• Commissioner Eudaly 'eviscerates' local reporter with apparently false claimCommissioner Eudaly 'eviscerates' local reporter with apparently false claim

    The Oregonian responds to Commissioner Chloe Eudaly complaints against local journalists in posts that she thought were private. Portland journalists, politicians and government insiders were all atwitter over Veterans Day weekend when freelance journalist Mike Bivins posted screen shots of city Commissioner Chloe Eudaly complaining about local journalists ...

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  • Man’s body found near I-84 in TroutdaleMan’s body found near I-84 in Troutdale

    TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) — The body of a man, in his late 20s or early 30s, was found near an exit of I-84 in Troutdale on Friday afternoon. Investigators said the death of the man — who had a medium build, brown hair, a beard, and wearing blue jeans with a 2-toned gray-and-black sweatshirt — was suspicious. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham PD and the Oregon State Police are looking into the case. Anyone who may have seen someone matching this description between November 10 and November 17 is asked to call Multnomah County Detective Brad Robertson at 503.988.0358. The investigation is active and ongoing.Filed under: Crime, Editor's Pick, Headlines, Multnomah County

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  • ‘Paper Turkey’ baskets readied at Union Gospel Mission‘Paper Turkey’ baskets readied at Union Gospel Mission

    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission were busy Saturday putting together 600 Thanksgiving food baskets. The baskets include everything necessary for a traditional meal — stuffing, gravy, yams and a voucher for turkey. The baskets will be distributed to families and individuals in need through a network of churches and non-profits. Union Gospel — Paper Turkey Stacy Kean, the communications director for the Union Gospel Mission, said people who get the baskets are thrilled. “They live in a single room only or low income housing and they make a party of it, invite their neighbors and have a wonderful Thanksgiving,” Kean said. The baskets are part of Union Gospel’s Paper Turkey online fundraising campaign.Filed under: Civic Affairs, Editor's Pick, Headlines, Homeless, Human Interest, Multnomah County

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  • Truck flies over embankment, kills 2 in WoodburnTruck flies over embankment, kills 2 in Woodburn

    WOODBURN, Ore. (KOIN) — The bodies of 2 men were found inside the cab of a truck Saturday morning near Woodburn, the apparent victims of a single-vehicle crash. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was called around 9:45 a.m. to the 2500 block of E. Lincoln Street after a farmer found a badly damaged vehicle in their field. Deputies found the men inside the truck. Investigators believe the truck was speeding and didn’t take a curve in the road. The truck launched over an 80-foot embankment, rolled onto its top and killed both men instantly, officials said. Their names have not yet been released.Filed under: Crashes, Editor's Pick, Headlines, Marion County

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  • Family to hold vigil for mom, daughter who died in fireFamily to hold vigil for mom, daughter who died in fire

    AMITY, Ore. (KOIN) — Friends and family will hold a candlelight vigil Saturday night to remember the mother and young daughter who died Tuesday in a motorhome fire. The fire broke out early Tuesday morning and quickly engulfed the home in rural Yamhill County. Thirty-seven-year-old Honey Cosgrove and her 5 children were inside the home when the fire erupted — 4 made it out. Eight-year-old Neveah ran back into the motorhome to save the puppies they were watching, so Honey quickly ran after her daughter. Neither of them made it out. Patty Krull — the mother and grandmother to the victims — said, “Honey was the most loving and giving child I had. She was a friend to everybody. She had nothing but pure love in her — for everyone.” Krull called both Nevaeh and Honey her “heroes.” The vigil will be held at Amity City Park. People are encouraged to come and share a story of Neveah and Honey. The organizers of the event asked those coming to bring their own candles or glow sticks. Amity Christian Church has set up a fund to help the surviving family members. Donations can be dropped off at First Federal Savings & Loan.Filed under: Editor's Pick, Headlines, Local News, Oregon, Top Video

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  • US general says nuclear launch order can be refusedUS general says nuclear launch order can be refused

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command said Saturday an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he and Trump have had conversations about such a scenario and that he would tell Trump he couldn’t carry out an illegal strike. “If it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen. I’m going to say, ‘Mr President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?'” Hyten said. “And we’ll come up with options with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works.” In the event that Trump decided to launch a nuclear attack, Hyten would provide him with strike options that are legal. The command would control nuclear forces in a war. The comments come as the threat of nuclear attack from North Korea remains a serious concern and Trump’s critics question his temperament. Trump’s taunting tweets aimed at Pyongyang have sparked concerns primarily among congressional Democrats that he may be inciting a war with North Korea. During testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month, retired Gen. Robert Kehler who served as the head of Strategic Command from January 2011 to November 2013, also said the U.S. armed forces are obligated to follow legal orders, not illegal ones. Hyten said he’s talked it over with Trump. “I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility how do you not think about it?,’ he said. He said he would not obey an illegal order. “You could go to jail for the rest of your life,” he said.Filed under: International, National

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  • Rep says David Cassidy in hospital, ‘surrounded by family’Rep says David Cassidy in hospital, ‘surrounded by family’

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy has been hospitalized in Florida. His representative tells The Associated Press on Saturday that Cassidy is “now conscious” and “surrounded by family.” The rep adds that Cassidy was in pain and taken to the hospital on Wednesday. No additional details were provided. The 67-year-old said earlier this year that he was struggling with memory loss. He also announced this year that he was ending his 50-year career after a few concerts. The actor and singer said that traveling and his arthritis made performing difficult. Cassidy has had numerous personal problems in the decades following his initial success, ranging from substance abuse to bankruptcy. He’s the stepson of actress and fellow “Partridge Family” star Shirley Jones.Filed under: Entertainment, Headlines, National, News

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  • Missing Gresham woman found dead in Lincoln CityMissing Gresham woman found dead in Lincoln City

    LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — A Gresham woman who went missing Thursday night was found dead Friday night in Lincoln City. She was found less than 10 hours after she was reported missing. An undated photo of Jeanene M. Beck. (Lincoln City Police Department) Lincoln City Police said 50-year-old Jeanene M. Beck was visiting Lincoln City with her 23-year-old son with autism and staying at the Rodeway Inn, 1070 SE 1st Street. Beck’s son reported that she had returned to the motel room after going out for dinner Thursday evening. At 9 p.m. she left the room to have a cigarette. Beck’s son indicated that his mom didn’t returned to the motel room afterwards. An undated photo of Jeanene M. Beck with a family member (Courtesy: Jesse Smith, November 18, 2017) Both Beck’s vehicle and purse were still at the motel. Family members and friends came to Lincoln City to help find Beck. At 9:40 p.m. Friday, Beck’s body was found in the canal that runs behind Rodeway Inn. Upon initial examination, there were no visible signs of injury. Jesse Smith, one of Jeanene’s sons, told KOIN 6 News he spoke with his mom on Thursday afternoon. He said she was happy and there were no signs she was in distress. “If you want my honest belief, someone wanted something from her, if you know what I mean. And she probably turned them down things went sour,” Smith said by phone. “I don’t believe it was suicide.” Authorities do not believe the death is suspicious but they are awaiting autopsy results.Filed under: Editor's Pick, Headlines, Local News, Missing Persons, News, Oregon, Top Video

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  • Police: Men steal beer, threaten employee with knifePolice: Men steal beer, threaten employee with knife

    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two men were arrested early Saturday morning after police said they stole beer and threatened a 7-Eleven employee with a knife. Officers responded to 7-Eleven — located at 10136 Southwest Washington St. — at 4:20 a.m. regarding a robbery. During the investigation, officers learned 2 men entered the store and took 2 containers of beer. The employee attempted to stop the men which is when one of the men threatened the employee with what was believed to be a knife, according to police. The men left the store with the stolen beer and drove away in a green Acura Integra. An officer found a vehicle that matched the suspects’ vehicle description near the intersection of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Stark Street. While performing a traffic stop, officers found evidence of the robbery in the vehicle. The 2 occupants also matched the suspects’ descriptions. The suspects were identified as 23-year-old Sha Lun and 26-year-old Ju Wine. Both were lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of 1st-degree robbery and 2nd-degree robbery.Filed under: Crime, Headlines, Local News, Multnomah County, Oregon, Portland

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  • Group buys land to prevent break in Pacific Crest TrailGroup buys land to prevent break in Pacific Crest Trail

    SEATTLE (AP) — A group dedicated to preserving and promoting the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail has purchased private land in western Washington state to prevent a break in the path. The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/2zPwqqv) that The Pacific Crest Trail Association on Wednesday bought more than 400 acres (162 hectares) in the Stevens Pass area from a private landowner for $1.6 million. The association says the landowner had considered putting up a fence and cutting off public access to the trail. The association says it would have been difficult to build a route around the private land, likely closing the trail in that area for several years. The 2,600-mile (4,200-kilometer) trail from Mexico to Canada generally follows the crests of several mountain ranges, including the Cascades in Washington state and Oregon. ___ Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.comFiled under: AP Washington, Headlines, News

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  • God's Own Country Is A Subtle, Sensual DramaGod's Own Country Is A Subtle, Sensual Drama

    by Eric D. Snider God’s Own Country begins with a young, smooth-chested, naïve-looking Yorkshire man vomiting all night, then rising early to give a pregnant cow a gynecological fisting. Do not be alarmed. These actions make perfect sense: The fellow, Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor), is given to over-drinking, and he lives on a farm with his stroke-hobbled father (Ian Hart) and aged grandmother (Gemma Jones). Johnny’s subsequent actions this morning—going to a livestock auction and having sex with a stranger in the bathroom—are somewhat less explicable, though we come to understand them in time.

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  • 82nd Ave. furniture store in Southeast Portland readies to rise as affordable apartments, community space - Metro newsfeed82nd Ave. furniture store in Southeast Portland readies to rise as affordable apartments, community space - Metro newsfeed

    Metro newsfeed82nd Ave. furniture store in Southeast Portland readies to rise as affordable apartments, community spaceMetro newsfeedThat grant included money to buy the land and existing building. The contribution helped the project leverage more than $16 million in total investment. “This is a community really on the rise,” said Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland. “And it's so ...

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  • Hamilton tickets sell out fast for Portland showsHamilton tickets sell out fast for Portland shows

    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Did you get a ticket to Hamilton? If you haven’t already purchased one, it may be difficult now as the play is completely sold out for its Portland shows. Media relations consultant Julie Furlong said Saturday that the play is indeed sold out, but did give some hope for those still wanting to see the show. “We encourage you to check back periodically between now and the engagement as additional tickets may become available,” Furlong said. “There will be a lottery for 40 $10 orchestra seats for all performances.” More details about lottery tickets will be released as the play gets closer. Tickets for Hamilton went on sale Friday morning in Portland — prompting fans to start lining up outside Antoinette Hatfield Hall hours beforehand. At the front of the line was Steve Hess — who had been in line since 11 p.m. Thursday. His dedication paid off as he was able to purchase 4 front row box seats on Easter Sunday. While the line continued to stretch around the building for hours, many others chose to wait in a virtual line. Customers were placed in an online waiting room with some managing to purchase tickets. However, many of the shows were already sold out by the time people got through while others said the site crashed on them. Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. The show will be performed at the Keller Auditorium from March 20 – April 8.Filed under: Entertainment, Headlines, Local News, Multnomah County, Oregon, Portland

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  • Trump delays new policy on importing elephant trophiesTrump delays new policy on importing elephant trophies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he’s delaying a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs. Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. California Rep. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the administration to reverse the policy, calling it the “wrong move at the wrong time.” Trump tweeted Friday that the policy had been “under study for years.” He said he would put the decision “on hold” and review it with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke issued a statement later Friday saying: “President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical. As a result, in a manner compliant with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed.” Royce questioned the action because of concerns not only about African wildlife but U.S. national security, citing the political upheaval in Zimbabwe, where the longtime president was placed under house arrest this week by the military. “The administration should withdraw this decision until Zimbabwe stabilizes,” the committee chairman said in a statement. “Elephants and other big game in Africa are blood currency for terrorist organizations, and they are being killed at an alarming rate. Stopping poaching isn’t just about saving the world’s most majestic animals for the future — it’s about our national security.” The Fish and Wildlife Service said in a written notice issued Thursday that permitting parts of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back as trophies will raise money for conservation programs. The change marks a shift in efforts to stop the importation of elephant tusks and hides, overriding a 2014 ban imposed by the Obama administration. The new policy applies to the remains of African elephants killed between January 2016 and December 2018. “Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” the agency said in a statement. Royce said that when carefully regulated, conservation hunts could help the wildlife population, but “that said, this is the wrong move at the wrong time.” He described the perilous situation in Zimbabwe, where the U.S. Embassy has advised Americans to limit their travel outdoors. “In this moment of turmoil, I have zero confidence that the regime — which for years has promoted corruption at the highest levels — is properly managing and regulating conservation programs,” Royce said. “Furthermore, I am not convinced that elephant populations in the area warrant overconcentration measures.” The world’s largest land mammal, the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act since 1979. Illicit demand for elephant ivory has led to devastating losses from illegal poaching as the natural habitat available for the animals to roam has also dwindled by more than half. As a result, the number of African elephants has shrunk from about 5 million a century ago to about 400,000 remaining. And that number continues to decline each year. Two other lawmakers, Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., co-chairs of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, assailed the administration’s decision. “We should not encourage the hunting and slaughter of these magnificent creatures,” Buchanan said. “We don’t get a second chance once a species becomes extinct.” One group that advocates for endangered species called for more action after Trump’s Friday night tweet. “It’s great that public outrage has forced Trump to reconsider this despicable decision, but it takes more than a tweet to stop trophy hunters from slaughtering elephants and lions,” said Tanya Sanerib, senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “We need immediate federal action to reverse these policies and protect these amazing animals.” ___ Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report.Filed under: Animals, Headlines, International, News

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  • Herbert could be back for Ducks against ArizonaHerbert could be back for Ducks against Arizona

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Quarterback Justin Herbert appears poised to return from a broken collarbone but so far there’s no definitive word from Oregon. The Ducks (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) host the Arizona Wildcats and their star QB Khalil Tate on Saturday with Herbert’s status in the air. Will he start? Will he be available? The Ducks aren’t saying on the record. Justin Herbert out here throwing spirals w/42 minutes until kick off #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/CYoPhr1jhq — AJ McCord (@AJ_McCord) November 18, 2017 Herbert, who fractured his collarbone against California on Sept. 30, has been practicing and some say he appears ready to come back. There was a report he will start Saturday, and coach Willie Taggart teased earlier this week that “there is a good chance” Herbert can play. Of course it might be gamesmanship. The fact is that the Ducks are one win away from bowl eligibility in Taggart’s first year as head coach and Herbert gives them the best chance to win. Since he was injured, Oregon has lost four of its last five games. Freshman Braxton Burmeister, who replaced Herbert , was thrown into a difficult situation, no fault of his own. Oregon is coming off a bye after a 38-3 loss at Washington. Following Saturday’s game at Autzen Stadium, the Ducks will host Oregon State in the annual Civil War on Thanksgiving weekend. “They may get Justin (Herbert) back, which would be a big boost to them. They were scoring a whole bunch of points and he’s got more experience, but I think Braxton’s played really well for them. For us it’s no surprise, we know he’s an outstanding player, that’s why we recruited him,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. The Wildcats (7-3, 5-2) are already bowl eligible. Other things to watch: ON THE OTHER SIDE: There’s no question about Arizona’s starter. Tate’s fantastic season is earning him Heisman buzz. He leads the nation with five 70-plus yard runs, four of them for touchdowns, the longest run for a quarterback (82 yards) and his 327 yards rushing against Colorado set a single-game NCAA record for a QB. He’s also run for a touchdown in each of the last six games and a team-high 11 rushing TDs this season. He also has four of the five longest touchdown runs for Arizona this season. Taggart was asked what the Ducks have to do to stop Tate . “Pray,” he said. “No one has stopped him yet this year. He’s a heck of a talent. Big time football player and is really good with the ball in his hand.” HIGH-SCORING WILDCATS: Arizona has been a prolific scoring team since Rodriguez took over in the desert, but the Wildcats have picked it up even more this season. Arizona has scored at least 35 points in six straight games for the first time in school history and is third nationally in scoring with 44.4 points per game. Ten different players have a rushing touchdown this season, a new school record. TAYLOR RUNS: Keep an eye on Arizona RB J.J. Taylor. The sophomore got off to a slow start this season in his return from a broken ankle suffered last season, but is rounding back into form. Taylor has 333 yards on 36 carries the past three games after putting up 366 yards on 78 carries the first seven games. DYE UPDATE: Linebacker Troy Dye, who leads the Ducks in tackles, injured his Achilles on Nov. 4 against Washington but will return against the Wildcats. “He’s ready to go,” Taggart said. “Troy is just of kid that loves to play football, he loves competing. He loves being around his teammates and it’s just fun to watch, fun to have him around. He don’t take practice off, he don’t take games off. When it’s time to compete he’s ready to go every single time.” SPRINKLERS?: It appears that a rainy weather system moving into the Pacific Northwest will hold out until Sunday. No word on whether the Wildcats hauled out the sprinklers this week. “A few years ago getting ready for a Utah game, we turned on the sprinklers in the stadium. We turned them on halfway through practice just for the offensive side and most of the guys including myself say it’s the wettest we’ve ever been in our entire lives. We were drenched,” Rodriguez said.Filed under: Oregon, Sports

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  • The Killer Next Door?The Killer Next Door?

    On June 11, 2006, Cevelino Capuia walked into a Beaverton Plaid Pantry store with a 4.5-inch kitchen knife and told the clerk to open the register drawer. Just then, Daniel Averill, 18, walked in, wielding an even smaller knife.

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  • Beavers fall to 1-10 with loss to Arizona StateBeavers fall to 1-10 with loss to Arizona State

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Demario Richard ran for 116 yards and three scores and Manny Wilkins threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns as Arizona State held off a second-half rally to beat Oregon State 40-24 on Saturday. Kalen Ballage added 103 rushing yards for the Sun Devils (6-5, 5-3 Pac-12), who became bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Darell Garretson was 26 for 37 for 269 yards and two interceptions but ran for a touchdown for the Beavers (1-10, 0-8), whose senior day didn’t go as hoped. Arizona State had 453 total yards compared to 375 for Oregon State. The Sun Devils struck quickly, with Wilkins throwing a 23-yard touchdown through the fog to Kyle Williams less than a minute-and-a-half into the game. The Sun Devils led 30-0 in the second quarter, and the defense even scored. JoJo Wicker brought pressure on Garretson in the end zone, forcing an intentional grounding call that resulted in a safety. Arizona State led 30-7 at halftime. Oregon State trailed 40-17 after a fourth quarter field goal and recovered an onside kick. Garretson scored on a run to make the score 40-24 with 7:27 left. The Beavers were deep in Sun Devil territory when Garretson mishandled a snap and Arizona State recovered with 2:26 remaining. Oregon State had forced the Sun Devils to punt with nearly two minutes remaining, but roughed the kicker and Arizona State was able to run out the clock. THE TAKEAWAY Arizona State: Wilkins has 14 passing touchdowns and four interceptions – two of them coming on tipped balls – for the year. He also impacted Saturday’s game with his legs, scrambling for 60 yards, and with his foot. In the first quarter, Wilkins executed a near-perfect pooch punt. Oregon State: The Beavers’ lone win of the season came against FCS Portland State, which was winless entering Saturday. . Oregon State had won five consecutive games over Arizona State in Corvallis, the last coming in 2014 when the Sun Devils were ranked No. 7. That was the last game played between the squads. UP NEXT Arizona State hosts Arizona in the Duel in the Desert on Saturday. Oregon State plays at Oregon in the Civil War on Saturday.Filed under: Headlines, Oregon, Sports

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  • Malcolm Young, AC/DC co-founder and guitarist, dead at 64Malcolm Young, AC/DC co-founder and guitarist, dead at 64

    NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as “Highway to Hell,” ″Hells Bells” and “Back in Black,” has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced the death Saturday on their official Facebook page and website Saturday. A representative for the band confirmed that the posts were true. The posts did not say when or where Young died, but said the performer had been suffering from dementia. He was diagnosed in 2014. “It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside,” one of the posts read. The family put out a statement posted on the band’s website calling Young a “visionary who inspired many.” While Young’s younger brother, Angus, the group’s school-uniform-wearing lead guitarist, was the public face of the band, Malcolm Young was its key writer and leader, the member the rest of the band watched for onstage changes and cutoffs. AC/DC were remarkably consistent for over 40 years with its mix of driving hard rock, lusty lyrics and bluesy shuffles, selling over 200 million albums, surviving the loss of its first singer and creating one of the greatest rock records ever in “Back in Black,” the world’s second best-selling album behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The Glasgow-born Young brothers — who moved to Sydney, Australia, with their parents, sister and five older brothers in 1963 — formed the band in 1973. They were inspired to choose the high-energy name AC/DC from the back of a sewing machine owned by their sister, Margaret. Angus experimented with several different stage costumes at first — including a gorilla suit and a Zorro outfit — but the school uniform was a natural, since he was only 16 at the time. The Youngs went through several drummers and bass guitarists, finally settling on Phil Rudd on drums in 1974 and Englishman Cliff Williams on bass three years later. Their original singer was fired after a few months when they discovered Bon Scott, who was originally hired as the band’s driver. By 1980, the band was on a roll, known for its high energy performances and predictably hard-charging songs. Their album “Highway To Hell” was certified gold in America and made it into the top 25 Billboard album charts, and the single “Touch Too Much” became their first UK Top 30 hit. But on Feb. 18, 1980, everything changed — Scott died of asphyxiation after choking on his own vomit after an all-night drinking binge. The band decided to keep going and hired English vocalist Brian Johnson at the helm. The newly reconfigured group channeled their grief into songwriting and put out 1980′s “Back In Black,” with the songs “You Shook Me All Night Long,” ″Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” and “Hells Bells.” The cover of the album was black, in honor of Scott’s death. The band continued with a studio or live album every few years , blending their huge guitar riffs with rebellious and often sophomoric lyrics — song titles include “Big Balls,” ″Beating Around the Bush,” ″Let Me Put My Love Into You” and “Stiff Upper Lip.” AC/DC won only a single Grammy Award, for best hard rock performance in 2009 for “War Machine.” Rolling Stone said in 1980 that “the AC/DC sound is nothing more and nothing less than aggressively catchy song hooks brutalized by a revved-up boogie rhythm, Malcolm’s jackhammer riffing, Angus’ guitar histrionics and Johnson’s bloodcurdling bawl.” In the book “The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC” by Jesse Fink, Angus Young said the formula worked. “We’ve got the basic thing kids want,” he said. “They want to rock and that’s it. They want to be part of the band as a mass. When you hit a guitar chord, a lot of the kids in the audience are hitting it with you. They’re so much into the band they’re going through all the motions with you. If you can get the mass to react as a whole, then that’s the ideal thing. That’s what a lot of bands lack, and why the critics are wrong.” AC/DC’s infectious, driving sound stretched further than rock arenas. The song “Shoot to Thrill” was heard in the film “The Avengers,” ″Back in Black” made it into “The Muppets,” ″Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” was played in “Bridesmaids” and their songs were included in the “Iron Man” franchise. On TV, the band’s music was heard in everything from “Top Gear,” the “Hawaii Five-0″ reboot, “Glee,” ″CSI: Miami” and “The Voice.” Though the band championed good-natured hell-raising, it had to weather suggestions in the 1980s that they were a threat to the moral fabric of society. There were rumors the band’s name stood for Anti-Christ/Devil’s Children and many were shocked when it was learned that serial murderer and rapist Richard Ramirez identified himself as a fan and left an AC/DC baseball cap behind at a crime scene. In 2014, the band released “Rock or Bust,” the first AC/DC album without Malcolm Young. Even so, he is very present on the record since the 11 songs are credited to the Young brothers (Angus said he built the album from guitar hooks the two had accumulated over the years). Around the album’s release, Angus Young told The Associated Press that Malcolm was doing fine, but that he couldn’t perform anymore. “It was progressing further, but he knew he couldn’t do it,” Angus Young said of his older brother’s dementia. “He had continued as long as he could, still writing. But he said to me, ‘Keep it going.’” The fate of the band was also put into doubt by the retirement of Williams, legal trouble for Rudd and Johnson’s hearing loss, which forced him to leave. The band enlisted Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose to sing on tour in 2016. Several musicians paid their respects to Malcolm Young on social media, writing about his influence and impact in music. “It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour,” Eddie Van Halen tweeted on Saturday. “He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.” “The driving engine of AC/DC has died. A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP,” Paul Stanley, of Kiss, wrote on Twitter.Filed under: Entertainment, Headlines, National, News

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  • Saturday sports eventsSaturday sports events

    The Portland Tribune's comprehensive breakdown of games and happenings for Nov. 18Saturday, Nov. 18 Blazers Sacramento at Portland, 7 p.m. UO football Arizona at Oregon, 4 p.m. OSU football Arizona State at Oregon State, noon PSU football Portland State at Eastern Washington, 3 p.m. NCAA Division-III football Hardin-Simmons at Linfield, ...

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  • Saturday TV, radioSaturday TV, radio

    The Portland Tribune's comprehensive breakdown of games and happenings on the air locally on Nov. 18Saturday, Nov. 18 Blazers Sacramento at Portland, 7 p.m., NBCSNW, KPOJ (620 AM) UO football Arizona at Oregon, 4 p.m., Pac-12 Network, KXTG (750 AM, 102.9 FM) OSU football Arizona State at Oregon State, noon, ...

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  • Shots fired downtown; a suspect is under arrestShots fired downtown; a suspect is under arrest

    Shots fired, a wounded victim, and an arrest -- the crime is suspected to be gang-relatedOn Saturday morning, at 1:26 a.m., Central Precinct officers assigned to the Entertainment Detail were in the area of N.W. 4th Avenue and Couch Street when they heard multiple gunshots. Officers located several witnesses who ...

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  • Beer theft at knifepoint leads to two arrestsBeer theft at knifepoint leads to two arrests

    Two men took two packs of beer at knifepoint early Saturday in Southeast Portland - and are arrestedOn Saturday morning at 4:20 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to an armed robbery report from the 7-Eleven convenience store at 10136 S.E. Washington Street. The clerk told them that two men had ...

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  • Design issues remain for Fremont Apartments projectDesign issues remain for Fremont Apartments project

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Porter could be arrogant and condescending. He had to learn during his time in Portland how to take a punch. But his teams delivered, time and again. Porter is the only successful MLS coach this team has ever had. That's why his departure, aside from the success of the season just completed, was so shocking. But as Porter said at the championship rally two years ago, life is about memories and moments. He helped bring the Timbers plenty of each. He put on the club on level footing with Seattle, as he promised he would. He guided two teams to the top of the Western Conference table, and won the club's first and only championship in 2015. If he wasn't planning on being in Portland forever, now was as good a time to depart as any. The Timbers will survive too. This is very likely the best job in American soccer, and it will attract an excellent array of candidates. That being said, there are no guarantees when it comes to hiring coaches — and the Timbers will be limited somewhat by their inability to offer potential candidates player personnel power, as the likes of Jesse Marsch and Gregg Berhalter have in their current positions. When Porter emerged from a field of ten that included Avram Grant back in 2012, he didn't demand that power. It was a lucky thing, because from day one, he had a command of the game and his job that a number of MLS coaches finish their careers without ever obtaining. With in Porter in charge, it was guaranteed that the Timbers would be competitive. Not necessarily great — the 2014 and 2016 teams ultimately missed the playoffs — but they'd have a chance. That's high praise for a coach. The rest of the league was in agreement over Porter's abilities. The Red Bulls were interested after they fired Mike Petke in 2014. The LA Galaxy wanted to interview him to fill their vacancy last year. 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  • One of Portland's Most Iconic Brewpubs Just ShutteredOne of Portland's Most Iconic Brewpubs Just Shuttered

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  • Navy Plane Draws Giant Smoke Dicks in the SkyNavy Plane Draws Giant Smoke Dicks in the Sky

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  • Food News Roundup for the Week of Nov 12-17Food News Roundup for the Week of Nov 12-17

    by Chad Walsh Chin's Kitchen Aaron Lee This last week was a busy one in Portland restaurant and bar news, so let’s get to it and dig in on what’s gone down. Omerta Closes This Sunday After Just Three MonthsOn Sunday afternoon, the Mercury broke the news that Omerta, the finer dining old world Italian restaurant from ChefStable and Lightning Bar Collective will shutter this weekend after just three months. No word yet on what will replace it. Its sister bar, Opal, will remain open, and here's our review. Widmer Brothers’ Pub Goes DarkAccording to Brew Republic, Widmer Brothers has permanently closed its brewery-adjacent restaurant effective immediately. The space will be renovated in the coming weeks for a new brewery tasting room that will offer suds and light snacks. So Long, Miho IzakayaOn Tuesday, the Mercury reported that Miho Izakaya, the small-plate restaurant on North Interstate will close at the end of the month after eight years in business. The owners, Michael and Megan Miho, said the choice was a personal one and that they’re taking time to devote to their family and to brainstorm on a future project. Shalom Y’all to Open in Taylor Railworks SpaceThis week Willamette Week noted that John and Rene Gorham have applied for a liquor license at the just-shuttered Taylor Railworks space at 117 SE Taylor Street. The location, the story indicates, will be home to Shalom Y’all, the Israeli-inspired food counter that helped inaugurate Pine Street Market. The Gorhams also operate Plaza del Toro, an events space adjacent to their upcoming restaurant. Kingsland Kitchen Opens Downtown Brick-and-MortarEater PDX reports that Kingsland Kitchen, a counter-service British restaurant, has softly opened at 319 SW Pine Street after it noticed another journalist had taken an Instagram photo of his breakfast there on the restaurant’s first official day in business. The restaurant got its start as a food cart and will serve breakfast and lunch. Goodbye Food Carts, Hello "Lifestyle" HotelThe Mercury was the first to report that Moxy, a "lifestyle" hotel from the Minneapolis-based Graves Hospitality, will break ground next April on the downtown food cart pod that’s home to Nong’s Kao Man Gai, among others. If all goes according to plan, the hotel would open by late summer or early fall in 2018. Roe Readies to Re-OpenEater PDX also reports that chef Trent Pierce has finally chosen a re-opening date for his restaurant, Roe. Pierce will once again fling the doors open to his seafood restaurant on December 1 at 720 SW Washington. Clear Creek Distillery is Moving to Hood RiverThe fruits that go into Clear Creek Distillery’s line of brandies come from Hood River, and come this spring, those brandies will be made and bottled there, too. On December 31, Clear Creek will host its last night of tasting events and will wrap up distilling in its present Northwest digs in January, according to an email from the advertising agency that represents the company. The distillery, Oregon’s oldest, will fire up the stills in Hood River in the spring of next year. Go in and say goodbye before the end of the year. Chin’s Kitchen Temporarily Closes To Upgrade Kitchen After Media PraiseThe Oregonian reports that Chin’s Kitchen has closed due to a surge in business following positive reviews from the Merc’s Andrea Damewood and others. The 70-year-old restaurant was purchased by in July and Wendy and Cindy Li and the media took note, praising the sisters’ Northern Chinese cuisine. The closure is designed to buy them time to upgrade their kitchen and hire more staff to meet the high expectations of their new customer base. Stoopid Burger Jumps the Cart for its First Brick-and-MortarThe Willamette Week has the lowdown on Stupid Burger, which has left its North Williams food cart behind in favor of a brick-and-mortar at the Ocean space where Slow burger used to be. And, according to the story, they’ve upped their game of creating burgers that will scandalize the most sensible eaters. Stoopid burger’s “ignorant burger” comes with, get this, “[t]hree patties, three cheeses, bacon, ham, hotlink, 2 eggs, steak, grilled onions, jalapeños, mushrooms, pineapple mango habanero chutney, onion ring and either a chicken strip or fried fish. Plus fries.” Reverend Nat’s Solidarity Party for Old Town BrewingCider-maker “Reverend” Nat West is throwing a solidarity party for—and at—Old Town Brewing (5201 NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard) on Sunday, November 19, from 1 to 4 pm. Why exactly? We’ll let West explain it from his Facebook event invite: “Join me this Sunday for a pint (or two!) to show our support for a member of our Portland beer community. The City of Portland is attempting to sell the rights to the leaping stag logo to Anheuser-Busch InBev, to market beer-not-made-in-Portland to Portlanders. The only trouble is that Old Town Brewing has an "incontestable" trademark to that logo, in conjunction with beer, as granted by the US Patent & Trademark Office, and confirmed three times over the last five years by the USPTO. The City knows they have no legal avenue to sell these rights, but they keep dumping thousands of our taxpayer dollars into their effort to defeat Old Town. The City is siding with the world's largest brewery against one of its own, choosing foreign beer over our local beer economy. Let's show our love for Portland beer!” The Side Yard Farm’s Online Commissary Kitchen Fundraiser Urban Farmer Stacy Givens is hoping to put another feather in her already teeming farmer’s hat. Side Yard Farm is already home to a commercial garden and a kitchen that hosts pop-up dinners, bike-in movie nights, and grief groups. Today, she’s launching a Kickstarter campaign with the aim of opening a commissary kitchen in the old Delphina’s Bakery space that will serve as an incubator lab for nascent artisan food makers. The Racist Sandwich Podcast’s New Kickstarter CampaignSpeaking of Kickstarters: Even though the Racist Sandwich podcast’s three original co-founders have left town, they’re still reporting on Portland, as well as topics, trends and intersectionality in other cities. And come December 15, they’re starting a Kickstarter campaign of their own to raise the dough it takes to do more in-person interviews in cities like Detroit and Mexico City, as well as finding—and paying for—more segment producers. So start saving your pennies if you want to hear more stories about food, race, class, and gender. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

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  • Reza Aslan Suffers No FoolsReza Aslan Suffers No Fools

    by Santi Elijah Holley MALIN FEZEHAI Reza Aslan isn’t your typical religion scholar. The Iranian American author, professor, and commentator once brilliantly humiliated a Fox News host who had questioned what a Muslim would have to offer by writing a book about Jesus—ignoring Aslan’s status as a widely respected religious academic who has four degrees in the field. That book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, would go on to become a #1 New York Times bestseller. More recently, Aslan’s popular TV documentary series, Believer, was dropped by CNN last June, when, in the wake of President Trump’s call for a Muslim ban, Aslan tweeted that the president was a “piece of shit,” and “an embarrassment to humankind.” In Aslan’s new book, God: A Human History, he presents a different approach to understanding the divine—one that’s more inclusive, and present in all of creation. Dr. Aslan recently spoke with the Mercury about God, and the constantly evolving nature of religion and spirituality. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

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  • Wonder Is Guaranteed to Soften Your ScowlWonder Is Guaranteed to Soften Your Scowl

    by Elinor Jones It’s easy to live a snarky life. I see a lot of movies that are god-awful, and the world around us is also pretty god-awful, and without wanting to, I seem to have “This is stupid” on the tip of my tongue more often than not. So when a movie comes along that is good—legitimately, sincerely good, like flowers or soup or dogs—I find myself grasping at a way to describe it. Wonder is that good movie. It’s about a little boy, Auggie (Room's Jacob Tremblay), and his mom (Julia Roberts), his dad (Owen Wilson), and his older sister (Izabela Vidovic). Auggie was born with a condition that makes him look different, so that's what Wonder focuses on—but it’s not really what this movie is. This is a portrait of a group of humans—grown-ups and kids, but mostly kids—who are whole, complicated people, who have opportunities to be selfish and opportunities to be kind. Wonder defaults to kindness in a manner that feels both totally inspiring and completely organic. I spent the whole movie wondering (ha!) how an adaptation of a corny bestselling novel could turn out so non-corny and delightful. Then the director’s name flashed on screen: Stephen Chbosky. Chbosky most recently wrote the screenplay for Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, but more importantly, he wrote The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and he was also responsible for that book's perfect movie adaptation. This man’s got a gift for creating things that makes us hardened adults develop a melancholic knot in our hearts that reminds us exactly how it felt to be a kid. I don’t want to oversell this movie, because I’d like each and every one of you to be surprised by the myriad of way it can soften your scowl. So I’m gonna stop here, and go pet some dogs, and feel totally content. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

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  • Jesus! The Line for Hamilton Tickets is LOOOOOOOOONG!Jesus! The Line for Hamilton Tickets is LOOOOOOOOONG!

    by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey Nick Olmstead Tickets for the Broadway smash Hamilton went on sale today in Portland, and people are going NUTS, y'all! The majority of our office have been twiddling their thumbs in virtual waiting rooms online trying to snag a ticket, and are constantly sighing while watching slow-moving reminders such as this: However, there are brave souls who are doing things the old-fashioned way: Physically standing in a looong line at the Portland 5 Center for the Arts box office (1111 SW Broadway) that is currently wrapping two-thirds around the city block in a desperate attempt to get a $80-$500 golden ticket. How long is the line? Check out the video shot by our own Nick Olmstead at the scene, and be prepared to say "Holy fuck." (I counted 240... how about you?) Check out this line for #Hamilton tickets in #Portland: pic.twitter.com/5iK0axHWEt— Portland Mercury (@portlandmercury) November 17, 2017 If you want to try and get tickets, give this a shot and good luck. PRO TIP: Since the weekend performances are nearly sold out, you may want to shoot for the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday shows. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

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  • Thousands in Portland rush to get Hamilton tickets - KOIN.comThousands in Portland rush to get Hamilton tickets - KOIN.com

    KOIN.comThousands in Portland rush to get Hamilton ticketsKOIN.comPORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Tickets for the hit Broadway show Hamilton went on sale in Portland Friday morning — prompting fans to start lining up outside the downtown box office hours before. Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander ...'Hamilton' coming to Broadway in Portland; tickets go on sale FridayKATUall 2 news articles »

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  • Oregon population surges to 4.1 million in 2017, PSU reports saysOregon population surges to 4.1 million in 2017, PSU reports says

    An annual report from Portland State University's Population Research Center says the number of state residents has increased by nearly 65,000 from 2016. People migrating to the state accounted for 88 percent of the jump while 12 percent was from an increase in births over deaths.

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  • Lady Bird Is Exactly What a Coming-of-Age Movie Should BeLady Bird Is Exactly What a Coming-of-Age Movie Should Be

    by Ciara Dolan “Lady Bird” is the name high school senior Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) gives herself to signify rebellion against her family, her Catholic school, and her middle-class upbringing in Sacramento, “the Midwest of California.” And Lady Bird is full of typical teenager stuff: revolting against convention to forge your own identity. But writer/director Greta Gerwig reworks the coming-of-age narrative with depth, nuance, and striking beauty.

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  • Oregon population surges to 4.1 million in 2017, PSU report says - OregonLive.comOregon population surges to 4.1 million in 2017, PSU report says - OregonLive.com

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  • Check out Damian Lillard's New Roller Skating Inspired SneaksCheck out Damian Lillard's New Roller Skating Inspired Sneaks

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  • The 13th Annual HUMP! Film Festival Winners Are...The 13th Annual HUMP! Film Festival Winners Are...

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  • Sativa Science Club: Cannabis Class Is In SessionSativa Science Club: Cannabis Class Is In Session

    by Josh Jardine Sativa Science ClubWe all have that one friend. Maybe you are that friend, and no one has had the heart to tell you. It doesn't come from a place of ill intent, and Lord knows there's enthusiasm to spare. But that friend, about whom I'm willing to take a controversial stand and say is overwhelmingly a straight white male, sprouts so much wrong about cannabis it can make your brain hurt. That friend is a Canna-moron. "Yeah, 'Landrace' just means it grows faster than the other plants, and the best weed smells like cat piss, and drinking bong water will get you soooo high, brah." And maybe it's not their fault. Cannabis education wasn't part of my curriculum, and I went to a Waldorf school. When you have a plant that has been demonized, criminalized, prohibited, and falsely accused of numerous sins, gaining solid knowledge can be a real undertaking. On November 20, Sativa Science Club launches pre-registration for its 2018 offerings. Their stated goal—"To establish streamlined base level certification for every legal state in the nation"—is both lofty and admirable. CEO Mary Poppins shared that they "aim to achieve it through a compiled and curated curriculum from the leading experts and Cannabis Universities in the nation into a single, streamlined base certification for the cannabis industry. Rather than attempt to dominate the education effort, SSC provides pre-requisite training designed to lay the foundation for independently owned programs and raise the bar for the cannabis industry as a whole." There's an online certification option, and you can select between Business or Advocacy. All that comes with core science and business certifications, job placement assistance, and capstone projects within the community for those enrolled in the Advocacy course. Registration opens up on 11/20, (which is 4/20 + 7 if that helps.) Register and pay a deposit by January 1, and get 50 percent off rates. Sign up and find out more here. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

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  • Go: Chili Jamboree, Fall Jazz Concert, Vancouver Symphony OrchestraGo: Chili Jamboree, Fall Jazz Concert, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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  • ObituariesObituaries

    Dorinda Alyce Daggett Holloway May 29, 1946–Sept. 9, 2017 Dorinda Alyce Daggett Holloway passed away Sept. 9, 2017, at the age of 71. Her family mourns the loss of their treasured wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Dinda, as she was known, is pictured with her beloved mother and namesake, Dorinda Ann Daggett. Born May […] The original post is titled Obituaries , and it came from Mid-county Memo .

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  • Friday sports eventsFriday sports events

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  • Oregon Fishing Forecast - November 16, 2017Oregon Fishing Forecast - November 16, 2017

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  • Caleb Porter era endsCaleb Porter era ends

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  • State ethics commission denies Kitzhaber settlementState ethics commission denies Kitzhaber settlement

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  • OHA director details another $112 million in possible Medicaid errorsOHA director details another $112 million in possible Medicaid errors

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  • Dr. Martens Portland billboard evokes white supremacist symbol ... - OregonLive.comDr. Martens Portland billboard evokes white supremacist symbol ... - OregonLive.com

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  • Portland metro Thursday weather: Showers most of the day; high of 50 - OregonLive.comPortland metro Thursday weather: Showers most of the day; high of 50 - OregonLive.com

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  • AB InBev Teamed Up with Portland, Oregon to Fight a Craft Brewery ... - VinePairAB InBev Teamed Up with Portland, Oregon to Fight a Craft Brewery ... - VinePair

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  • Singer-Songwriter Charlie Moses Embraces the UncertainSinger-Songwriter Charlie Moses Embraces the Uncertain

    Living in a rapidly changing Portland hasn't discouraged her from sticking it out-even when the change has affected her directly. Sounds Like: Petting kittens in a field of flowers while watching dandelion seeds float through the air on a sunny day.

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  • The ACLU Just Filed the First of Several Lawsuits Over Recent Police Protest TacticsThe ACLU Just Filed the First of Several Lawsuits Over Recent Police Protest Tactics

    The ACLU of Oregon has repeatedly claimed that the Portland Police Bureau's heavy-handed tactics at protests over the last year have been unconstitutional. Now, it's asking a federal jury to agree.

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  • For More Than 30 Years, Kim Bradley Hid From Her Husband.For More Than 30 Years, Kim Bradley Hid From Her Husband.

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  • ACLU sues Portland police, Mayor Ted Wheeler over June 4 protest ... - OregonLive.comACLU sues Portland police, Mayor Ted Wheeler over June 4 protest ... - OregonLive.com

    OregonLive.comACLU sues Portland police, Mayor Ted Wheeler over June 4 protest ...OregonLive.comJenny Nickolaus, horrified by the stabbing of three people aboard a MAX train during a racist rant a week earlier, showed up at Portland City Hall on June 4 ...ACLU of Oregon suing city of Portland over police protest tacticsKPTV.comall 5 news articles »

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  • An 11-Story Lifestyle Hotel May Replace One of Portland's Favorite Food Cart PodsAn 11-Story Lifestyle Hotel May Replace One of Portland's Favorite Food Cart Pods

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  • Infant dies at Southwest Portland day careInfant dies at Southwest Portland day care

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  • Youth of the Year
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  • Dan Brugh Is Portland Classical Music's Resident MisfitDan Brugh Is Portland Classical Music's Resident Misfit

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  • Mural marks Parkrose’s agricultural historyMural marks Parkrose’s agricultural history

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No More Gang Lists

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  • 82nd Avenue open house narrows immediate improvements82nd Avenue open house narrows immediate improvements

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  • Argay Park refurbished tennis courts reopenedArgay Park refurbished tennis courts reopened

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  • Portland’s only sports bar bakeryPortland’s only sports bar bakery

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  • November 2017 – Parkrose High School Athletic ScheduleNovember 2017 – Parkrose High School Athletic Schedule

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  • Hollywood Veterans Parade Saturday
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  • Pathway to Housing Celebration
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  • Albina Visionaries 
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  • November 2017 – Meals on WheelsNovember 2017 – Meals on Wheels

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  • Nonprofit breaks ground on apartments in HazelwoodNonprofit breaks ground on apartments in Hazelwood

    In September, Central City Concern broke ground on their newest development and hosted a walkthrough for stakeholders. The future site of 153 apartments at Southeast Stark Street and 122nd Avenue hosted representatives from Adventist Health Portland, OHSU, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Providence Health and Care Services Portland and CareOregon. The development is aimed at singles and […] The original post is titled Nonprofit breaks ground on apartments in Hazelwood , and it came from Mid-county Memo .

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  • November 2017 – Letters to the EditorNovember 2017 – Letters to the Editor

    The Mid-county Memo is your newspaper—we want to hear from you! Discuss an important issue, respond to a request for comment or address a concern you want to call to the attention of the community. Letters to the editor will always be edited for space, style, grammar and issues of clarity. Please include your full […] The original post is titled November 2017 – Letters to the Editor , and it came from Mid-county Memo .

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  • November 2017 – Business MemosNovember 2017 – Business Memos

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  • SEUL Newsletter NovemberSEUL Newsletter November

    November 2017 Electric Buses on Division Portlanders have long enjoyed the benefits of all-electric public transit options. Is the electric bus option achievable for the Division Transit Project? Fighting Hate: Know Your Neighbors Portland is one of the whitest cities in the country and has seen its share of hate crimes but how can neighbors overcome the barriers and create socially diverse, safe, livable and vital communities? Project Inspiration Round-up The web is full of inspiration, but finding it can be overwhelming and time-consuming. So here are our go-to sites for finding project ideas. November Board Meeting Board meetings are open to the public and interested community members are welcome to attend.  November Featured Events  View Full Calendar When Does My Neighborhood Meet? Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Brentwood-Darlington Brooklyn Buckman Creston-Kenilworth Eastmoreland Foster-Powell Hosford-Abernethy Kerns Laurelhurst Montavilla Mt. Scott-Arleta Mt. Tabor North Tabor Reed Richmond Sellwood-Moreland South Tabor Sunnyside Woodstock Thanks for reading!

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  • The Portland Folkmusic Society presents the poly-folk band SpryggThe Portland Folkmusic Society presents the poly-folk band Sprygg

    November 17th at 7:30 PM (doors open at 7 PM) The Portland Folkmusic Society presents the poly-folk band Sprygg at the Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stephens St. in Portland.  Tickets are $20 for general admission, $17 for PFS members and $10 for the 12 to 18 ages.  Advance tickets can be purchased online at portlandfolkmusic.org/concerts.php. Sprygg (pronounced sprig) is a group of musicians from Ireland, New Zealand and the United States.  Their music reflects their roots and travels and will take the audience from the Balkans, to Ireland, New Zealand and then through the hills of Appalachia.  Great musicians and  a wide ranging program will provide an evening to be remembered.

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  • Michael Allen Harrison Benefit ConcertMichael Allen Harrison Benefit Concert

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  • Ari & Mia House ConcertAri & Mia House Concert

    New England chamber-folk duo Ari & Mia happen to be sisters who make music. They are featured at Abby Wisenbloom’s SE house concert series, Sunday, November 5 at 7:30 pm. The duo reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook and create a realm where their originals cross paths with older traditions. Honoring the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls, they combine this with their songwriting. Ari & Mia They’ve toured across the U.S. and Australia and are both graduates of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation department. Two of their albums, Land on Shore and Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts. See ariandmiamusic.com. RSVP to abbiew@froggie.com for questions, address, and to reserve a spot as space is limited. Potluck is 6:30 and show at 7:30 pm. Suggested donation $20 at the door. All income levels welcome.

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  • Four Artists at TaborSpaceFour Artists at TaborSpace

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  • Portland Storytellers Guild’s November showcasePortland Storytellers Guild’s November showcase

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  • Giulia  Valle at Classic PianoGiulia Valle at Classic Piano

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  • David Barsamian at Clinton StreetDavid Barsamian at Clinton Street

    Journalist, author and activist David Barsamian altered the media landscape with the premiere of his Alternative Radio nearly 30 years ago. He continues his work to this day and his talks with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, Vandana Shiva, Edward Said and many others have been broadcast worldwide. Barsamian presents an evening entitled Resistance In The Age Of Trump at Clinton Street Theatre, 2522 SE Clinton St., Sunday, November 12 at 7 pm. Barsamian speaks about how the broad coalition in opposition to the Trump Administration continues to grow and includes progressive Democrats, concerned Republicans, women’s groups, environmentalists, pro-diplomacy policy organizations, ecumenical and interfaith religious groups, immigrant rights organizations, civil rights organizations and LBGTQ communities. Tickets are $10 – $20 sliding scale with no one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets at cst.pdx.com. facebook.com/events/119292162094234

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  • Michelle Alany & The Mystics at Café ArtichokeMichelle Alany & The Mystics at Café Artichoke

    Michelle Alany’s captivating fiddle-driven caravan of Klezmer, Balkan, Sephardic, and Jazz Manouche are spiced up with a southern fiddle twist and her otherworldly originals. Along with her ensemble The Mystics – seasoned jazz, classical and globally astute musicians – her upcoming concert at Café Artichoke is a harvest full of fiery music with metres and melodies way different than most radio and television music these days. All this and belly dancing too! Violinist vocalist and songwriter Michelle Alany is a dynamic performer and an internationally touring ambassador of world folk traditions, specializing in Sephardic, Mediterranean and Eastern music. Just back from a busy summer tour performing in many European cities, Michelle Alany & The Mystics, perform Saturday November 4 at the newly-relocated Café Artichoke, 2007 SE Powell Blvd. The doors open at 7:30 and all ages are welcome. Alany’s fiddle-driven caravan of Klezmer, Balkan, Sephardic, Jazz Manouche and fiery, otherworldly originals is spiced with a southern fiddle twist and aided by globally astute co-creators. The roster of accomplished musicians included in this show: Andrew Alikanov on clarinet; Kathy Fors on accordion; Michael Beach on percussion; Tom Goicoechea on drums and Albert McDonnell on upright bass. Who knows what guests will come by to color the music as well? Add Belly Dancers Danielle Elizabeth and Jewels Barrera and Artichoke may just levitate off its foundation. See michellealany.com. Artichoke concerts begin at 8 pm and tickets are $15. Tickets at artichokemusic.org.

    The Southeast Examiner / 16 d. 6 h. 5 min. ago more
  • Tom May and Doug Smith at Café ArtichokeTom May and Doug Smith at Café Artichoke

    At Café Artichoke, Saturday November 18, at 8 pm is an evening with Tom May and Doug Smith – May is a songwriting treasure, who has performed across the United States, Canada and beyond. He’s the founder of the annual Winterfolk concerts that benefit Sisters of the Road Café and hosts the syndicated radio show, River City Folk. May’s unforgettable voice, evocative melodies, and the history and romance in his songs are road tested, relevant and moving. Tom May Doug Smith is a wizard of the 6 string acoustic guitar, and one of this area’s best-known proponents of fingerstyle guitar. Also 8 pm/$15. See tommayfolk.com. 

    The Southeast Examiner / 16 d. 6 h. 17 min. ago more
  • Stadium store cans  bottle return machinesStadium store cans bottle return machines

    To address customer complaints about the “less savory” environment around its bottle return station, Stadium Fred Meyer decommissioned its self-service “reverse vending” machines last month. Individuals will still be able to return beverage containers for cash, but the capacity reduction might be seen as an effort to discourage high volume “canners,” people who collect bottles and cans for their subsistence. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission requires larger beverage retailers in this area to accept up to 144 cans per person per day, and notices to this effect are posted in Fred Meyer’s bottle return station. But nothing compels stores to provide rapid service. The self-service “reverse vending machines” in the Stadium Fred Meyer basement have been decommissioned. The lines of people, many with shopping carts stacked high with empties, moved so slowly that few typical shoppers were willing to endure the wait or encounter the “less savory” element in the process. By capping the number of containers any one person can redeem at once and replacing labor-saving machines with one hand-counter, the system is now less practical for high-volume recyclers. As long as other local supermarket chains retain their self-service machines, more canners will presumably migrate to Safeway, Whole Foods and other stores. “We’re giving this a try because we want to make sure our customers are happy,” said Jeffery Temple, director of corporate affairs for Fred Meyer. “We hope this will help with some of the less savory aspects of bottle return for our customers.” The West Burnside store is not the first Fred Meyer outlet to make this decision. Christie Scott, spokesperson for OLCC, said her agency has spoken with two other Portland-area Fred Meyer store managers, who told them “management is moving away from the reverse vending machines at most stores to try to cut down on loitering and garbage.” “None of these stores are required to have reverse vending machines,” Scott continued, “so hand counting is legal. One of the benefits of a hand count is to capture containers rejected from the machine for any reason, such as crinkled, smudged barcode, etc.” The share of beverage containers redeemed across the state has steadily declined in recent years, from 71 percent in 2012 to 64 percent last year. This was a primary reason the Oregon Legislature increased the deposit from 5 cents to 10 cents this year. Meanwhile, a new redemption system is gaining acceptance. BottleDrop, a membership system wherein bags are deposited in locked depots at stores and stand-alone redemption centers, has become the way most people recycle containers. BottleDrop is a program of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, which is owned by beverage distributors. BottleDrop members can drop off bags of containers at the redemption station, where containers are counted later and credited to their accounts. About half of returns statewide were through BottleDrop in 2016, and memberships in Portland more than doubled from the first to the second quarter of 2017. OBRC communications manager Cherilyn Bertges responded to nearly every question about the closing of self-service machines by touting the advantages of BottleDrop membership. Fred Meyer promotes BottleDrop membership by offering a 20 percent bonus for container receipts applied to purchases at their stores. Homeless people or those without internet access cannot readily qualify for BottleDrop accounts, however. While container redemption is becoming convenient and efficient for established households, it is getting tougher for those on the social margins. We asked Bill Russell, executive director of Union Gospel Mission, about the possible consequences of the emerging two-tiered system. Russell doubts removing undesirables from stores is the goal, though it may be an unintended consequence. “If poor people are being harmed, I want to know that,” he said.  

    NW Examiner / 16 d. 19 h. 47 min. ago more
  • Climb the Fremont BridgeClimb the Fremont Bridge

    Local businessman borrows idea from “down under”   Though Portlanders may be losing their best views of the Fremont Bridge due to impending development, even better vistas may soon be possible from atop the bridge. Ryan Purdy, a Pearl resident and former Nike marketing manager, has formed a company to let tourists climb to the peak of the bridge’s main arches, have a look in all directions from a height of 381 feet and then climb back down. The Fremont Bridge, opened in 1973, soars 381 feet above the Willamette River. The whole experience, including a training session and use of a full-body suit and harness, may take two or three hours and cost $200-$300 for adults. Sound outlandish? Purdy admits as much, but he’s checked it all out. A similar bridge climb has been flourishing in Sydney. Since 1998, 3.5 million people have climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Other than a climber who fainted in 2011, no accidents or serious injuries have been reported. Portland Bridge Climb organizers intend to use a cable and rail system similar to the one used on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Two other cities, also “down under” in Brisbane, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, have their own bridge climb attractions. Purdy, 32, has been working in earnest on the project since at least 2015, when he began having meetings with Oregon Department of Transportation officials, and later with the governor’s office and other elected officials. No one apparently has told him it can’t be done. ODOT spokesperson Don Hamilton said the agency is aware of Purdy’s plans but will make no decisions until a formal proposal is submitted. Although there are hurdles to overcome in gaining state approval, Hamilton said, “It’s not impossible.” Endorsements of the concept have been issued by Portland Business Alliance, Prosper Portland, Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, Northwest District Association and Pearl District Neighborhood Association. Purdy’s corporate board includes former Patagonia and Prana CEO Michael Crooke and Travel Portland CEO Jeff Miller. It also includes Steve Hinks, who was head of operations for the Sydney Bridge Climb for 13 years. “There are still multiple approvals needed to bring this idea to life,” Purdy wrote on a Portland Bridge Climb Facebook page in September. “It will still take a couple more years and support from the local community and government to bring this to life.” It will also take about $300,000 in investment,” he told the Northwest District Association last month. Tourists would not be the first individuals to climb the Fremont Bridge. ODOT crews do it every three or four months to replace the wind-tattered flags. “It’s such an outlandish idea,” he said, he didn’t want press coverage now for fear it might quash the project before it can be fully explained. Because he had already circulated an overview of the scheme on the internet, the NW Examiner decided not to honor the request. Stairs, railings and walkways at key junctures would need to be added to the bridge. To overcome structural barriers at a few points, climbers would travel inside the arches for brief distances. Safety equipment will include a cord from each climber’s harness attached to a rail during the entire climb. Purdy said the equipment and training will make it possible for even those with a fear of heights to make the climb, an assessment drawn from the experience of the existing bridge climbs in Australia and New Zealand. He projects more than 25,000 climbers per year, about half of them by visitors to the city. Private promoters propose building a structure at the base of the west side arches, where climbers would receive equipment and training. Portland Bridge Climb will employ about 40 workers, one-third of them full time. After hearing the presentation, NWDA Planning Committee member Roger Vrilakas called the project “fabulous.” NWDA President Karen Karlsson dubbed it “incredible,” while adding that she has no intention of making a climb. “The Pearl District Neighborhood Association voted to support the concept,” wrote PDNA Planning and Transportation Committee Co-chair Reza Fahoodi, “but we have questions about the implementation of the project that will need to be addressed if the idea becomes reality.”

    NW Examiner / 16 d. 19 h. 58 min. ago more
  • Dual RolesDual Roles

    Coalition president entangled in contradictions as she runs for City Council   When Felicia Williams warned neighborhood leaders last spring that their “brand” had fallen out of favor with City Hall, her audience might have assumed she thought that was a bad thing. Williams, who chairs the coalition of Westside neighborhood associations, told representatives of the 12 member organizations that the Chloe Eudaly, new commissioner in charge of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, was devoted to social equity and identity issues and “we’re going to run into a brick wall” in claiming to speak for geographic constituencies. She also accused city officials of systematically eliminating neighborhood representatives from city-sanctioned advisory bodies and replacing them with individuals supporting their agenda, a process she labeled “cronyism.” Williams’ tough talk at the April Neighbors West/Northwest meeting may have stunned coalition representatives, but there was no hint that she was not on their side. “This is dire stuff right now,” said Les Blaize, a longtime representative of the Forest Heights Neighborhood Association. “We’re going back to the Dark Ages.” Hilary Mackenzie, representing the Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association, said the change of direction would offer no platform for her neighborhood, comprised of single-family homes and hardly any renters. Switched sides? Sixth months later, Williams is running for City Council, and the harsh assessments she made of neighborhood associations in April look less like her greatest fear and more like a personal opportunity. At an Oct. 10 meeting of the ONI Bureau Advisory Committee, of which she is a member, Williams spoke favorably of the agency’s transition toward equity/identity issues as outlined by ONI’s new executive director, Suk Rhee. “It’s not good for ONI to be identified with neighborhoods,” a source quoted Williams as saying. Williams has without exception failed to respond to inquiries from the NW Examiner since becoming chair of the coalition in 2016. She was asked to confirm, deny or explain the quote above but did not reply. One neighborhood association in her coalition has been in her crosshairs since she assumed the presidency last year: the Goose Hollow Foothills League. She has repeatedly threatened to demote or expel GHFL from the coalition, and she pushed a revision of coalition bylaws to allow such action by simple majority vote without a showing of cause. The low threshold for censure met resistance, and the latest draft calls for a two-thirds majority, still a far cry from the existing requirement of unanimity for all policy decisions. Neighbors West/Northwest coalition members supported Felicia Williams (center, in black) last month on a series of bylaw amendments that were opposed only by the Goose Hollow Foothills League. Photo by Wesley Mahan What does Williams have against Goose Hollow? In board discussions, she speaks of the necessity to address disruptive behavior at meetings. In October, she described the amendment as a tool to deal with representatives who “act like jerks all the time.” Opinion published In an opinion piece Williams submitted to the Portland Tribune in October, the roots of her antipathy were spelled out more specifically. It goes back to development of the 2015 West Quadrant Plan, the central city element of the pending comprehensive plan update, which has been tarnished by ethics charges brought against development professionals on the Stakeholders Advisory Committee that helped formulate it. The complaint was upheld by the city auditor, who directed participants to declare their property interests and potential conflicts of interest. Five stakeholders failed to comply with the request from the director of the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, including Dan Petrusich, a developer who was president of the Goose Hollow Foothills League before a group of residents took over the board in 2014. Although not mentioning Petrusich by name, Williams tapped into that history in her opinion piece: “Michael Mehaffy [current GHFL president] and others on the Goose Hollow Foothills League board have spent years attacking the former GHFL board members, especially the developers, who did not oppose the Block 7 [owned by the Multnomah Athletic Club] proposal. “… It is unreasonable to dismiss the work of a large Stakeholder Advisory Committee that spent countless hours researching, discussing and reaching consensus on a long-term development plan for the West Quadrant. It is even worse to see that people who refuse to participate productively within the system are succeeding at undermining it, regardless of the cost to everyone else in Portland.” Williams and the Downtown Neighborhood Association supported the West Quadrant Plan. She accused its critics, who faulted greater building height allowances, of having their own conflict of interest in seeking to prevent obstruction of views from their homes. City Council candidate Nothing in or after the piece disclosed that Williams had on Sept. 25 filed as a candidate for the City Council seat to be vacated by Dan Saltzman in 2018. Was she speaking in her role as a neighborhood association representative, which was how she was identified at the bottom of the article, or was this her first gambit as a citywide candidate, branding herself as a friend of developers willing to forsake her grass-roots constituency in favor of a more politically powerful base? All of this was known or knowable when the coalition met Oct. 11. Williams made no mention of her City Council candidacy, and none of the other eight neighborhood representatives in attendance did either. The issue was avoided even as Williams accepted a nomination to run again for the presidency of the coalition. She noted that she intended to step down in mid-year for reasons not divulged. The slate with Williams name atop was approved, with a final vote set for the Nov. 8 coalition meeting. Why no questions? Why did no one ask about the ramifications of her campaign on her duties to the coalition? Could she fill both roles at once without compromising the coalition’s aims? Did her public statement suggest she now wants to be a best friend to developers by demonizing a neighborhood association to which she has a duty of loyalty? Why publicly launder what should be an internal matter with a member association? And why wouldn’t a person stepping into such treacherous waters not share her changing roles and shifting views with the body she represents? We emailed Williams these questions but received no reply. The coalition adopted duty of loyalty guidelines in 2016 that require neighborhood representatives to clarify their role when they speak publicly on topics related to their neighborhood positions. As president of the coalition, Williams’ essay in the Tribune could have been assumed to be the position of the coalition absent a clear statement that she was writing as an individual. The piece was not authorized or even revealed to the coalition before publication. Promise to raise issue The Examiner also shared these concerns with coalition directors. Hilary Mackenzie, who served on the election committee that recommended the slate with Williams as president last month, explained that no one else wanted to run for the top seat so she had no problem at the time with Williams continuing. After being made aware of Williams’ opinion piece in the Tribune, Mackenzie said there should be a discussion about the issues raised by the Examiner before the coalition elects officers. “This will come up at the next Neighbors West/Northwest meeting,” she said. “It’s something we need to talk about.” Randy Weisberg of the Hillside Neighborhood Association said, “It would have been nice if she had disclosed that [she was running for City Council]. “I do think the board should discuss these matters, and I will raise the issue at the next meeting if I can attend,” Weisberg said.

    NW Examiner / 16 d. 20 h. 5 min. ago more
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    Portland Observer / 24 d. 8 h. 31 min. ago
  • Less Force, More Empathy 
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    Portland Observer / 25 d. 4 h. 2 min. ago
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    Portland Observer / 32 d. 6 h. 27 min. ago
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    Portland Observer / 39 d. 1 h. 48 min. ago
  • Now you see it . . .Now you see it . . .

    From The Fields Park, the public has a panoramic view of the graceful Fremont Bridge angling over the Willamette River. But not for long. That view would be largely blocked by a proposed 17-story residential tower, and little can be done to stop it or reduce its size. “We’re harming the city by destroying these views,” Pearl District Neighborhood Association President Stan Penkin said. “I don’t like it.” But Penkin conceded that fighting the project would be futile. Pearl resident John Hollister testified at City Council last month asking that the Central City 2035 Plan be amended to protect this view, but even had council taken his advice, it would have been too late to limit the development application, which was filed and is vested under existing codes. The project by Texas-based Lincoln Property Co. is subject to design review, a process intended to ensure that new structures are compatible with their surroundings. But even design review rarely diminishes a building’s size, and a 308,000-square-foot building is hard to slip into the background. The PDNA Planning and Transportation Committee voted to go along with the general scheme, supporting code adjustments intended to make it as unobtrusive as possible. BEST SCENARIO: Much of the building’s mass is shifted westward in the latest design, allowing part of the bridge to be seen from the southwest. WORST SCENARIO: Without code adjustments, the building could completely hide the arch of the Fremont Bridge from Northwest 11th Avenue at the edge of The Fields Park. Former committee co-chair Patricia Gardner said, “I’m not going to focus on larger issues but rather just see if we can make the building better.” The committee praised Tim Wybenga of YBA Architects for configuring the structure in a way that allows part of the bridge’s arch to be seen. One of the few members of the committee to vote against accommodation was Bruce Levy. “We should all appreciate the importance of maintaining as much of a view as possible of the iconic bridge,” he told the Examiner later. “It provides orientation for folks in and around the park area among a sea of high-rises surrounding The Fields and truly makes that park feel like the special place it is.” If eleventh-hour protests were doomed, there was a time when the view might have been protected. Gardner said that window of opportunity passed while the long-delayed Centennial Mills redevelopment was under discussion. A pedestrian bridge connecting Fields Park and Centennial Mills had been proposed, but because community members and city planners didn’t want to define the view corridor while that project was in limbo, view protections were never formalized. The view of the Fremont Bridge looking north from 12th Avenue is protected by city code. Bureau of Planning & Sustainability favor this view corridor because it does not restrict building heights. The Fremont Apartments project would occupy what today is a surface parking lot serving the adjacent office building. “That’s why there’s no view corridor to the [Fremont] Bridge,” Gardner said. Bureau of Planning & Sustainability planners considered protecting several views of the Fremont Bridge in the CC2035 plan but decided against measures that would limit building heights, according to BPS spokesperson Eden Dabbs. “Staff determined that the economic impacts of limiting building heights to protect this view outweigh the benefits,” Dabbs wrote in an email to the Examiner. A currently protected view of the bridge looking north along Northwest 12th Avenue includes a slice of the bridge, and city staff supports maintaining that view corridor.

    NW Examiner / 44 d. 22 h. 25 min. ago more
  • No school crossing for Chapman kindergartenNo school crossing for Chapman kindergarten

    Due to overcrowding at the main Chapman Elementary School building on Northwest 26th Avenue, kindergarten students were moved off-site to the Ramona Building on Northwest 14th Avenue a year ago. But the pedestrian protections associated with school zones—crosswalk markings, signs and reduced speed limits—didn’t come along. Some parents and school officials are puzzled that no special safety measures protect their 5-year-old charges. “The Ramona is a school,” said Scott Kocher, whose child attended the kindergarten last year. “It needs a school zone.” Nicole Mather, who has two children in the kindergarten this year, agrees. Several construction projects have led to intermittent closure of the streets surrounding the Ramona Building, where the Chapman kindergarten leases four rooms. Photo by Scott Kocher “It just doesn’t make sense to me,” Mather said. “I just assumed, if a school opens, it’s an automatic next step to make it safe with school zone signs and painted crosswalks to make sure parents like me have a safe walking route to school. It’s just odd to me that there’s nothing for a school in such an urban setting.” Despite common assumptions, schools do not automatically qualify for school zone safety measures, and whether a school is public or private makes no difference to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The advocacy of Portland Public Schools and Chapman parents has not moved PBOT. It considers the off-site kindergarten a temporary situation that even now raises no special safety concerns. “Northwest 14th is a one-lane, one-way street, so it has pretty low traffic volumes,” wrote Dylan Rivera, a PBOT spokesperson. The bureau conducted a traffic study last December and found that 75 percent of motorists obeyed the speed limit, while fewer than 1 percent exceeded the limit by 10 or more miles per hour. Carlos Hernandez, the PBOT traffic engineer assigned to the case, saw no need for corrective action. “During my 20-minute visit,” Hernandez wrote, “no pedestrians were observed crossing any legs of that intersection. The NCHRP (National Cooperative Highway Research Program) methodology recommends considering marked crosswalks when the peak-hour pedestrian rate is higher than 20.” PBOT had other reasons for saying no. “The overwhelming majority of students there arrive at the front door on Northwest 13th Avenue by bus or car, so we would likely consider 13th Avenue for a school zone, rather than 14th Avenue,” wrote Rivera. “School zone signing is intended for use at all primary and secondary schools, whether they are private schools or public schools. They are not used at pre-kindergarten or daycare centers because children that young should be accompanied by an adult. In this case, with one grade level and a total of 83 students, the student population at this campus is quite small. There are no stops along the six blocks of Northwest 14th Avenue between Northrup and Thurman streets. Photo by Scott Kocher “The larger issue is that this is a temporary location for the school, so it would be inappropriate to install permanent signage and markings,” Rivera concluded. None of the explanations gained much traction with parents. “They were going to have an excuse no matter what,” kindergarten parent Staci Kristin said. “They would have a reason why that was wrong or couldn’t work.” For one, Kocher said treating the school as temporary makes little sense. “The Ramona was built in 2011 as a school,” he said. “Even if the kindergarten moves, the first floor will always be a school, and, with 138 units of affordable housing for families with children on the five upper floors, large numbers of kids will continue to live there.” In addition to the Chapman kindergarten, Scuola Italiana di Portland, or the Italian School of Portland, serving about 25 students up to age 13, also leases space in the Ramona, and Friendly House has classes for all ages in the building. Kristin, who had a child in kindergarten last year and has another one starting next year, said a safer crossing to the Ramona matters in several ways that the city should care about. Kristin and her husband, who live at Northwest 20th and Pettygrove, walked or biked their daughter to kindergarten every day last year and now do the same as she attends the main Chapman building on 26th Avenue. The walk to Chapman is safer and more appealing because many families and children walk, and it becomes obvious to all that they are approaching a school. She thinks more people would walk to the Ramona if it didn’t feel unsafe. “Why not make these streets safe and walkable for all ages?” she asked, noting that the city prides itself on its walkability. The city’s Safe Routes to School program, which claims to have increased walking and biking to school by 35 percent since 2016, reflects a broader Portland commitment she wishes was applied to the Chapman kindergarten. During the school day, students walk several blocks en masse for recess to either The Fields Park or Pearl Court, depending on the weather. Staff members hold up traffic and usher the children across each street, a task complicated by a series of construction projects that block crosswalks. Kocher asked the Pearl District Neighborhood Association to support efforts to recognize the area around the Ramona as a school zone. “Seems like a no brainer,” responded Jerry Pike, a member of the PDNA Planning and Transportation Committee. Former committee chair Patricia Gardner speculated that PBOT is waiting for a proximate future development it can saddle with the full cost of underwriting the infrastructure improvements entailed in a school zone. Committee co-chair Reza Fahoodi told Kocher his timing was perfect because a grant intended for such projects is available now. The committee unanimously approved a letter supporting school zone treatment at the Ramona. Kocher is optimistic that a policy change can be achieved. But even if all else fails, he has a simple alternative: “ChildPeace School has a school zone sign on 14th just north of Raleigh, half a block north of the Ramona. If they just moved that sign two blocks south, it would work for both schools.”

    NW Examiner / 44 d. 22 h. 33 min. ago more
  • Council to review height increases recommended by developer-advisersCouncil to review height increases recommended by developer-advisers

    A cloud of witnesses at last month’s City Council hearings on the comprehensive plan update reproached developers and their allies for advocating their own interests while serving as city-designated advisers to the plan. The fact of the undeclared conflicts of interest on the West Quadrant Stakeholders Advisory Committee has not been in question since a 2015 Portland Auditor’s office upheld an anonymously filed ethics complaint. Westside citizens poured it on. Spencer Burton spoke of “no transparency in robust conflicts of interest” by SAC members who “didn’t even dignify this council with disclosure” after being directed to do so by the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability. Suzanne Lennard noted that five SAC members failed to make the disclosures, “two of whom appeared to benefit financially from the increased heights that will go forward under the current plan.” Tracy Prince testified that “ethically conflicted developers are being enriched.” Richard Lowensohn said, “I have protested earlier against the conflict of interest among the developers who voted on the liberalization of building heights and zoning, and that’s been amply covered here.” Near the end of the second day of testimony, one of the SAC members identified for undisclosed conflicts had heard enough. Dan Petrusich, who served on the committee as a representative of Portland Business Alliance while he was a partner in Melvin Mark Cos., told the council he had been falsely accused. Petrusich, who is now president of MMDC (formerly known as Melvin Mark Development Co.), was featured on the front page of the May 2016 NW Examiner under the headline, “Stakeholder gets juicy height bonus.” The story covered a special request he made to BPS for added height on his development site at 1853 SW Jefferson St. The request was made to staff working on view protections in the CC2035 Plan, a finer-grained follow-up to the West Quadrant Plan, which the SAC oversaw. “The Goose Hollow Foothills League [quoted in the story] claims I used my position as a Portland Business Alliance representative on the West Quadrant Stakeholders Committee to influence the decision to increase the height limit on our property,” Petrusich said. “This claim is not only false but would have been impossible. The SAC committee’s last meeting was in September of 2014. The staff solicited comments on scenic resources, including the Vista Bridge, more than six months later in the spring of 2015. The West Quadrant SAC and scenic resources review occurred at different times and had different purposes. I submitted Jefferson Holdings’ first comment on May 29, 2015.” Petrusich had chosen his words carefully. He used his influence to gain a greater height allowance on the Jefferson property, though this personal advocacy came after the SAC disbanded. Had Petrusich never served on the SAC, his request for greater height allowances on this property may not have seemed untoward. But his work on the SAC, advocating for height increases affecting properties in which he had a stake and then brushing off an official request for disclosure, made him a marked man on the ethics score. “This reply will serve as my disclosure,” read a statement he offered BPS instead of completing a form as requested. “I have been active in the commercial real estate business in Portland for over 30 years in a variety of capacities.” He did not specify any properties or locations. Petrusich questioned the fairness of the auditor’s investigation and speculated that the complainants were motivated by a desire to “block voices which do not agree with their own.” In his testimony last month, Petrusich complained about the representation of a 130-foot-height-limit on his Jefferson property, the height ceiling in the draft plan until June 2016. Height along the southern edge of the property was reduced to 45 feet in a later draft to preserve views of the Vista Bridge from Jefferson Street below. Petrusich lobbied to increase that to 75 feet, which he was granted in the next draft update. City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has taken the conflicts of interest seriously since 2015 when she scolded her colleagues for allying with development interests seeking height increases. After West End resident Wendy Rahm testified about the exclusion of downtown residents on the SAC and the danger of demolition that increased heights place on existing affordable housing, Fritz responded, “I agree with everything you said. “Also, how are we going to correct the problems that were found? It is up to us, and that’s why I was asking the question about which particular properties should we look at more closely. “I’d like as much information as we can get, both from the NW Examiner and the ombudsman, on which properties might have a conflict of interest,” Fritz said. Mayor Ted Wheeler said he heard the concerns about height allowances and conflicts of interest.

    NW Examiner / 44 d. 22 h. 36 min. ago more
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    Portland Observer / 45 d. 8 h. 23 min. ago
  • Neighborhoods in no-win situationNeighborhoods in no-win situation

    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.

    NW Examiner / 76 d. 18 h. 31 min. ago more
  • Pile-driving noise exemption  continues as commissioner’s  office calls for patiencePile-driving noise exemption continues as commissioner’s office calls for patience

    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.” Appeal withdrawn 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.”

    NW Examiner / 76 d. 18 h. 34 min. ago more
  • Autos on way out?Autos on way out?

    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.”         Sidebar 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.”

    NW Examiner / 76 d. 18 h. 39 min. ago more
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