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Reacting to a fatal gang shooting downtown last Sunday, September 26, that left a 19-year-old man dead, Mayor Sam Adams met behind closed doors with African American community leaders to hash out long-term and more immediate anti-gang strategies. Some of that brainstorming, first reported by the Mercury, was made partially public Friday, October 1. Adams announced at a meeting of the city's Gang Violence Task Force that he was reconstituting a special police team—disbanded three years ago amid budget cuts—focused on young gang members and their guns. DENIS C. THERIAULT


Hoping for new bike trails in Forest Park? Too bad. The parks bureau stunned bicycle advocates last Thursday, September 30, when it unveiled a list of recommendations for the 5,000-acre space and none of them called for building more bicycle facilities. Instead, the city will work to improve existing trails. Currently, only 30 of the park's 70 miles are open to bicycles. The news was particularly surprising because citizens had spent the past year working on a committee whose original mission included how best to open some 20 to 30 new miles of bike trails. DCT


It's a drop in the bucket, compared to the $125 million tax measure voters will consider this fall. But cash-strapped TriMet nonetheless scored a nice little victory Monday, October 4, when the Federal Transit Administration awarded some $6 million in grant money to help it replace a handful of aging buses. It's nice, but only voters can deliver real help. The tax measure, which would charge property owners $8 a year for every $100,000 in value, could help TriMet replace as many as 150 buses ["Bus-ted!" News, Aug 19]. DCT

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