Portland State University has fired a company from its three-year, no-bid $1.5 million contract after WW reported on the firmâs failure to pay its taxes. Diversified Abilities employs disabled Oregonians and had been working under the contract to clean PSU dorms. The company has federal and state tax liens of $365,000 (âJanitorial Mess,â WW, June 26, 2013) and has struggled to pay its unemployment insurance. On Oct. 14, PSU replaced Diversified Abilities with Portland Habilitation Center, a larger competitor. âDiversified Abilities was not able to meet performance goals outlined in the residence hall contract,â says PSU spokesman Scott Gallagher. Diversified Abilities still has a smaller contract to clean other campus buildings. The company did not respond to a call seeking comment.
Fans of the late âWorkingâ Kirk Reeves have started a Facebook campaign to name the new TriMet transit bridge after the street musician. Reeves was a fixture at the eastbound on-ramp to the Hawthorne Bridge, wearing a white tuxedo and Mickey Mouse ears, serenading passersby with his trumpet. TriMet is asking the public to help name its new Portland-Milwaukie light-rail bridge. Plagued by health problems, Reeves fatally shot himself in 2012. Naming the bridge after him would also bring attention to the cityâs high suicide rate and problems dealing with mental-health issues. TriMet says it has received more than 2,500 ideas for naming the bridge. The Facebook page to name the bridge after Reeves has climbed to more than 700 likes.