I Follow the News Because You Don’t Want To

Recently, the Oregonian started showing up in my driveway. This wasn’t much-hated, unshakable Food Day— if was a full edition.

I’m not one of those people who prefer a print edition. The web is cheaper, cleaner, produces less waste, and gives readers a chance to contribute to the discussion. But I think it’s clear that there is much to be desired from the Oregonian (or their owners Advanced Publications) web product.

There’s been a lot of criticism of the Oregonian’s coverage, and the sensationalist reporting definitely seems like a trend. The most disturbing let an accused double murder’s implausible— but sexually titillating— excuse for the deaths are in the headline and lede. Rape victims get anonymity and so should murder victims— but there are multiple photos of the cute 19-year-old female victim accompanying the story.

Today’s big issue is cannabis legalization: Washington’s cannabis stores are opened yesterday (7/8) and the Oregonian sat down with the Oregon’s initiative author and the head of a national organization who gave $650,000 to the ballot measure. Surprise! They’re both in favor of it.

They talk about the lack of a DUI standard, and there are a few unattributed graphs on the standard arguments against legalization in general— but there are no substantial alternative POVs. Legalization seem inevitable in Oregon, (though polling shows only a ten point lead for advocates) but will it be done right? I started a Reddit thread on the issue.

In other stories:

* After a series of stories from the Oregonian, the Oregon state fire marshal posted the travel patterns of oil train travel in the state.

* A former high school principal was sentenced to 2 years in prison by a state court for sex with a 12-year-old, while a federal court gave him nearly 11 years in prison for possession of child pornography. He was convicted of a similar crime in 2003, and only served 6 months in jail and 1 year in a half-way house. The case highlights the disparity between state and federal sentencing regarding child abuse, the Oregonian reports.

* In 2012, Reed College reported 14 on-campus sexual assaults, while the University of Oregon (with 20 time the student body) reported 17. Columnist Steve Duin said these numbers indicate a need for sexual assault reporting reform at the U of O, similar to what happened at Reed in 2011.

There was also plenty of crime, sports, food, lots of inserts, and an editorial page focused mostly on national issues— but I included all of what I thought seemed important.

Inner SE Crime Calls: 6/30 – 7/7

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In Buckman crime calls this week, there were 3 assault, 3 burglary, 1 priority theft, and 5 theft.

7 property calls: 5 cold stolen vehicle, 1 priority vandalism, and 1 cold vandalism

15 traffic calls: 1 priority hit and run, 2 hit and run, 2 injury accident, 4 non-injury accident, 6 parking problem

5 multiple incidents calls (included in above totals):

     I-5 near Alder: 2 hazardous condition

     SE 10th and Stark: priority theft and non-injury accident

     SE 12th and Morrison: cold theft and cold stolen vehicle

     SE 14th and Salmon: cold stolen vehicle and parking problem

     SE16th and Burnside: non-injury accident and injury accident

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit CrimeReports.com or contact the Portland Police Bureau.

June Injury Wreck Calls

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It’s hard to get a broad sense what’s happening with city traffic. After a wreck, vehicles are towed off, pieces of plastic and glass are picked up, and people go about their business. Many law enforcement agencies won’t even call them “accidents” anymore, because wrecks are usually caused by driver error.

Most of the calls listed on the map are hit-and-run and non-injury wrecks, but I thought it was important to note the injury wreck calls for the month. There was no way to know if pedestrians or cyclists were involved in these wrecks. This police call data raises a lot of questions, but it’s another good reminder to slow down and drive defensively.

The time, date, and exact location of each wreck is listed after the jump.

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Buckman Crime Calls: 6/16 – 6/23

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In Buckman police calls this week, there were 3 burglaries, 11 thefts, and 5 assaults.

4 property calls: including 1 cold stolen vehicle, 1 priority vandalism, and 3 cold vandalism.

16 traffic calls: including 2 priority hit and runs, 8 non-injury accident, 2 injury accident, 7 hit and run. Hit and run calls are labeled at H&R; injury accidents as INJURY.

4 multiple incidents (included in above totals):

405 south of SE Hawthorne: 1 hazardous conditions and non-injury accident.

405 near SE Morrison: hazardous conditions and 1 non-injury accident.

I-5 near Washington:  1 injury accident and 1 hazardous conditions.

Alder near Grand: 1 priority assault and 1 cold vandalism.

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit CrimeReports.com or contact the Portland Police Bureau.














Update from Film the Police organizers

I received an email from Mike BlueHair, co-founder of Film the Police PDX. He confirmed what I found: filming the police is legal in Oregon, and added a few specifics about what’s allowed:

If you are someplace where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. like any public building/bank lobby /hotel lobby/ red and black cafe Oregon is a one party consent state in regard to both audio and video recording. meaning you have the right to film anything you like in public. you may stand on public property like a sidewalk and film private property. that being said if your on somebodies property and they ask you to leave you have to leave or you could be arrested for Trespassing. this does not apply to public buildings of any sort!
Many officers don’t know the law, or as Mike thinks will try to “con you” into not filming them. In the beginning of the video, the officer tries to tell him that he can’t film people on their private property— and Mike firmly and politely tells him he’s wrong. Then at the end of the video (11:21), he asks the supervisor to tell the offending officer the law: Oregon is a one party consent state for audio and video, and he has the right to film people on private property. The video is very satisfying to watch…


This weekend!



An Evening with the Wisdom of the Elders features a cultural presentation, salmon dinner, and silent auction. The organization was founded in 1993 by the late Martin High Bear, Lakota medicine man and spiritual leader, and Rose High Bear, Deg Hit’an Dine (Alaskan Athabascan). Their mission:

Wisdom is committed to its mission of Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation. We record, preserve and share oral history, cultural arts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary indigenous elders, storytellers, and scientists in collaboration with diverse cultural organizations and educational institutions.

Melody Ballroom, 614 SE Alder * 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm * ??

Poppet, Pregnant, PWRHAUS, and Good Night Billygoat are at Alhambra Theater. No time to define… but it looks like both Poppet and Good Night Billygoat invest in the visual elements along with the musical— and on the big screen at Alhambra’s lounge it should come off nicely. 4811 SE Hawthorne * 9 pm * $5 adv, $8 door



At Laurelthirst Public House Country Trash is having their album release party. Dunnoy kicks off the evening. 2958 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * $5

Superluminous, a psych folk band, is playing their first “really public” show. The Press Club. 8 pm – 10 pm * ??

Inner SE Crime Calls: 2/9 – 6/16

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In Buckman crime this week, there were 2 cold burglaries, 16 thefts, and 2 assaults.

3 property calls: 1 prowler, 1 priority vandalism, and 2 cold vandalism.

16 traffic calls: 4 hit and run, 1 priority hit and run, 2 injury accident, 4 parking problem, 4 non-injury accident, and 1 accident unknown injury. Hit and run calls are labeled at H&R; injury accidents as INJURY.

4 multiple incidents (included in above totals):

6th and Ankney: 1 priority theft, 1 cold vandalism

Salmon and 8th: 2 cold thefts

Burnside and 11th: 1 cold theft, 1 non-injury accident

Ash and 15th: 2 cold burglaries

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit CrimeReports.com or contact the Portland Police Bureau.

I film the police… and you should too

boy taking picture with a cameraThe wail of sirens, flashing red and blue lights, and a speeding police cruiser have shattered many a mellow day of mine lately. I used to assume the best and just get out of the way— but now I’m drawn to police-public encounters.

A training from Portland Copwatch a few years back taught me filming the police is legal in Oregon, as long as you’re not interfering with them. It’s definitely best to know your rights and not be surprised if the police try to intimidate you— as an Oregon woman found during an encounter with Gresham Police last year.

While reading on the grass in Col. Summers Park recently, I had a police cruiser drive past me about ten feet from my head, moving too way fast for comfort. When I walked over to the scene a few minutes later, I found out they were responding to a call about a guy who was naked. This weekend when I was in the Pearl for Pride, PPB responded in haste to a man who had a beer in an ice cream shop. No one was hurt or arrested in either incidents, and both drew a crowd.

Last week I was in Red and Black Cafe, when four officers entered unexpectedly. Two officers were from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and two were from PPB. Red and Black has received local and national press for their policy of excluding police, so the OLCC officers brought PPB officers for their safety, they implied.

From my training (thanks Dan), I remembered to clearly state I wasn’t interfering, and stayed a safe distance away. A “safe distance” is relative, and in a small restaurant, I got pretty close to capture the exchange. I missed the beginning of it, but what I filmed summed up the reason they came fairly succinctly. You can read background on the police and OLCC’s investigation in the video description.

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This weekend!



Pride parties tonight at Crush and Holocene! All the weekend’s events are here.

Buddy Jay’s Jamaican Jazz Band looks fun too… Eastburn, 1800 W Burnside * 10 pm * free

Another event— they’re too interesting not to include— Felicia and the Dinosaur has their tour kickoff show at Red and Black. 400 SE 12th Ave * 7 pm – 10 pm * $5 suggested donation

What’s that… ? Funk, hip hop, perhaps an afro-beat groove… I can’t really define it, but Bel Mizik looks and sounds like a good time.


All That Glitters Burlesque Academy is having a graduation showcase at Analog Cafe and Theater tonight. The show’s the glittery culmination of a six-week burlesque course. 8 pm – 10 pm * $5

I haven’t been to the Jade Lounge for quite a while, but it’s a intimate venue that takes chances with less-established artists. Tonight, a band called Head Rest (6 pm) and Christopher John Mead (8 pm) are performing. Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny * free

Neighbors learn about Portland’s residential demolition “epidemic”

photo-19Neighbors have few protections or even notifications for residential demolitions, a vocal and clearly frustrated crowd learned at a panel discussion Wednesday night.

Residential demolition permit applications have surpassed pre-recession levels, said Shawn Wood, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and he expects them to top 300 this year, what would be a record year in Portland. He said that doesn’t even include major renovations, projects that remove less than 100 percent of the current structure and foundation.

Neighbor frustration with demolitions has been well documented, and some changes have been made. A loophole for skipping neighbor notification was narrowed, and Jill Grenda, supervising planner for Bureau of Development Services, said a voluntary demolition notification process is being developed. She said BDS is also adding links on its website about demolition.

“If you come home and a house that used to be next to you is gone, that can be jarring,”  Grenda acknowledged.

Justin Wood, a builder with the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, said the demand for new construction in desirable neighborhoods is driving the demolitions. He said neighbors can go to their elected leaders if they’re not satisfied with the current process, and get involved in the Portland’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, that’s in the process of being updated.

Maxine Fitzpatrick, executive director of Community Reinvestment Initiatives, said the City of Portland has invested a couple hundred million dollars into NE Portland, and as a result about 10,000 African American residents were displaced between 2000 and 2010. The city promised to bring 10 percent of those displaced families back to NE Portland, but she said that promise hasn’t been fulfilled.

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