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Portland Police Union Contract Finalized

By Don MacGillivray The Portland Police Union (PPU) contract is now complete and final after a lengthy, contentious process. The previous contract was expected to expire June 2020 and be …

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Building a Better Childcare System

By Nancy Tannler What has become known as a “childcare desert” has Oregon parents scrambling to find affordable, reliable places for their children while they are at work. The problem …

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Franklin Talks: Normalizing Talking About Race

By Maya Bryant, Franklin High School’s The Franklin Post For the first time in its history, Franklin High School ran its Franklin Talks program; an hour-long discussion surrounding racial equity …

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Parents Push Back on PPS Proposals

By Nancy Tannler Over a year ago, leaders of Portland Public Schools (PPS) decided to change the system’s education inequities with The Enrollment and Program Balancing proposal. The Southeast Guiding …

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Substitute Teacher Shortage Contributes to High Stress Levels for Educators

By Miranda Phinney, Franklin High School’s The Franklin Post During a year in which the Portland Association of Teachers reported half of all surveyed educators are considering early retirement, a …

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SNAP Increases Begin in October

By Nancy Tannler A permanent increase to the food stamp program was issued by the Biden administration to help low income households buy more groceries.  The new plan will ensure …

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Medicare Waiver Update: Inequities and Behavioral Health

By Daniel Perez-Crouse Continuing discussion over the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) drafting of a Medicaid waiver application for 2022-2027, a forum hosted by the OHA focused on how issues of …

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Calls for Blood Donations Amidst Pacific Northwest Shortage

By Daniel Perez-Crouse “If you’re looking for something good to do, you will literally save someone’s life,” said VP for Blood Services at Bloodworks Northwest, Vicki Finson.  She is referring …

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OCCL Continues to Change to Address Problems

By Don MacGillivray It might be said that Portland’s Office of Community and Civic Life (OCCL) is a Utopian experiment that potentially could save us from a Dystopian present.  Portland …

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LWV Police Study: Opportunities for Change

By Don MacGillivray Policing in Portland is in torment over racism, human rights, mental health, violence and public safety issues. This is not new.  Studies and reports have circulated nationwide …

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Nursing Struggles at Unity Center for Behavioral Health

By Daniel Perez-Crouse Unity Center for Behavioral Health, founded in 2017, is a 24-hour mental health services center and a joint effort by Legacy Health, OHSU, Kaiser Permanente and Adventist …

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Police Union Faces Funding, Staffing and Public Relations Difficulties

Op-Ed By Don MacGillivray Currently the City of Portland and the police union are in the middle of difficult contract negotiations. There is a high degree of polarization going on …

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Webinars Focus on Racial and Housing Equity

By David Krogh Ever since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May, there has been an increase in awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement and groups calling …

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Thanksgiving Vandalism on Hawthorne Sparks Awareness

By Jack Rubinger The vandalism, graffiti and other destructive activities that took place in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving on Hawthorne Blvd. had messages about issues facing indigenous peoples. …

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Mayoral, City Commissioner Races

By Midge Pierce The November ballot will include two City Council positions with run-offs against Portland’s Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Eudaly. As violence, crime and houselessness rise and confidence in …

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PBOT Releases Alternatives Evaluation for Hawthorne Pave and Paint

By Kris McDowell In early September, on the heels of public input and technical analysis, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) released an alternatives evaluation for the Hawthorne Pave and …

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Measure 26-213: PP&R Operating Levy

By Ellen Spitaleri A normal summer for Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) features crowded swimming pools, alert lifeguards and plenty of outdoor activities for families and seniors. However, the summer …

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Foreseeing Future Utility Rates

By Nancy Tannler After reading an article in the June edition about the cost of water in the near future, a reader inquired about other utility rates over the next …

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PPS Charging Ahead with Electric School Buses

By Jack Rubinger Portland Public Schools (PPS) was recently awarded a grant from Portland General Electric (PGE) and PacifiCorp to purchase an electric bus and install a charging station. “We …

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Removing Regulatory Barriers to Development

By Nancy Tannler Over the past 18 months, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has been working on a project called Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing. The code change …

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