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November 24th, 2010 WW Editorial Staff | Murmurs
 

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  • The number of bike trips in Portland experienced a 7.6 percent upswing in 2010, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. That’s significant because last year—for the first time since PBOT began measuring bike commuting in 1995—the number of bridge crossings by bike dropped by 6 percent. PBOT officials attributed that 2009 dip to the economy. However, the overall increase this year is modest when compared with 2008 levels—0.26 percent.

  • Portland Police Chief Mike Reese is set to make a major round of promotions Dec. 9. He hasn’t announced his final decisions yet for the five sergeant and three lieutenant positions, but some notorious names top the list of candidates. First in line for promotion to sergeant is Leo Besner, the officer involved in the controversial shooting of Raymond Gwerder in 2005. Top contenders to make lieutenant include Sgt. David Golliday, who was demoted in 2003 after a fellow cop’s wife complained he groped her.

  • Labor pains at the Port of Portland: On Nov. 18, the port’s Police Employees’ Association filed papers with the state Employment Relations Board seeking to sever its relationship with AFSCME, the statewide labor group currently representing the port cops. The 57-member unit wants to form an independent union, at least in part because of unhappiness about the cost of AFSCME’s representation, according to the breakaway group’s website, poppea.org. AFSCME boss Ken Allen was unavailable for comment.

  • A private Montana prison sees opportunity in Oregon’s newly passed Measure 73. Jeffrey McDowell, executive director of the empty 464-bed Two Rivers Detention Center in Hardin, Mont., wants the 500 drunken drivers and sex offenders that the voter-approved measure is expected to generate. McDowell wrote recently to Oregon Department of Corrections Director Max Williams offering to house the prisoners for about $75 per day. But DOC spokeswoman Jeanine Hohn says McDowell’s cost per prisoner isn’t dramatically lower than Oregon’s cost of $84 per day. And Oregon currently has lots of empty prison beds of its own. “Proposed out-of-state beds just aren’t an option at this time,” Hohn says.

  • WW’s annual Give!Guide has set an ambitious fundraising goal this year of at least $1 million for 79 worthy nonprofits. And so far WW’s readers are responding, raising nearly $150,000 as of press time Tuesday. That’s about 39 percent ahead of where Give!Guide was at this point last year. You can keep this year rolling by going to wweek.com and giving what you can through Dec. 31. And while you’re at wweek.com, read all about Give!Guide’s fabulous Skidmore Prize winners Israel Bayer, Leah Hall, Gaby Mendez and Laura Streib—four nonprofit leaders 35 and younger who have been awarded $4,000 apiece for their great work.
 
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