Last Tuesday afternoon, May 8, day laborers' advocates and inner eastside business owners sat down in Mayor Tom Potter's conference room to hash out their differences. The two groups have had a tense relationship lately, with day laborers congregating near SE 6th and Ankeny, seeking work, and area businesses owners worrying that their customers are uneasy about the large groups of men.
But the sit-down meeting "went well," says Maria Rubio, the mayor's public safety and security policy advisor. "Basically everyone is on the same page, that we need a work center for people to go to." Potter has already set aside $200,000 to jumpstart the project. The next step? Tapping the expertise of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, to see what has worked (or hasn't worked) at other cities' day laborer centers. AMY J. RUIZ
POTTER: COPPER CHOPPER
Mayor Tom Potter called last week for the termination of Portland Police Bureau Lieutenant Jeff Kaer for "poor judgment and decision making" related to his fatal shooting of 28-year-old Dennis Young in January 2006 ["Shot Before Dawn," News, Jan 12, 2006].
"You made a number of poor decisions leading up to the use of deadly force that, in their totality, violate bureau policy," the mayor wrote in a letter to Kaer dated May 9. Police Chief Rosie Sizer is reportedly in disagreement with the mayor over his decision, which Kaer plans to appeal through a union representative. MATT DAVIS
City Commissioner Dan Saltzman's chief of staff, Brendan Finn, was the recipient of an unexpected gift from a constituent last Friday, May 11. On his morning bike commute along the Springwater Corridor, an osprey, perched on a pole along the path, dropped a fish on the coincidentally named Finn from about 10 feet up.
The unlucky, unidentified fish smacked Finn's shoulder, then bounced off, catching the quick release on his back wheel, bringing the bike to a grinding halt. Finn survived the encounter, and considered the fish "a gift" from the osprey. Which could mean he'll have to declare it on next quarter's lobbying report. SCOTT MOORE