Tensions have flared up on Portland's streets over the last two weeks, with two high-profile confrontations between bikes and cars. On Sunday, July 6, bicyclist Steven McAtee allegedly assaulted driver Colin Yates, wielding his bike like a weapon after Yates told him not to blow through a stoplight at SE 20th and Belmont.
Then on Sunday, July 13, police arrested James Millican for second-degree attempted assault, DUII, third-degree criminal mischief, and reckless driving after he drove two blocks from SE 58th to SE 60th with cyclist Jason Rehberg hanging onto the hood of his car by his windshield wipers. Rehberg had asked Millican to slow down on the residential street. See video of both incidents—one real, one a dramatic re-enactment—at blogtown.portlandmercury.com. MD
City council candidates Amanda Fritz and Charles Lewis each picked up checks from the city's campaign finance fund on July 9, filling up their war chests to $200,000 each. Both candidates ended their primary campaigns with money in the bank—$1,888.83 in Fritz's case, and just $86.37 for Lewis—which counted against the $200,000.
The checks are the last ones the city will cut for this election cycle (unless independent expenditures crop up, prompting matching funds). Across two council races and a mayoral race, the city has dished out a cool $1,239,278.80 on seven candidates this cycle. AJR
Currently, the most prominent tenant of the blocks between NE 14th and 17th on Killingsworth is an entrepreneurial resident with a megaphone who ceaselessly, noisily invites passersby to his single-family home-turned-carwash. That unquenchable commercial spirit now has the chance to take a more legitimate form throughout the small neighborhood district after the city council rezoned the blocks from residential to commercial last week.
"I think it's awesome. It's way overdue," says North/Northeast Business Association Vice-Chair Gary Marschke. "This is the beginning of a rebirth in that area."
Marschke and other neighbors are hoping the area can develop successful businesses—without gentrifying. "We don't want to see a Starbucks or a big-box store, but we don't want another gas station or adult bookstore, of course," says Marschke, who thinks the key will be city encouragement of locally owned, multi-ethnic stores. SM