Sources: Housing bond questions remain
The Portland Housing Bureau does not yet know how many more units it can build with the city's affordable housing bond funds following the passage of an amendment to the Oregon Constitution allowing businesses and nonprofits to partner on the projects.
Metro knew that if its own measure on November's ballot also passed, it would be able to build 63 percent more units with the $653 million affordable housing bond measure. But when the committee overseeing the city's $258 million bond met on Monday, it was told legal questions still need to be answered about such partnerships, and more public outreach needs to be conducted before making any final decisions.
City leaders previously promised to build or rehabilitate 1,300 units with the bond funds. Oversight committee members were told that goal has not yet changed. Instead, the potential partnerships might result in projects being built at different locations or increasing the most affordable units.
Not politics as usual
Winning candidates can usually count on a surge of campaign contributions as special interest groups that did not donate previously begin currying favor.
But that has not happened to incoming City Councilor Jo Ann Hardesty, who has reported raising only a little more than $1,000 through Nov. 25. The largest contribution was $500 from Vancouver businessman Devon Coleman.
Hardesty's political action committee is not hurting for money, however. It has just over $11,000 in the bank and no debts.
The same is true for Hardesty's losing opponent, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, whose PAC is reporting a $15,000 surplus. Not surprisingly, Smith reports raising even less than Hardesty since election night, just $100.
Did Bush say that?
The death of former President George H.W. Bush locally brings up the term "Little Beirut," which he reportedly dubbed Portland because of its protests against him and his policies.
But did he actually say it? Many news stories and commentaries attribute the term to him, but others say it came from unidentified "staffers." No one seems to have claimed credit for the label, which was based on the chaos in the Lebanese capital at the time. Almost every prominent Republican who visited Portland then was protested, so any number of them and their employees could have come up with the term.
Regardless, local anti-Bush protesters embraced the label, with some even calling themselves B.E.I.R.U.T., for Boisterous Extremists for Insurrection against Republicans and other Unprincipled Thugs.