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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

Article: Most Anticipated Portland Restaurant/Bar Openings Of 2015

We just got through the holiday season, but we still have quite a few dark wet days ahead of us.  It's always eating season in Portland, and great food and drink abounds.  But I am always excited to hear of new restaurants, bars, and even new food carts.  There are quite a few notable new places, as covered in this article from Willamette Week: Most Anticipated Portland Restaurant/Bar Openings Of 2015.…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 5:00pm

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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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Started by Jill Huettich in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Jill Huettich Feb 4.

The skinny on neighborhood differences? 2 Replies

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

Started by john doney in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Katie McMahan Nov 7, 2014.

Relocating to Portland 2 Replies

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

Started by Maria Wilks in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Maria Wilks Jan 31, 2014.

Resources for local help - 8 year old boy with no Christmas presents!

Hi, I just recently had to rent a basement from a friends mom for a temporary solution due to a recent separation. The lady I'm renting from is in her 70's and on a fixed income and she has a son who…Continue

Started by Damon Coker in General Portland Discussion Dec 21, 2013.

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East Portland Residents File Ballot Petition to Secede from Portland

Residents of East Portland have complained about living in a different city—poorer, less healthy and with fewer services—since their neighborhoods east of Interstate 205 were annexed starting in 1983.

Now some of them are seeking a public vote to make it official, by pulling East Portland out of Portland.

Three East Portland residents filed a ballot initiative petition Feb. 27 to de-annex neighborhoods east of I-205. If they can gather 31,345 signatures by July 2016, the initiative could appear on the November 2016 ballot.

"East Portland is kind of doomed," says Collene Swenson, a chief petitioner. "That's what we feel. They are doing more than they ever have in East Portland right now. But it's nothing new, and it's nothing better. And meanwhile, we're helping fund the iconic parts of downtown Portland."

The ballot initiative petition was first reported Tuesday by the Mid-County Memo. In their two-page proposal, the backers say Portland City Hall has failed to provide East Portland with the same level of services.

Swenson, an insurance claims adjuster, tells WW that East Portland will be able to better allocate its resources to local services—like streets and sidewalks.

"We elect people who don't live in our neighborhoods, who don't represent us," she says. "We can all move to Vancouver, or we can remove ourselves from Portland. Because they can't fix it. We can leave and do that. We can work on ourselves."

The petitioners say they plan to make East Portland its own incorporated city. That plan is a last resort.

"We asked Maywood Park and Gresham to take us in, and they never got back to us," Swenson says. "It's harder to make your own city. [But] at some point you have to throw down the gauntlet and make a decision."

Patricia McCaig Bills Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's Campaign for January Work

Patricia McCaig, a political consultant for former Gov. John Kitzhaber, filed an $8,500 invoice for payment from Kitzhaber's campaign fund yesterday.

Emails between McCaig and Kitzhaber during his last month in office show some of the work for which McCaig is now seeking payment. Those emails are among the thousands that Kitzhaber sought on Feb. 5 to have deleted from state servers.

In particular, McCaig helped prepare Kitzhaber for what turned out to be his final press conference on Jan. 30 before announcing he would resign Feb. 18. McCaig, Kitzhaber's most trusted political adviser, scripted a press conference aimed at helping Kitzhaber by focusing attention on his removing first lady Cylvia Hayes from any role in his administration.

But Kitzhaber's unwillingness to answer questions about the influence peddling allegations enveloping his office instead made the event a debacle.

A week earlier in preparation for press questions, Kitzhaber emailed McCaig a history of his involvement with the Genuine Progress Indicator, an alternative measure of economic output that Demos, a New York advocacy group, paid Hayes to promote in 2013.

In the emails, McCaig and Kitzhaber joked about Kitzhaber's preparation for the press conference and his need to develop answers that reporters would almost certainly ask about GPI. The subject line in Kitzhaber's email to McCaig when he emailed the GPI information was "pre-whiskey reading." 

On Jan. 26 at 7:32 pm, Kitzhaber wrote to McCaig, "It is a good thing us pirates like our Grog … of which I have (had) much."

"Thank goodness for Grog," McCaig wrote back eight minutes later. "Go to bed. Ok, wait until 8:00 and THEN GO TO BED."

Over the next couple of days, McCaig sent Kitzhaber two scripts for the Jan. 30 press conference in Portland. She walked him through likely questions about GPI, Hayes' contracts and whether Hayes had paid taxes on $118,000 in consulting fees she'd received in 2011 and 2012.

McCaig copied Kitzhaber's then chief of staff, Mike Bonetto, his legislative director Dmitri Palmateer and his press secretary, Amy Wojcicki, on the emails. 

The second draft of the press conference script was remarkably detailed, including guidance for Kitzhaber's body language—McCaig inserted directions for a "deep breath" before Kitzhaber was supposed to say that Hayes would have no further role in his administration.

"I have made a decision and Cylvia agrees that she will have no role in my administration going forward," was the line that McCaig scripted for Kitzhaber to say.

McCaig also suggested the appropriate "tone" for Kitzhaber to take: "Direct, forthright, recognizing the need for answers, feisty when appropriate."

At the press conference, Kitzhaber did provide reporters with a lengthy description of his historical interest in the GPI. However, he chose not to answer any substantive questions and left the podium, after 20 minutes, even less time than McCaig had recommended in her script.

The press conference, and the widespread perception that Kitzhaber was evasive, proved to be a major turning point on the path to his Feb. 18 resignation.

Not everybody saw it that way, however. 

On Jan. 31, Jim McDermott, a lawyer with the Ball Janik firm who represents Kitzhaber and Hayes in front of the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, emailed Kitzhaber about legal strategy regarding the Ethics Commission investigation. The day before, Kitzhaber had repeatedly deferred reporters' questions to the Ethics Commission. Later, evidence surfaced that Kitzhaber and his lawyers were simultaneously attempting to thwart an Ethics Commission investigation, arguing it had no jurisdiction over Hayes.

McDermott mentioned the press conference at the end of his email.

"For what it’s worth," McDermott wrote, "we [he and his partner Steve Janik] thought you handled some tough press questions very adroitly."

Kitzhaber's campaign account, from which McCaig's is requesting payment of $8,500, currently holds just over $64,000. 

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