Frankieb - I'm not an expert, but I believe gender reassignment surgery for children is pretty much unheard of. For young children (under 10), the "transition" that people speak of is simply to let the children dress and present themselves as the gender that they wish to. For adolescents, hormone therapy to (reversibly) block the progress of adolescence is controversial, but I believe becoming more common. I'm not sure when surgery really becomes an option, but I suspect that it's not on offer until young adulthood.
All stories on this topic should include the crucial context: the State used to fund YouthPass, because it serves the same purpose as yellow buses (getting kids to school) at lower cost. Then the Legislature decided to defund it, leaving every other school district in the state with State-funded transportation for their students and PPS with nothing. Sam Adams and Trimet are just filling a temporary hole until the State gets their act together, stops discriminating against PPS, and starts funding this program again. Until then, Portland is getting a raw deal compared to the rest of the state.
I love downtown's parking meters, because they mean that I can usually find a space there! The only times when I can't find a space downtown are when parking is free - I think that the enforcement hours should be extended! Similarly, I think paid parking will be great in the inner Eastside, although it should be implemented beyond just Broadway and MLK. If it can help pay for streetcar operating costs, so much the better!
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