Portland, USDOJ agreement includes more oversight of police – PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The city of Portland has reached a proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice on police reforms in the wake of an investigation that found officers too frequently use excessive force against the mentally ill. The deal announced Friday afternoon by Mayor Sam Adams, Police Chief Mike Reese and U.S.Attorney Amanda Marshall includes more oversight of the police bureau as well as additional training and revisions to its policy on the use of stun guns.
Portland City Council endorses freeway widening plan, focuses on smaller roads around Rose Quarter for now – Widening I-5 may be a ways off, but within a year the state of Oregon would like to remove the curving “slip lane” [at the center of the map above] that feeds cars onto North Broadway without a traffic light. Known as the N/NE Quadrant and I-5/Broadway-Wielder Plans, the council actually endorses two plans, one sponsored by the city of Portland and the other by the state of Oregon. The city’s portion, concerned mostly with the redevelopment of the Lloyd District, will be folded into the Portland Central City 2035 plan, which is not schedule to be completed for another three years.
Are Utilities Ready for Hurricane Sandy? – Now that Hurricane Sandy has ripped through the Bahamas, it may be about to clean house throughout the Northeastern United States. Jurisdictions lining the mid-to-upper Atlantic coastline are joining with critical infrastructure businesses to prep for what may become a humongous storm.
The Fiscal Cliff
Local leaders are cautiously hopeful for local economy – Local business and political leaders said at an economic summit in Keizer last week that while the economy is well on its way to recovery, it continues to remain in a fragile state. The summit, sponsored by Marion County’s Economic Development Advisory Board, took place on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Keizer Civic Center. Specialists from both the public and private sectors, including Mayor Lore Christopher, gave updates on the economic status of the county, as well as the state as a whole, and discussed different options for improvement.
Portland could pay $7 million for Fanno Pump sewage assistance – The City of Portland would pay Washington County’s Clean Water Services $7 million for taking sewage flows from the city’s long-problematic Fanno Pump Station under the proposed terms of an updated intergovernmental agreement. First drafted in 1998, the agreement did not originally anticipate how defective the pump station would prove.
PolitiFact Oregon checks out proposed Multnomah County Library taxing district – Supporters of a new Multnomah County Library District say a new tax structure is necessary for keeping one of the nation’s busiest libraries “working for all of us.” In a mailer, the Libraries Yes! Committee paints an already dim picture of the system and tries to put the new district in perspective. PolitiFact Oregon noted two interesting facts in the pro-district campaign flier that we thought were worth checking.
Intel’s rapid growth brings gains — and strains — in Hillsboro – Billions of dollars in new investment. Three more years of work for thousands of contractors and construction workers. And hundreds of additional long-term jobs. What’s not to love about the mammoth Hillsboro expansion Intel announced last Wednesday? Well, ask the neighbors. “We’ve been living with construction at Intel for about 10 years now, and it has its moments,” said Dawn Hottenroth, 46, who lives near Orenco Station, just south of the chipmaker’s Ronler Acres campus.
Consensus near on Cascade project – Fear receded and cautious optimism emerged in the wake of a Wednesday workshop that sought to hammer out a way forward on the Cascade Avenue construction project slated for 2014. Cascade Avenue merchants, city officials and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) seemed to be in agreement on a modified construction schedule that was perceived as much less threatening to the livelihood of Cascade Avenue merchants than the original schedule.
Local candidates spend thousands on campaigns – An Ashland political action committee and three moderate City Council candidates it supports have raised a total of $12,360, while three liberal candidates opposed by the PAC together have raised $12,059, according to state election filings and candidate estimates.
RSVP: Spend Your Halloween with Adam Davis, DHM Research – Please join us on October 31 for a conversation with Adam Davis, DHM Research at the Tualatin Library Community Room (18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062). To RSVP, send an email by October 29th to ELGL project coordinator, Megan Messmer – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Property tax meetings set – A series of town hall meetings to discuss property taxes are scheduled across Central Oregon starting Tuesday. The meetings will allow residents to ask questions about the taxation system, how the county appraises property and how property value is determined.
15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders – It’s important to realize that just because someone holds a position of leadership, doesn’t necessarily mean they should. Put another way, not all leaders are created equal. The problem many organizations are suffering from is a recognition problem – they can’t seem to recognize good leaders from bad ones. In today’s column I’ll addresshow to identify bad leaders by pointing out a few things that should be obvious, but apparently aren’t.
The Social Network
Council takes a look at Facebook -Milton-Freewater city manager Linda Hall received a confusing call from a local radio station last month, asking her to verify the increased parade permit fees likely leading to the cancellation of the Veteran’s Day Parade. Hall was told that the radio station had seen the information on the Milton-Freewater Facebook page. She knew the increase in fees was not true.
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