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June 1st, 2011 12:01 am WW Editorial Staff | Murmurs

News Guaranteed To Stay Local.

  • A chilly wind blew through the mayor’s office this week: First Charlie Hales announced he would challenge Mayor Sam Adams in 2012. Hales, who preceded Adams as a champion of streetcars and sustainable development, will probably compete for Adams’ donor base. Second, Ryan Deckert, president of the Oregon Business Association, wrote potential mayoral candidate Eileen Brady a $500 check. It was the first contribution for Brady, who co-founded New Seasons. “Eileen served on our board at OBA,” Deckert says. “I think very highly of her.”
  • Last week, for the second time in a month, a violent criminal was on the loose near two Portland Public Schools: Chief Joseph Elementary and Portland Village School in North Portland. Chief Joe got locked down by Portland Police through the normal procedure, but once again, the charter Village School (see Rogue of the Week, WW, May 18, 2011) says it was not notified and only went into lockdown because a parent alerted school officials of the nearby stabbing. Portland Police Bureau spokesman Pete Simpson says an officer subsequently called the Waldorf-inspired school, but administrators say they have no record of that call. Simpson says officials from North Precinct will meet with the Village School to fix the communication problem.
  • After WW first wrote about bar owners’ attempts to clean up the nightlife in downtown’s so-called “Barmuda Triangle” (see “Douchebags Not Allowed,” WW, March 23, 2011), the City Council is set to vote June 15 on a proposal to make Southwest Ankeny Street car-free between 2nd and 3rd avenues. As reported May 26 on wweek.com, the ordinance would bar vehicles for four months starting June 21 and allow businesses to put tables on the street. “We heard from businesses that they wanted this, and we’ve responded,” says Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesman Dan Anderson.
  • A state-employed contract nurse is suing Multnomah County for $75,000, alleging a county employee lied about her in an investigation. In the suit filed May 27, nurse Lisa Schmuckley claims county human-services investigator Linda Walker intentionally defamed her in a report about a 2009 non-lethal health incident involving one of her patients while Schmuckley was out of town. Walker was out of the office at press time and unavailable for comment, and county spokesman David Austin declined to comment on pending litigation.
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