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Portland Sees Spike in Collision Fatalities

By Annalise Shorb, Franklin High School’s The Franklin Post On Tuesday October 4, Sarah Pliner was hit and killed on the intersection of SE Powell Blvd. and 26th Ave., right …

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Suspects Detained in Mt. Tabor Arson Case

By Francesca Silverstein, Franklin High School’s The Franklin Post Three suspected arsonists have been arrested after allegedly setting a string of fires within Mt. Tabor Park. According to the Multnomah …

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Safe Rest Village Worries Neighbors

By Nancy Tannler The proposed Reedway Safe Rest Village is an unpopular plan for a group of Lents residents.  The Safe Rest Village approach (bit.ly/SafeRestVillages) is a city-led, federally-funded, alternative …

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Growing Gardens Receives EPA Grant to Support Programs

By Ellen Spitaleri In late August, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $100,000 Environmental Education Grant to Growing Gardens, a nonprofit organization set up to provide gardening education to …

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Do Good Multnomah’s Mobile Support Services

By Lauren Everett Amanda starts her workday by checking her phone to see if there have been any crises overnight. She sometimes ends the day with a late-night phone call …

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Think Out Loud’s Future of Cities

By Don MacGillivray Portlanders are having difficulty just finding housing and they often must take what is available instead of what they need or want. As Portland works to create …

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Council Approves Millions of Clean Energy Grant Funds

By Daniel Perez-Crouse City Council has unanimously approved the second round of the Portland Clean Energy Benefits Fund (PCEF) recommendations on grantees, totaling around $120 million.  As a reminder, the …

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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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