When A Threat Isn't A "Threat"

K. Marie

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has a high threshold for what constitutes a threat when it comes to statements made by one of its own.

So when one sergeant policing a protest on a public sidewalk last November approached an activist who was legally filming cops and said, incorrectly, that the man “could be arrested,” the PPB determined the sergeant didn’t actually “threaten” to arrest him.

“'Could be arrested’ is not sufficient enough to cross the line into an actual threat,” Traffic Division Captain Mike Crebs told a civilian oversight board last week, explaining his decision to clear the sergeant of an allegation, filed by activist Ben Kerensa, that the cop had made an improper threat. “I felt there had to be some kind of declaration that, 'You’re going to be arrested if you don’t stop filming.’ That never occurred.”

The Citizen Review Committee (CRC)—the civilian board which, among other duties, hears appeals from people who are unhappy with the results of their complaints against cops—unanimously disagreed with Crebs’ viewpoint.

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End of an Era: Timbers Trade Nagbe to Atlanta

Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers

In what might be the most stunning trade in franchise history, the Portland Timbers have sent Darlington Nagbe, the club's first MLS draft pick and all-time appearance leader, to Atlanta United.

In exchange, the Timbers have netted more than $1 million in general and targeted allocation money — a number that could rise as high as $1.6 million in the coming years if Nagbe hits certain performance benchmarks with Atlanta.

Measured in allocation money, it is the most lucrative trade in MLS history — a deal befitting its centerpiece, who, from the moment he made his debut more than seven years ago, has been one of the league's brightest talents.

For the Timbers, Nagbe's is another seismic departure in an offseason that began in earnest just under a month ago with the similarly seismic departure of manager Caleb Porter. It might be for the best. But it tears further at the fabric of a club that was once one of MLS's tightest-knit.

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Why Portland’s Small Businesses Are Turning To Car Sharing Services Like ReachNow

Portland’s small businesses fuel our morning routines, keep us connected to Portland’s roots and make our neighborhoods our homes.

But, just like the rest of us, small businesses face challenges as they continue to grow with the changing face of Portland. One way small businesses are looking to modernize their approach is by using ReachNow. Car sharing helps offset the cost of additional company vehicles and help their employees move around Portland.

ReachNow has 350 cars available across Portland for on-demand use by the minute, hour or the day. They have started partnering with small businesses to improve through mobility. For example, ReachNow is working with Water Avenue Coffee, who was able to forgo the purchase of an additional company car to handle deliveries and other business needs around Portland and move their team around in a more sustainable way. Learn more about how ReachNow is helping Portland’s small business here.

A San Francisco Animal Shelter Used a Robot to Get Rid of Homeless People

The future sucks.
The future sucks. Yakobchuk Olena/Getty

A San Francisco animal shelter recently tried using a roaming robot they named "K9" to keep homeless people away from their adoption center in the Mission. The organization said the robot was a way to deal with car break-ins and needles.

From the San Francisco Business Times :

“We weren’t able to use the sidewalks at all when there’s needles and tents and bikes, so from a walking standpoint I find the robot much easier to navigate than an encampment,” Jennifer Scarlett, the S.F. SPCA’s president, told the Business Times.

Once the SPCA started using the robot on the sidewalks around its campus in early November, Scarlett said, there were no more homeless encampments. There were also fewer break-ins to cars in the campus parking lot. It’s not clear that the robot was the cause of the decreases, Scarlett added, but they were correlated.

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House of Representatives and Logging Industry Poised to Make Eagle Creek Fire Damage Worse

The aftermath of the Eagle Creek Fire
The aftermath of the Eagle Creek Fire Trip Jennings/Balance Media

Even before the Eagle Creek Fire was extinguished in the Columbia River Gorge last summer, Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Arkansas) wasted no time at all proposing a bill that would open the Gorge and other federal lands to clearcutting. Westerman and his friends in the forestry industry argue that logging the areas would prevent future forest fires. Although this myth is frequently pushed by the Forest Service and the timber industry, science says: It's bullshit. Logging actually increases the risk of fires later on by ridding the ecosystem of mature, fire-resistant trees. As ecologists Chad T. Hanson and Dominick A. DellaSala wrote in the New York Times in 2015 when the House was trying to pass a similar measure: "The small trees planted in their place and the debris left behind by loggers act as kindling; in effect, the logged areas become combustible tree plantations that are poor wildlife habitats."

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Check Out the Lonesome Billies and Plastic Cactus' Sound + Vision Performances!

PLASTIC CACTUS Courtesy of the artist

Sound + Vision is the FREE monthly concert series the Mercury hosts with Banana Stand Media and Mississippi Studios. November's show had some country twang, thanks to the Lonesome Billies—a western outfit that really does feature four Bills—and Plastic Cactus, whose debut EP, Pricks, was one of my favorite local releases of this year. Check out Banana Stand's videos from the show!

Don't miss the next Sound + Vision concert—it's next Tuesday at Mississippi Studios, featuring the danceable electro-pop of Frankie Simone and the ultramarine visions of Siren and the Sea!

Accident Prone Records Celebrates a New Split Release


When I meet Gary Bahen, owner of Portland’s Accident Prone Records, he’s clad in black, sitting behind the register of Green Noise Records at its newish home on Northeast Killingsworth.

Bahen bought the record shop and punk institution this past spring from longtime Portlander (and Dirtnap Records owner) Ken Cheppaikode, although the 37-year-old has been running Accident Prone since he was a senior in high school.

“It’s been hard to keep going at times,” Bahen admits. And while there have been lulls in production over the years, the label has cranked up its output since Bahen took over Green Noise in March. “I was working on five releases simultaneously while in the middle of buying the shop and finding a new location,” he says.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review: It’s PORG-TACULAR!


Nostalgia can only get you so far, even when wookiees are involved. While 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens succeeded in its designated task of rescuing the venerable franchise from the doldrums of its prequels, it also practiced a frustrating form of risk aversion, putting the next generation of characters through some very familiar paces. (Now coming up on your left: another Death Star!) Thankfully, The Force Awakens’ thunderously hyped sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, takes a much more proactive tack, fully honoring the touchstones of the series while zigging and zagging in satisfying, provocative ways. If the previous entry presented a respectably staid melding of old and new, this one wires everything up, cranks the juice, and lets her rip. It’s escapism on a grand scale—the kind of experience that reminds you why you fell in love with movies in the first place. Believe the hype, and then some.

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Good Morning, News: Thank You, Black Voters of Alabama!

Roy Moore: Racist, homophobic, accused pedophile... and now? LOOOOOSER!
Roy Moore: Racist, homophobic, accused pedophile... and now? LOOOOOSER! Scott Olson / Getty

GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! Put your worries aside (worries aside), and open up your mind (open up your mind). See the world right by your side. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

First things first, a hearty and full-throated THANK YOU to the Black voters of Alabama and to the women who bravely stepped forward with their stories of sexual abuse, because without them we would have accused pedophile Roy Moore serving the in the United States senate. As you expected, the race was incredibly tight and Democrat Doug Jones won by a very slim margin—and also as you probably expected, Roy Moore is so far refusing to concede, because he is an idiot, and a textbook example of white male privilege in action. Now the Republican Senate is in the majority by only one single seat, and the GOP finger pointing at who's to blame has already begun in earnest.

Needless to say, Trump's number one source for information, Fox and Friends, had a tough time consoling the president this morning HA HA HA.

In less cheery news, the GOP controlled House and Senate are nearing a compromise on their despicable, faulty tax bill and may vote on it as soon as next week.

Republicans are pretending to be FURIOUS about FBI agents on Mueller's Russia investigation team who privately expressed sentiments that most Republicans agree with: DONALD TRUMP IS A MORON.

Sen. Kristin Gillibrand claps back against President Trump's sexist, insulting tweet about her yesterday, as his past sexual misconduct comes back to bite him in the ass.

On that note, check out this headline: "Half of voters say sexual misconduct accusations against Trump are credible."


Last night, the dum-dums of Vancouver's Patriot Prayer movement showed up at Hillary Clinton's appearance at the Schnitz. Why? Because they incorrectly think they matter. Our Doug Brown was at the scene, and was forced to listen to the bigots' terrible rap song about Trump. SORRY DOUG.

Mayor Ted Wheeler's office flipped out over an allegation from the Guardian that the mayor had colluded with Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle, to dream up a scheme where Columbia would move out of Portland if the Mayor didn't take drastic measures about the homeless problem. They demanded a retraction, and got a confusing, watered down modification instead. (This correction does not erase the fact that Boyle is another spoiled, entitled, rich white guy who thinks Portland owes him a living.)

Poor, put upon Bullseye Glass is suing the state, claiming they've been unfairly maligned for spewing their toxic chemicals over part of SE Portland.

The Timbers are reportedly hiring New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese to replace the outgoing Caleb Porter.

Now let's look at the WEATHER: Another gusty, cold, sunny day with a high of 46.

And finally, do not miss the open-mouthed stunned reaction on this Roy Moore spokesperson when CNN's Jake Tapper informs him that you don't need to take the oath of office on a bible. PRICE-LESS.

"Proud Boys" Founder Wants to "Trigger the Entire State of Oregon" by Helping Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson win the Oregon Person of the Year Poll (Updated)

A bad poll
A bad poll

UPDATE: In response to a cease and desist letter from Gavin McInnes' lawyer, I've included more links and clarifications in the post.

Online polls, particularly those where people can vote more than once, are almost always meaningless.

Enter bad online poll exhibit #1,607,292 into the record: Joey Gibson, who lives in Washington, is now leading the Oregonian's 2017 Oregon Person of the Year poll. Patriot Prayer's Gibson, who attracts white supremacists and neo-Nazis to his rallies, is now topping Rick Best Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, the two Portland men killed by white supremacist Jeremy Christian on a MAX train in May, by six percent.

How did Gibson—who was only recently well behind the two men Christian killed, the one man Christian stabbed but didn't kill (Micah Fletcher), and the firefighters who battled the Columbia River Gorge fires—come to take the lead? With the help of a fellow right wing troll who happens to have a lot of Twitter followers. New York-based Gavin McInnes wants his followers to "trigger the entire state of Oregon" by voting for the "Patriot Prayer hero."

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Washington's Patriot Prayer to Hold Yet Another Dumb Rally In Portland. This Time It's During Hillary Clinton's Appearance Downtown.

Patriot Prayers Joey Gibson at one his dumb Portland rallies in August
Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson at one his dumb Portland rallies in August Doug Brown

Hillary Clinton is promoting her new book at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall tonight, and a group of far right wing clowns from Southwest Washington and the suburbs are planning to gather outside the downtown venue to troll Portland liberals yet again.

Joey Gibson and supporters of his Vancouver-based Patriot Prayer—just three days after their last dumb rally in which goon Tusitala "Tiny" Toese, yet again, got arrested for assaulting a left wing protester—are rallying outside the Schnitz at about 6:30, ahead of the 7:30 Clinton talk. Prepare for MAGA flags, dumb memes, bigoted street preachers, white nationalists, barely coherent WWE-style rants about "antifa," military LARPers, open racism justified as "free speech," and probably a punch or two.

"Bring your signs and we will bring the cameras," states the Patriot Prayer Facebook event page, which otherwise attempts to sardonically court Bernie Sanders into joining their anti-Clinton protest. "A core group of us will be there even earlier to talk with people in line."

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Mayor Wheeler Demands Retraction from the Guardian

City of Portland

Mayor Ted Wheeler is taking a lot of heat today from activists who are angry that he may have encouraged Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle to write an Oregonian op-ed about Portland's homelessness problem, per a scathing article in the Guardian:

Intriguingly, Boyle has said that he wrote the op-ed at the request of none other than Wheeler, who, in Boyle’s telling, is hoping to gain momentum to get more police on the streets.

As the Mercury has reported, Boyle—who made substantial donations to Wheeler's campaign—pressured the mayor's office to put up a "no sit zone" sign outside his downtown Columbia store, after complaining about defecation and that his employees frequently have their things stolen and are sometimes threatened.

As the Guardian stated, it would indeed be intriguing if the mayor was teaming up with his donor, awarding him special favors, and encouraging him to pen op-eds where he threatens to move his business out of town if his demands aren't met. That version of events came from an interview Boyle did with OPB's Think Out Loud, in which he vaguely alluded to agreeing to help Wheeler find support for more police resources. Boyle made the comment in passing, and it was unclear whether he was referring to the op-ed.

Wheeler's office emphatically says he wasn't.

As our Dirk VanderHart first reported on Twitter, the mayor's office flatly denies that version of events and has demanded a retraction from the newspaper. Here's the retraction request from the mayor's Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Cox...

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Bullseye Glass Sues State and County Officials, Saying It's Been Unfairly Maligned, Regulated


It's Bullseye Glass's turn to sue.

Presenting itself as a caring business unfairly and improperly maligned over faulty testing, the Southeast Portland art glass factory filed suit in federal court today, naming as defendants Gov. Kate Brown, the director of the state's Department of Environmental Quality, the director of the Oregon Health Authority, the Multnomah County Health Department and two unknown state officials.

"This case is about DEQ and Defendants’ rush to judgment when they got hit with bad publicity," Bullseye says in a lengthy filing, accusing state and local officials of violating its civil rights. "They proceeded to change the rules applicable to Bullseye after the fact, and acted like the rules had been in place all along."

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In Today's Edition of Former Tech Insiders Denouncing Social Media...

Chamath Palihapitiya, Facebooks former vice president for user growth, said he feels tremendous guilt about helping to create tools that are ripping apart the social fabric.
Chamath Palihapitiya, Facebook's former vice president for user growth, said he feels "tremendous guilt" about helping to create tools that "are ripping apart the social fabric." Mike Windle / Getty Images

This video of former Facebook vice president Chamath Palihapitiya is worth checking out. It's only the latest example of major tech insiders turning against their creations:

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New Randy Rainbow: She Was Sixteen Going On Seventeen (Roy Moore Was 32)

Randy Rainbow is going to get us through this with our sanity intact.

What’s She Mad About Now?: Where the Republican Party Draws the Line


The President of the United States has 16 sexual harassment and/or assault allegations against him. Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has nine allegations of either “dating” or sexually assaulting minors as young as 14 when he was in his 30s, including multiple reports of him trolling the mall.

The RNC continues to support both men. In fact, just this week, the group decided to continue giving financial support to Moore after initially rescinding it in light of the initial allegations. So they seemingly drew a line at what they would or wouldn’t support, but then erased it and re-drew it elsewhere.

So where is that line now? Good question!

The party has recently released their list of activities that a candidate may engage in that would preclude the RNC supporting them. We offer it up below:

The Official RNC “Dealbreaker List” (Don’t Do It!)

• Recycling
• Murder*
• Serial murder*
• Game of Thrones spoilers
• Doing a genocide*
• A dude kissing another dude
• Giving money or a sandwich to a homeless person

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