Sources: Wheeler defies protesters, meets with global mayors
Mayor Ted Wheeler rejected one of the five Climate Strike protester's demands by attending the 2019 C40 World Mayors Summit this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The summit is sponsored by a coalition of large global cities committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, including Portland.
Organizers of the Sept. 20 protest demanded that Wheeler skip the summit unless the city complied with their other four demands, which included declaring a climate emergency and stopping the expansion of the Zenith oil terminal expansion. None of them happened.
Wheeler invited leaders from TriMet and PGE to accompany him to the conference, which is from Oct. 9 to 12. He plans to present information on the community-led Portland Clean Energy Fund and other city policies to reduce emissions at the conference.
Sound like any place you know?
Oakland housing activist Ernest Brown teased Portland about its whiteness during last week's housing policy discussion hosted by Business for a Better Portland.
Brown is a board member of East Bay for Everyone, which is working to boost home density to reduce housing prices in the Oakland area.
Speaking to the nearly all-white crowd at the Oct. 3 event, Brown said he wanted to talk about "white hypocrisy," which is when white liberals say they support the goals of minority communities but don't do anything to help achieve them.
"It's when you have more Black Lives Matter signs than black lives," Brown said to nervous laughter from the 200 or so small business owners at the event.
Iannarone's selective outrage
Mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone has demanded that Mayor Ted Wheeler return $15,500 in campaign contributions he has received over the years from local hotel owner Gordon Sondland, who has become ensnared in the Ukraine scandal as U.S. ambassador to the European Union.
"Portlanders expect and deserve elections to be free from the money and influence of people like Mr. Sondland who have actively worked to subvert democracy," Iannarone's campaign manager Gregory McKelvey said in a news release last week.
However, maybe Iannarone should have read the campaign finance filings a little closer. Sondland also gave $3,100 to Mayor Charlie Hales in 2012. At the time, Iannarone was working with Hales' wife, Nancy, at Portland State University. Sondland also gave $5,000 to Metro's affordable housing bond ballot measure in 2018, which was supported by every progressive in the region.
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