There's just so much wonking happening this week, I can't contain myself until next Monday...
BIAS-BASED POLICING!!! The Independent Police Review's Citizens' Review Committee has released a report on biased-based policing complaints this morning. "The report found that IPR investigators are generally recording allegations accurately and treating complainants courteously," says the hard-hitting press release from the IPR. It also identifies possible next steps, like training cops better in customer service. On this note, there's a meeting of the police/community relations committee this afternoon at 4pm, 5315 N.Vancouver.
SCHOOL STUDENT PROTECTED FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCH BY PRINCIPAL!!! The court of appeals has today ruled that a principal acted unconstitutionally in asking a student to "turn out his pockets," finding drugs: "In summary, we hold that youth did not voluntarily consent to the search of his jacket and that the search occurred without probable cause to believe that drugs would be found in it," says the finding.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN LAKE OSWEGO!!! With a hat tip to SPJ: "Lakeridge High School senior Tyler Smith wrote an opinion article in January that included interviews with student psychedelic drug users in the Newspacer, the student newspaper. The piece was met with fury from Waluga Junior High School parents on a committee for drug and alcohol awareness and prevention and they’re arguing in favor of censorship."
ADAMS AND THE ARTS!!! Stephen Beaudoin deconstructs an Oregonian interview with the mayor's director of arts, with three blunt policy suggestions for the mayor's office for its next six months. "OK, so Yocom admits up front that she doesn't have a well-defined function or even a budget to back up her work," Beaudoin writes. "(aside from her $65,000 annual salary, of course)."
URBAN RENEWAL!!! Anna Griffin thinks it's "audacious" and "arrogant" for Merritt Paulson and City Commissioner Randy Leonard to ask for $15m in urban renewal funds to regenerate PGE park, with a view to bringing major league soccer to Portland. We'll have more on this issue over the coming week—a "public input" session is slated for 6pm next Tuesday, February 24, at the Portland Building, room C. Council, meanwhile, has to vote on the proposal in early March—my early forays into commissioners' offices on the issue reveal that most of them are unlikely to vote for it unless there's a substantial injection of private cash, and total protections against risk for the city.