Itâs looking grim in the Occupy Portland camps: Occupy organizers say theyâre broke. As first reported on wweek.com, a former finance committee member refunded $14,000 to donors last week without knowledge or permission of Occupy organizers. Some media outlets reported, inaccurately, that this money had been stolen. But Occupiers say thousands in cash from other donors have been ripped off from the Information tent. Meanwhile, Occupiers are considering cutting off the free meals for people who donât volunteer to help run the campâa response to city pressure over drugs and violence in Chapman and Lownsdale squares. For the latest and most complete reporting on Occupy Portland, go to wweek.com/occupy_pdx.
The city of Milwaukie is looking for respect from baseball fans and paying a lot of money to get it. The city hopes to build a minor-league baseball stadium/entertainment complex just south of its border with Portlandâalong Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard and the new light-rail line. The city hopes to attract a short-season, single-A team, similar to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, by 2014. Milwaukie City Council President Greg Chaimov says residents, whose property taxes would finance the project, are âextremely positiveâ so far. Milwaukie is paying Innovative Campaign Strategies, the Portland firm run by Jon Isaacs, $10,000 a month for outreach and communications on the project. The second of three community meetings will be held Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Milwaukie Elementary, 11250 SE 27th Ave., from 6 to 7 pm.
The city of Portlandâs Bureau of Human Resources has a new list of dos and donâts for city employees using social media. Whatâs it mean for you? A tweet is as good as a phone call for reporting potholes. Bureaus must write standards for friending, following and retweeting. No âviewpoint discriminationâ: Employees canât refuse a Facebook friend request or delete critical comments. There is some discrimination allowed: Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr are approved for city useâGoogle+ is not. Tips on etiquette are included: âAlways pause and think before posting.â âReply to comments in a timely manner.â âWhen disagreeing with othersâ opinions, be appropriate and polite.â And, finally, âRemember that what you publish will be public for a long time.â
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