The coalition of property owners potentially on the hook for a Portland Harbor cleanup (see âWhat the Muck?,â WW, March 28, 2012) are pushing bargain-basement proposals. The companies say the proposals, ranging from $169 million to $398 million, would have âless impact on the community.â At best, about a quarter of the acreage of contaminated river sediment would be cleaned up. The Lower Willamette Groupâs feasibility study is the result of 10 years and $96 millionâincluding more than $24 million from city sewer ratepayers.
Scratch the soda tax for now: Proponents of a countywide 1-cent-per-ounce tax on âsugar-addedâ drinks have decided not to try to put their measure on the November ballot. âWe have been working to make more progress on kidsâ health and fitness,â says campaign manager Rich Rodgers. âWe are especially focused on restoring cuts to PE, Outdoor School and Parks & Recreation maintenance. The best way to do that is to take a little more time.â Rodgers says the campaign didnât do a pollânor, he says, was it deterred by the competition of other money-raising measures, a county library levy in May and a potential library taxing district vote in November.
Back in real life.... Elieen Brady, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith, the top three candidates for mayor of Portland, face off in a live televised debate sponsored by WW and KATU on Sunday, April 22, at 7 pm. The debate will be held at David Douglas Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave. To attend the debate, get your free tickets at KATU, 2153 NE Sandy Blvd., or at WW, 2220 NW Quimby St.