Good Afternoon, News: Clean & Safe Gets Pushback, Schools and COVID Confusion, and Another Portland Heat Record
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Good afternoon, Portland! Here's the latest on local news, national news, and a little bit of fun.
In local news:
• On Thursday, City Council will vote on a contract that will shape the future of Portland's downtown as it reemerges from the pandemic. The vote will renew and tweak a contract the city currently holds with Downtown Clean & Safe, an organization that charges property owners located within its 213-block boundary to fund additional, or “enhanced,” services not already provided by the city—like graffiti removal, expanded trash pick-up, and augmented police and security patrols. Clean & Safe is a subcontractor of Portland Business Alliance (PBA), with many of its staff on the business lobbyist group's payroll. The proposed contract falls short of overhauling critics' top issues with the program.
In related news: Weird flex, but okay.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler during today's City Council meeting: "Just for the record, I'm not a member of the Arlington Club, nor do I use cocaine."
In response to criticism of the proposed Clean & Safe contract that's going before council tomorrow. https://t.co/Aw5sVaZ853
— Shane D. Kavanaugh (@shanedkavanaugh) September 22, 2021
• As Oregon students cautiously return to in-person learning, school districts, teachers, and families are asking Multnomah County health officials what could trigger a reversal to remote learning. As it turns out, the county doesn't have concrete metrics that would determine such a switch—our own Isabella Garcia has more.
• Meanwhile, the demand is outpacing the supply for COVID-19 tests in Portland—and it's especially frustrating for parents trying to get their school-aged, unvaccinated kids tested.Continue reading »