Chris and Tom Maletisâ long-running effort to get their Langdon Farms Golf Club, located on I-5 just south of the Wilsonville, inside the urban-growth boundary took a dramatic turn May 25 when the brothers sued Metro, the state Land Conservation and Development Commission and Clackamas County in U.S. District Court for having âintentionally and irrationally treated plaintiffs different from similarly situated landowners.â The Maletis brothers want to turn the course into a warehouse and transportation hub. Metro spokesman Jim Middaugh says his agency does not comment on pending litigation.
A legal dispute has left a small forestâs worth of Oregon trees floating in limbo in Hong Kong. A U.S. District Court complaint filed last week in Portland says the Hong Kong-based Asia Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Co. ordered thousands of live trees from Gresham-based Sester Farms, paying the $532,000 price before delivery. The trees arrived in Hong Kong on May 21, the complaint alleges, but the buyers couldnât claim them because Sester had neglected to attach necessary import documents, including a âphytosanitary certificateâ affirming that the trees are pest-free. Sester Farms managers didnât respond to messages. âItâs kind of tragic, as far as the trees are concerned,â says Eric K. Helmy, the Hong Kong companyâs attorney in Portland. âThey were shipped in a manner thatâs designed to preserve themâbut itâs very hot in Hong Kong.â
Occupy Portland announced May 28 that park rangers for the cityâs bureau of Parks & Recreation challenged the formerly park-residing activists to a June 10 softball game at Overlook Park. But the bureauâwhich estimated the Occupation cleanup costs of Chapman and Lownsdale squares at $130,000âdenies official ties to the softball game. âItâs not rangers vs. Occupiers,â says Parks spokesman Mark Ross. âThe City and [Parks] donât have a position on this, other than to confirm it is a permitted event.â