For the second time since their introduction this August after a wave of gang shootings, Mayor Sam Adams' package of gun-law reforms was held back from a planned Portland City Council vote for more "vetting." The proposals were supposed to go before commissioners in a special meeting Thursday, November 4. But now any vote won't happen until later in the month. Adams' office says it wants to give the public two weeks to comment once it releases the latest draft of the proposals. Drafts of the proposals called for curfews for youths and penalties for failure to report missing firearms, among other ideas, and faced questions from gun-rights advocates and civil libertarians alike. With legal challenges widely expected, Adams' office has sought feedback from local law enforcement authorities, but it now wants national experts to chime in, too. DENIS C. THERIAULT


 Handing an easy political victory to Commissioner Dan Saltzman, the Portland City Council last Wednesday, October 27, unanimously approved a new source of money meant to help victims of human trafficking. The new fund, the size of which remains unknown, will come from property—like cars, phones, and computers—confiscated from pimps and johns. Three-quarters of the money will help fund services like shelters, safe houses, and counseling, with the remainder given to the Portland Police Bureau to boost enforcement. To gin up as much money as possible, Saltzman's office has hired an outside attorney, working on commission, tasked with focusing on property forfeitures. Advocates hailed Saltzman's proposal—a rare promise of government cash for ongoing operation costs. DCT