Crown Plaza hotel saves the day
We don't have air conditioning. At first, we thought we could endure the Oregon heat wave with our fans and a cool basement. But when the weather forecasters started talking about temperatures over 110, and our two labs Nixon and Lena were panting even when lying still, we decided we better check into a hotel … if we could find a room. After learning that our first choice nearby was completely booked, we called the Crown Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego on Kruse Way and we asked if they had any "pet-friendly rooms." They responded by saying that ordinarily they did not allow pets, but under the circumstance of incredible heat, they were making an exception and accepting pets in all their rooms … at no extra charge! So, we reserved a room, and we were thrilled. But just sitting in our room got to be a little boring, so we spent quite a bit of the time in the lobby near the check-in desks. The presence of our dogs brought smiles to the faces of many guests, and some asked to pet them, which, of course we encouraged. While they were petting our dogs, we chatted and told them about how our dogs did service work for PACTT, Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams, a program associated with Dove Lewis Veterinary Hospital. We saw at least eight other dogs in the hotel, but none quite as friendly and well-behaved as ours (but then we are biased). So, we are extremely grateful to the Crown Plaza hotel for their generous change in policy that spared us, our dogs, and other dogs from suffering through an unprecedented sizzling heat wave.
Evaluating options on park measures
The city is considering a referendum against a citizen's initiative, Love LO Parks. The only park that is presently charter protected is Springbrook. It has been and remained so since 1978 despite attempts by the city to fudge. The draft referendum would do an end run around the charter, our city's constitution. By removing the charter protection, Springbrook will be demoted and "managed": tree removal for parking and impervious surfaces for paths. This is the kind of "improvement" Springbrook has resisted.
Further if both measures go onto the ballot, the one with the higher number of votes will win. You cannot just vote to leave things as they are. If you do, the referendum wins and Springbrook loses. If you want Springbrook to continue its charter protections, then you need to vote for the initiative.
Schrader's climate bill is too little, too late
I'm writing to express my dismay at our Congressman, Kurt Schrader's misplaced priorities regarding our precious and irreplaceable planet. Again and again, he seems to prefer industry needs over what worries his constituents (like me). I am deeply frustrated with Schrader's weak-tea compromise on what is increasingly urgently needed: STRONG environmental protection as an investment for the future — for us, our children and THEIR children. One would think after the horrifying heat wave we just struggled through — 119-degrees outside my home — that we could put protecting our ecosystem first. Your bill does not require major reduction in emissions for another 20 years! That is WAY too little, and MUCH too late. Please! Prioritize Our Planet — NOW!
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