Portland is Plotting to Set Aside 2,000 Apartments For Its Hardest-to-Reach Homeless Residents

Bud Clark Commons—perhaps Portlands best known permanent supportive housing development.
Bud Clark Commons—perhaps Portland's best known permanent supportive housing development.

Sometime in the next six months or so, local officials are going to present a case for how Portland can dramatically increase housing for its most down-and-out individuals.

In a unanimous and long-portended vote this morning, the Portland City Council voted to order up a report laying the groundwork for 2,000 more units of permanent supportive housing (PSH) in Multnomah County in the next decade. The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will approve the same thing tomorrow, and both governments will chip in to pay a consultant to draft a report in coming months.

So on one level there's just that: A mundane resolution ordering a report.

On another—and certainly for policy staffers who've flogged the matter—today's vote was more significant.

In a city that in recent years has prioritized building "workforce housing" units—that is, apartments that enable mid-wage workers to live closer in, near their jobs—the vote today signals a focus on the growing number of chronically homeless and disabled people living on the streets. The target for PSH is people who suffer from addiction, mental illness, or some other disability, and who have been homeless for a long time or find themselves homeless repeatedly.

"Quite frankly, they are caught in a costly, inefficient, failed system," City Commissioner Nick Fish said at today's hearing. Along with County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Fish has been a leading proponent for ramping up permanent supportive housing, which pairs extremely cheap rents with intensive social services to help people back on their feet. One high-profile example in Portland: The Bud Clark Commons.

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As "Gypsy Jokers" Sit in Jail on Murder Charges, the Motorcycle Gang's Clubhouse is Up For Sale. Check out What's Inside.

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As members and associates of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club's Portland chapter sit behind bars, awaiting trial on accusations they kidnapped, tortured and murdered a former member, its longtime Northeast Portland headquarters is up for sale.


"Same owner for the last 28 years!" the real estate listing states, offering rare photographs inside the cloistered clubhouse and residential property on NE MLK that was raided by the cops last year in connection with the investigation of Robert Huggins' murder.

Those unconnected with the group, particularly the media, couldn't get in to the outlaw motorcycle gang's building, as the Mercury wrote in 2008:

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Lady Gaga Was Spotted in Southeast Portland Over the Weekend

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Earlier this week, the Portland State Vanguard reported that the red building in one of Lady Gaga's recent Instagram posts is a recording studio located in Southeast Portland.

Last week the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter (whose real name is Stefani Germanotta) also posted photos of herself in front of a Sellwood bicycle shop, and according to the Oregonian, she even stopped by Gino's for some Spanish coffee Saturday night. It's unclear whether or not she's still in Portland, but perhaps like she is/was here working on a follow-up to her fifth studio album, 2016's Joanne.

Tough girl on the mend.

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Distracted Driving is Bad and Illegal, Beaverton Cops Explain in PSA Filmed While They're Driving in Traffic

Cell phones: bad. Video cameras: good.
Cell phones: bad. Video cameras: good. Doug Brown

In a PSA video released this week by the Beaverton Police Department on the state's new driving-with-a-cell-phone law, a Beaverton cop behind the wheel of a squad car takes his eyes off the road to look directly into a camera at his right to explain, without irony, why driving with a cell phone is dangerous. Moments later, an officer driving a motorcycle in traffic looks into a camera in a vehicle in front of him while calmly elaborating on the new law.

"Please, put down the phone and drive safely," the video concludes. No word about video equipment, though.

Take a look:

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Legalized Cannabis Leads to Decrease in Opioid Abuse, Study Says

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The term "crisis" is used far too often these days, and, more often than not, incorrectly. (Starbucks running out of vanilla soy milk does not constitute a crisis, Hysterical Harry.) What does constitute a true crisis is where the United States is in relation to opioids. Unlike Commander Cheeto, the numbers don't lie, according to a recent study.

Conservative estimates suggest that 2 million Americans have become dependent upon and/or abuse prescription opiates. Part of the blames rest with doctors, who increased prescriptions from 112 million in 1992 to 282 million by 2012. That number decreased slightly to 236 million by 2016.

The death rate from opiates has skyrocketed as well. In 2015, there were 52,404 overdose deaths in the US, including 33,091 which involves opiates. That adds up to a staggering 91 opiate-related deaths per day.

Addressing this issue and finding a solution has been slow, but a recent report from Colorado offers some hope. The American Journal of Public Health recently published their findings, showing that since adult-use sales of recreational cannabis began in Colorado, the state has seen a decline of 6 percent in opioid deaths. Researchers had been tracking opioid deaths since 2000, and had seen a steady increase for 14 years.

This is not the first study to come to the conclusion that cannabis may be a tool to help solve the problem. Another study, from the Journal of the American Medical Association, determined that between 1999 and 2010, the states with medical cannabis laws had a nearly 25 percent lower "mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate" than states that prohibited medical cannabis.

Of course, toxic-waste-dressed-in-a-cheap-suit Attorney General Jeff Sessions still considers cannabis a gateway drug, so don't expect the feds to tout or even consider this as a piece in the puzzle to solve the problem. But as greater availability to cannabis grows, fewer people may end up dying, which is always a good thing.

Strange Ranger's Sophomore LP Features Less Screaming and More Fuzz

STRANGE RANGER Cuddle puddle!
STRANGE RANGER Cuddle puddle! Mike Hoderman

Strange Ranger’s lovely new album Daymoon begins with a low, fuzzy, electrified hum, streaked with one skinny ribbon of guitar feedback. Then a pump organ fades in, wheezing back and forth between a couple of chords like a sleepy driver trying to stay awake on the road.

When the familiar plunk-plunk-plunk of an acoustic guitar enters the picture, it does so unassumingly; you might wonder if it was there the whole time. The feedback squalls, then cuts out just as spectral vocals settle in: “Everybody knows he is not at home/Where else would he go?/Who knows?/You don’t.” The voice is soft and slightly slurred, adding to the hazy feel of the song, which spends its final three minutes crescendoing into a sea of crash cymbals, sighed “oohs,” and scattered piano.

This opening track is aptly named “Glow,” and it signals a new path for Strange Ranger, the band formerly known as Sioux Falls.

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Trump Attacks Gold-Star Family... Again

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After Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson told the Washington Post that she overheard leering uncle and US President Donald Trump tell a woman whose Green Beret husband was killed in Niger this month that he "he knew what he signed up for," Trump has, once again, taken to Twitter to deny the allegations. As ya do.

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Depressing Weinstein Allegations Spur Depressing Music Industry Reports of Sexual Harassment

Matt Mondanile: alleged serial sexual abuser.
Matt Mondanile: alleged serial sexual abuser. Adela Loconte / Getty

In the wake of the New Yorker report exposing Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault allegations, a multitude of women have been coming forward and sharing their experiences of sexual assault from musicians, film crews, and other members of the entertainment industry.

The hashtag, #MeToo, is also shining light on this, asking folks to post the hashtag if they've ever been a victim of sexual assault or harassment.

Here's a quick recap of allegations in the music industry that have surfaced in just the past week:

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The Hollywood Theatre's Kickstarter to Save Movie Madness Is Going Great. Now They've Added a Stretch Goal


The Hollywood Theatre is looking to raise an additional $100,000 to build a micro-theater within the Movie Madness video store. This new stretch goal comes only a week after the non-profit announced an ambitious $250,000 Kickstarter to purchase current owner Mike Clark’s collection of roughly 84,000 items. The Hollywood’s campaign has already raised more than $230,000—over 90 percent of their goal.

With Movie Madness' potential new screening room, the Hollywood plans to host screening events in the store and apply for grants for community-centered programs. They'll also update Movie Madness’ concession stand, adding a bar for movie watchers. The Hollywood estimates the screening room to cost in the range of $70,000 to $100,000, with 20 percent of any additionally raised funds going to Clark.

The groundswell of support around the Hollywood’s Kickstarter campaign, #SaveMovieMadness, has largely been funded in a grassroots manner—with over 3,500 individual donors chipping in an average donation of $67. Only 16 donations have been over $1,000, with none above $2,500. It’s like the Bernie Sanders campaign! Except, you know, without the guarantee of healthcare and higher education for all. (#MovieMadnessWouldHaveWon.)

Check out our feature from last week to hear the Hollywood's case for why Movie Madness is such an important institution for Portland—one that preserves film history and access amid the shrinking libraries of online streaming services.

Good Morning, News: MLB in Portland, Jeff Sessions Stonewalls, and Trump Gets Caught in Another Lie (Collect All 3,478,942)

GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! I scream it loud and proud, Missy gonna blow it down. People gonna play me now, in and outta town. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

Could Portland be the home of a major league baseball team? A group of investors are reportedly trying to secure financing for a new stadium, and... and... c'mon guys! I know soccer is cool and all, but baseball is cool, too! WELL, IT IS! (Sniff. Oh never mind.)

Senators Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander have come up with a bipartisan plan that would help stabilize the insurance markets and undo some of the blatant sabotage of Obamacare by President Trump. Stand by to see how he fucks it up.

Another federal judge has ruled against Trump's racist travel ban, citing that the president's own remarks on Twitter make it unconstitutional.

The widow of a fallen soldier is corroborating a report that Trump was wildly insensitive when offering his condolences. Trump says he has proof he didn't say it. (Arrested Development narrator: "He had none.")

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before congress today and is being especially cagey and uncooperative in regards to his conversations with Trump about former FBI director James Comey.

Former press secretary Sean Spicer reportedly spent almost all of his Monday being grilled by Robert Mueller's investigative team on a number of subjects including Russia and the firing of James Comey.

Because guns keep us safer: Three killed and two wounded in an office park shooting in Maryland.

The NFL will not penalize players who choose to support the Black Lives Matter movement by kneeling during the National Anthem. In response, Trump cried "Wah Wah Wah."

Former Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney has shared her #MeToo story about being molested by the USA Gymnastics team doctor.

A supposed women's empowerment group in Albany, New York has been torturing their members during their secret initiation ceremony, which includes (gulp) branding.

Now let's peep the WEATHER: A showery morning gives way to a drier afternoon with a high of 65.

And finally, here is a very beautiful illustration of the concept of inertia. SCIENCE!

If You're Surprised By the Reach of #MeToo, You're Not Paying Attention

No one should feel obligated to make their own pain public just so that others understand its real.
No one should feel obligated to make their own pain public just so that others understand it's real. ircy / Getty

The internet is bad today, because it's publicly acknowledging that sexual assault and harassment are everyday experiences for women/trans/nonbinary people, which apparently is something some people didn't know. If you didn't, welcome to the almost-mundane reality of existing in one of those categories. It's so common and insidious that it feels almost not worth mentioning, but here we are.

Of course you have, too! Of course I have, too. I'm a runner, which means baby's first street harassment happened when I was 16. And I used to live in Paris, international capital of subway leers. Just last week, during a trip to Chicago, a city I love, a friend and I were hissed at (hissed at!) and honked at by strange men while crossing the street, which reminded of the near-constant street harassment I encountered when I was in grad school there. It was enough to make me carry pepper spray on my person for years afterward. I only stopped last year, because I didn't feel like living in a constant state of anxiety anymore.

And those things? Those things are are just, like, the few examples from my 30 years of living in a woman body that I could come up with offhand after getting off a four-hour flight yesterday. Earlier that day, in a coffee shop in Chicago, that same friend and I scrolled #MeToo posts. We guessed out loud that by a certain age, no woman has managed to avoid harassment or assault in some form. We just couldn't imagine it. Between the two of us, we could not come up with a way it would be possible in the world we live in. "Would you just not take public transportation?" I asked. We shared a grim laugh over our coffees. We take public transportation.

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Mayoral Adviser Andrea Valderrama Is Running for Dan Saltzman's Council Seat

This is an old photo.
This is an old photo.

The race for Dan Saltzman's soon-vacant city council seat has a new entrant.

Andrea Valderrama—once a staffer for former Commissioner Steve Novick who currently works in Mayor Ted Wheeler's office—announced today she'll be running for Saltzman's Position Three seat next May. She joins local NAACP president and former legislator Jo Ann Hardesty and Downtown Neighborhood Association President Felicia Williams, who have already unveiled their candidacies.

Valderrama's platform, unveiled in the video below, includes "pushing for excellent education, for quality health care, and for protection from discrimination and ICE raids."

Valderrama, who also serves on the David Douglas School Board, was first hired to City Hall in 2013, when Novick tapped her as his liaison to East Portland. As we wrote at the time, he'd met Valderrama while she worked at the Voz Workers' Rights Education Project.

After Novick lost a re-election bid last year, Valderrama signed on as a policy adviser for Wheeler, where she's been tackling housing issues, among other things. That history gives her more experience in the daily routines of City Hall than other candidates, though she's never run a high-profile campaign.

As a first-generation American with a background in assisting undocumented workers, it seems clear Valderrama will push worker and immigrant protections as part of her platform, along with her experience as a child with "housing and economic stability."

"I know that panic when I see police, or ICE, or a rent increase from my landlord," Valderrama says in her first campaign video. "The stress of poverty, working two or three jobs and still just barely making ends meet. "

It's unclear from Valderrama's website how specifically she'd work to protect from ICE raids in a city that's staunchly against them. She didn't immediately respond to a request to talk about her candidacy.

Among endorsements listed on Valderrama's site are state Rep. Diego Hernandez, and a number of current and former city staffers, including Novick and members of his former staff.


Savage Love Letter of the Day: Start Leveling (With Her Boyfriend) or Keep Lying (To Him, With Other Men)?


Longtime listener, first-time writer. I'm a 31-year-old queer female writing to you from
New Zealand because I want to stop being an asshole. When it comes to sex, I’m addicted to the thrill of the chase but I struggle to maintain a lasting relationship beyond that. I’ve been with my current partner for three years but it’s been an up and down kind of a ride due to various reasons and I've also slept with 14 other people in that time without his knowledge. I’ve never had a relationship where I haven’t cheated and I’ve never dated someone who can keep up with my libido. The thing is that when I do get laid, I don’t want it to last long because it’s really only the thrill of the chase that I’m into.

My current situation suits me fine. I have a pretty good relationship and when I’m feeling like I need the thrill of the chase I’ll go have a one night stand with someone and that keeps me satisfied for a while. It suits me that his happens without my partner’s knowledge and consent because it keeps things nice and simple. I know it’s not fair that he doesn’t know. It would be ideal if he was into cuckolding but I’ve raised this idea with him in the past and he’s not keen. I’ve also raised the idea of being more open/swinging and he seemed to like the idea of that, but I do wonder if any of these things are going to damage his self-esteem. He knows that I have a higher libido than him and that I’ll happily fuck him whenever he’s keen, but if I tell him that I want to fuck other guys too won’t that make him feel inadequate? He’s not super confident and that actually causes a little bit of a problem for us in the bedroom room because he can’t make eye contact during sex and so I don’t feel connected to him. I worry if I come clean about my sexual desires and how I have/would like to keep servicing my needs, it’s going to eat away at him. He’s the sort of guy that might agree to something but wouldn’t communicate his pain until it hit boiling point. So it would be easier if I kept it all secret. But that’s not morally sound.

I know that an answer to this might be “break up with your partner and find someone who’s into cuckolding” but that won’t be easy in a county with a small population and relatively conservative attitudes towards sex. So my questions are:

1. How do you ask your partner to let you fuck someone else without it damaging their self esteem?

2. Is there a name for someone who’s addicted to the thrill of the chase?

Could Unveiling Cuck Kink Entirely Distress Her Insecure Man?

P.S. If we were to open things up I think I’d be OK with my partner fucking other people too.

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Six Portland Bartenders Competing in Manhattan-Off for Charity


Later this month, a half-dozen Portland Bartenders will compete in the Taste of Wright, a Manhattan Challenge in which you—should you buy a ticket—will be the judge.

The aim, according to organizer Robert Volz, is to raise funds for the Gordon House, the state of Oregon’s sole Frank Lloyd Wright house, which is located in nearby Silverton. (Volz sits on the Gordon House’s board.)

The event goes down at 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 26 in the Pearl District at Design Within Reach, located at 825 NW 13th. Tickets are $60 a pop, $100 for couples, and $500 if you and seven of your friends want a table of eight.

Bartenders include Nathan Gerdes (La Moule), Josh Baird (T.C. O'Leary’s), Joel Schmeck (Irving Street Kitchen), Jason Coates (Marriott Downtown Waterfront), Emily Higgins (East Burn), and Kael Woodyard (Loyal Legion). The crowning cocktail master gets to pick their favorite oral auction "golden ticket" item, a list than includes a weekend stay for six on the banks of the Metolius River, a six-course dinner for six that includes paired shots of every kind of Pappy Van Winkle whiskey available, and a wine refrigerator packed with vino.

How those bartenders will put their stamp on a cocktail that calls for just four ingredients—and that’s if you count the cherry—is anyone’s guess, but Volz says he figures one will use his own homemade spiced vermouth.

“Perhaps a float of Chartreuse, a mist of mezcal or a drop of smoky Isla Scotch changes the drink enough to become something different,” he says. “Much like a jazz musician must master the classics before riffing, the bartenders will be using a whiskey, but after that its up to them.”

The winning cocktail will also be featured at all national events hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. You heard that correctly: The FLWBC will have an official cocktail. And why wouldn’t it, considering that it has its own sommelier, which is Volz himself.

Attending judges won’t just be treated to a series of cocktails, either. Beer and wine will also be available, as will snacks courtesy of Irving Street Kitchen.

To buy tickets, visit the Taste of Wright’s Brown Paper Tickets page.

Relive the Magic of Last Month's Sound + Vision Concert with Dan Dan


Sound + Vision is the FREE monthly concert series the Mercury hosts with Banana Stand Media and Mississippi Studios, with eclectic lineups spotlighting some of the city's best up-and-coming talent. Banana Stand's got a video from last month's show, which featured the rhythmic grooves of Dan Dan, an analog synth and drum outfit that released its debut EP last spring.

Don't miss October's Sound + Vision—it's tonight, with experimental rockers the Wild Body and Miss Rayon, a new band consisting of Jenny Logan (Summer Cannibals, Deathlist), Eric Sabatino (Appendixes, Cat Hoch Band), and Hannah Blilie (Gossip, Shoplifting).