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Notes from PDC/Home Depot meeting
Portland is considering letting Home Depot move in to the east base of the Burnside Bridge. Today they held a public meeting asking for input on the pros and cons.
I never meant to go there as a reporter, I just wanted to see what was going on. I was curious to see how such a well-planned city acted when it set policy and asked for input. I also wanted to see if they were serious about the proposed Home Depot placement so close in to downtown, and why.

The city was asking the community if we thought a big box store was appropriate there, and if so, if Home Depot was a good fit for the area. They booked a large meeting room (actually three small rooms with the dividers removed) at the Goodwill building on SE 6th and Harrison, and the place was packed standing room only. Representatives from more neighborhood associations than I knew existed were there, as well as people who worked in local hardware stores, people who lived there and even a representative of the local skateboard community (who sensably pointed out that they had been very good neighbors for the last 14 years, and thus they really should be included in any discussions about Burnside Bridge developement, since their park is under the bridge).

The public was given the chance to speak, and the adgenda had to be extended quite a long time to give everyone a chance to give info on why this is an abysmally stupid plan (I suppose people could have spoken in favor of the plan as well, but nobody seemed to be so inclined).


SUSTAINABILITY 20.05.2004 13:03
AUDIO: Village Building Convergence
Do you want to know more about the Village Building Convergence (VBC)? This 30 minute interview with Mark Lakeman tells you a lot of what you need to know about its history and motivaion as well as the current VBC events. If you were curious, this is required listening brought to you by your good friends at PDX IMC Web Radio. the Interview | the Article | other Audio


20.05.2004 02:07
11-Year Old Bike Enthusiast Killed by SUV in Portland
Fernando [Ponce] Martinez was a special 11-year old with a positive attitude, a willingness to help other kids, and a love for riding bikes. He was a 5th grader at the King School, just 2 blocks from his house. At 3:45pm Monday, May 17, Fernando was killed by an SUV on his bicycle, in front of his house. His family and friends, his older brother Cesar, and myself, are devastated.

Donations are being collected for the funeral expenses through the King School, 503.916.6456. There is also a collection jar for the family at the Community Cycling Center. A wake will be held at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, at NE 8th and Alberta, on Thursday, May 20, 5 to 6pm. Fernando's father said he'd like to see lots of people there showing their support.


18.05.2004 23:31
Portland City Council Election Results: Tom Potter challenges Francesconi in November

money spent per vote:
Phil Busse = $0.80 per vote
Jim Fracesconi = $19.68 per vote
James Posey = $1.10 per vote
Tom Potter = $1.09 per vote
With a 40% voter turn out for Multnomah County, Tom Potter took the lead of Jim Francesconi for the Portland Mayoral Race. A runoff election will be held on November 2nd. City Councilman Randy Leonard held onto his seat while Nick Fish will face Sam Adams for the other council seat in the general election.

With 93 of 93 precincts reported, Tom Potter obtained 40.79% of the vote. Jim Francesconi received 37.23% of the vote followed by Phil Busse with 5.93% of the vote. Randy Leonard beat the "Neighborhood 6" by capturing 53.33% of the vote. Nick Fish obtained 47.19% of the vote for Jim Francesconi's vacant seat. He would be competing against Sam Adams in November who received 37.02% of the vote.

[ POTTER SHOWS THAT MONEY CAN'T BUY THIS ELECTION | 202,900 People Don't Give a Sh*t How the Government Spends Their Money! | "Potter Forces A Runoff" Oregonian Headline - WTF is that supposed to mean? ]

PORTLAND COMMUNIQUE COVERAGE: The Post-Primary Landscape | The Polls Are Closed, Here We Go


LOCAL POLITICS 18.05.2004 22:20
Number of renters on Hosford-Abernathy neighborhood board dramatically increases at Tuesday's election
Tonight, the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood elected 17 candidates in a unanimous vote bringing the total board to a capacity of 22 members. The new board represents the local SE community fully now, as it should. It remains to be seen how this large convoy of folks will negotiate and participate in the banal reality of neighborhood service.

A commenter adds:
The previous board membership, which was, i believe 10 people, contained only 1 renter, with the remainder being home-owners. That renter actually left the board at the end of her term last night, as she has recently moved out of the neighborhood (perhaps because she couldn't find an affordable house here). So, it is significant that at least 7 of the new people elected last night are renters. Renters are often looked down upon by home-owners, who view them as transitory and uncaring about their surroundings. Of course, the majority of the U.S. population is now quite transitory, as compared to 50 years ago, and home-owners often move from house to house and neighborhood to neighborhood. One reason that some home-owners like it when property values go up is that they can now sell their house for more.

In the case of the 7 renters elected last night, we have some very caring, rooted people, with previous community organizing and/or activist experience.


60 minutes: Progressive Commissioner Candidates Brian Smith and Mark Lakeman speak out
Brian Smith and Mark Lakeman, both progressive candidates for City Commisioner, Seat 1 and Seat 4 respectively, interviewed on PDX IMC Web Radio. They gave background information about themselves, and stated their positions and discussed issues such as public power, education, water systems, gay marriage and police accountability. With Brian Smith, there was a lively discussion about corporate media extortion of candidates in order to get out the candidate's message. NO cash, NO coverage! With Mark Lakeman, there as an equally wonderful discussion about the city repair project. You can listen to the interviews by clicking Brian Smith Interview or Mark Lakeman Interview . For a list of other audio content go to the radio page


16.05.2004 22:15
Neighborhood board election next forum in battle vs. Starbucks & other corporate invaders
Any HAND member - that is, a resident or business owner or property owner - can vote for the HAND board. This election promises to be interesting and reflects the changes that are happening within HAND, e.g., Starbucks, New Seasons, the DivisionVision work, etc. (HAND = Hosford Abernathy Neighborhood. Its boundaries are the River to 26th-ish, and Hawthorne to Powell.)

Some of the candidates for the board have become active in the neighborhood during the battles against Starbucks, New Seasons, and the Nite Lite Lounge, all of which have been documented here on Portland IMC. Rumour has it that pro-Starbucks people from Ladd's Addition might run people to keep the activists off the board. Rumour also has it that some neighborhood liberals find some of the new candidates too "radical" and are afraid of what will happen if they're elected.

Neighborhood elections are not often exciting or contentious, but this one has the potential to be!

related pdx indy stories: [ No Starbucks in 7 Corners | Community members against New Seasons | "Neighbors oppose new bar in Seven Corners area" (re. Nite Lite Lounge) ]


16.05.2004 22:01
Media published fake passenger lists for American Airlines Flight 11
As everyone knows, on Sept 11 2001, 5 Arabs allegedly hijacked American Airlines flight 11 and crashed it into the Nth Tower of the World Trade Centre at 8.46 A.M. It was part of a crime which killed approximately 3000 people.

Any crime of this magnitude, is - or should be - subject to rigourous examination by investigative and law enforcement authorities, such as the FBI. In any crime involving the illegal use of a plane, it is obvious that one of the first investigative steps taken by such authorities is to find out who was on the plane.

This is not a difficult thing to do. Airlines keep well organized records of everybody on any particular flight. The apparent ID of anyone on that flight - regardless of whether they used a true or false ID - should be immediately available to authorities...

It is therefore incumbent upon any serious investigator to properly examine such passenger lists and ensure that they match with other alleged facts we have been given, and with the processes by which one would expect the information to have been sourced.

A commenter adds:
The Kennedy assassination had several lingering question marks, but 9-11 has about 3,000 question marks. Why is there practically no evidence of the planes? If there were planes, why did NORAD stand down when the planes went off course? Why did the hijackers leave their luggage and passports behind so that authorities would find them? Why did the government ignore intelligence warnings? Why are the Bush people so afraid to investigate anything? Why did Bush sit with children at an elementary school on 9-11 after a month-long vacation in Texas? Why did WTC 7 implode? For that matter, why did WTC 1 & 2 implode?

related: [ 77 and 93 on 911 ]


16.05.2004 14:53
Over a million people march on the oceanfront Malecon boulevard in front of the U.S. mission building, to protest againt new U.S. policies changes toward Havana, Cuba Friday May 14, 2004. Cuban President Fidel Castro led a vast march past the U.S. diplomatic mission to denounce President Bush's moves to tighten the 44-year-old embargo of the communist state.

Letter from medical student in Havana: I wanted to send this email to all so that you can be aware of what is going on. Some may already know some of this, but things here are getting a little hectic and we will wait and see how everything turns out. The government here thinks that Bush will try to attack this country in order to win the election. The news which we are getting here is that Bush is trying to appease the Cubans in Miami and also because of the upincoming elections and all of the problems which he is presently receiving regarding the war in Iraq, the economy, etc. He has taken measures in order to put even more economic pressure on this country. As a result, this government is also taking measures to counteract this, meaning that it is preparing itself for a possible attack. Also, measures were taken where prices on all products will be raised or no longer sold so that they can be stored in reserves and distributed during a possible attack or war. All of this began on Monday night and so there is alot of speculation and uncertainty about everything. Yesterday I was able to buy a few necesities at a store and I can tell you that it was completely chaotic. Also within 4 hours, the store sold out of all of its products, because people wanted to have emergency items. [ Read More ]


15.05.2004 15:10
Rose Festival Crackdown
tree of life Street roots reported, in the latest issue that came out yesterday, that the Portland Police and Parks Bureau will launch a crackdown on Waterfront Park and in the downtown region concerning drug activity starting May 14th.

The police and the parks are saying that only drug dealers will be effected by these sweeps, but homeless advocates are saying people experiencing homelessness are already being targeted. Some of the same laws that have been being used for months/years, like the Title 14, sit-lie law will be used to move people around.

The new paper also has an article on Section 8 cuts by Bush and his group of compassionate conservatives. 1 billion dollars will be cut from the affordable housing vouchers. Freaking amazing! [ comment on this article... ]

Street Roots


14.05.2004 18:31
Neighborhood Activists Create History By Running As Coalition in City Council Race
Portland, OR-- Seven neighborhood activists from different quadrants of Portland are running as a coalition. This historic move may be the first in a series of strategies to bring power from corporate interests back to the citizens of this City. For Commissioner position 4, incumbant Randy Leonard faces neighborhood activists Frank Dixon, Leonard Gard, Mark Lakeman, Paul Liestner, Bonny McKnight, Mary Ann Scwab, and Scott Stephens.

Major Portland media including the Oregonian, Willamette Week and the Mercury have consistently endorsed the incumbant for his style more than his content. On the other side, they have attacked the neighborhood candidates as not being serious candidates with little regard to their ideas and the community support of their ideas.

Regardless of which candidate comes in first or second, these neighborhood activists have set an important precedant for working together, sharing resources, and supporting each other in a political campaign. The incumbant, a political professional, has ten times the cash raised than all the other candidates combined. However, these candidates have shown that cooperation-- not competition-- lead to a better vision for all of the inhabitants of our City.


14.05.2004 01:35
For 8 days in May, Truckers closed the Port of Oakland
For eight days in May, the Port of Oakland was virtually shut down by truckers striking for better conditions. The same port had been closed down by antiwar protesters just three weeks before, so a small contingent of us from Direct Action to Stop the War (DASW) joined them as a community support group and reported their struggle on Indymedia.
The strike actually began in central and also in southern California as a one-day protest, but on reaching Oakland it lasted from April 30th to May 7th. Movement of cargo was reduced to 25 percent of normal and on some days to only 10 percent.

Several hundred of the striking drivers occupied the gate area of the APL terminal along Middle Harbor Road. They'd moved in and made themselves to home. Some were also spending the nights there. Most of these truckers were immigrants, coming from all over the world, some from the Punjab, others from Haiti, and a good many from the various countries of Latin America. Nevertheless, these diverse ethnic groups had gotten together for this action.


11.05.2004 23:34
Dignity Village kicks off natural building project!
Dignity Village has started construction on 10 new dwelling spaces. The houses feature natural and green building features such as light-straw-clay insulation, passive solar elements and rainwater catchment.

Saturday May 8th found Dignity Village kicking off the construction of 10 new light-straw-clay structures at the Village. Five of the new dwelling spaces will be constructed during the Village Building Convergence 4 (May 21-30, see cityrepair.org). The structures are framed with salvaged recycled building materials and feature natural light straw clay insulation, as well as passive solar features and rooftop rainwater harvesting.

Come on down to the Village this Sunday (May 16th) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or during the VBC4 to lend a hand or simply observe this unique construction technique. [ read the full article... ]


11.05.2004 21:14
AUDIO FILE: The Exception to the Rulers
On Saturday afternoon, May 8, 2004, Amy Goodman, award winning journalist and host of Democracy Now! appeared at the Bagdhad Theatre in Portland Oregon as part of an 80 city book tour for her first book, "The ExceptioDemocracy Now! is aired over numerous community radio stations and Public Access television stations nationwide.
Portland Community Media

Multnomah Community Television
Amy spoke for an hour, about the importance of alternative media, concluding with her first hand experience of the massacre in East Timor, where over 250 people, men women and children, were murdered by the Indonesian army.
She is an engaging, eloquent and inspiring speaker.
Amy Goodman

n to the Rulers," co authored by her brother, David Goodman.


11.05.2004 12:09
Moms Grand Juried
Mother's Day greetings were delivered early this year to three local moms... with love from the federal government. In lieu of cards, FBI agents hand-delivered subpoenas—demanding that the women comply with the most coercive of judicial investigations: the grand jury. Jennifer Woodruff, Heather Whitney and Twiga May-Whittier define themselves as hard-working, single moms who have planted their roots and raise their children in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Amid all the daily trials of being moms, they've also found ways to be active in their community — supporting coop housing, gardening projects and cooperative childcare.

"I feel like an iron fist is coming down on me," says Jennifer, who works at a local bakery and cares for her 9-year old son. "There is only fear, depression, anxiety and righteous anger to interfere with already taxing daily responsibilities." "It's really frightening because I don't feel like I have any control over my own destiny, it feels like I'm being penalized for being a part of a progressive, radical community," Heather adds.


11.05.2004 08:20
Native Oaks and Rice over GMO
oakOak trees are exceptional living beings that could be considered both nature and food. The first peoples of the Sacramento River Valley relied on the oak's acorns for baking flour. The great Valley Oaks (Quercus lobata) that live along the floodplain of the river drop thousands of protein packed acorns every fall. The bitter tannins (also medicinal astringent and coloring dye) in the acorn are leached out and after a few times the acorn becomes edible, usually ground into flour for bread. The Pomo make bread by adding a little red powdered clay and baking the 2" leaf wrapped loaves in coals overnight. Acorn bread would last throughout winter, giving the people strength and health. Oaks are indigenous to their habitat, adapted to the wet winters and hot dry summers of the Sac Valley. As part of nature, oaks support diverse ecosystems on their branches, many types of moss, beneficial insects, lizards, lichens, birds and small mammals. On a cold windy night, there's nothing like having the nook of a stout oak branch to curl up in. For permaculture gardens, oaks can provide greater benefits if left standing alive... Read More


10.05.2004 11:30
Federal Judge Finds Portland Police Responsible for 1999 Beating Death
A federal judge has overturned a jury verdict in the death of Damon Lowery, ruling that six Portland police officers used excessive force when they killed the 29-year old Seattle resident in December 1999.

Lowery was visiting friends in Portland when he ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms and began acting strangely. After police were called, Lowery leapt from a second story glass window, seriously injuring himself and bleeding from a deep neck wound. Laying prone on the ground and twitching as if he were having a seizure, Lowery, who suffered from 80 percent hearing loss, did not respond to an officer's commands to put his hands out, palms up, and cross his ankles.


09.05.2004 12:50
US Torture: PLEASE. Somebody fucking DO SOMETHING.
teddy roosevelt quote The latest pictures are in, the latest horror stories. Children raped and brutalized in front of helpless parents. People attacked with dogs, with broom handles, with unimaginable physical and psychological assaults. Sadistic sexual tortures right out of the sickest x rated snuff film. SOMEBODY FUCKING DO SOMETHING.

We can no longer plead ignorance. We can no longer pretend we didn't know what was really going on behind the walls of US torture camps in Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan, and let's be frank, here in the US as well. It's all right there, in lurid color detail, complete with horrific narratives. And the worst part: Those who are leading this nation knew about it all along. They knew, but they did not care. Human rights observers screamed the truth at them, but they did not listen, because it didn't matter to them. And we didn't listen, because there were no pictures and it was too horrific to believe. [ read the full article... ]

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09.05.2004 05:21
Cable Access Firebrand Jim Spagg Dies
Painter, philosopher, clown, politician, nudist, and cable access firebrand James Spagnola, much better known as Jim Spagg, died in his Portland home Saturday. Spagg's long-running late-night cable television show had a loyal cult following in Portland for years. Thousands of Portlanders of all types stumbled across intimate videotape of Spagg's genitalia while flipping through the channels late at night. His show also featured a never-ending supply of young women who danced naked while Spagg played air guitar on a piece of plywood in the rough shape of a guitar. Canned phrases such as "jumping geehorsey farts" and "yowza! wowza! bowza!" danced across the screen in random order and rainbow colors.


08.05.2004 12:29
Prayer for the warriors of North Portland
Here is a prayer for the warriors and protectors of North Portland. North Portland has been a major powerspot of many people. Starting with the Chinook and Kalapuya peoples, then the native people Souix, Cheynne, Klamath driven to North Portland to work in the ship yards during WII. The Asians and Hawaiian who were enslaved to work on the railroads. They were locked in these neighborhoods. Ho!


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