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City Commissioner Randy Leonard is trying to sidestep a subpoena ordering him to appear in court next Tuesday, September 9, to testify about his controversial secret list of downtown offenders ("Leonard's Secret List," News, Aug 21), arguing through the city attorney's office that he is "not the custodian" of records relating to the program. Leonard, who until now has been remarkably outspoken about the merits of his secret list, fell silent on August 21 following the Mercury's public records requests to his office and to the police bureau and city attorney's offices, asking for records, emails, and communications relating to the list. The city attorney's office has yet to respond to our request for information, and the police bureau has only responded by asking clarifying questions. Meanwhile, the District Attorney's office responded only to say that a policy relating to the secret list exists, but when asked to provide the policy, Deputy District Attorney David Hannon also went quiet. Bill Sinnott, the coordinator of the program at the police bureau, admitted to the Mercury in May ("The Policy That Wasn't There," News, May 22) that the policy wasn't written down anywhere, promising to rectify the situation by July 1. MATT DAVIS

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Starting this year, Portland environmental group Ecotrust will give the Portland and Gervais school districts seven cents for every lunch they serve using local foods. Usually, school lunches cost $1.06 each to prepare, and 36 percent of Oregon schools that do not use local foods cited increased cost as their biggest concern. A bill to provide the seven cent subsidy to schools statewide got widespread support from politicians last year, but then "languished in Ways and Means," according to Nancy Bales, director of development at Ecotrust. Rather than wait for the legislature, Ecotrust went the private route and snagged a $295,000 grant for a Portland- and Gervais-only program from Kaiser Permanente. The plan is to use the seven cents to serve a different local food in schools every month. September is the month of cucumbers; October is corn-on-the-cob; November is parsnips; then cabbage, potatoes, pears, berries, radishes and asparagus. "Seven more cents per meal is huge," says Bales. SARAH MIRK

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