Whooo! You're a BUSY BEE. Look, it's completely understandable that since you've been SO busy, you may have missed some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! So while you're lounging about this weekend, catch up on the knowledge you need by reading some of these A+++ Mercury articles! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)
• A Peek Inside Portland’s Ill-Fated Police Oversight System
Why do cops continually get away with bad behavior? This article examines real cases of officers acting inappropriately or dangerously and how the Police Review Board chooses to punish or ignore them.
• If I Ever Run for Governor, Please Don't Vote for Me
Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wants to be Oregon’s next governor. Here’s why that’s a BAAAAAAAAAD idea.
• Funds From Metro's New Supportive Housing Service Tax Reach Portland's Homeless
There are a lot of people screaming about how “not enough is being done” about the city’s homeless problem. Actually, there’s A LOT being done, and anyone who wants to know what’s actually being accomplished should read this fascinating, informative deep-dive.
• Q & A with Jamila Dozier, the Portland Housing Advocate Running Against Dan Ryan
If you’re dissatisfied with the job current Commissioner Ryan is doing… please allow us to introduce you to his challenger, Jamila Dozier!
• Savage Love: Mind the Gap
To shave or not to shave (down *there*)—that is the question! And Dan Savage has some definitive opinions about it in the latest edition of SAVAGE LOVE!
• Over 200 City, County Employees Poised to Lose Their Job Monday Over Vaccine Mandates
Here comes "Vaccine Mandate Monday" when some city and county employees might lose their jobs if they refuse to be vaccinated. Who's doing it and who isn't? We have all the stats in this story.
• Pop Quiz PDX
Woo-hoo! It's time for the newest POP QUIZ PDX, featuring sassy-pants Qs about Portland oddball trivia & political scandals, as well as volcanoes and being trapped in the body of a Backstreet Boy. LET'S GET BRAINY!
WOW, THAT IS A LOT OF GOOD READIN'. I hope you didn't have any other plans this weekend! Dig in, and remember: Producing all this hard work costs moolah—so please consider contributing to the Mercury to keep it all coming! Thanks!