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Plus, the national conservative media criticizes ICE occupiers and new fundraising figures in the City Council race.

METRO - Metro logoLocal elected officials outside of Portland and Multnomah County do not appear to be thrilled with Metro, according to a survey conducted of them for the elected regional government.

The survey was done by DHM Research in May. Of the 70 officials who responded, only 27 percent represented a jurisdiction in Multnomah County, compared to 39 percent in Washington County and 34 percent in Clackamas County. A majority of respondents gave Metro high points for such things as protecting natural resources, infrastructure planning and solid waste management.

But, according to the survey, a majority of respondents felt Metro only does a fair or poor job of providing an adequate supply of land for homes and businesses through its management of the urban growth boundary, planning the regional transportation system, promoting alternatives to driving alone, and convening partners on affordable housing.

Asked a series of questions about what Metro could do better, the largest areas of agreement concerned the need for more local control, including 21 percent who chose "Stop imposing their agenda, collaborate with local jurisdictions, citizens."

The survey was first reported by Willamette Week.

Conservative media criticizes ICE occupiers

Local Occupy ICE protesters may not care, but the conservative national media used news coverage of their five-week encampment to portray them in a bad light.

After the owner of the Happy Camper food cart said abusive protesters forced him to sell his business across the street from the Southwest Portland ICE office, the Reason website reported, "Portland food cart shuts down following harassment by Occupy ICE protesters." When The Oregonian reported that protesters had taunted minority Department of Homeland Security officers stationed there, the Breitbart website posted, "Report: Oregon 'Abolish ICE' agitators hurled racial slurs at Black, Hispanic officers." And when Mayor Ted Wheeler announced the police would remove the camp, Fox News headlined the story, "Portland, Ore., to clean up 'disgusting' Occupy ICE camp, calling it biohazard."

Most of the rest of the national coverage was pretty evenhanded, with The Guardian of England even giving the local camp credit for inspiring similar protests in other cities in a story ironically headlined, "The growing Occupy ICE movement: 'We're here for the long haul.'"

Council race fundraising reported

The runoff election to replace Commissioner Dan Saltzman on the City Council is back in full gear.

Since the May 15 primary election, activist Jo Ann Hardesty, who finished in first place with 46 percent, has reported raising $18,531 through July 3.

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, who finished in second place with 21 percent, reported raising $35,760 through June 27.

Smith finished second despite outraising each of the other candidates in the race. Only around 28 percent of Portland voters returned ballots then, far fewer than are expected to participate in the Nov. 6 general election.

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