GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY! It's the perfect time to catch up on some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! (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.)


Take the Mercury's "The Police Union HATES Portland" Poll!

Were you one of only 500 people to respond to the Portland police union's recent skewed, cynical poll? NO?? Then here's your chance to fill out the Mercury's clearly biased (and fun!) poll about police union shenanigans! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! 👮‍♂️ 📣

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Employees at Portland Japanese Garden Report Pay Inequity and Racist Language from Management

The Portland Japanese Garden is one of the city's most peaceful spots— but not for many of its employees. Staff said managers use racist language, dismiss concerns about pay disparity, and retaliate against people who speak up.

DAVID M. COBB/PORTLAND JAPANESE GARDEN

Governor Kotek’s Central City Task Force Plan, Developed Behind Closed Doors, Gets Mixed Reviews

A governor's task force plan calling for stiffer drug laws, more homeless services, and less business taxes was met with mixed reviews. The public was barred from attending the business-heavy task force meetings, raising legal and ethical questions.

Courtney Vaughn

Ticket Alert

Ethereal pop angel Sarah McLachlan will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy in Bend alongside Feist. Folk troubadour Amos Lee has announced a joint tour with the Indigo Girls, and rebel girl Kathleen Hanna of the Olympia-born punk outfit Bikini Kill will discuss her new memoir at Revolution Hall. Don't miss out... here's where you can snag those hot tix!

Courtesy of the artist

THE TRASH REPORT

Calling all trash pandas! 🦝 It's time to dig into the week's stinkiest gossip. Including: bad billionaires, dubious celeb relationships, and defending Keanu Reeves!

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HEAR IN PORTLAND

This week you'll read about a new collab from a Portlander (who unfortunately just moved away), an awesome New Year's Eve show where you just might end up on a rooftop, and get ready for Portland Music Month!

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

Amy Leona Havin and Holding Project Create a Nonstop Flurry of Movement and Memory

The latest dance performance from Amy Leona Havin and the Holding Project only played for three shows, but we’re still thinking about it.

KALE CHESNEY, COURTESY OF HOLDING PROJECT

SAVAGE LOVE

He's been a bottom long enough, but hubby isn't willing to change. Now that he's found someone new, should he try to make his marriage work? Dan Savage issues a no-nonsense ruling in this week's SAVAGE LOVE!

Joe Newton

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