PPB’s directives up for feedback, closing Friday, July 15

The Portland Police Bureau has SIX directives with public comment periods ending tomorrow, Friday, July 15. Another closes on Saturday, July 16. These policy changes may not represent real change in the department, but they are an opportunity to look at how PPB thinks about force and speak out about the consequences of PPB’s actions. Before we… Continue reading PPB’s directives up for feedback, closing Friday, July 15

Defund the narrative

The “Portland Police have been defunded!” talking point is really absurd and needs to stop The title of this piece gives away the game, I guess. But it’s a really silly game. The “defund” narrative has been used to attack or support various political candidates, characterize the residents of Portland in the national press, and… Continue reading Defund the narrative

Calendar: April 13 to April 20

Wednesday, April 13 9:30 a.m. — City of Portland council meeting Portland’s city council meetings are broadcast live on YouTube. The agenda for this meeting is online and includes a settlement for property damage due to a motor vehicle collision involving the Portland Police Bureau, approving a request to the U.S. Department of Justice for $2 million to outfit PPB… Continue reading Calendar: April 13 to April 20

Calendar: April 6 to April 13

Wednesday, April 6 9:30 a.m. — City of Portland council meeting Portland’s city council meetings are broadcast live on YouTube. The agenda for this meeting is online and includes a proclamation by Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Dan Ryan that April is Fair Housing Month. Wheeler will also proclaim April as Food Cart Month. The agenda also includes… Continue reading Calendar: April 6 to April 13

Calendar: March 30 to April 6

Wednesday, March 30 9:30 a.m. — City of Portland council meeting Portland’s city council meetings are broadcast live on YouTube. The agenda for this meeting is online and includes authorizing a new agreement with Clean and Safe Inc and a proposal to extend the housing emergency declaration by City Commissioner Dan Ryan. 6:00 p.m. — City of Portland Noise Review Board Special Session The… Continue reading Calendar: March 30 to April 6

Digest: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Portland Street Response expands Portland’s unarmed street response team has expanded their coverage across the city as of yesterday. Portland Street Response can now take 911 calls without needing to check a map. The program responds to calls about crises that don’t involve criminal activity, usually related to an individual’s mental health. Team members also build… Continue reading Digest: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Digest: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Normandale Park shooter booked into jail system Ben Smith was relocated from OHSU and booked into the Multnomah County jail system yesterday. Smith was identified as the shooter responsible for killing June Knightly and injuring four other protesters at Normandale on February 19. A grand jury indicted Smith on nine charges last week: one count of murder in the… Continue reading Digest: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Calendar: March 15 to March 22

Tuesday, March 15 6:00 p.m. — Portland Police Bureau Equity Advisory Council meeting The Police Equity Advisory Council is responsible for holding PPB accountable for implementing the bureau’s racial equity plan. As of Tuesday morning, no agenda for the meeting is available. The meeting will take place on Zoom. Wednesday, March 16 9:30 a.m. — City of Portland council… Continue reading Calendar: March 15 to March 22

Digest: Friday, March 11, 2022

Seven Portland-area Starbucks are unionizing Starbucks locations all over the U.S. are unionizing, including multiple locations here in Portland and even more throughout Oregon. At the time of writing, the following Starbucks locations have filed paper work with the National Labor Relations Board: SE 28th and Powell U.S. Bank Tower / SW 5th and Oak West… Continue reading Digest: Friday, March 11, 2022

Digest: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Oregon’s expiring COVID emergency declarations The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance in February suggesting that most healthy adults can reduce wearing masks in many situations. They also released new metrics for assessing risks in specific communities. The new metrics shift the CDC from looking at how COVID is actually spreading to how many… Continue reading Digest: Wednesday, March 9, 2022