Updated November 29, 2011 Published November 29, 2011
Multnomah County has resigned from the Oregon Housing Alliance because of the Allianceâs lobbyist, Mark Nelson. County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury says Nelsonâs role in a signature-gathering firm working on a proposed constitutional ban on a real-estate transfer tax is contrary to the Housing Allianceâs interest in developing more affordable housing. Kafoury says the countyâs $4,250 annual dues will no longer help pay Nelson. âMark Nelson lobbies against nearly everything we [the county] stand for,â Kafoury says. Nelson says he is only a board member of the signature-gathering firm and has no advocacy or financial role in the measure. âSheâs just wrong,â he says.
Left without a staging ground since the Nov. 13 removal of its tent city at Chapman and Lownsdale squares, Occupy Portland now plans to set up camp in another park on Saturday, Dec. 3. âWhy? Because,â the group explains on its website, âwe have the right to peacefully assemble...and weâre not done!â At 3 pm, Occupiers plan to march from the Salmon Street Springs Fountain (north of the Hawthorne Bridge in Tom McCall Waterfront Park) to an undisclosed location where theyâll set up tents and break out the Hula-Hoops. Earlier that day, at Southeast 37th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard, Occupiers âwho still want to participateâ¦but donât necessarily want to go downtownâ are encouraged to bring their pets (on a leash) to a âDogcupy Portlandâ protest outside local bank branches. Why? Because crossing the river is too much trouble, even for the 99 percent.
âThe Portland Plan is a beautiful document,â says a recent announcement by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, âbut its length and complexity can be overwhelming.â By way of soliciting public comments on the 183-page draft of the cityâs 25-year comprehensive plan, the city produced two how-to videos, posted at pdxplan.com. In one, âHow to Comment on the Portland Plan,â Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Chair Andre Baugh urges, of all things, concision. âItâs important to be brief and hold your testimony to three minutes,â Baugh says. But brevity, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. The other instructional video, called âHow to Read the Portland Plan,â runs just over four minutes.
Correction: Last weekâs story âNot What the Doctors Orderedâ misnamed State Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) and described his district too narrowly. WW regrets the errors.