Would apply to groups with history of violence
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will bring a proposed emergency ordinance to the City Council on Thursday asking the city to restrict when and where protest groups with a history of violence may gather and demonstrate, saying tougher regulations are needed to curb injuries to people, damage to public property and offset other safety concerns.
Army jobs can appeal to all, top recruiter says
Service, teamwork, and career opportunities are what are in store for people who join the Army. That’s the message from Sgt. Maj. Tabitha Gavia, the first female senior enlisted leader in U.S. Army Recruiting Command history.
Details emerge after grand jury clears police
Officers fired seconds after suspect fired his own firearm five times against two people in a fight
Smith, Hardesty contest propels local ballot
Just a week out from the Tuesday, Nov. 6 General Election and Oregon is poised to see a larger than normal turnout, boosted in part by a bigger interest in the Midterm elections nationally but also in a local race for a coveted Portland City Council seat that will make history by ushering in Portland’s first black female councilwoman—the contest between former NAACP President and State Rep. Jo Ann Hardesty and current Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.
A new mission and a good fit for local leader
A community member with deep roots in northeast Portland and a track record of commitment to housing and urban development has been named the new Community Programs Manager at the Community Cycling Center a nonprofit organization located on Northeast Alberta Street whose mission is to broaden access to bicycling for all Portlanders.
Issues weigh heavy as ballots go out
As the Nov. 6 General Election draws close with vote-by-mail ballots already in the mail and being cast up until Election Day, the issues at stake are weighing heavy on the minds of voters, especially for working families, women, immigrants, and those seeking affordable housing.
Security deposit, screening and other reforms urged
The goal is to provide more access to housing for people who currently face huge obstacles to finding a house or apartment to rent.
Repeated clashes has mayor calling for new rules
After rival political factions broke into a bloody street brawl in downtown Portland again Saturday night, Mayor Ted Wheeler called on imposing new regulations to crack down on such occurrences in the future.
Comedian arrested in separate incident
Man killed leaving comedy show; artist arrested in separate incident
Earthquake retrofits seen as next wave for displacements
A city-led effort to post and label some buildings in Portland as potentially unsafe during a major earthquake, the first step to requiring major and costly upgrades, is shaking up controversy with many African American community church leaders, among others, who say the unintended consequences of such a measure may lead to an undesired repetition of history: homes, businesses and non-profit organizations in traditional communities of color being displaced at the hands of the city.
Business start follows a passion for nostalgic
A local barbershop is bringing old school cool to the way they cut men’s hair. Classic Men in southwest Portland is a retro–style barbershop that delivers modern and traditional cuts in a nostalgic atmosphere.
Driven by passion and finding a niche
Angela Medlin, a seasoned African-American female designer with more than 25 years experience working for big-name companies like Nike, Adidas, Levi Strauss, Eddie Bauer and The North Face, has transformed her skill set to support a passion for entrepreneurship by launching two companies—one to feature indoor dog accessories from the home market and another to teach young designers of color how to break into the design industry.
Black owned firm grows into major employer
From humble beginnings to winning multi-million dollar contracts, the black-owned construction company Raimore Construction of northeast Portland has proved what positive benefits can happen to communities of color when government agencies and other private contractors invest in contracting with small and minority businesses.
Officers confronted man after hearing shots fired
A community is in mourning even as many questions remain unanswered in the wake of an officer-involved shooting early Sunday that left one man dead. It happened around 3:30 a.m. at Southwest Third and Harvey Milk Street (formerly Stark) as police responded to civilian-on-civilian gunfire that left two others injured.
Call to disarm campus security enters second week
Portland State University students began a second week of camping outside the offices of the university’s Public Safety Office on Monday to protest the campus officer-involved shooting death of Jason Washington and call for the disarming of campus police entirely.
Man claims crowd control device was used negligently
A man is suing the city of Portland for being hit in the back of the head with a flash-bang munition that police are accused of launching at counter-protestors without warning during a right-wing rally early last month in downtown Portland.
Expansion adds health services, housing
Governmental officials and community members joined Cascadia Behaviorial Healtchare’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate the new Garlington Center Campus, home to the Garlington Health Center and Garlington Place Apartments at 3036 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Measures aimed at growing need
In a region where rent and housing prices have increased far faster than wages and a growing homeless population is one of government’s most pressing problems, a new ballot measure coming in the November General Election proposes an affordable housing bond that leverages $652.8 million in new tax revenues for additional affordable housing units across the greater Portland area.
Clark sheriff, others, speak out on racism
Clark County officials in southwest Washington want the public and its employees to know that it rejects hate groups that propagate violence and discrimination, a message that’s now being shared by civil rights groups representing black and Latino communities in the area.
Campus opens probes; board open to disarming
After a grand jury cleared two Portland State University police officers of criminal charges in the shooting death of a lawfully armed black man and evidence from the case is before the public for the first time, the university will begin its own public investigations into the circumstances of the case which will include an examination of PSU’s policing policies and may result in a decision to disarm campus police entirely, PSU officials said.
Second dentist to serve low-income community
The Russell Street Dental Clinic, which has served low-income community members from its north Portland headquarters for over 40 years, recently hired a second full time dentist and is now accepting new patients and celebrating by holding an open house this Saturday afternoon.
For new OHSU leader, it’s about doing better
Dr. Danny Jacobs is the fifth president of Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) and the first African American to lead the medical institution.
Thursday meeting at SEI to build coalition
Education advocates in Portland’s black community are calling on parents and other supporters to join them for a meeting on Thursday at Self Enhancement, Inc. to gather support for Tubman Middle School and KairosPDX Elementary, two public schools that serve African American students in north and northeast Portland.
Public art project draws on positive messages
The historic heart of Portland’s black community is receiving the finishing touches of a new urban beautification project that celebrates the contributions of African Americas to the city.
School bell rings for two new middle schools
The first day of the new school year Monday saw the opening of two new middle schools serving diverse populations in north and northeast Portland—Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights—serving 1,000 of the district’s 50,000 students from historically underserved communities.
Commissioner refocuses her campaign for City Council
Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith has refocused her campaign for Portland City Council and predicts she will make up ground from a second place finish in the primary to repeat history and win the general election this fall.
Pushes for disarming force; firing officers
Student groups and activists have also been voicing their continued opposition to keeping armed officers at the school and the NAACP Portland branch called the incident “an egregious violation of civil and civic rights.”
Frontrunner has boots-on-the-ground campaign
As the decisive May Primary winner for a position currently occupied by retiring City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, city council candidate Jo Ann Hardesty is running confidently.
Filmmaker creates jobs incubator for blacks, females
The fellowship is the brainchild of Ifanyi Bell, an accomplished and Emmy-nominated African American filmmaker who grew up a mile and a half north of the original 35-year-old Portland Community Media building in northeast Portland.
Zoning plan to protect affordable Mobile Home Parks
The city’s 56 mobile home parks are some the most affordable residential areas left in Portland and many of the residents of these parks cannot financially afford to move.
One year lease brings uncertainty
KairosPDX wanted a five year lease, but the district offered only one year, plus a rent increase of over 30 percent, according to KairosPDX school board members.
Pilot transportation option will be evaluated
Two companies were allowed to set up shop for their app-based scooter services last week thanks to permits from the Portland Bureau of Transportation as part of a pilot program to test the compatibility of e-scooters in the city.
Workers say stike is possible
Portland Public Schools special education bus drivers may go on strike
Young inventor competes for top prize
Rishab Jain, a soon-to-be eighth grader at Stoller Middle School in Beaverton, was one of 10 finalists chosen to fight for the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” for his cancer treatment innovation.
Works with drug addicted, homeless to change outcomes
Pilot project helps struggling people, many living on the street, get connected with social services and treatment, instead of continuing to cycle through the criminal justice system.
Liberal groups in staunch opposition
Like Trump’s first nominee last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's latest Supreme Court judge pick Brett Kavanaugh could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.
First shooting by PSU campus police kills man
Multiple witnesses report that man killed was trying to break up a fight outside the Cheerful Tortoise
OHSU study finds benefits for aging brains
Unique program focuses on brain health while also serving as a way of preserving the stories of community black elders.
Path cleared; protest camp continues
A federal immigration building in southwest Portland reopened Monday as a protest against President Trump’s immigration polices continues outside the building.
Family tries to break silence on murder
Family members of a Portland murder victim, Leonard James “LJ” Irving Jr., whose death remains unsolved seven years after the fatal shooting, are urging anyone who may have information leading to an arrest to speak up.
Non-profit partners with AmeriCorps to revitalize homes
A nonprofit in northeast Portland is hosting 12 AmeriCorps volunteers this summer to protect vital affordable housing by upgrading homes with green technology, building community gardens and more.
Dispensary represents progress and end to war on pot
The opening of an African-American owned and hip-hop themed dispensary brings economic growth to a disadvantaged community while also giving back through its unique training program to help others find economic opportunity in the legal cannabis industry.
Brings science to her business
Portland native Kalauna Carter is making waves in cosmetics by helming an environmentally, cruelty free, nail polish business called Kolors by K that has already garnered some high profile customers.
Suit filed for changes to federal sex-ed grant requirements
Mulnomah County is suing the Trump administration for restricting a teen sex education grant to apply to abstinence-only curriculum.
Coach offers kids opportunity for success
A basketball team for youth is changing the game when it comes to giving kids opportunities to college scholarships and putting them on track to a professional athletic career.
Community rallies to rebuild playground
Community members have created a GoFundMe page to help build a new playground at James John Elementary in north Portland because the district won’t pay for a new one, organizers said.
Mass detainment during protest not justified
A controversial mass detainment by Portland police of nearly 400 anti-Trump protestors at a demonstration in downtown Portland last year is now being hit on three sides for not being legally justified.
Turned back from separated immigrant children
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. ties to find out what's going on behind closed doors at some of the country's detention facilities amid concerns about the separation of children from their parents.
Rockwood Boys & Girls Club’s first summer season
The Rockwood Boys & Girls Club is now taking signups for its very first summer season of activities and programs serving a growing need to an ethnically diverse and often economically disadvantaged population in east Portland and Gresham.
Hope and remembrance one year later
Hundreds of Portlanders gathered Saturday at a new mural adorning the Hollywood Transit Center with messages of hope and remembrance one year after a double fatal stabbing on MAX light rail stunned the community.