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Wishing Upon A Surplus

City finds money for shoulder-fired tasers, schools and other projects.


City Hall
If you haven’t heard Mayor Sam Adams say it already, gird yourself for his boast that Portland will have a budget surplus. And that surplus of about $3.5 million in the fiscal year that starts Jul   More
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Police Bureau Considers Flashlights with Built-In Pepper Spray

from www.tigerlight.net

The Portland Police Bureau is researching the acquisition of new weapons in its effort to tamp down the number of fatal officer-involved shootings in Portland, according to a budget proposal. And one of the tools the bureau wants to consider is the so-called TigerLight, a flashlight that contains a stealth pepper-spray canister that can "drop a 250 pound man to his knees," according to the maker o...   More
 
Friday, February 4, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Schools News: Comings and Goings at Portland Public

Portland Public Schools cuts

Amid a fresh $13 million budget crisis last July, Portland Public Schools eliminated 27 positions from its central office to save $3 million.
Among the jobs that Superintendent Carole Smith cut was one full-time position for a senior pr...   More
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Technology Oversight Comes Amid Ongoing Challenges

Portland City Council

As Portland city commissioners beef up their efforts to manage technology projects in the wake of a devastating November audit of Portland's new software program, city bureaus continue to struggle with that updated technology.Yesterday, the City Council voted unanimously ...   More
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Students Raise Cash for Schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan

MLC students donate to Central Asia Institute

First- and second-graders at Northwest Portland's Metropolitan Learning Center have collected $1,140.37 in pennies, loose change and allowance money to help build new schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The young students found inspiration in Greg Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea," the best-selling bo...   More
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mayor Wants to Give $100,000 to David Douglas


Mayor Sam Adams wants to give $100,000 of city money to David Douglas High School for a new SUN School, a program managed by Multnomah County with funding from the county, local school districts, the City of Portland's parks department as well as other agencies.The David Douglas School District in Southeast Portland ...   More
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioners Approve Police Contract (Updated)

Portland City Hall in January

Portland city commissioners unanimously voted to approve a new three-year contract with the police union  that gives the 900 union members a 2-percent raise in exchange for concessions on overtime, police ov...   More
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Trust But Verify

Why does a liberal Oregon Democrat want to crack down on illegal immigrants?


Immigration
Advocates for undocumented immigrants accuse U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) of trying to drive illegal workers further underground with a new bill that would require employers to check applicants   More
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Stolen Shoes of Haitian Earthquake Survivor Returned

Guivens Cemervil by Fabiola Coupet/Mercy Corps

Last month, WW reported the sad tale of one Mercy Corps employee. That Haitian staffer, a survivor of the 2010 earthquake in his home country, visited the United States for the first time last month (after losing every worldly possession in the quake) then    More
 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Portland to Get Office Supplies by Tricycle

NewsBlog_B-Line

Go by trike!That could be the new motto for the City of Portland, which recently inked a contract to have all its Office Depot purchases delivered by adult-size tricycles.This is not a joke. Nor is it a clever promotion for the latest episode of Portlandia.
"These are true cargo trike tricycles," says Franklin Jones, whose company B...   More
 
Friday, January 28, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC
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