California Becomes First State to Ditch Cash Bail: Oregon Should Follow Suit

California Becomes First State to Ditch Cash Bail: Oregon Should Follow Suit Governor Jerry Brown of California just signed a law that will eliminate the state’s cash bail system, making it the first state in the country to abandon the long-standing system. And good riddance! Cash bail is antithetical to a fair justice system, as it disproportionately harms low-income defendants while allowing the rich to escape jail, no problem.

Portland's Bureau of Development Services Has Nearly 100 Vacant Positions

Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is currently missing a quarter of its staff, and it could be impacting the city's building inspection and planning process. BDS, which oversees land use review, permits for construction projects, and inspections, is budgeted to have nearly 400 staffers. “We have almost 100 vacancies, mostly in inspections and plan review,” says BDS spokesperson Thomas Ngo.

Laurelhurst Theater Apologizes to Victims of Alleged Beer Throwing

A week ago, an interracial couple came to Laurelhurst Theater to watch a showing of Sorry to Bother You and, instead of enjoying the film, were allegedly soaked with beer by an annoyed patron—and kicked out of the theater after they complained Rashida Young and Brendon Quinn were appalled by the treatment—which they think had to do with Young's race—and posted about the experience on social media. "The man who threw beer did not enjoy being told no by a Black woman."

Federal Police Sweep Protesters from Portland ICE Property

Portland Police Bureau has issued a statement regarding its involvement in the sweep. "The Police Bureau is assisting Portland community members by providing traffic control on roadways that are affected by nearby Federal Law Enforcement action.... The Police Bureau is not involved with Federal Protective Services (FPS) actions as it relates to Occupy ICE PDX." Additionally, ICE building owner Stuart Lindquist has arrived on the scene. He previously struck a protester with his car, prompting pr

Multnomah County Is Getting Closer to Preparing the Burnside Bridge for an Earthquake

Earlier this year, Multnomah County was considering 26 different options for how to renovate or replace the Burnside Bridge in case of an earthquake. They've now narrowed those options down to nine, which were debated yesterday at an Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge stakeholder meeting. Nearly 30 people representing numerous affected parties throughout Portland met to discuss the future of one of the city's key bridges. The stakeholder group is made up of around 20 members who provide input to the county on its plans for the bridge. Since 2016, the county has been planning to either renovate or replace Burnside Bridge to protect it from collapse in a major seismic event. According to county documents, construction or retrofitting is planned to begin in 2024, but first, the nine options will go to the public for commentary.

Cars Are Still Killing Lots of Bicyclists and Pedestrians

As Portland's population grows, so does the number of traffic fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists, according to a new report released by Metro. The 2018 report outlines crashes from 2011 to 2015 and follows a 2012 report by the same name that analyzed traffic dangers. Bike Portland's comparative analysis notes that arterial roadways—those with more than four lanes of traffic—are the most deadly roads.

Columbia CEO to Bankroll New Harbor for Hope Shelter in the Pearl

It appears that a wealthy Portland CEO and a Portland developer, both of whom have a well-documented history of animosity towards the homeless, have had a change of heart. Oregon Harbor for Hope—a nonprofit organization chaired by developer Homer Williams, has announced a partnership with Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle to build a new homeless shelter under the Broadway Bridge—just blocks from Williams’ prized Marriott Hotel.

Kids Share Emotional Stories at "Reclaim Dr. King" March

Yesterday's youth march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination was raw with emotion. The North Portland rally, which drew some 75 participants, featured an hour of emotional testimony from kids and community members about how racism has affected their daily lives, followed by a march to the MLK mural at Irvington Covenant Church. One young girl spoke she had been called the n-word in her middle school classroom.

National School Walkout: Benson High Remembers Parkland Victims

The majority of Benson Polytechnic High School students walked out of class today to remember the victims of Parkland, Florida's mass shooting one month ago. Hundreds of students filled the concrete steps in the school's courtyard, linking arms and falling silent during the 17 minutes of silence to honor the 17 Parkland victims. The protest was matched by at least 71 other school walkouts across Portland public schools, according to a district official. Liam Patterson, a junior at Benson, gave the Parkland student survivors credit for organizing the nationwide protest. The 17-year-old said, “Finally being able to take a stand and have our voices heard is really important.”

Professionalizing Care

Caring for the elderly is a difficult, strenuous and thankless job. Thanks to the Oregon Legislature, Oregon’s in-home caregivers may start to receive better training before starting these low-wage jobs upon which thousands of lives depend. March 1, the Oregon House of Representatives voted 57 to 2 in favor of Senate Bill 1534, which affects the 30,000 home care and personal support workers in Oregon who provide services through Medicaid. It does not address care facilities.