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Here are the headlines.
• The city of Portland and Multnomah County are pooling their excess budget dollars to address the region's homelessness crisis. On Monday, the jurisdictions unveiled a $38 million funding package to create more shelter beds, fund homeless outreach workers, and increase behavioral health services for people living outside—all great stuff! This funding will also allow the city to increase homeless camp sweeps "fivefold"—not so great!
• As of October 25, traffic crashes have claimed 62 lives in Multnomah County this year; 48 of those deaths were in Portland. According to county officials, the region is on track to meet or exceed last year’s high of 84 traffic deaths. So the county is investing in a new public health analysis framework to try and curb those traffic fatalities.
• Wishing a healing and reflective Día de los Muertos to all who celebrate.
We asked you what it means to you this year, who you're remembering and what you've included in your ofrenda on Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Here's what some of you shared with us. https://t.co/N4iVv90p0O— OPB (@OPB) November 2, 2021
• The Portland Thorns announced early Monday morning that it has hired its former goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc as the club’s second-ever general manager as the the team prepares for a pivotal offseason. LeBlanc is replacing Gavin Wilkinson, the goon who turned a blind eye to a former Thorns coach's sexual misconduct. Welcome back, Karina!
• It's Election Day—but not much is on the ballot here in Oregon. In fact, most Multnomah County residents aren't being asked to vote on anything. That said, residents of Fairview, Lake Oswego, and the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District in MultCo do have issues to vote on. Here's more info on where and how to cast your ballot by 8 pm tonight!
• But while Election Day is pretty quiet in the Pacific Northwest, other states are seeing big races today. That includes gubernatorial campaigns in Virginia and New Jersey, a mayoral race in New York City, and a chance for Minneapolis voters to replace their police department with a public safety department.
• Yep, this tracks:
Robot server: Robot food delivery is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Hundreds of robots, knee-high and able to hold around four large pizzas, are now navigating college campuses and even some city sidewalks in the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere. https://t.co/lepNjOcdlq— The Associated Press (@AP) November 2, 2021
• It appears that a majority of the nine mysterious, robed lifetime appointees who control nearly every aspect of American life may take pity on the residents of Texas and consider overturning SB8, the draconian six-week abortion ban that allows randos to sue people they suspect of having had abortions. In other words, during Supreme Court arguments yesterday, enough justices seemed to cast doubt on the constitutionality of the law, meaning they could eventually strike it down—after allowing it to go into effect in the first place.
• The Biden administration announced today that it plans to introduce tough new regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas drilling. The move is part of a broader climate effort from Biden as he attends the United Nations Climate Change Conference this week in Scotland.
• A CDC panel is meeting today to hash out whether all kids ages 5-11 ought to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Depending on their recommendation, shots for those kids could be coming very soon.
• And finally, here's an interview that'll make you laugh:
I had a great chat with @NILES100 for the @portlandmercury.— Chase "Hutch" Hutchinson (@EclecticHutch) November 1, 2021
We talked about his debut special, what he would argue about with Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm, & what's next.
He'll be perfomring shows in Portland on Nov. 4 and in Seattle on Nov. 6https://t.co/5svO23HA2M