Sources: USS Portland ready for disaster relief, maybe here
Although the USS Portland left town Monday after being commissioned on Saturday, it could return to assist recovery efforts after a natural or manmade disaster.
Navy Capt. Jeremy "J.R." Hill told reporters last Thursday that he and other officers met with state and local emergency response managers during their stay. Hill, who now is in command of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport ship, noted that such vessels have been dispatched to domestic disasters, including Hurricane Harvey in Houston and Hurricane Irma in Miami.
In fact, for the visit, the USS Portland was loaded up with equipment that would be used for such a relief mission, including bulldozers, forklifts and large trucks.
TriMet survey backs road projects
TriMet's most recent annual Attitude and Awareness Survey reinforces the need for Metro to include road projects in the regional transportation funding measure it is considering for the November 2020 ballot.
Metro needs to pass such a measure to help fund the new MAX line proposed for the Southwest Corridor between Portland and Tualatin through Tigard. Although the poll shows regional residents consider traffic congestion to be the most serious transportation problem, few prioritize more transit as the solution. Far more say roads should be expanded by adding more lanes.
Former TriMet Director Neil McFarlane was criticized for saying the measure should include road projects when TriMet was in charge of the bond proposal. Since taking over responsibility for it late last year, Metro has not yet said what it should include.
You can read the survey at: news.trimet.org/2018/04/trimet-releases-annual-attitude-awareness-survey/.
DA candidate may be top local spender
The amount of money being spent in support of Washington County district attorney candidate Max Wall is unprecedented for a district attorney's race in Oregon. He also may end up receiving more than any any other local candidate in the May 15 primary election.
Wall is an attorney in private practice and former Polk County prosecutor. Running as a criminal justice reformer, so far he has reported over $180,000 in cash and in-kind contributions this year. Over $115,000 came from the Oregon Law & Justice PAC, which lists Virginia-based political consultant Whitney Tymas as director. He advises liberal billionaire George Soros, who supports criminal justice reform.
Washington County Chief Deputy Attorney Kevin Barton has reported over $103,000 in contributions this year. One of his biggest supporter so far is Nike founder Phil Knight, who gave him $25,000.
In contrast, Ryan Deckert, the business-backed candidate for chairman of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, has reported receiving $177,000. And Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, the top fundraiser in the Portland City Council Position 3 race, has reported raising just under $162,000 this year.
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