Leaders of four neighborhood associations are currently strategizing a public assault on Portland City Council to halt the rezoning of Colwood Golf Course in Northeast Portland. On September 17, city council decides whether to allow the rezone of the 140-acre golf course from open space to light industrial. Neighborhood groups hope to flood city hall with public opinion in favor of keeping the golf course as green space. "The comprehensive plan does not support [the rezone], the goals of the neighborhood do not support it, the local infrastructure can't support it," says Tony Fuentes of Concordia Neighborhood Association. The golf course owners say the rezone could bring jobs to the neighborhood and promise to convert some of the acreage into a public park. SM

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Portlander and former Scientologist Susan Lentsch submitted an open letter to the head of communications for the Church of Scientology, Karin Pouw, last Thursday, September 4, asking why her daughter, Katherine, cannot be allowed home for a vacation from the church's elite management organization, the so-called "Sea Organization" or Sea Org ["Selling Scientology," Feature, August 7]. Lentsch alleges that since she allowed her daughter to join the Sea Org in 1993, Katherine was promised three weeks vacation a year, but that this has never happened. "You, yourself, have denied publicly that Scientology disconnects families," wrote Lentsch. "But the question is, Ms. Pouw, are you actually willing to stand by those words?" Lentsch has yet to receive a response. MD

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A rent-a-cop asked an Obama campaigner to move off Pioneer Courthouse Square last Friday, September 5, for setting up a table to give out literature and badges about the presidential hopeful. The campaigner, Darin Richey, said he was under the mistaken impression that Pioneer Square was a public sidewalk, and described the rent-a-cop's action as "disheartening." MD