Good morning, Portland, and a very happy 4/20 to you.
First up, out in print as of yesterday (pick up a copy!) is our analysis of the 171 Portland protest arrests since November. Yes, Portland police have arrested 171 people during protests since Donald Trump was elected.
Did I mention it happens to be April 20th? Anyway, here's our weed issue.
Also, Rep. Blumenauer will be talking about weed online this morning...
Mayor Ted Wheeler has turned City Hall into an airport (like, one of those bad ones). There's now security checking bags of everybody trying to go to public meetings and there are more physical barriers in the room where City Council is held. "After protests, fits of cursing, symbolic funerals, and all manner of other demonstrations at council meetings this year, security at City Hall is the tightest it's been under at least the last three mayors," Dirk VanderHart wrote.
With under-repair bridges, and now this from TriMet, it'll be hard to get downtown for a while: "TriMet's next disruptive repair project begins April 30, and the agency is warning riders that they might not want to buy their usual monthly pass," reported the Oregonian. "Passes for May go on sale Thursday, but the repair work, along Southwest Yamhill and Morrison streets, will leave a MAX service gap in downtown Portland for three weeks through May 20.... All MAX trains will run less often, meaning riders can expect longer waits and crowded cars. Those who do take MAX, however, should expect to tack on 30 to 45 minutes to their trips, the agency said."
"A federal court has killed a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon over concerns about a declining sage grouse population that needs the area to breed," the AP reports. "The U.S. District Court in Portland vacated plans for the project Tuesday, bringing an end to lengthy litigation over the proposal by Columbia Energy Partners. The project proposal was for wind energy development on roughly 10,500 acres of private land in Harney County near Steens Mountain."
Some asshole at a Denny's in Happy Valley poured gas on a guy and set him on fire.
Here's a picture of the man deputies are looking for - we're told he threw gasoline on the victim first, stranger-on-stranger crime pic.twitter.com/8FCSMB2l6K— Mike Benner (@MikeBennerKGW) April 20, 2017
Via KPTV: "Amid a flurry of activity by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, the Portland faith community is banding together to protect those fearing deportation."
The Portland Tribune on a Multnomah County employee survey: "Only 60 percent of county employees would feel comfortable reporting ethically questionable behavior, in part due to fear of retaliation."
And, finally, Serena Williams is a badass: