the entourage effect, and other related topics.
In addition to this being an opportunity to buy the book on launch day and meet the authors, Tin House has put together a great evening of womxn-led programming, featuring short presentations on everything from talking with budtenders, mapping the cannabis genome, growing your own, improving women's sexual health through cannabis, and much more. Speakers include Emma Chasen (Farma), Mary J Poppins (Sativa Science Club), Lena Davidson (Botanica PDX), Nichole Graf (Raven Grass), Andi Bixel (Drip Ice Cream), Meghan Miller and Alisha Holloway (Phylos Bioscience), April Pride (Van der Pop), and others. Many will have interactive booths—including Pearl Extracts, who will have a hands-on terpene station, which they describe as an opportunity to "learn about these aromatic cannabis compounds and gain confidence in selecting strains based on their terpene profiles." Yes, please.
As the event states, "In accordance with OLCC regulations, no form of cannabis is to enter the premises in any form." So leave the devil's lettuce at home, as they will have specialty "Grow Your Own" cocktails and delicacies from Botanica Seattle, who will have a range of unmedicated chocolate treats. Or, do I as I plan to, and eat an edible pre-show. More info at the Facebook event page.
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|Seahawks Lose Football Game On Weekend Where Football’s Importance Exists Outside The Realm Of Game ItselfPortland Mercury / 19 h. 13 min. ago more|
A truly catastrophic third quarter.
by Spike Friedman
Neither the Seahawks nor the Titans participated in Sunday's national anthem. Frederick Breedon / GETTY
The NFL has a lot of problems. The biggest is that the game is dangerous in ways that affect players minds in profound ways during and after their careers. Beyond that there are myriad issues big and small including stadium policy, domestic abuse, uneven game quality, Tom Brady’s stupid face, ownership collusion, forced jingoism, and me crying at the Amazon ad where the dog dresses up as a lion so the baby will like it.
Players using their platforms to raise awareness of discrepancies in police brutality along racial lines and league efforts to reduce concussion causing hits are not among the real and meaningful issues facing the NFL. In fact they’re the opposite of problems. Aside from deep shots down the sideline and Earl Thomas run stuffs, the increasing level of political responsibility amongst the players is the best thing the sport has going for it. And while anti-concussion protocols are likely insufficient to prevent CTE, the effort has to be made.
Which is all to say that as the Seahawks lost to the Titans on Sunday to fall to 1-2 on the season, there were larger forces lurking around the game itself, forces that coalesced into a terrible speech and series of tweets from our terrible president that suggested that players protesting systemic racism and new rules preventing concussions are bad. Neither team came out for the anthem in protest of our terrible president’s terrible comments (which condemned the protests without understanding them), and the Seahawks players issued the above statement, condemning both the president and the racism that started this cycle of protests.
But, as with so much else that is tarnished by our trash president, the thing itself happened. There was a game played on Sunday. A largely bad, but also quite interesting battle between two teams that I think are highly likely to be in the playoffs this year. So let’s run down what happened in it:
• The Seahawks defense followed up a spectacular first half on Sunday with a truly catastrophic third quarter. They gave up the longest run of Pete Carroll’s tenure as head coach to DeMarco Murray, and failed to tackle Rishard Matthews on a 55 yard touchdown despite (an estimated) 55 opportunities to do so.
I’m going to blame the heat, which one-third Stranger Genius and game attendee Ben Beres described as so hot, “my ball sweat was sweating.” There were a couple moments of indiscipline that led to two huge plays for the Titans, but really it just looked like the Seahawks, who had hoped to rotate their players throughout the game, were gassed.
Why blame the heat? The other option is that Kam Chancellor is bad now, and Bobby Wagner is slow, and Earl Thomas isn’t made out of magic, and I’m unwilling to consider any of those three things until far more evidence comes in on a far cooler day.
• Doug Baldwin is really good, and basically took over Sunday’s game in the early stages of the fourth quarter, when the Seahawks were at risk of a total collapse. He then tweaked his groin and had to miss the game’s final offensive series. I really hope that Baldwin is healthy, and that the team starts leaning on him until other teams start double teaming him.
• Setting aside Baldwin, left tackle George Fant’s torn ACL is the only major injury to a Seahawks starter, the team’s special teams unit has been decimated by injury of late. First DeAndre Elliot was lost for the year in the preseason, then Neiko Thorpe hurt his ankle, then D.J. Alexander suffered a muscle injury, and now Dewey McDonald has a knee injury that could end his season. These absences not only ruined the Seahawks’ punt coverage both prevented the aforementioned planned for defensive rotation, and required starters to play special teams snaps in heat that Beres also described as, “the devil breathing all over my back.” My take? I think football injuries are bad. Controversial!
• Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard has been in the NFL for 10 years. I had never heard of him until this weekend, despite his presence on the Broncos team the Seahawks dispatched in Super Bowl 48. I’ve heard of him now though, as he played a large part in the Titans’ process of ruining Russell Wilson’s life on Sunday. Which is mostly to say that despite the offensive line looking slightly better (the guard play was… adequate?), the unit is still vulnerable to lapses during which they make journeymen look like superstars. This wasn’t a game that Titans star lineman Jurrell Casey took over (though he looked good). It was a game where on any given play the Seahawks were liable to give up to pressure to a relative nobody. That’s not great.
• On the subject of the not great offensive line… I mean, look at this:
The half-moon of regret that is the Seahawks offensive line. Couldn't protect for four seconds against a three-man rush on fourth-and-22. pic.twitter.com/kSVeZGLUjh— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 24, 2017
Terrible. Rees Odhiambo allowed 10 pressures on Russell Wilson himself this week. And he's the only guy in this picture blocking anyone. Yeeeeesh.
• Speaking of Russell Wilson and not great… is the line play all that’s going on with Russell Wilson? Can he just not handle the pressure? Because while his stat line from Sunday looks really good (29/49 for 373 yards and 4 touchdowns with no interceptions) he was wildly off for the better part of three quarters. I was genuinely worried he was injured. But then he put together maybe the best quarter of his career. It’s almost like a guy who doesn’t know when he’s going to get hit by a three man rush can’t produce with the consistency a fan would hope for. So yeah, it’s mostly the pressure. But also, woof, some of his early throws were bad.
• Speaking of woof, I watched the game in a bar with a dog who barked whenever the Seahawks scored. It was great. Specifically when tight end Luke Willson reeled in a late touchdown, the dog sounded like he was saying “Luke.” I guess I’m just bragging about watching the Seahawks game with a very good dog.
• Also woof? Eddie Lacy who, despite being active this week after sitting last week, rushed for 0 yards on 0 carries. Rookie Chris Carson scored his first touchdown and looked fine in his role as primary ball carrier behind a wholly inept offensive line. Second-year running back C.J. Prosise looked useful as a guy who can provide a pass catching outlet when Russ is about to get destroyed. What’s Lacy’s role on the team going forward? Hell, what’s Thomas Rawls’ role? I like them both as players and people, and they’re valuable depth, but it’s weird to think that neither will be a primary ball carrier without something bad happening.
• One more woof? Let’s give it up for the officials who nearly lost control of the game with two bad calls involving Richard Sherman (the first of which benefitted the Titans in myriad dumb ways, the second of which managed to not punish Sherman for a late hit on Marcus Mariota). They were missing calls all over the place. This is not to blame them for the loss at all; on balance their shoddy work evened out (they 100% stole a touchdown from Titans cornerback Adoree Jackson). I think this is just to say that refs, like players, can get too hot to perform.
• I guess the question now, as the team sits at 1-2 and the Rams look pretty good at 2-1, is whether or not the Seahawks are pretty good themselves despite their record. And… I don’t know. I think they are? I think we saw flashes of excellent offense that can be replicated going forward. I think that the defense is more likely to look like the unit that dominated the first half on Sunday, rather than the unit that was torn apart in the third quarter. I think the special teams will be better as players get healthy and the coaches can gameplan for the new guys they’ll have to deploy.
But it’s really tough to say. When things go bad it’s really bad, and it’s tough for me as someone deeply invested to judge. I wish I could watch this team through impartial eyes. I watched some of the Sunday night game afterwards, and Kirk Cousins was slinging perfect pass after perfect pass as Derek Carr looked like his brother David, missing wildly at the first sign of pressure. But it didn’t really change my opinion of either quarterback in a seismic way. I think they’re both good but not great signal callers, capable of winning big games or losing badly in any given week.
I can’t see a Russell Wilson led offense that way. His capacity for magic, his flashes of excellence, his ability to control the game with his legs while avoiding turnovers… the highs are just so high. And then watching him miss throws after getting hit a dozen times a week… the lows are nigh unwatchable. But I can’t tell if that’s really that different than Derek Carr looks to someone who loves the Raiders, or Cousins to a Washington fan. And are those teams good? Is anyone good? Is anything anything?
I can’t tell you. But I can tell you that if, as expected, Andrew Luck doesn’t play next week, and they lose to a really bad Colts team starting a backup QB next week that the Seahawks are in the danger zone. Fortunately, I really don’t think that’s going to happen.
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|Brad's Status: A Movie About a Rich White Guy That You Might Actually LikePortland Mercury / 19 h. 24 min. ago more|
by Megan Burbank
I have a low tolerance for tales of privileged white guy ennui, so I’m pleased to tell you that Brad’s Status, starring Ben Stiller as a dad with an existential crisis, is (twist!) one I actually liked!
The latest from Mike White (director of Year of the Dog, and writer of Freaks and Geeks, Chuck & Buck, and Beatriz at Dinner), Brad’s Status perfectly captures the way anxious people avoid addressing big underlying fears by coming up with peripheral worries to quietly freak out about.
|MED Week events include awards luncheonDJCOregon.com / 19 h. 54 min. ago more|
The annual Minority Enterprise Week returns this week with a roster filled with educational sessions, an awards luncheon and panel discussions.
|Timbers Thrash Orlando As Valeri Reaches 20 GoalsPortland Mercury / 20 h. 52 min. ago more|
by Abe Asher
Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers
With a grueling three-game road-trip in the rearview mirror, the Portland Timbers entered their final four games of the MLS regular season looking to roll up wins and momentum heading into the playoffs starting at the end of October.
On Sunday night, they got off to a sensational start.
The Timbers stomped all over a moribund Orlando City side 3-0 at Providence Park, playing with the kind of infectious confidence and attacking verve that makes this team one of the league's most dangerous.
Diego Valeri extended his record goalscoring streak to nine matches, Darren Mattocks put in the performance of his Timbers career, and Orlando had two players sent off in a game that was a rout from the first minute forward.
Judging by the table, this was always a game Portland was expected to win. Jason Kreis sent Orlando out in a 4-4-2 diamond, and spent the next forty-five minutes pacing his technical area as they were absolutely eaten alive.
With both Cyle Larin and Dom Dwyer playing up top — and Giles Barnes wandering aimlessly just underneath them — Orlando's undermanned in midfield and completely overwhelmed by the Timbers' pressure. The visitors couldn't hold the ball, and they couldn't keep up.
Mattocks was a big reason why. Caleb Porter has kept faith with Mattocks as his starting striker all the way through Fanendo Adi's absence, and on this night, with Adi's return now imminent, Mattocks rewarded the coach who has never left his corner with a howitzer of a performance.
No one has ever questioned Mattocks' raw athletic ability. The difference in this game, though, was that Mattocks knew what he wanted to do with all that athleticism — run in behind Orlando's center backs time after time after time. The result, for those center backs, was a bloodbath.
In the thirteenth minute, Mattocks went tearing into the penalty area chasing a ball from Diego Chara. Johnathan Spector scythed Mattocks down, and Baldomero Toledo — aided by video review — gave a penalty, which Valeri sent blazing into the righthand corner to give the Timbers the lead.
The other key in Portland's total dominance was the calibration of its central midfield. With David Guzman absent due to a hamstring injury, Darlington Nagbe again started next to Chara — and it was Nagbe's positioning, as a stay-at-home number six — that made the difference.
With Nagbe sitting deep, Chara was free to wreak havoc higher up the field — and wreak havoc he did. The Colombian created both of the Timbers' first half goals, and his pass to set up the latter of those tallies was worthy of Valeri himself.
Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers
In the thirtieth minute, Chara strode into midfield, looked off a central run from Mattocks, and instead sent a fabulous pass into the path of the curled run of Dairon Asprilla bombing down the right. The Colombian motored onto the ball, and sent it across for Mattocks to slide in for 2-0.
It was swashbuckling, go-for-broke soccer — an opening half hour was as good as anything we've seen from the Timbers this year.
There wasn't a single position on the field where an Orlando player was winning his matchup. Kreis changed to a 4-2-3-1 for the second half in an attempt to shore up his midfield, but it was too little and too late: one minute into the second half, Spector was sent packing for taking a chunk out of Valeri.
The rest of the evening was a Timbers shooting gallery. If not for Bendik — who, tellingly, is on his way to leading the league in saves for a second straight season — the game could have finished 6-0.
But not even Bendik could prevent Valeri from taking the Golden Boot lead just before the hour mark. It was another fabulous goal — Chara pinging the ball into Valeri, Valeri back-heeling for Blanco, Blanco touching in Mattocks, Mattocks firing off of Bendik, and Valeri cleaning up the rebound.
With the goal, the Maestro set another series of marks: he is the first player in Timbers history to score 20 times in a season, and the first midfielder in MLS history to score 20 in a season, and, thanks to the earlier penalty, the first player in MLS history to score in nine straight games.
Valeri got a thunderous MVP chant from the crowd after the second goal, and even the notoriously intense Porter couldn't resist the prevailingly happy mood. Mattocks got an ear-to-ear grin when he came off with fifteen minutes to go — and when Nagbe came off in the dying minutes, he got a full-out hug.
The boss had every reason to feel good. When he entered the league five years ago, Kreis was the one coach Porter couldn't get past. In the four years since, Porter has won MLS Cup and established himself as one of the league's most respected coaches while Kreis — who got this game completely wrong — has been fired and missed the playoffs three times.
And while Kreis was fired after New York City's expansion season, the last six months have surely been the most humiliating of his career. After starting the season with six wins in seven, Orlando has won just three of their last twenty-three.
Their frustration showed in the second half. Captain Antonio Nocerino was booked for dissent, while substitute fullback PC announced his late entrance by elbowing Chara in the throat in a free-kick wall for a straight red card.
The Timbers spent the last few minutes knocking the ball around up two men, savoring one of their best performances of the season.
For one person in particular, this was a night to remember. Five-year-old Derrick Tellez, battling cancer, started his Make-A-Wish weekend by training with the team on Friday. He ended it on Sunday by raising a log slice in front of the Timbers Army — and, at least for a moment, everything was right in Portland.
Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers
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|Upskirt videos, nude photos: Vancouver teen arrestedKOIN / 21 h. 13 min. ago more|
VANCOUVER. Wash. (KOIN) — A Union High school student who reported her social media accounts were hacked led to the arrest of a 17-year-old and an ongoing investigation that involves more than a dozen cellphones.
The investigation began September 18 when a girl student told the school resource officer her Snapchat account was hacked by a person who found nude photos she kept in a private section of the account. The hacker then shared them with other students, the girl told police.
Union High School in Vancouver, September 25, 2017 (KOIN)
Investigators spoke with other students from the school. In the course of their investigation, they got a search warrant for a student’s phone, and a number of upskirt videos were found on that phone.
Court documents showed those videos were recorded between May 6, 2016 and September 14, 2017 and were taken inside Union High School. Specifically, the videos were taken in classrooms, hallways, lunchtime and other locations in the school. The teen is seen in a few of the videos “and he appears to be the person filming it.”
The 17-year-old is now charged with 15 counts of voyeurism. He appeared in juvenile court Monday and is expected to be arraigned on the charges October 9. The teen is not at the school at this time, spokesperson Gail Spolar told KOIN 6 News. Court documents show he is under house arrest and is forbidden from having contact with the school.
The Robert L. Harris Juvenile Justice Center in Vancouver, September 25, 2017 (KOIN)
But authorities are still trying to determine who is responsible for hacking the student’s nude photos, which launched this case.
“With this investigation we’re in the very early stages,” said Vancouver police spokesperson Kim Kapp. “There are potentially multiple people that we’ll be investigating as well. Multiple other charges could possibly come out of this.”
She said investigators are reviewing 15 different phones and still trying to figure out who is and is not involved. But, she said “everybody did the right thing in order to get this going so we could do an investigation in a very timely manner.”
Kapp also reminded people that there is no safe storage place for private information on social media.
“I think we all need to be very aware that electronic digital images or information isn’t 100% secure, so whatever is stored in various places, we all need to be aware it can potentially be accessed,” she told KOIN 6 News.
What is unusual, Kapp said, “is that these photos were on a social media website in a private area, and then someone outside that account was able to hack into that.”
She also stressed the case is ongoing.
“There’s a lot more to this investigation that will likely unfold here in the next days or even weeks.”Filed under: Clark County, Crime, Editor's Pick, Headlines, Top Video, Vancouver
|Good Morning, News: NFL Defeats Trump, One Hundred Billion to ZipPortland Mercury / 21 h. 23 min. ago more|
by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey
GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! I like the way we carry on, his love will send me on and on. With my man... people out there can understand. LET'S GO TO PRESS.
Yesterday across the NFL, teams protested Trump's racist, anti-American statements about football players who kneel during the national anthem by kneeling, locking arms, or skipping the song entirely. This morning, Trump embarrassed himself and the country again by tweeting about the spectators booing and how "these are fans who demand respect for our Flag!” (Said the man who disrespects America and democracy on a daily basis.)
Rico Lavelle sang the anthem AND took a knee pic.twitter.com/mgno4HCzZQ— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) September 24, 2017
fuck him up, faye pic.twitter.com/4qSpPYXYFm— jordan
|Things to Do This Week: September 25-28Portland Mercury / 21 h. 23 min. ago more|
by Mercury Staff
Well, this week pretty much constitutes the last of September. The first month of fall is about to go on the history books, but before that chapter closes out, there's a whole bunch of good times to be had. The prime minister of partypartyparty is in Portland, so that alone elevates the week's entertainment value, but there's also a stirring storytelling showcase for Black Portlanders, a spacey edition of the Mercury's Sound + Vision that will put ears in orbit, a book launch that doubles as a cannabis festival, Sturgill Simpson sweeps through the city, and Ben Folds makes his last pop stand before spending the next few years advising the National Symphony Orchestra. Send September out on a high note—hit the links below and load your plate accordingly
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Monday, Sept 25
Japanese Breakfast, Mannequin Pussy, The Spirit Of The Beehive Last year Japanese Breakfast (AKA Michelle Zauner) dropped “Everybody Wants to Love You”—the lead single from her debut LP, Psychopomp—like an electro-pop glitterbomb. With her gorgeous new record, Soft Sounds from Another Planet, Zauner swan dives into the cosmos with zero-gravity melodies that float and expand while she sings about everything from road head to a sci-fi love story of her own creation. CIARA DOLAN
9 pm, Holocene, $12-24, all ages
Andrew W.K. America’s favorite party enthusiast is still partying, traversing North America and Europe with his full band for the first time in five years for The Party Never Dies Tour. You may only know him from his 2001 song “Party Hard” (he really, really likes parties) with its iconic nose-bleed album cover that thousands of millennials try to replicate every year at Halloween, but he’s a legitimately great musician, a hell of an entertainer, and a good dude (look up his Village Voice and Vice advice columns). And I’m not just saying all this because I grew up down the street from him in Michigan (shout out to Bader Park and the Wilkes-Krier family!). DOUG BROWN
8:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $25
Brockhampton, Romil It might sound like a snooty country club, but Brockhampton wants you to think of them as a boy band. Actually, the LA/San Marcos collective is one of the most progressive and inclusive forces in hip-hop right now, taking a top-down approach on everything from production to visuals. Brockhampton released the first two installments of their Saturation trilogy earlier this year, and now their first official North American tour brings them to a Portland stage. NED LANNAMANN
8 pm, Peter's Room at the Roseland, all ages
Oh Sees, Dreamdecay, Arrington De Dionyso Prolific singer/songwriter and guitarist John Dwyer and his unrelenting noise, pop, and psych rock outfit return to the Crystal Ballroom for their second headlining show at the venue this year.
9 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $19.99-25, all ages
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Spielberg's acclaimed and beloved 1977 classic about an obsessed asshole who abandons his family.
6:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9
Death Valley Girls Death Valley Girls’ hellish punk is inescapably magnetic, like running into a tornado and relishing the hair-whipping chaos. CIARA DOLAN
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $10-12
Shandytown Pono Brewing hosts six bartenders, five restaurants, and a long list of cocktails at Shandytown, a party honoring one of the best things you can do with a beer: Add spirits and mixers to it. Admission includes six shandys and food, and when the night is done, you will help decide which bartender hooked up the best Shandy in Portland.
5 pm, Taqueria Nueve, $45
Josh Ritter The Moscow, Idaho born and raised singer/songwriter brings his sweet and heartfelt blend of storytelling-driven Americana to Music Millennium for an intimate in-store performance supporting his latest full-length, Gathering.
7 pm, Music Millennium, free, all ages
Tuesday, Sept 26
A Joint for Black Portland SuperThank, a non-profit that fosters “radical community gratitude” events, presents A Joint for Black Portland to give thanks to the organizations, people and events that make living in Portland as a Black person enjoyable (and tolerable). The event seeks to un-erase the experiences and community of Black Portlanders by featuring live storytelling from speakers like economist/entrepreneur Stephen Green (Pitch Black), and photographer Intisar Abioto (The Black Portlanders), both of whose storytelling has been featured at TEDxPortland. Then DJ Klyph will play the cuts until 10 pm. JENNI MOORE
6 pm, Pensole Footwear Design Academy, $5-10, all ages
INVSN, Darkswoon Sweden’s INVSN has been something of a work in progress. Starting out as the demure, folksy cousin to the furious hardcore pioneers of Refused and Lost Patrol Band, Dennis Lyxzén’s side project morphed to Invasionen, then just INVSN. With the evolution of the name came intense stylistic progressions, as heard on the band’s second full-length, The Beautiful Stories, released in June. Armed with a post-punk cowl, INVSN’s industrial sheen reflects Lyxzén’s devotion to groove-oriented rock, whether it’s as destructive as it was with Refused, or as soulful as it was with the (International) Noise Conspiracy. Here, songs like “Immer Zu” approach NIN territory, with factory metal pings and darkwave repetitions. The LP is just seven tracks long, but what it lacks in duration, it makes up for on swelling post-rock bangers like “This Constant War,” which sounds like it could’ve been a Freedom B-side. RYAN J. PRADO
9 pm, Doug Fir, $13-15
Emo Nite Dust off your My Chemical Romance T-shirt, apply excessive eyeliner, and get ready to shamelessly scream Dashboard Confessional lyrics at Holocene's bi-monthly emo night (FKA Taking Back Tuesday). Know all the words to "Sic Transit Gloria"? You're ready. XxscenexX forever. BRI BREY
9 pm, Holocene, $10
Grindhouse Film Festival: Deep Red This month’s entry in the Hollywood’s celebration of Grindhouse cinema is a rare 35mm print of Dario Argento’s 1975 giallo classic, featuring the hallmarks of a great time with the Italian madman: garishly beautiful cinematography, innovative and disturbing kills, and of course—that synthy, sleazy, serpentine sound of Goblin poured all over the soundtrack. A carefully curated reel of Italian horror trailers precedes the feature. BOBBY ROBERTS
7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9
The Portland Mini Maker Faire Check out the thriving community of people who make things in Portland, from 3D printing robots to sustainable artists to blacksmiths, jewelers, and rocket builders. The Portland Mini Maker Faire has a making mode for everyone, and should serve as a serious shop of DIY-project inspiration. MARJORIE SKINNER
Sept 26-27, 9:30 am, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Angélique Kidjo & the Oregon Symphony Renowned Beninese singer/songwriter and activist Angélique Kidjo brings her powerful voice to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to perform a career-spanning set of favorites with backing from conductor Gast Waltzing and the Oregon Symphony.
7:30 pm, Arlene Schniter Concert Hall, $35-95, all ages
City and Colour, David Brazan When he's not helping front the Ontario-based post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green can be found performing blues rock and folk with his solo project, City and Colour.
8 pm, Roseland, $35-50, all ages
Wednesday, Sept 27
Alien Once upon the ’70s, before there were doll-eyed albino Michelin Men, before fanged vagina-mouth Rasta-monsters from outer space barged in for a good rassle, before all the Winona-ing and cloning and sad Muppet Baby abominations, before the AIDS allegory and the Vietnam metaphors, before the titular nasty became just a screeching bug you can run over in your car, there was Alien, a movie about tired space truckers stuck in a floating haunted house with an unknowable, unbeatable Freudian nightmare made of genitalia, teeth, and KY Jelly. It is probably the best horror movie ever made, and it’s screens this week in tribute to Harry Dean Stanton, who counts among his myriad indelible movie moments the first ever on-screen death via full-grown xenomorph. A death witnessed only by Jones the Cat, who basically got him killed and didn’t do shit to stop it because cats are dicks. BOBBY ROBERTS
9:35 pm, Academy Theater, $3-4
Sound + Vision: Dan Dan, Wet Fruit A love letter to Pittsburgh synth duo Zombi, Portland band Dan Dan is a soundtrack-y prog trio with NO VOCALS. Do not even try to expect vocals. Just be chill—but also full of high-tempo energy, like Dan Dan. SUZETTE SMITH
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, free
Sheer Mag, Tenement, Tony Molina The Philadelphia-based punk outfit bring their infectious '70s classic rock sound back to Portland for an all ages show supporting their debut full-length, Need to Feel Your Love, the follow-up to the trio of EPs that garnered them plenty of well-deserved attention.
8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $12-15
Re-run Theater: Irwin Allen '60s Sci-Fi The Hollywood’s tribute to classic television. This month: A pair of hour-long episodes from super-producer Irwin Allen. Best known for his paint-by-numbers disaster films of the ’70s (The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno), Allen got his first taste of serious shlock success in the ’60s, producing Lost in Space and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. One episode of each will be screened, with period-appropriate (and slightly psychedelic) commercials played during the commercial breaks. BOBBY ROBERTS
7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9
Grow Your Own Book Launch Book launches tend to feature the author reading a couple passages, signing a couple copies and answering a couple questions. This book launch features an entire cannabis fair, with opportunities to meet the people helping transform cannabis cultivation into a legitimate industry.
6 pm, Holocene
The Cool Kids Patio Show The Doug Fir patio hosts one of the finest free stand-up showcases in town, paired perfectly with some of our city's best singer/songwriters. This time, Emily Overstreet provides the sounds while David Mascorro, Dylan Jenkins, and Amanda Arnold bring the jokes. Hosted by Andie Main.
6 pm, Doug Fir, free
Thursday, Sept 28
Sturgill Simpson This is the concert I’ve been most looking forward to since I moved to Portland—this 39-year-old progressive southern country singer/songwriter is just awesome. Check out his last two albums: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (“Turtles All the Way Down” is one of the best modern country songs, and his cover of British new wave song “The Promise” is so good), and last year’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which won a Grammy for best country album. DOUG BROWN
8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $39.50-69.50, all ages
Portland EcoFilm Festival Considering the Trump administration's relentless assault on natural resources and national monuments, the Portland EcoFilm Festival is more important than ever. With a bunch of carefully curated features and shorts—many of which examine the land, people, and livelihoods of Oregonians—the fest boasts films about everything from river conservation to wilderness rock climbing to light pollution. Oh, and Chinatown—because this whole thing about America running out of water has been in the works for a while. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Sept 28-Oct 1, Hollywood Theatre, click here for titles and showtimes, $6-60
Landlines, Mini Blinds, Honey Bucket Portland's premiere lo-fi indie rock and pop trio Landlines play a release show for their infectious new self-titled full-length. Like-minded locals Mini Blinds and Honey Bucket round out an all-around excellent bill with some catchy tunes of their own.
9 pm, The Fixin' To, $5
Taxi Driver FUN FACT: Taxi Driver was originally titled Bickle's Pickle.
7 pm, Academy Theater, $3-4
Ben Folds, Tall Heights The renowned singer/songwriter and producer brings his brand of piano-driven power-pop back to the Roseland for the Portland stop on his "Paper Airplane Request Tour."
8 pm, Roseland, $33-55
Todd Glass People who know comedy, know and love Todd Glass. The stand-up legend—who’s also the host of the great The Todd Glass Show podcast and the writer of a critically acclaimed and revealing 2014 memoir about his intense life, the LA comedy scene, and his sexual orientation—brings his trademark high-energy act to town. He’s doing five shows, so you have no excuse not to go to at least one of them. DOUG BROWN
Sept 28-30, Thurs 8 pm; Fri-Sat 7:30pm, 10 pm; Helium Comedy Club, $17-33
Frankie Rose, Suburban Living, A Certain Smile Need a soundtrack for rainy-day baking? Something for dancing around the kitchen licking cookie dough from spoons with your beloved, the precursor to a hot ’n’ heavy makeout sesh followed by a melancholy afterglow about this moment slipping into the past? Sure, you could put on the Cure, but Frankie Rose’s lovely echoing, gossamer dream-pop is the exact-perfect soundtrack. COURTNEY FERFUSON
9 pm, Doug Fir, $12
Dave Mason The Australian singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall Famer returns to the Aladdin Theater for a headlining performance celebrating his acclaimed 1970 album, Alone Together.
8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $42.50-65
Thirsty City Another month, another ThirstyCity, spotlighting some of the best up and coming hip-hop from around the country. This installment's featured headliner is Seattle-hailing producer and emcee Akira Gautama, with Alex Meltzer, Crocket King, Uglybootleg, and Billy Soul rounding out the bill.
8:30 pm, The Know, $5-10
Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!
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|Pedestrian hit, killed in N. Portland believed to be blind; driver arrested - OregonLive.comGoogle News / 22 h. 15 min. ago more|
OregonLive.comPedestrian hit, killed in N. Portland believed to be blind; driver arrestedOregonLive.comPolice said the man, who hasn't been publicly identified, was hit by Ryan Gawick at Columbia Boulevard and Interstate Place around 6:17 a.m. He later died at a hospital, Portland police said in a news release. Police said Gawick ran a red light and hit ...Driver arrested after hitting, killing blind pedestrian in North Portland, police saykgw.comDriver arrested after blind man struck, killed in North PortlandKATUBlind Man Struck and Killed by Vehicle in North PortlandU.S. News & World ReportKPTV.com -KOIN.comall 14 news articles »
|Stacy and Witbeck/Atkinson Construction: EAST LINK EXTENSION – LINK CONTRACT E335 DOWNTOWN BELLEVUE TO SPRING DISTRICTDJCOregon.com / 22 h. 21 min. ago more|
SUB-BIDS REQUESTED EAST LINK EXTENSION – LINK CONTRACT E335 DOWNTOWN BELLEVUE TO SPRING DISTRICT Bid Package No. 01D – Wilburton (Hospital) Station REVISED BID DATE Bid Date: November 1st, 2017 at 1:00 PM Sub Bids Due: October 31st, 2017 at 1:00 PM Subcontracting Opportunities Rebar, Structural & Architectural Steel (Furnish and/or Erect), Railings, Metal Wall ...
|Blind man killed in crosswalk, driver arrestedKOIN / 22 h. 50 min. ago more|
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A blind man was struck and killed crossing an intersection in North Portland early Monday, and the driver — who stayed at the scene — was arrested on a charge of negligent homicide.
The man was in a crosswalk on North Columbia Boulevard at North Interstate Place around 6:17 a.m. when, investigators said, Ryan M. Gawick ran a red light.
Ryan M. Gawick, September 25, 2017 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)
His 2014 Mustang hit the man, who died at a nearby hospital not long after being hit.
Gawick, 34, cooperated with investigators. He’s being held in the Multnomah County Jail.
Brett Walker, who works about 40 yards from where the victim was hit, said there’s “just a lot of cars speeding for no reason every day.”
“It’s not a surprise to me,” he told KOIN 6 News. “This intersection is kind of a problem, it seems like.” He added speeding cars and trucks have crashed into the same power pole at this spot before.
Another woman who lives nearby, Alyson, said for people crossing the street “it’s a life-or-death risk that they’re taking.”
“This gentleman had to lose his life for this neighborhood to be, like, ‘Oh, hey, we need better lighting and and more cross walks,” she said.
The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was on his way to work at a business on the north side of Columbia Highway.
Walker wasn’t exactly caught off guard by this crash, but it still affected him.
“Somebody actually just took their last breath in that cross walk today,” he said. “It’s pretty sad.”
A blind man was hit and killed in a crosswalk at N. Columbia and Interstate Avenue, September 25, 2017 (KOIN)
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|Monday sports eventsPortland Tribune / 1 d. 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
The Portland Tribune's comprehensive breakdown of games and happenings for Sept. 25Monday, Sept. 25 Mariners Seattle at Oakland, 7 p.m. Prep volleyball Benson at Lincoln, Madison at Cleveland, Roosevelt at Jefferson, 6:30 p.m. … Wilson at Franklin, 7 p.m. Prep boys soccer Oregon School for the Deaf at City Christian, ...
|Monday TV, radioPortland Tribune / 1 d. 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
The Portland Tribune's comprehensive breakdown of games and happenings on the air locally on Sept. 25Monday, Sept. 25 Mariners Seattle at Oakland, 7 p.m., Root Sports NW, KUFO (970 AM) NFL Dallas at Arizona, 5:30 p.m., ESPN, KXTG (750 AM, 102.9 FM) MLB San Francisco at Arizona, 6:40 p.m., KUIK ...
|U.S. Senator wants Washigton to have a say in Oregon tollsPortland Tribune / 1 d. 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
Oregon Governor may respect request from other high-ranking Democrat to expand discussion of freeway tollsWashington Sen. Patty Murray, who helps control transportation funding in Congress, on Friday made it clear she wants her state to have a role in shaping tolls in the Portland region. Murry told Oregon Gov. Kate ...
|I'm here for the swifts, not your screaming child.Portland Mercury / 1 d. 7 h. 19 min. ago more|
Watching the world's largest migration of Vaux Swifts dance and spiral down the Chapman School chimney is a truely magnificent experience. Hearing them chirp and sing would be part of this experience if your dumbass children would shut the hell up. Or more like, if you, their parents thought to tell them to do so.
One month out of the year, we're graced with this beautiful occurrence, and I have to listen to the sounds of children running, jumping, and screaming like it's a goddamn Chuck E. Cheese. Don't get me wrong, the kids playing and sliding down the hill on cardboard sleds is adorable, and it looks fun as hell. But when the swifts start to circle, it would be totally adult of you to tell your child, "it's time to sit down, the swifts are coming, and everyone would like to hear them."
If you don't want to do this, maybe you should stay home. Maybe you should appreciate that we didn't just go to watch, we came to listen, and your child is being disruptive to that experience. If it's easier for you to let your kid scream than teach them when it is or is not appropriate to do so, then let that brat scream at home, not at a place where I've come to appreciate nature.
So, please, consider being a good viewing neighbor, and silence your children instead of drowning them out, because that may come easily to you as someone who has to live with them, but I choose to hear the birds.
From the thousands of people there without children, thank you.
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|Portland school officials to investigate confrontation after Jefferson-Grant football gamePortland News / 1 d. 9 h. 7 min. ago more|
Portland school officials Sunday announced they'll be investigating reports of a confrontation involving students following Friday night's football game between Jefferson High School and Grant High School at Marshall High School. Principals from Jefferson and Grant high schools said there was a confrontation at or near a MAX light-rail station by Marshall High School after the game concluded.
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|Portland school officials to investigate confrontation after Jefferson-Grant football game - OregonLive.comGoogle News / 1 d. 10 h. 18 min. ago more|
OregonLive.comPortland school officials to investigate confrontation after Jefferson-Grant football gameOregonLive.comPortland school officials Sunday announced they'll be investigating reports of a confrontation involving students following Friday night's football game between Jefferson High School and Grant High School. Principals from Jefferson and Grant high ...
|Goodbye and good luck smPortland Mercury / 1 d. 14 h. 52 min. ago more|
I am leaving. My getting-out date is December 18. If there's a repeat of what happened Friday, it will be sooner and without notice.
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|To My EmployerPortland Mercury / 1 d. 15 h. 27 min. ago more|
You run a crazy operation and I am getting out. The whole organization proves that a chichi rich people's school can have flocks of adoring parents but still be a sweatshop for staff. I've worked in special ed in local public schools for a decade, in some of the toughest classes (middle school behavioral disorders!), and haven't seen some of the things I've seen this year. And it's only September. And...I'm sorely tempted to drop a note to the Health Department about a certain ongoing situation.
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|Flight over Eagle Creek fire reveals scorched swaths and seas of greenPortland News / 1 d. 18 h. 3 min. ago more|
But the sight and the commentary felt would feel like a punch to the gut for anyone who has hiked to Angel's Rest , the 1,450-foot-high bluff in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The trail is a challenging but rewarding route that promises the payoff of a drop-dead gorgeous view of the gorge.
|Chief Outlaw and Superintendent Guerrero, welcome to Portland on behalf of my biracial boys: Guest opinion - OregonLive.comGoogle News / 1 d. 21 h. 22 min. ago more|
OregonLive.comChief Outlaw and Superintendent Guerrero, welcome to Portland on behalf of my biracial boys: Guest opinionOregonLive.comPortland, Oregon is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Some of the things I appreciate most about the region are the state's natural beauty, the food and a culture of people who embody the state motto "She flies with her own wings." However ...
|Marijuana complaint from Portland day care workers slow to emergePortland News / 1 d. 22 h. 28 min. ago more|
The search started July 10 with a public records request to the state Office of Child Care. It asked for documents including anything submitted by Step by Step's employees, operators or owners.
|Portland metro Sunday weather: A warm, sunny preview of fair week ahead - OregonLive.comGoogle News / 1 d. 22 h. 33 min. ago more|
OregonLive.comPortland metro Sunday weather: A warm, sunny preview of fair week aheadOregonLive.comA sunny and dry end to the weekend in the Portland area will serve as a preview for unseasonably warm and clear weather later in the week. The National Weather Service said skies would be mostly sunny on Sunday after some morning clouds clear, with a ...Summer's Last Gasp: A Week Of Warm Ahead Of The Next Cooling TrendPatch.comall 56 news articles »
|Area history, Sept. 24, 2017Portland News / 2 d. 0 h. 40 min. ago more|
In 1917, the cornerstone of the new Emmanuel Episcopal Church at State Street and University Avenue was to be put into place at 2:30 p.m. that Tuesday with the Right Rev. Granville Sherwood, bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, presiding.
|September 2017 – How does your favorite restaurant rate?Mid-county Memo / 2 d. 4 h. 31 min. ago more|
There are approximately 3,000 restaurants in Multnomah County and about 350 in mid-Multnomah County. Multnomah County Health Department Environmental Health Specialists conduct unannounced inspections of food service establishments. These inspectors ensure food safety by evaluating food worker habits and practices; where food comes from and how it is stored in the restaurant; how food is […]
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|Save the Date: It is that spooky time again as - Rocky Horror' returnsPortland News / 2 d. 9 h. 11 min. ago more|
While theaters generally won't mesh with your chatty tendencies, there's a local offering that should fit perfectly. The Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, has cued up a 10 p.m. showing tonight of the classic cult film, which includes a live shadowcast performance by the Denton Deliquents, a local acting group, who will dress in costumes, makeup and perform dance numbers.
|Defunkt Theatre Presents INSIGNIFICANCE by Terry JohnsonPortland News / 2 d. 13 h. 38 min. ago more|
Oct 13-November 18 2017 Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30 pm At The Back Door Theater 4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR New Ticket Policy: All tickets at the door are Pay-What-You-Can for all performances. Advance reservations are available at http://www.defunktheatre.com/show-seats/ Award winning playwright Terry Johnson imagines a 1950's hotel room in which The Scientist and The Actress meet and discuss the universe, guilt, regret, the meaning of life.
|Pedestrian struck on NE Martin Luther King Jr. BoulevardPortland News / 2 d. 18 h. 6 min. ago more|
The injured man was transported to a Portland hospital for life-threatening injuries after receiving medical aid on the scene. The injured man was transported to a Portland hospital for life-threatening injuries after receiving medical aid on the scene.
|Historic Portland photos: The Oregonian/OregonLive offers new book this fallPortland News / 2 d. 22 h. 37 min. ago more|
After the tremendous response to our first Portland Memories book , The Oregonian/OregonLive will publish a second volume this year focused on Portland in the 1940s. The book will ship the first week of December.
|Cannabis and childcare: Parents say Portland man's businesses don't mixPortland News / 2 d. 22 h. 37 min. ago more|
State regulators allowed a Portland man to have a childcare business in his home while owning a storefront dispensary selling marijuana. Those potentially dueling interests didn't surface until this summer, after two childcare employees quit and contacted the state.
|Morris Marks House on the MovePortland News / 3 d. 0 h. 52 min. ago more|
After years of planning and hard work, preservationists Karen Karlsson and Rich Michaelson are relocating the Italianate structure to a vacant lot near the 405 interchange at SW Broadway and 6th Ave. The move is scheduled to start on Sept. 30 and will take approximately two days.
|Gateway Discovery and Luuwit View previewMid-county Memo / 4 d. 3 h. 30 min. ago more|
As has been extensively reported in these pages, there are two new city parks under construction that have been in the works for nearly 10 and 55 years, respectively. Both are set to finally open to the public this fall, and Mid-county Memo got an exclusive tour of the Gateway Discovery and Luuwit View parks, […]
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|Inside Portland's Cash-Free Bartering Economy - RollingStone.comGoogle News / 4 d. 20 h. 49 min. ago more|
RollingStone.comInside Portland's Cash-Free Bartering EconomyRollingStone.comWhat is considered bizarre in many American cities has long been the norm in Portland. A much-satirized stronghold of nonconformity, Oregon's largest city boasts a whole museum dedicated to weirdness – and, perhaps even weirder, another to vacuum ...
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“RESPECT” program encourages Portland students to adopt core values through respectful behavior
|East Precinct holds open houseMid-county Memo / 6 d. 2 h. 31 min. ago more|
On Saturday, August 19, east Portland residents had an opportunity to visit Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB’s) East Precinct, 737 S.E. 106th Ave., to meet and greet officers, command staff and other employees stationed at this southeast command post to learn what goes on there—and to eat ice cream. The open house, coordinated by Administrative Supervisor […]
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|Smith to Battle for City Council Seat
Portland Observer / 6 d. 12 h. 47 min. ago more|
Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith has thrown her name into a May election for Portland City Council seeking a position that will become vacant when Dan Saltzman steps down at the end of his term next year.
|County Faces Claims of Racism
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Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury says she will address charges of racism and unfair employment practices following a report last week that former Multnomah County Health Department employee Tricia Tillman, the county’s first non-white public health director, was dismissed unfairly.
|82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan enters final stagesMid-county Memo / 8 d. 1 h. 31 min. ago more|
The fat lady is about to sing. With the incoming of fall, there are only two seasons left before the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) plans on capping off its rigorous 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan. Last month, the third Community Advisory Committee met for its sixth meeting to unveil public feedback for the […]
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|Gateway Park groundbreaking uncertainMid-county Memo / 10 d. 0 h. 31 min. ago more|
One ambitious Gateway-focused project looks like it’s having some trouble flying off the runway. The Gateway Park Project, which is a methodical mesh of mixed-use community space, began its fledgling stages of development back in June 2016. The project is the product of a determined partnership between Human Solutions, an organization dedicated to serving low-income […]
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|Childhood hunger drove Alley to career feeding the hungryMid-county Memo / 11 d. 23 h. 31 min. ago more|
For more than 25 years, Judy Alley fed the hungry, clothed the poor and sheltered the indigent as executive director of SnowCap Community Charities, the east Multnomah County food bank. She retires in October. by PATRICIA RIMMER SPECIAL TO THE MID-COUNTY MEMO “My childhood experience is what motivated me to work at SnowCap,” said Judy […]
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|PCC's Public Safety Building Challenge
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Measure on the ballot includes funding for safety and security upgrades throughout the college district.
|Division transit group talks about electric busesMid-county Memo / 13 d. 22 h. 30 min. ago more|
Electric buses and trees were the main topic of discussion at the August meeting of the Division Transit Project Community Advisory Committee (CAC) on Aug. 17 at Portland Community College Southeast. The hour-long meeting was rather sparsely attended, with at least three TriMet employees among the 15 people in the audience. This was probably due […]
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|City’s reaction to Parkrose RV homeless camp sparks mixed feelingsMid-county Memo / 15 d. 21 h. 31 min. ago more|
Everybody’s moving to Oregon, but not all transplants can afford a home. This is a trend already seen with the resident population. A federally mandated 2017 Multnomah County point-in-time survey has revealed that in the last two years, homelessness has increased in Portland by 6 percent. This isn’t news for businesses strewn across Northeast Marx […]
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|Hundreds march in support of refugees and immigrantsMid-county Memo / 17 d. 20 h. 31 min. ago more|
Hundreds of people—dozens with their dogs—descended on Mid-county last month to march in the Walk with Refugees and Immigrants, showing their support for new Portlanders. The walk was part of the city’s Sunday Parkways—a bicycle-centric annual event held in different parts of Portland that shuts streets to vehicular traffic for a day. The Walk, along […]
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Critics assail Trump Administration for ending program that has deferred deportations for more than 780,000 people who came to the U.S. illegally as children.
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Dawud Wharnsby comes to Portland for two spiritually uplifting Nasheed concerts sponsored by the Muslim Educational Trust.
|HAND TO GODThe Southeast Examiner / 22 d. 15 h. 28 min. ago more|
a new dark comedy, written by Robert Askins and directed by Donald Horn is an Oregon premiere and opens Triangle Productions 28th season.
Caleb and Olivia – at the park
After the death of his father, Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and especially his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Hand To God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.
The show is presented at The Sanctuary @ Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd., September 7 – 30. Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. For tickets/information: 503.239.5919 or trianglepro.org All seats are reserved.
|Neighborhoods in no-win situationNW Examiner / 23 d. 5 h. 57 min. ago more|
City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly threatened to end city support and recognition of a North Portland neighborhood association if it were to bar homeless people from membership. At a time when inclusion of the houseless is a powerful and popular theme, insisting that all individuals be granted full membership in the community may not seem out of line.
But it’s not as simple as that. There is no practical way to verify that a person without a mailing address actually lives in a given neighborhood. Anyone rich or poor seeking to influence a neighborhood election could simply say they have no home and thereby escape further scrutiny.
There is also something highly peculiar about the situation in the Overlook neighborhood in that the association is negotiating a good neighbor agreement with Hazelnut Grove, a city-sanctioned homeless camp in the district. The association and camp are on opposite sides of the talks, yet by making camp residents also association members, campers can advocate for their interests simultaneously through both organizations.
That’s exactly what happened at an Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting last month. Members voted 48-39 to reject terms opposed by camp members. Campers voted in numbers likely to have tipped the result in their favor. That defies basic logic. Representing two opposing sides at once is a textbook example of conflict of interest.
Yet Eudaly had no problem with that. In a Facebook exchange, she focused on “underhanded” and “last-minute” dealings, unaware that association rules allowing members to make motions from the floor make prior notice impossible.
The bigger question is: Why is the commissioner in charge of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement “tweeting” on hyperlocal procedural policies she doesn’t understand? This is the kind of behavior we’ve come to expect from our president, but it hardly meets the Portland standard of civility.
Going to the mats over the right of homeless people to join neighborhood associations may be an effective tactic to discredit associations. It puts them in a no-win dilemma. Denying the homeless a voice in grass-roots democracy seems harsh and unfeeling, recalling the days of aristocratic landowners denying workers, women and “social inferiors” the franchise.
On the other hand, granting voting rights to homeless people (or to anyone not required to provide proof of a neighborhood connection) violates customary neighborhood association practices designed to ensure fair practices. The standard for verifying membership was tightened for inner Westside neighborhood associations about 25 years ago after the Multnomah Athletic Club ran its employees for Goose Hollow Foothills League board positions. The club seemed to have succeeded—until a challenge was raised and the results overturned on the advice of legal counsel. Now businesses can designate one representative, thwarting the possibility that a large employer could control a neighborhood association.
As commissioner of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Eudaly can pit neighborhood associations versus homeless people and pick the winner. There is no doubt where her sympathies lie. I sense the rest of City Council would take her side.
Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, labeled neighborhood associations NIMBYs and racists for opposing her bill to strip the powers of neighborhood plans to limit housing development. Although it would have nullified complex local agreements crafted to address unique situations, no Portland city commissioner said a word in defense of local control.
The political tides are not sympathetic to Portland neighborhood associations now, and the politicians are piling on. The city has turned neighborhood associations into rule-writing, rule-following, rule-oriented bodies increasingly unable to marshal public opinion or exert political power. It should be no surprise they can so easily be tripped up by city officials acting as the final arbiter of their internal operating procedures.
|Pile-driving noise exemption continues as commissioner’s office calls for patienceNW Examiner / 23 d. 5 h. 59 min. ago more|
As a City Council candidate, Chloe Eudaly was all for regulation of pile-driving noise last fall. Now that she’s in office, she is in no hurry.
A code amendment to remove an exception that frees impact-hammer pile driving from noise limits has stalled under her watch.
Mary Sipe has headed the public campaign for reform for more than three years and now chairs the Pearl District Neighborhood Association’s noise subcommittee. She was pleased when a little-known council candidate issued a statement in September charging the city with valuing developers over residents in permitting clamorous construction practices near homes and apartments and calling for change.
After Eudaly’s election victory, Sipe was confident she had an ally against the old-school construction method that endures despite the growing acceptance of the much quieter auger-set method.
Eudaly now oversees Office of Neighborhood Involvement, which includes the Noise Control Office, yet there has been no progress on a proposal to remove the pile-driving exemption from decibel limits in the Portland noise code. Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who oversaw ONI before Eudaly, supported such a code amendment, which was unanimously approved by the Noise Review Board at the September meeting at which Eudaly’s statement was delivered.
Sipe said Eudaly aide David Austin five times postponed meetings with her to talk about the issue. When they finally sat down last month, she was given various reasons for patience, including the need to fully inform the construction industry.
In that there have been 17 public meetings in the past three years on the proposed change, 14 of them attended by industry representatives, Sipe fears the supposed need to share information is a cover for the overly solicitous attitude toward the building industry she has detected throughout the drawn-out consideration of the amendment.
“I do have some concerns about ONI Interim Director David Austin’s reasons for delaying this proposal,” she wrote in a memo to her supporters.
Eudaly’s chief policy advisor, Jamey Duhamel told the Examiner, “Our office has decided to bring it forward sometime in the fall or winter when the staff has the time to dedicate to the policy. It does not seem to be a critical time issue as there are no pile-driving projects in the foreseeable future.”
Sipe disagrees, noting that Hoyt Street Properties, which has used the impact hammer on almost all of its Pearl buildings and is a prime critic of the code amendment, has plans to develop Block 23 in the North Pearl.
Noise Control Officer Paul Van Orden is careful about assigning responsibility for the delay.
“I am going to forward your bigger programmatic questions to those above me in the chain of command,” Van Orden wrote the Examiner in an email. “I am not the entity to make a call on management-oriented questions of agency leadership or the given direction of the elected officials regarding ONI.”
Meanwhile, Pearl construction and resultant noise continues.
Sipe filed an appeal of a noise variance granted to Andersen Construction for 10 early morning concrete pours (not pile driving) on Block 20, a Hoyt Street Properties condo building going up on the western edge of The Fields Park. The variance allows work to be done from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. between July 8 and Oct. 15.
Sipe said the work crew has actually begun working at 5 a.m., “as neighbors were awakened by the sound of the concrete pump truck and workers banging on metal.” When she complained to Van Orden, he advised her to appeal to the City Council, which she did.
However, she withdrew the appeal a week before it was scheduled to be heard, explaining that she did not want to distract from the pile driving issue.
Even without the appeal, longer construction hours are a growing topic.
Van Orden has proposed a series of community meetings to address the clear direction of growing density and traffic concerns translating into more early morning and late night construction activity.
“I believe we are at a good point to organize a few citywide panel discussions on night and early morning construction with the Noise Office and our partners, such as a representative from the Bureau of Development Services, the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT and possibly TriMet,” Van Orden wrote in an email to interested persons.
He later clarified: “It would be an opportunity to educate the community in a single meeting on the topic of growing construction noise. The hope would be to give citizens a chance to ask questions about the bigger process of night construction from the noise makers directly. This would allow the community to know and not just blame the issue on noise permits that are at a late stage in the development pattern of our city.”
The Pearl District Neighborhood Association decided to participate in the forum. PDNA’s Livability Committee chair, David Mitchell, however, is not expecting much.
“Time and again, we keep losing the battle,” Mitchell told the board, cautioning that the process may be a waste of time in which neighbors “will end up with nothing.”
|Autos on way out?NW Examiner / 23 d. 6 h. 4 min. ago more|
Local sustainability scholar sees cities of future with far fewer cars
Nico Larco is preparing for the coming of self-driving cars, and he can barely hide his enthusiasm.
He sees auto-oriented cities going the way of the horse and buggy, and sooner than we think.
“The shift this will have on cities will be as significant as when cars were first introduced in the city,” Larco told Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Think Out Loud” host Dave Miller in April. “This is going to be dramatic.”
Larco quoted studies predicting the number of cars on the road could plummet by 90 percent.
Parking, which now consumes 19-27 percent of the land in cities, will be chopped down to size.
“I think surface parking lots will probably pretty much go away,” he said. “All of a sudden, that becomes available land. Density can increase tremendously.
“This is a huge opportunity for sustainability.”
Larco, an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Oregon, cofounded the Sustainable Cities Initiative, based in the university’s Old Town campus in the White Stag building.
His research has been published in scholarly journals, in addition to The New York Times, Forbes and the Financial Times of London, and he is in high demand internationally as a speaker and panelist.
Nico Larco is in high demand as a presenter at conferences around the country.
“As for the sphere of AVs [autonomous vehicles], the sharing economy and e-commerce, there probably isn’t anyone in the country right now as knowledgeable about those topics and how they are likely to influence city form and function as Nico,” said Marc Schlossberg, co-director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative.
The technical capabilities of autonomous vehicles are not Larco’s focus. Rather, he tracks the social and urban revolution in store as AVs parlay the efficiencies of online retailing and the sharing economy. And those phenomena are evident all around.
“We’re already seeing results on parking demand due to Uber and Lyft,” he said.
The ease of car sharing is luring people, especially the younger generation, to sell their cars, and others to give up second cars.
“I think the shift is kind of unavoidable,” he said.
As for e-commerce, “It’s already happening. It’s absolutely happening.”
Loading up the SUV at the supermarket or big box store will be replaced by visits to “guideshops,” showrooms high on personal attention that don’t stock products. Those are delivered to your door later. “Omnichannel” stores will offer both products and online buying.
The Warby Parker Annex, an optical shop that opened last year at 817 NW 23rd Ave., is part of this trend, in which shopping becomes an entertaining experience. While checking out eyewear, shoppers can play classic arcade games.
For more than a decade, Williams-Sonoma Home, 338 NW 23rd Ave., has been primarily a showroom where furniture is ordered for later delivery.
Freed from the need to drive, find a parking place and haul merchandise home, shoppers will not worry about proximity to a parking structure.
“Research says we will need 10 to 15 percent of current parking spaces,” Larco said.
Traffic lanes can be narrower (because AVs are much better drivers than humans) and fewer lanes will be needed to move the diminished number of vehicles, he said. Excess space in the right of way can be converted to more productive uses, freeing up prime real estate for development and public uses.
The time for investors and developers to recalibrate is now, he said. Larco admits that even he was taken aback when a manager from a large San Francisco company gave him this advice: “Number one, don’t build any parking that you don’t absolutely need, because there’s no guarantee that you will be able to pay the mortgage or bond 30 years from now.”
Any parking structures planned today should have high ceilings and avoid sloped floors so they can be adapted for other uses when parking demand dries up, he advised.
Not all rosy
After absorbing the stunning potential Larco sees around the corner, one might think he is optimistic about the future. Just like OPB host Miller and this reporter, you would be mistaken. Larco insists he is tremendously concerned.
“I am not at all gleeful about this future,” he said. “I’m an optimist, and [yet] this terrifies me.”
That’s because making driving easier may trigger more driving. A Fortune article by David Z. Morris explains:
“Rather than simply reducing the time and effort we spend moving around, every new form of transportation from tamed horses onward has reshaped society in such a way that people wound up spending more time and effort traveling—one aspect of an economic phenomenon known as the Jevons paradox. The most recent manifestation of this is the ‘induced demand’ that often instantly clogs newly built highways.”
Larco said the comfort of a 20-minute commute in a self-driving car may convince workers that living 30 minutes from the job is no problem.
Nico Larco (right), an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Oregon, co-founded the Sustainable Cities Initiative, based in Old Town.
“It could be a recipe for horrible sprawl,” he said. “It could expand the urban footprint dramatically as people will want to live farther out.”
While many predict AVs will be hired per ride rather than privately owned, it could go the other way. That could mean wealthy people owning more vehicles than they do now and filling the roadways with unoccupied AVs running their errands. If they trigger traffic jams, there’s no pain for the “zombie” vehicles stuck on the road.
If most self-driving cars are privately owned rather than shared, Larco fears urban livability and environmental sustainability will go backward.
“It could be disastrous,” he told the NW Examiner, “potentially putting at risk all the things I’ve worked for all my life.”
City leads in autonomous vehicle research
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Dan Saltzman launched the Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative in April, inviting companies to test self-driving cars and related technologies in the city.
Nico Larco of the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative sees the program as “an opportunity to lead nationally” in this field.
Larco believes the city “is doing a really great job and should be commended” for its approach.
“They’re not just trying to get AVs at all costs,” he said, but putting city goals ahead of the technology.
Larco, who is advising the city on the project, reports that the city “is getting great responses” to an official request for information from innovators.
A city webpage (portlandoregon.gov/transportation/73493) describes the initiative’s goals:
“Portland can show how to ‘do AV smart’ by working with transportation providers and the public to implement testing and piloting of this technology, while advancing public safety, protection of the environment and transportation access for everyone, regardless of income.
“Autonomous vehicles have the potential to be a truly transformative technology. They could benefit our communities by reducing crashes, improving first and last mile connections for public transit riders, and reducing the high cost of owning a private vehicle. They also have the potential to significantly increase traffic congestion, vehicle miles traveled, and climate pollution. The protections and rules of the road adopted by state and local governments will substantially determine how much benefit and how much burden we experience.”
|The Return of the Sidestreet Monster MashThe Southeast Examiner / 24 d. 11 h. 55 min. ago more|
This pumpkin wearing kitty painting is by Portland artist Malthip. It’s on the wall just in time for Sidestreet Gallery’s annual Monster Mash, a group show. The Mash brings together regional and national artists to celebrate all things fall, Halloween, humor, the season’s turn and the brilliant colors of autumn. This two month show runs Sept 1 – Oct 29.The Gallery is located at 140 SE 28th Ave. See Sidestreetgalleryportland.com 503 233 1204
|Under the Influence: All Trumped UpThe Southeast Examiner / 24 d. 12 h. 1 min. ago more|
In 2015 the Fuse Ensemble and OUTwright created Under the Influence, a serial musical by Broadway lyricist Ernie Lijoi. A successful show that went on to win the 2015 Drammy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Actor in a Musical, it’s now updated and reimagined further and rechristened Under the Influence: All Trumped Up. It’s presented anew September 15 – 30 at the Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave.
Sara Nightingale as Anita, by Greg Parkinson
The production is an unapologetically feminist, irreverent musical, tackling the influences surrounding all of us daily, through the life of heroine, Anita: (Anita Drink, Anita Smoke, Anita Cup, whichever Anita she is that day). Whether it’s Juan Valdez pushing us caffeine, Barbie giving us body issues, a cartoon character pushing nicotine, or our bartender sliding us another drink, we’re all under the influence of something… even Jesus.
Directed by Rusty Tennant and Sara Fay Goldman, opening night is September 15. The show runs Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays through September 30 at 7 pm with a single matinee September 24 at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, online at boxofficetickets.com
|Claudia Nix and Serena BartonThe Southeast Examiner / 24 d. 12 h. 2 min. ago more|
are September’s artists at the 12×16 Gallery, 8235 SE 13th Ave. No. 5
As seen above, the landscapes Nix paints reveal themselves to her slowly over time. A perceived landscape compels her to draw, sketch, study, and paint it numerous times – distilling, simplifying, and exaggerating in the hope “I can capture what originally was only dimly sensed in the original landscape.”
First Friday Reception is September 1, 6-9 pm and artists’ reception is Sunday September 3, from 2 to 4 pm. 12x16gallery.com
|Raymond Carver stories onstage at ImagoThe Southeast Examiner / 24 d. 12 h. 7 min. ago more|
Fans of Raymond Carver will find four of his earliest works staged in Human Noise, three stories and a poem directed and choreographed by Imago Theatre’s Jerry Mouawad.
The stories include Gazebo, A Serious Talk, Neighbors, and the poem Torture. All the pieces explore the intimate and unusual struggles and passions of relationships. Two of the three stories first appeared in print in 1980. The earliest, Neighbors, was published in 1971.
Carver’s narratives expose the veins of Northwest Americans. He was born in Clatskanie, Oregon and spent most of his time on the west coast. He crafted stories with tension, history and an impending sense of conflict to come.
Human Noise is presented at Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave. for six performances: September 21 through 30, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Tickets at Imago, 503.231.9581, TicketsWest at 503.224.8499, or at TicketsWest.com, or at the door. Ticket prices are pay-what-you-will $10 to $20.
|This is Supreme CourtThe Southeast Examiner / 24 d. 12 h. 9 min. ago more|
This is Supreme Court, an extended mural piece a painting with copper collaged elements and crocheted wire by Bonnie Meltzer, on exhibit for the month of September at Emerson House, 1006 NE Emerson St. Meltzer’s other works are about coal, the wonder of rain, clouds and the growing grass. The gallery is open every day from 11 am – 3 pm. See bonniemeltzer.com for more of her work.
|Artichoke concerts resumeThe Southeast Examiner / 24 d. 12 h. 10 min. ago more|
Artichoke Community Music is open again in its new location at 2007 SE Powell Blvd, and September brings two fine concerts to town including the first one in their new performance space.
The first Artichoke sponsored evening, Saturday September 23, features the award-winning songwriter from County Donegal, Ireland, Eunan McIntyre (eunanmcintyre.com). The evening begins at 8 pm with a set from special guest Matt Meighan (mattmeighan.com). Tickets are $15 via Brown Paper Tickets (brownpapertickets.com/event/3059590).
Ireland’s Eunan McIntyre
Live music is returning too in the new improved Café Artichoke at 2001 SE Powell Blvd. The first is Saturday September 30 at 8 pm with Dan Weber and Alice Howe. Tickets are $15 via Brown Paper Tickets (brownpapertickets.com/event/3070964).
Their School of Music launches its Fall classes Monday September 11 including instrument, singing, performance and songwriting instruction. Register online at artichokemusic.org/classes/catalog.php.
|Group Uke lesson studioThe Southeast Examiner / 24 d. 12 h. 16 min. ago more|
There’s a new ukulele studio in town. The Woodstock Ukulele Studio offers private and group lessons in ukulele performance for beginners to advanced players. Open house is scheduled Sunday, September 17 from 4 to 7 pm, and will be followed by a concert of ukulele music.
Brian Fergus has taught music for twenty eight years and was professor emeritus of the City College of San Francisco. He is a certified instructor in the only notation-based ukulele teaching methodology created by Canadian virtuoso James Hill and lifelong ukulele teacher Chalmers Doane.
Based on ensemble playing, rather than strumming, the group classes are a way for players to understand music theory while playing music along the way.
The studio is located at the corner of SE Tolman and 46th Ave (entrance on Tolman, behind the house at 6305 SE 46th). More information at woodstockukes.com.
|Dance to Pa’lante for TanzaniaThe Southeast Examiner / 24 d. 12 h. 17 min. ago more|
Pa’lante is a band for folks who love to dance to salsa, cumbia, and merengue. Once your feet find the music it is difficult to stop and it’s a great way to spend an end of summer evening This month the band is playing in a benefit for the Rafiki Village Project a non-profit whose mission is to improve health, and increase literacy in Tanzanian villages. Read all about it and break out your dancing feet for a good cause and effect.
An evening of danceable music to benefit the work of the Rafiki Village Project is coming Saturday, September 16 with the unstoppable rhythms of Pa’lante Latin Jazz Quintet, featuring Francisco Marmolejo and Nick Gefroh. The AfroFolk Project, led by Jan DeWeese will open.
The event includes a visual presentation about the work of the Village Project and a silent auction fundraiser. It is co-sponsored by KBOO Community Radio.
Pa’lante is a Portland favorite bands, playing latin jazz, salsa, cumbia, merengue and timba for listening and dancing. The band features a combination of original members from the genesis of the band, along with new faces. Started in 1985 by percussionist Nick Gefroh, the band is high energy and contagious.
A Pa’lante set moves from spicy’ Latin jazz to hot salsa, to cumbia, merengue, bolero, and cha cha cha, all designed for extreme dancing. Get a visual and musical taste at palantepdx.com
The Rafiki Village Project (rafikivp.org) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, founded in Oregon in 2016 by medical specialist David Newman. Its mission is to improve health, increase literacy, and promote economic prosperity in Tanzanian villages. The project is currently working in Gijega, where poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, and access to clean water and adequate healthcare are among the challenges faced by a community of subsistence farmers.
The benefit is at the Sweeney-Moran Garagatorium, 1711 SE 40th, and begins at 6 pm. Advance tickets are $30 through brownpapertickets.com/event/3056351. Delicious African food by Black Star Grill and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. For more, contact David at 503.236.6752, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Franklin High School Re-Opens ReinventedThe Southeast Examiner / 24 d. 13 h. 2 min. ago more|
By Nancy Tannler
Thanks to the $482 million school building improvement bond the citizens of Portland voted for in 2012, Franklin, Roosevelt and Grant High Schools and one K – 8 have had or will have a complete makeover, while 63 other schools will receive classroom upgrades.
In SE Portland, Franklin High School reopens for class this fall to a fully modernized school where old and new architecture has been woven together to provide a building for the best possible learning institution for teenagers in the state.
David Mayne, Communications Manager for the Bond Program at Portland Public Schools, has been overseeing these projects since 2013. This fall he is glad to see both Franklin and Roosevelt are finished and reopening to what he believes is a good use of our tax dollars.
The Franklin Alumni Association also privately raised money so the brick on the new Performing Arts Building (SE 52nd & Woodward) matches the rest of the school. Nike provided funds to pay for the new track and athletic field.
Planning for the Franklin remodel began in 2012 first by forming the Design Advisory Group and Master Planning Committees comprised of parents, teachers, students, service providers and the community. Before beginning, they held over twenty meetings to help define the design and figure out what would work and what wouldn’t.
“The prime directive was to preserve the iconic essence of the building,” Mayne said. Portland Public Schools (PPS) worked with DOWA / IBI Group Architects and SERA Architects.
Karina Ruiz, Principal Education Planner, and Tonie Esteban, Project Architect at DOWA IBI, both spoke with The Southeast Examiner about the development of the project, the challenges and the final outcome.
“We began building just as Franklin was celebrating their Centennial anniversary,” Ruiz said. “We wanted to bring out the old building while eliminating and replacing structures that no longer work for todays learning styles – a home for students for the next 100 years.”
Esteban was the principal architect from the firm who followed the project from the early planning stages through to the finish. DOWA / IBI has a reputation for remodeling schools and SERA, the other architectural firm involved, are experts at historic preservation and renovation.
“This was a big, complicated project,” she said. The combined experience made the outcome as spectacular as it is.
Franklin was first built back in 1915, modeled after the Colonial Revival architecture. It is one of Portland’s most beautiful high schools but the interior design was a formulaic factory model with the teacher at the head of the class and the students lined up as audience. Learning styles have changed and the remodel at Franklin reflects these changes.
Today’s students no longer learn best by the one size fits all model. There is more collaboration, connectivity, project-based learning and personalized instruction. The newly-designed classrooms intermingles career paths, so rather than just funneling a student through a program, they are introduced to other possibilities and choices for expanding career ideas.
The new arts building
The new west wing houses the performing arts center with an auditorium that can seat all of Franklin’s students and a couple of smaller stages, which provide state of the art lighting and behind the scenes technology training.
Karina Ruiz,Principal Education Planner
It is also where the CTE / Career Preparedness classrooms are. These include: engineering robotics, metal manufacturing, woods/construction, industrial technology, Black Box (stage), performing arts, science and math classrooms.
“One of the ways we brought the campus together was to shift the playing field 90 degrees. Now the new gym, the biomedical science and the culinary arts building are right next to the outdoor fields,” Ruiz said. Plus, the track was never regulation size so they couldn’t hold track meets and now, thanks to Nike, it is.
There is an interesting anecdote about the football field, known as “The Bowl.” This space was originally planned as a walkway to the school from Division Street but after a heavy rainfall, it caused a sinkhole twenty feet deep in the spot where the field is today.
Tonie Esteban,Project Architect
“One of the most challenging projects was the reinvention of the auditorium into the library. I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out, but now looking at the results, it is dramatic, cool and functional,” Esteban said.
The stage became classrooms, the ground floor book stacks and the mezzanine a seating area with lots of natural light. Natural light is an important benefit in an educational environment because of the improved focus, less distraction and better student health. Ruiz said the overall new design brings a lot of natural light into Franklin.
Franklin’s has a strong college preparatory curriculum as well as Advanced Placement (AP) courses. They offer: engineering, architecture design, construction, law/constitution, journalism and other bachelor of arts preparatory courses.
The high school has transitioned into not only college preparatory institution, but also offers vocational training to give all students an opportunity to have a marketable skill once they graduate.
First to register
When Franklin was first built, it was the fourth high school in Portland and there were 136 students in attendance. Due to the post war Baby Boom in 1947, the school passed a levy to increase the size to 219,574 sq. ft. with a student capacity of about 1,200. The new Franklin is 280,000 sq. ft with 1,700 student capacity.
Esteban appreciates Skanska Construction and all the sub-contractors who went above and beyond to get this project done on time and on budget; especially since working on a hundred year old building often held surprises.
“Franklin represents the yin and yang of preservation. We reinvented and repurposed some of the historic portions of the building while modernizing everything for today’s learning, plus, we stayed in budget,” Esteban said.
“This is a gem not only to teach the children but also for the community.”
|Memorial Tells Story of Dr. Unthank
Portland Observer / 26 d. 20 h. 8 min. ago more|
A memorial plaque telling the story of the late Dr. DeNorval Unthank, the first black doctor in Portland and a dedicated humanitarian who tirelessly advocated for civil rights while building his medical practice, was dedicated at Unthank Park in north Portland during an Aug. 19 community celebration sponsored by Self Enhancement, Inc.
|Drowning Victim was Caring, Compassionate
Portland Observer / 27 d. 12 h. 35 min. ago more|
Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church was standing room only as family and friends gathered Aug. 6 to say goodbye to Jonathan James Walker, 18, who drowned off Sauvie Island on Aug. 2 while swimming with friends.
|100 Years of Roses
Portland Observer / 33 d. 21 h. 53 min. ago more|
You’re invited to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of an iconic Portland treasure, Portland’s Washington Park has just underwent new accessibility improvements and an all day party is thrown this Saturday, Aug. 26.
|Affordable, Family Housing
Portland Observer / 33 d. 22 h. 53 min. ago more|
The Charlotte Rutherford Place--which honors one of Portland's pioneering African American families and their impact on the entire community, will rise from 6905 N Interstate Ave., providing 31 one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom units as part of Portland’s housing strategy to address displacement and gentrification.
|Where History Happened
Portland Observer / 34 d. 13 h. 1 min. ago more|
Portland’s Architectural Heritage Center, which has long been engaged with preserving the history of the African American experience in the city, has stepped up its efforts to record and place important buildings on the National Historic Registry.
|Mother Nature Cooperates for The Great Solar Eclipse
Portland Observer / 34 d. 21 h. 27 min. ago more|
Amazing sight wows crowds
|Loans for Start-Up Entrepreneurs
Portland Observer / 40 d. 12 h. 53 min. ago more|
A number of diverse, low-income entrepreneurs in Oregon and southwest Washington will have better access to small loans to start their business thanks to the financial help Wells Fargo recently gave to Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), a community development financial institution working with disadvantaged communities.
|Kayse Jama Announces Senate Run
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Kayse Jama, the executive director of Unite Oregon and a longtime community organizer, announced on Facebook on August 7th that he is running for Oregon Senate District 24, currently held by Senator Rod Monroe.
|Parking rationing postponed for another yearNW Examiner / 49 d. 7 h. 18 min. ago more|
Property management firms say they weren’t included in the planning
Large apartment management firms balked at the thought of choosing which of their tenants would be able to park on the street.
They didn’t want the administrative burden of picking winners and losers or the possibility of being sued for discrimination by someone left out. Let the city decide who will be eligible for a dwindling number of parking permits to be granted in Northwest Portland’s Zone M and leave them out of it.
That was the message of a several property managers who attended the June meeting of the Parking Stakeholders Advisory Committee, which was given the authority to ration permits in Zone M by City Council last year. The particulars are now being crafted by the committee.
The two-year-old parking program has so far granted permits to every area worker and resident willing to pay the $60 annual fee (rising to $180 this month).
That has resulted in oversubscribing the zone’s 5,200 parking spaces by selling about 9,000 permits, making the hunt for an available spot almost as difficult as before the program began. Unless a formula can be established to limit eligibility, the whole exercise fails to provide a public benefit by making parking easier for those who have a reason to be in the district.
The first proposed stages of rationing are to be modest, pertaining only to residents of new buildings having more than 30 units. In these buildings, only 60 percent of the units could get a permit. Of the 54 apartment buildings with more than 30 units in Zone M, only 13 buildings had permits exceeding the 60 percent threshold last year. Those would be the first buildings to feel the pinch if and when rationing comes.
That was the plan, anyway. But property managers from at least four firms protested that they hadn’t received adequate notice of plans to make them gatekeepers for tenants seeking permits.
Jeff Reingold, president of Income Property Management, told the SAC that administering the right to park on the street could make permits conditions of leases and subject to complex landlord-tenant law. Preparing for this potential new responsibility would take more than the month or so before Aug. 1, when the annual permits are renewed.
Reingold also criticized the SAC and program staff for not reaching out sooner and more broadly to property management companies or their trade group, Multifamily NW.
“I’m not going to accept this,” Reingold said. “The problem is, you didn’t ask.”
Reingold’s problem with the program actually goes deeper. He doesn’t believe access to on-street parking should be limited at all.
“You’re not changing demand, just restricting supply,” he said. “That’s not how it works.”
Last month, he returned to the SAC with a direct challenge to the program’s authority.
Green lines mark streets between 19th, 24th, Pettygrove and Vaughn streets where parking meters are being installed.
“You don’t have the right to treat different tenants differently,” he said. “We don’t want any restrictions. If you force us to rent apartments without the right to park, that’s unacceptable.”
SAC Chair Rick Michaelson had a ready retort: “I look forward to your court case.”
Reingold demurred that he hadn’t mentioned the possibility of a suit.
“Then I don’t know what else you’re going to do,” Michaelson replied, apparently confident that City Council would be unlikely to reverse clear directives issued in July 2016.
Reingold said no more on the subject.
The only other property manager to speak at the July SAC meeting, Russell Tunes of Apartments Northwest LLC, said setting limits on the supply of permits is “realistic … When it’s full, it’s full.”
Longtime Northwest Portland apartment owner Walter McMonies attended both the June and July SAC meetings at which the rationing process was discussed.
“Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater,” warned McMonies, who said the program is helping contain the parking problem.
“Let’s fine-tune what you’ve done,” he told the SAC.
If a consensus can be found among property managers, it will have to accommodate a wide range of views. Tim Gray of Apartments Northwest told the SAC they were “playing god with the parking permits” and that their approach represents a position somewhere between socialism and communism.
The new meters do not print receipts to post in car windows, but instead record license plate numbers. This feature allows payments to be made remotely by the Parking Kitty app. The new meter type will soon be in place throughout Zone M. Photo by Wesley Mahan
“Nobody really cares about us or our concerns,” Gray said. “This is all about forcing everyone to ride bikes and walk and take transit.”
Michaelson recognized that there wouldn’t be time to bring property management companies on board before the annual permits are renewed in August, so he postponed action on rationing strategies for another year. That means the number of permits in circulation will increase over the next 12 months as new apartment buildings are completed and occupied. The program’s goal of reducing parking saturation to 85 percent of available spaces—the level at which, on average, a vacant space can be found on each block—will fall further out of sync.
“We’re well over 90 percent [at peak times],” he said.
Noting that the program’s start-up was delayed four years (due primarily to a PBOT meter-acquisition scandal), Michaelson said, “Some of us would like to see things get better before we retire.”
|Change of heart gives theater shot at owning historic buildingNW Examiner / 49 d. 7 h. 27 min. ago more|
Community board members willing to turn over title in exchange for seismic, ADA upgrade
In Northwest Children’s Theater’s ongoing quest to purchase the historic landmark it has called home the past 23 years, the nonprofit appears to have won over one of its staunchest critics.
Gordy Allen, an attorney who has represented citizens resisting the sale, now believes selling the Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center to the theater group provides the best chance to preserve the building long term while protecting the legacy of neighborhood activists who acquired the center in 1978 for community purposes.
Allen ran for the NNCC board of directors in February with the goal of protecting the neighborhood’s investment, even if that meant selling the building to a developer likely to demolish the building.
Since then, he has gained an appreciation for the theater’s popularity and the community’s desire to save the building, not to mention its operator’s political clout.
“I became a convert to preservation,” Allen said at NNCC’s board meeting last month, “I don’t care about ownership if you make it so [the building] lasts.”
The Children’s Theater has for years contended that it could not acquire sufficient donations and grants for a full upgrade of the 1911 structure, including seismic retrofitting, without owning the property.
In May, fundraising consultant Mark Sherman told the board that he was prepared to launch a $5.2 million capital campaign on behalf of the theater to underwrite seismic upgrades, including stabilizing the roof and sandstone exterior; and ADA improvements, such as ramps, a new elevator and parking lot modifications. The improvements are also tied to obtaining a long overdue occupancy permit from the city. The permit is hinged upon satisfying a list of life/safety upgrades identified by Portland Fire & Rescue in 2004 and updated in 2008.
The enormous weight of the 106-year-old Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center rests on sandstone walls and columns that are visibly crumbling in spots. A seismic upgrade would involve fastening them to an interior steel structure.Photos by Wesley Mahan
The Children’s Theater has so far been unable to afford the major items on that list, but Sherman has talked to potential donors who are enthusiastic about supporting both the arts and historic preservation. These donors may not be so generous if their money is ultimately controlled by another organization, NNCC, with a different mission, he said.
“We think it’s achievable,” Sherman said of the $5.2 million target, “but the Northwest Children’s Theater can’t invest unless ownership is in its hands.”
In the past, Allen and others loyal to the NNCC have been reluctant to surrender ownership without receiving a substantial purchase price and/or assurances of a major investment in the building’s structural soundness and code compliance.
“I came on the board with the idea that it is more probable than not that the building will be torn down at some point because the political authorities will conclude that it is too dangerous to use, and the charitable world will not be willing to supply the funds to make it safe,” Allen wrote in a July 18 email to the NW Examiner.
“Since arriving on the board, my sense of the sentiment of the membership is that most people like the Children’s Theater and would prefer that the building be preserved if funds can be found ($5-$8 million) to fix it up.”
The enormous weight of the 106-year-old Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center rests on sandstone walls and columns that are visibly crumbling in spots. A seismic upgrade would involve fastening them to an interior steel structure.Photos by Wesley Mahan
Although now open to this possibility, Allen remains skeptical that the Children’s Theater can accomplish that goal.
However, “the board should cooperate with the Children’s Theater to raise those huge funds so that this preferable outcome is more likely and so that we are not blamed if the Children’s Theater fails.”
Allen insists on a fail-safe provision, which has been supported in theory by the Children’s Theater.
“If the Children’s Theater cannot raise the funds necessary to do the work, then the board has to be able to recover occupancy so that the building can be marketed to other charitable entities that might be able to use and preserve it.”’
And if no such buyer or occupant can be found, at least the property can be sold for redevelopment and the neighborhoods will have resources that can be put to other uses.
Allen described the board as in unanimity on the broad picture he outlined, though details remain unsettled.
Dan Anderson, who was part of the slate elected with Allen in February, said, “I think the entire NNCC board supports this but only with well-defined performance tests and deadlines, where failure to meet the tests would result in reversion of title.”
Children’s Theater founder and Managing Director Judy Kafoury is optimistic that the opening presented by Allen and his board allies will lead to “a win-win for both [organizations].”
Under terms now under negotiation, Kafoury said, “there is a reverter clause that if we did not finish the seismic and ADA upgrades, then the building would revert back to the NNCC board.
“It is true that we need to have ownership of the building in order to receive enough funds to complete all the needed upgrades,” she added, “but we will not begin this work until we have all the funds in hand.”
If the Children’s Theater and NNCC board stay on the same page, the biggest hurdle ahead may be NNCC membership, which must approve a sale by a two-thirds majority. The last time a sale was proposed—in 2006 for $2.1 million—56 percent voted yes and the deal was nixed.
Although no sale price is being mentioned at this time, reports of a proposed $1 price tag circulated earlier this year drew a large turnout to the NNCC annual meeting and resulted in an election sweep of candidates opposed to a bargain-basement transfer.
|City takes out the trash – finallyNW Examiner / 49 d. 7 h. 33 min. ago more|
Volunteers operated full-service collection service 7 years without government help
The city of Portland begins emptying sidewalk trash containers in the Pearl District this month, finally including arguably the most vibrant part of the central city in a basic urban service.
The wonder is that it took so long. Pearl residents recognized the need at least a decade ago as the former warehouse district completed its transformation into an intensely urban extension of downtown. When Jan Valentine helped form the Livability Committee of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association in 2009, complaints about “the increasing trash on all of our streets and sidewalks” topped the list.
“We were amazed to discover that the city didn’t provide trash cans or service in the Pearl,” she said.
Valentine discovered it was not an oversight. City officials told her there was no budget for Pearl District trash removal and no plans to get one.
When she asked the city to at least provide receptacles, she struck out. Not only would the city’s Bureau of Planning & Sustainability provide no help, citizens wanting to establish a voluntary collection program would have to acquire the containers, take out city permits and hire a hauler to empty the cans.
“I was totally shocked when I got that word,” she said.
But the retired vice president of Hollywood’s The Burbank Studios is not known to back away from a challenge, so she methodically tackled each barrier to create a citizen-funded and managed system of regular trash removal. Neighbor and architect John Baymiller painstakingly created a schematic map of the area noting where receptacles were needed, complete with all the details needed for city permits.
The neighborhood-sponsored trash can program began in 2011 with 24 round concrete receptacles donated by the city. The steel cans came from the Seattle Seahawks and were added later. Photos by Wesley Mahan
Josh Ryan, then executive director of the Pearl District Business Association, extracted a promise from then Mayor Sam Adams to donate 24 surplus concrete garbage can containers earmarked for disposal. They were placed at busy corners between West Burnside and Northwest Irving streets.
The search for a cooperative garbage hauler ended with CleanScapes, a Seattle-based company committed to community livability solutions. CleanScapes (later renamed Recology Cleanscapes) charged $20 a month to empty each can once a week and $33 for twice a week.
Valentine and her committee recruited companies and individuals to sponsor one or more trash can, and then handled the billing and day to day oversight of operations.
Signs recognizing the sponsor of each can were made and attached to the receptacles. They were signs of recognition that also bore constant accountability. Anyone seeing an overflowing or damaged can knew whom to blame.
As the Pearl grew, the 24 cans south of Irving weren’t enough. Through CleanScapes, Valentine learned that the Seattle Seahawks had 36 extra steel trash receptacles. PDNA could have them for the cost of shipping and installed them on streets between Irving and Lovejoy. The association had to pay more than $4,000 to expand the program, and its board of directors wrote the checks.
All told, PDNA spent more than $9,000 to acquire, install, maintain and replace trash receptacles for public use. Private sponsors, meanwhile, contributed about $25,000 a year for trash hauling from 2011-17.
“It was a full-time job,” Valentine said, noting that management duties engaged her seven days a week.
“This wouldn’t have happened without her,” said Bill Dolan, who took over her management role in 2013.
“I can’t imagine anybody else getting this off the ground,” he said. “She made this program.”
While admitting that his role in maintaining the program was easier than hers, Dolan said he still spent several lunch hours a week responding to calls and emails, tending to overflowing or damaged trash cans and working with Recology on the billing of a constantly shifting list of sponsors.
“It’s been overwhelming at times,” he said.
The city takeover couldn’t have come soon enough for Dolan, a loan officer with Guild Mortgage.
“I can’t tell you how relieved I am,” he said.
The intent was never for the Adopt-a-Trashcan program to carry on indefinitely.
“It was always with the thought of going back to city again,” Valentine said.
However, approaches to BPS Director Susan Anderson gained no footing until Stan Penkin joined the Livability Committee. Penkin knew Anderson, and when he put together reasons and data in support of the city extending its downtown trash pickup service to the Pearl and several other neighborhood business districts, she was more receptive. It took two years, but a budget and logistics were approved last year.
The Livability Committee was careful not to frame it as a special request for the Pearl District, which is seen as an upscale neighborhood getting more than its share of city attention.
Valentine and Penkin are also part of Friendly Streets, an independent nonprofit working to address litter, graffiti, and livability issues citywide. The funding package approved extends trash service to five other local business districts, most of them on the east side.
Would the other districts have gotten service had the Pearl not led the way?
He can’t be sure of the answer to that question, but Penkin said, “This is a good example [of the Pearl neighborhood acting] for the betterment of the entire city.”
Kevin Veaudry Casaus, manager of the city’s Public Trashcan Program, appreciates what Pearl volunteers accomplished.
“It’s great that they took it on on their own and ran a well-managed, successful program,” Casaus said. “This is not an easy service to provide and we certainly acknowledge that.”
No one is more pleased than Valentine that her idea has been taken over by the city.
“I’m thrilled,” she said. “It’s been seven years of a lot of hard work to keep care of the neighborhood.
“There is no other program like what was done in the Pearl. What we developed in was truly a public-private utility system.”
While she knew the program inside out, one thing Valentine didn’t know was how much it would cost the city to take over Pearl trash collection.
When she learned BPS will by paying $20,280 a year, according to the bureau’s communication manager Christine Llobregat, another thought crossed her mind: That’s all?
The city claimed poverty for the years over an amount representing 1/10th of 1 percent of its $21 million annual budget.
“All the blood, sweat and tears for comparatively nothing,” she said.
|Developer takes backdoor path to legalize commercial zoningNW Examiner / 88 d. 12 h. 53 min. ago more|
Killian Pacific, a Vancouver, Wash.,-based developer, is quietly attempting to rezone an acre of Northwest District property from residential to commercial.
The company is seeking to slip the changes in as “code reconciliation and map refinement projects” to the citywide Comprehensive Plan Update, which is being fine-tuned after approval by City Council.
The Northwest District Association Planning Committee suspects the company of using a backdoor route to avoid the full scrutiny and substantial expense of orthodox zone change requests.
The property is in three parcels, all involving commercial buildings in residential zones. The largest of the three contains the five-story 25th & Lovejoy Medical Building, which connects to a garage facing Marshall Street.
The second, occupied by the one-story Lovejoy Surgicenter, is across the street from the larger medical building.
The third is a 50×100-foot lot behind Pottery Barn at Northwest 23rd and Everett that is used as accessory parking for the store.
Property owners are permitted to continue nonconforming uses but cannot expand them without zone changes. The zoning requested would allow construction of larger commercial buildings and the introduction of retail uses.
Top: The lot east of Pottery Barn is now used for commercial parking.Bottom: Commercial buildings on either side of Northwest Lovejoy at 25th are in a residential zone.
The proposed changes were presented to the neighborhood committee by Joan Fredrickson of the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability. Fredrickson, while conceding that changing the zoning map in this manner would bypass stricter standards, said reconsideration of the parcels was requested by one or more members of City Council.
Neighborhood representatives were critical of the whole idea.
Committee member Greg Theisen said allowing commercial uses to creep into residential areas harms the neighborhood. Michael Harrison agreed, saying “the residential character of the neighborhood is constantly being assaulted.”
Theisen was particularly bothered by the lot behind Pottery Barn, where part of a house has been used as an office to legalize the parking.
“Why should we do this for someone who got away with something before?” he asked.
NWDA President Karen Karlsson offered a frank assessment of the request gaining neighborhood support: “No way in hell.”
Local developer and former Portland Planning Commission chair Rick Michaelson said the path sought by Killian Pacific could provide enormous benefits to the company. He described the normal zone change process as involving “months and months and tens of thousands of dollars. The Bureau of Development Services fee itself is $30,000. Even then, it is extremely difficult to meet the approval criteria.”
Adam Tyler, vice president of development for Killian Pacific, said the company has no plans for the properties other than mechanical and perhaps exterior upgrades. As to the possibility of substantial redevelopment, “You’re looking further down the road than we are.”
Tyler said he was not aware of the advantages inherent in changing zoning through the code reconciliation process.
|Stadium expansion pinches public spaceNW Examiner / 88 d. 13 h. 19 min. ago more|
The Portland City Council considered a $5 million ticket tax waiver a fair exchange for the privately funded expansion of Providence Park. But some neighborhood representatives wonder if the city is giving up something even more valuable: public space.
The proposed $50 million covered grandstand along Southwest 18th Avenue overwhelms—in the words of several neighborhood activists—the existing stadium, the sidewalk and the general vicinity. The addition was shown as 103 feet tall in initial drawings and has since been trimmed to 93 feet. The existing stadium is about 77 feet tall, according to city records.
Peregrine Sports LLC, owners of the Timbers and Thorns soccer teams, is underwriting the $50 million addition to the city-owned stadium.
The addition would extend over the sidewalk east of the stadium, creating an 11.5-foot wide arcade that either enhances the pedestrian experience or converts the public right of way into private space—perhaps both at once—depending on one’s point of view.
Even though the sidewalk would be wider than it is now, skeptics doubt it will be sufficient for the additional 4,000 fans pouring from the new grandstand, which increases the park’s seating capacity to 25,000.
Northwest District Association representatives recommended that the entire grandstand be situated perhaps 15 feet nearer the playing field, thus eliminating the need to overhand the sidewalk.
Furthermore, some see it as turning the public sidewalk into a place that feels like a part of the stadium.
Even 18th Avenue might be narrowed and the parking lane removed to transfer every possible inch to the new grandstand.
“There is no generosity to the public spaces,” said Steve Pinger, a member of the Northwest District Association Planning Committee.
Building above a sidewalk is a big deal in Portland. Doing so requires a Major Encroachment in the Public Right of Way Review, involving stringent standards, including approval by the City Council.
The initial approval step is with the Portland Design Commission.
“The Design Commission noted that the bar is high … to demonstrate the public benefit provided by the encroachment,” wrote Tim Heron, senior planner for the Bureau of Development Services. “While the economic benefit is clear to the organization and surrounding businesses, it will be important to show the public benefit of this major encroachment to the public that does not pay to attend events at Providence Park.”
At a design advice hearing before the commission in May, “commissioners agreed that the addition of 4,000 new seats and patrons exiting the facility after a game could create a safety hazard given the proposed 10-foot-wide corridor,” Heron wrote.
(Plans were amended to provide 18 more inches of width after receiving the commission’s advice.)
“Since [that] meeting, the majority of commission agreed that the minimum clear width of the arcade—at least 12 feet in width was suggested—should not be determined until a crowd movement analysis is done. The balance of any necessary width not attainable from the sidewalk expansion into Southwest 18th Avenue shall be taken from inside the property line,” he continued.
While the Design Commission may be looking at the ground in its calculations, Pinger and others on the NWDA Planning Committee have their sights set higher. They imagine a structure towering over the 91-year-old stadium, designed by famed architect A.E. Doyle, while blocking views and sunlight.
“This is a big reduction in light and air for the public,” said Michael Harrison, a Northwest District resident and a former senior planner for the city.
Some neighborhood representatives believe the conflict over space along Southwest 18th Avenue could be resolved by moving the entire addition westward, but project architects see the proposed design as a benefit for spectators and the public.
Pinger suggested lowering the grandstand by one level, eliminating “the most expensive seats in the stadium,” and moving the entire structure westward, thereby staying out of the right of way and permitting a smaller roof.
But Chelsea Grassinger of Allied Works Architecture, the project designer, said reconfiguring the public right of way is central to the proposal.
“The design optimizes the experience for the spectator but also activates the connection between the stadium and the neighborhood through the arcade design,” Grassinger wrote in an email to the Examiner.
“Additionally, the arcade provides sidewalk weather protection and increases the sidewalk open space, improving the movement of pedestrians and, given its generous height, maintains light, air and vistas.”
The Portland Design Commission generally likes the arcade.
“The commission agreed that the height of the arcade and the overall design of the cable-tension structure would make for a positive arcade experience,” wrote Heron.
“The arcade itself is a great public benefit,” he added, while noting further development along the street, perhaps vendors operating on non-game days, “would support the street life of Southwest 18th Avenue.”
Grassinger told Northwest neighbors that moving the structure to the west would necessitate demolishing restrooms built six years ago.
The rationales didn’t satisfy John Bradley, chair of the NWDA Planning Committee, who told her he needed “better reasons as to why you can’t push the whole building west.”
Grassinger emphasizes the transparency of the largely glass and steel grandstand and roof. That may be a nod to promises made when the stadium was reconfigured for the Timbers in 2011 that public views into the stadium from 18th Avenue would be retained.
While pedestrians can still see into the stadium, the sightlines do not include the field of play as they did before. The current design attempts only to protect existing views.
That isn’t good enough for some neighbors. Bill Welch of the NWDA Planning Committee suggested large monitors outside the stadium might “fulfill the commitment you made to have access to the stadium.”
The Goose Hollow Foothills League, the neighborhood association surrounding the stadium, is also big on transparency.
“The [latest] version proposed creates a walling off where there are currently open sightlines that contribute much to the neighborhood,” stated a motion passed by GHFL last month. “By adding glazing, this would allow for more open sightlines (as required in the good neighbor agreement).”
Parking issues are never far away when enlarging a major stadium having no designated parking facility. The Timbers organization has been praised as a national model for minimizing its parking impact on the surrounding neighborhoods. A Stadium Oversight Committee that includes neighborhood representatives has been working with the city and stadium operator to further incentivize use of transit, downtown garages and other alternatives to parking on adjacent streets.
One option under discussion is the addition of three MAX trains at the ready to whisk fans away in the 20 minutes after games end.
Ron Walters, a member of the oversight committee, said the goal is to reduce the neighborhood impact of parking below present conditions, and he believes that is possible.
Construction could begin in November and continue for about 12 months.
|Signs of times crop up in store windowsNW Examiner / 88 d. 13 h. 28 min. ago more|
The signs are posted on front doors and windows next to Help Wanted signs, event posters and liquor license notices.
But these statements outside many Northwest Portland businesses stand out. Installed after November’s presidential election, they are signs of the times.
“Standing with Muslims,” reads one.
“We welcome all races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, genders,” announces another.
“Love wins. Black lives matter. Immigrants and refugees are welcome,” a third confirms.
And someone used a marker to simply write “PDX Pride” in the window of a bar.
Owners and employees say the posters are apolitical, but they signal something significant about the current meaning of business as usual.
Notably, all Northwest Portland businesses displaying the signs are locally owned.
Patricia Zanger, owner of Bonnet, might have been the first in the district to put her values up front.
After the election, Zanger was beset by customers opining “about how great it was going to be with [President Donald] Trump” in office.
That made her uncomfortable—unable to leave and not wanting to offend while having to listen to views “you feel so strongly against.”
When she learned about the “In our America” posters, which are designed and made in Portland (nwgsdpdx.org), she jumped on it. She has sold more than 300 yard signs ($10) and posters ($3), and many more people have dropped in to express appreciation for her stand.
All money collected goes to Nasty Women Get Shit Done, which distributes them to 10 local organizations judged likely to “suffer under the new administration,” including Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s Emergency Housing Fund, CAUSA (supporting Latino immigrants), Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform and TAP, a transgender support organization.
“If you can’t express yourself as a businessperson,” Zanger asked, “what’s the use in being in business?”
Here are the stories behind the signs at 8 other Nob Hill businesses:
“Open to Everyone: We Don’t Discriminate,” reads the notice at Pacific Pie.“I told [the owner] that we want signs that we include everyone, because of the times,” said employee Ky Kallam, 21.
The unwritten rule of bars, said TJ Farris, 38, co-owner of Lightning Will Bar & Grill, is you don’t mix politics with alcohol. But the November election was “one of the scarier days I’ve worked,” Farris said, so he put a sign up “to ease tension.”“Everything’s going to be OK,” he said. “We’re going to get through this.”Farris said there have been no negative reactions to the sign.
A bartender at Joe’s Cellar who declined to share her name said she thought a former waitress scrawled “PDX Pride” with a heart on a window.“It hasn’t been there long,” she said.
“We’ve had lots of positive reactions, people asking where they can get one,” said Emily Noren, 31, of the sign at Float Shoppe spa. She said the sign is meant to help create a safe belonging space.
“I notice that white people in power do not put those signs up,” said Cali Avila, an employee of ClogsN-More.Avila said the sign on the front door—“Standing With Muslims Against Islamophobia & Racism”—inspired her to apply for her job.“People who’ve struggled put those signs up,” Avila said, noting the owner is Libyan.The sign has brought a lot of positive reactions, she said.
Manager Mat Clune, 30, said Bishops Barbershop outshines a national chain he used to work for.“I’m glad to work for a company where if someone comes in saying discriminatory things and we tell them to leave, my managers will support me,” Clune said. “It’s a statement of inclusivity, not a political statement.”
“It’s essential,” said Hannah Johnson, 25, at Tender Loving Empire. “This is the least that you can do in light of what happened with the stabbings, and the general political climate.”Johnson said inclusivity is “part of our branding,” something people patrons expect of the company.
“It’s an important statement to make right now,” said Sloan Boutique owner Karalee Whitehouse, 45, of her sign, which she put up after the election.For Whitehouse, it’s a reflection of the way Sloan has always done business. Not everyone in the neighborhood feels the same, she said.“I think the fancier the restaurant, the less they want to put that kind of paper in their window,” she said.