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Several people have told Sources that before Oregon Gov. Kate Brown spoke at the Westside Economic Alliance last Wednesday, her staff insisted she not be asked where she stands on the corporate sales tax measure on the November general election ballot.

Brown has not taken a public position on the initiative, whose primary supporters are public employee unions. Many business alliance members were frustrated when she avoided talking about it during her prepared remarks, and were puzzled when none of the follow-up questions concerned it.

Instead, the only mention came from former Washington County Commissioner Chair Tom Brian. In his closing remarks, he said, “We respectfully urge you to stand with business and community leaders in opposition.”

Brown left without responding to the comment. Afterward, word spread that the governor’s staff had made it clear she was not to be asked about the measure, currently known as IP 28.

Alphabet soup Superfund

Having trouble understanding EPA’s Superfund process for the Portland Harbor?

It’s rather simple, really. All you have to do is check out the RALs for the PCBs and PAHs and other COCs. Then issue an ROD and ask the PRPs to pay for it.

At the first of four public meetings in Portland last Friday set by the EPA to get public input, an audience member, after hearing a series of bewildering acronyms, asked project manager Kristine Koch to explain one of them: PRGs.

Koch went on to talk about “once we write an ROD” blah blah blah. Then, in response to the next question, Koch casually mentioned CERCLA without identifying it.

The EPA said any audience member could come up after the brief presentation and ask questions of Koch and three other EPA staff. Anyone but reporters, it turned out. They had to wait for the communications staffer, but he was gone to get lunch.

Maybe it’s JAW — just as well.

Limit contributions? No thanks

After businesswoman Chloe Eudaly made it into the November runoff election against Commissioner Steve Novick, she challenged him not to accept any campaign contributions from corporations that do business with the city. “I believe it injures the interests of the people of Portland for politicians to accept contributions from monied corporate interests that stand to profit from doing business with the city,” Eudaly wrote on her Facebook page.

Novice didn’t agree. On June 20, he accepted a $1,000 contribution from Waste Management, one of several franchised garbage and recycling haulers whose collection rates are set by the City Council.

With that contribution, Novick now has nearly $15,000 in the bank after spending more than $250,000 in the primary election — including $25,000 to the successful gas tax campaign. Eudaly is only reporting around $1,100 in her campaign account, with only one contribution over $100 since the May 17 primary election.

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