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

from www.tigerlight.net

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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

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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

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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

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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


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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

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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

City Hall: Portland to Get Office Supplies by Tricycle

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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

Superintendent Recommends No Boundary Changes in Northeast Portland

Carole Smith

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Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith has backed off plans to redraw the attendance boundaries around Sabin K-8 School and Alameda Elementary School in Northeast Portland, bowing to intense pressure from parents who said they were concerned the process to boost attendance at Sabin was too fast.That means there will be no changes to those schools' neighborhood attendance zones for the...   More
 
Friday, January 28, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Leaf Fee: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Leaves on Portland street

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Mayor Sam Adams plans to survey all Portland residents on their level of support for the city's new leaf fee as part of an effort to see whether to keep the program in the next budget cycle.
The new fee ranging from $15 to $65 on about 30,000 Portland households and businesses has...   More
 
Thursday, January 27, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC
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