On Monday, November 23, Oregon initiative king and convicted fraudster Bill Sizemore quietly filed the papers to run for governor in the Republican primary. "Breaking the power of the public employee unions is essential to the survival of this state and I am probably the only one willing to take them on head to head," Sizemore told the Mercury, via email, about his surprise run. Among the hurdles Sizemore will face? Well, there's a court order banning him from raising or spending money on political campaigns, to begin with. "I may have to run my campaign from inside a jail cell," acknowledged Sizemore in his statement released on the NW Republican website on Monday. Ironically one Democratic gubernatorial candidate, John Kitzhaber, walloped Sizemore the last time he tried to run for governor, defeating Sizemore 64 to 30 percent back in 1998. SARAH MIRK

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The city kicked off a month-long series of public workshops on the Portland Plan on Tuesday, November 17. The plan is a giant urban planning document that will set Portland's goals for the next 25 years. Though only a third of the roughly 150 attendees were under the age of 40, they voted that investment in bike infrastructure should be the city's top transportation priority in coming years. One astute audience member, Alex Johnson, pointed out a hole in the plan: Despite Oregon ranking the highest homelessness per capita in the nation, the plan only mentions the word "homeless" once. SM