After being ordered by the Mayor to "sit down or leave" while delivering a three-minute tirade against city government at July 12's city council meeting ("Hall Monitor," News, July 27), amateur pundit Robert Hill has requested $1,000 in damages from the Portland Police Bureau for "unwanted touching," alleging that police officers searched his wallet unnecessarily before allowing him access to the council chamber.
Police spokesman Brian Schmautz responds: "If somebody files a complaint, it takes a while to determine whether or not the incident took place and whether or not the complainant is owed any damages." MATT DAVIS
There's another foe of the proposed Ladd Tower—the nearly 300-foot condo tower slated to go up alongside the South Park Blocks that has members of the Downtown Neighborhood Association crying foul (they say it doesn't go with the comparatively short buildings that ring the Park Blocks).
The new naysayer is armed with stickers depicting a black-and-white architectural drawing of the soaring project, overlayed with text that reads either "DISGRACE" or "LADD TOWER: Fucking Unacceptable." The sticky missives are plastered on bus shelters, newspaper boxes, and—of course—the Ladd Tower's official on-site marketing signs.
The Portland Design Commission is scheduled to approve or deny the Ladd Tower proposal on September 7. AMY JENNIGES
The Concordia Neighborhood Association (CNA)—which covers much of NE Alberta—is trying to establish noise ground rules for the neighborhood to alleviate any tensions between businesses along the booming strip and their adjacent residential neighbors. Noise—and attendant complaints—have been on the rise since last summer.
"Alberta's a success story in that there's a lot of economic development going on, in terms of having businesses and restaurants for people to frequent," says CNA Livability Committee Chair Collin Whitehead. "But with that comes increased traffic and noise for people who live there."
Neighbors and business owners had a meeting in June to air their respective concerns, and the CNA is drafting a Good Neighbor Agreement that they hope both sides will be happy with. It may include a time when businesses—like those with outdoor seating—have to hush up, but "the businesses are eager to see an agreement, so it's not a 'he said/she said' situation," Whitehead says. AJ