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Consider Boxing for your new workout

Want to try a new form of exercise that gets you in shape, is fun, and reduces stress?

Fitness boxing at Sweet Science Boxing in the North Portland neighborhood of Kenton is the greatest place for the best boxing workouts in PDX.  We offer 18 classes per week, which include 12 adult and 2 teen boxing classes plus strength & stretch…

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Posted by Laurie Gold on March 9, 2015 at 1:51pm

Happy New Year! 2015 Portland Events

Hey, Portlanders!  Happy new year!  It's 2015, and we're kicking off another great year with tons of ideas of fun things to do in Portland! I started the new year with a hike at Upper Macleay Park in Portland.

Here are some featured Portland events in January 2015.  View the Portland…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:30pm

Article: 12 Portland Hikes Worth Getting Out of Bed For

A friend posted a link to this article, "12 Portland Hikes Worth Getting Out of Bed For" (Full article here: http://www.newscastic.com/news/12-portland-hiking-trails-worth-getting-out-of-bed-for-2472641/ )

At dawn, the view from the top of Council Crest makes the whole city look like a bed of sparkling jewels nestled in the most verdant valley of an enchanted…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:00pm

Inspired by the movie Wild? Why not go on some hikes in 2015?

If you've been inspired  by the movie Wild, and would like to enjoy some Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge hikes, check out Friends of the Columbia Gorge: http://www.gorgefriends.org/section.php?id=6…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:00pm

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Neighborhood near max rail for student

Hello Everyone, This is my first post on this forum. I just recently got the notification of acceptance into a grad program I was interested in Hillsboro. As I'm quite unfamiliar with the general…Continue

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Started by Mikey Park in General Portland Discussion on Wednesday.

Choosing a Neighborhood in Portland 2 Replies

Hi and thanks for reading this, Portlanders!  I live in Cleveland and my sister and I will be moving to Portland--or nearby--this summer.  We would like to live centrally located to the Hawthorne…Continue

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Hi Future Neighbors!Like many others in this discussion, I too am relocating to Portland in July 2014. I visited Portland in January and was able to explore many NE and SE neighborhoods. I will be…Continue

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Hi:  My husband and I are relocating to Portland in February.  We are looking for a neighborhood near public transportation.  I will be working in downtown Portland (2nd and Market) and will not have…Continue

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EASTER EGG HUNT & MIMOSAS AT THE ARMORY  April 5, 2015Prizes, Peeps & Crafts, Mimosa Bar Free!12 p.m. — Lobby Hunt12:10 p.m. — Mezzanine Hunt12:20 p.m. — Lower LobbiesThe Easter Bunny has a promised a stop at the Armory this year and you are invited! Over 200 eggs containing prizes will be hidden throughout the Armory. Prizes include free Portland Center Stage tickets, OMSI passes (good for OMSI After Dark), gift certificates to Urban Fondue, Racion, Mabel & Zora, Moule, Popina…See More
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Hello Everyone, This is my first post on this forum. I just recently got the notification of acceptance into a grad program I was interested in Hillsboro. As I'm quite unfamiliar with the general Portland area, I wanted to see if anybody had any recommendations to certain neighborhoods and areas of PDX. I am pretty set on moving sometime in August, would prefer to find a place somewhere along the $600-800 rent on apartments nearby a max rail. My only means of commute would be using the rail…See More
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“Welcome Home” is the theme of the Oregon Potters Association’s (OPA) 33rd Annual Ceramic Showcase, the nation’s largest sale and show of ceramics. This one-of-a-kind, free, three-day event offers the perfect gifts for housewarmings, Mother’s Day, graduations and summer weddings. More than 150 artists from Oregon and SW Washington will display and sell eye-catching serving and baking pieces, vases and vessels, wall art and other items for the home, garden and office.HANDS-ON LEARNING:Clay…See More
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OLCC Says It Fired Pot Czar Tom Burns for Leaking a Document, Then Lying About It

UPDATE, 4:45 pm: Documents released by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission show pot czar Tom Burns leaked a draft proposal about tightening the rules on medical marijuana to growers' lawyer Amy Margolis hours after he received it on March 23.



This afternoon, the agency released the draft proposal Burns leaked, along with the email Burns sent to Margolis, and the letter in which OLCC executive director Steven Marks fired Burns. The documents can be downloaded here.


The OLCC released all of these documents in response to a request filed by WW under Oregon records law.

The documents show that early this week, Burns and Marks were working on a plan to have the OLCC take control of large swaths of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, currently run by the Oregon Health Authority.

They wanted to gain support for the OLCC takeover from legislators on the "joint committee" on marijuana.

Burns and Marks were editing a draft proposal written by legal-marijuana advocates. Names on the document included Measure 91 chief petitioner Anthony Johnson. (Although his name was on the document, Johnson did not write it, and was not aware Marks and Burns were editing the proposal.)

Advocates wanted the OLCC's blessing to send the draft proposal to Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) and Rep. Ann Lininger (D-Lake Oswego), who co-chair the legislature's "joint committee" on marijuana.

The proposal argued that the OLCC should monitor medical growers (it currently does not) and allow those growers to sell buds in recreational stores that will likely be operational in the fall of 2016.

The draft proposal says that combining many parts of the two systems would cut down "leakage" from medical pot growers into the black market.



"The OMMP/OMMDP remains intact and all registry information stays with OHA," the proposal says. "However, all rules for testing, processing, packaging and labeling and all licensing for any such activities shall be vested in the OLCC in accordance with Measure 91."

Until Monday morning, Marks and Burns appeared to have been working in unison on editing the advocates' draft proposal. Marks sent a working draft to Burns at 9:42 am on Monday, March 23.

Electronic records show Burns forwarded it to Margolis, the lawyer representing growers, less than three hours later, most likely to get her input.

Sharing a proposal that might inform future legislation with a stakeholder is neither unusual nor illegal.  

But it was Burns' decision to send the draft proposal out of the agency's offices without informing Marks, that apparently drew Marks' ire.

OLCC officials say it was Burns deleting his email to Margolis—apparently to hide that he had let the draft proposal out of the building—that cost him his job.


ORIGINAL POST, 2:58 pm:

Oregon Liquor Control Commission officials tell WW the agency fired pot czar Tom Burns for leaking an internal rule-making document to the lawyer representing weed growers, then deleting the relevant email and lying to his bosses.

OLCC spokesman Tom Towslee says Burns leaked the draft document to Amy Margolis, the attorney who founded Oregon Cannabis PAC, a political action committee that represents growers, processors and dispensaries.

Towslee says executive director Steven Marks showed Burns the deleted email on Thursday—and fired him on the spot.

"The decision to end Tom Burns' employment with OLCC started with his decision to share a confidential document outside the agency," Towslee tells WW. "When asked if he shared those documents, he was not truthful. When presented with the evidence, the actual emails that he sent out, his employment here was ended."

Towslee offered the reasons for Burns' firing following a records request by WW seeking written communications between Burns and Margolis.

WW has not yet been able to reach Burns for comment.

The document Burns allegedly leaked contained proposals for how to regulate the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program after the start of legal recreational weed in July.

Towslee says Margolis, the growers' attorney, was not at fault in the leak.

"She was just the recipient of a document, and she didn't do anything wrong," Towslee says. "Amy has no culpability in this."

Geoff Sugerman, the lobbyist for Oregon Cannabis PAC, says Margolis received a document from Burns—but Sugerman says it was not marked confidential.

"We have received nothing that we would considered internal or confidential," Sugerman tells WW. "The draft in question has been circulating around the capitol for at least a week, if not more. We just don't believe that anything given to us was indicated as internal or confidential."

At this morning's meeting of the OLCC, Marks declined to discuss his reason for firing Burns.

But Marks told WW the firing had nothing to do with personality conflicts inside the agency, or a larger dispute over the state's planned rules for recreational or medical weed.

"The decision I had to make had nothing to do with policy," Marks said. "Zero."

Marks fired Burns on Thursday, just three months after hiring him to run the OLCC's rule-making for recreational weed shops. Burns' work running the medical-marijuana program for the Oregon Health Authority made him one of the few high-ranking OLCC officials with any experience regulating pot.

The Piano Man: Reviewed

Critic's Grade: B-

Seymour Bernstein is a calm, quiet old pianist who’s lived a one-room apartment for 57 years. He doesn’t perform in concert halls anymore. He practices and he teaches. This ascetic lifestyle is only fitting in a documentary as concerned with mysticism as it is with music.

If you can get past the occasional shallow interludes from director Ethan Hawke, there is a lot of interesting material to be seen in Seymour: An Introduction. Interviews with the titular pianist, conversations between Bernstein and his friends or former pupils and footage of him instructing the next generation give a detailed portrait of Bernstein the man. Tearfully, Bernstein’s remembers his military service in Korea, where he produced classical concerts for his comrades. But most interesting are the interactions between Bernstein and his current students. He’s calm, reassuring and physical in his instruction and strict in his views on practicing. Each encounter offers a window into who he is and why he is beloved.


Alas, Hawke’s occasional interjections hold the documentary back. He tells the crowd about how Bernstein helped him appreciate craft above material wealth...or something redeeming like that. Not a pianist himself, Hawke parallels his own art (acting) with Bernstein’s, both elevating artistry over material wealth in the way only people who don’t balk at buying Steinways can. These passages sound flat—especially to the ears of a freelance writer such as myself. Interspersing these shallow musings with Bernstein’s story of a wealthy dowager gifting him keys to her 10 bedroom mansion doesn’t help.

Music can induce ecstasy, and once you’ve experienced ecstasy nothing less will suffice. So says a British theologist to Bernstein. (This comment is clumsily accompanied by footage of a Beatles concert with screaming fans so the young viewers will understand.) And you can see the ecstasy as Glenn Gould, Sir Clifford Curzon and Bernstein himself touch the piano’s keys. These moments are welcome interruptions to the lengthy segments of Seymour Bernstein, life coach.

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