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Housing Forum Set for Thursday
Oregon Opportunity Network holds a public forum on the housing provisions in the American Recovery and Revinvestment Act of 2009, Thursday, March 19, from noon – 1:30 p.m. at New Genesis Community Church, 5425 NE 27th Ave.
Join us for a housing discussion on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (a.k.a The Stimulus Bill).  We will discuss how this federal money will impact our neighborhoods and examine the best strategies for making the most of these federal dollars. Together we will pose questions and seek answers.
Oregon ON's Public Forum is a brown-bag lunch open to the public at no charge.  Genesis Community Church is on the corner of NE 27th and Killingsworth. Please enter through the south door.  Off street parking is available.

Schools Transfer Deadline is Friday
Families wishing to send their children to a non-neighborhood elementary, middle or K-8 school must submit applications by 5 p.m. Friday, March 12. Applications are available online, and in print at any PPS school, the Enrollment & Transfer Center (in the BESC, 501 N. Dixon St.) and at Family Support Centers. (The deadline for high school transfers was Feb. 27.)
To assist families, the Enrollment & Transfer Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; this week, it is open until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Alternative and charter schools have their own application processes and deadlines; contact these schools for more information. For general questions, call the Enrollment & Transfer Center at 503-916-3205.

Legislative Town Hall Saturday
Reps. Chip Shields and Tina Kotek, and Sen. Margaret Carter will host a town hall meeting to discuss legislative issues with constituents Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, at PCC Cascade Campus - Terrell Hall, Room 112.
Come discuss the issues that concern you this weekend, as state economists project an even greater shortfall in 2009-2011 budget, unemployment figures continue to rise, and there are a number of significant environmental initiatives that have yet to move through the legislative process.

Elder Care Advocates Needed
Volunteer advocates and investigators are needed to serve as ombudsmen for residents of nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult foster care homes. The Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman will train the volunteers on the aging process, communication skills, problem-solving skills, investigation and other ombudsman skills.
The certification training will begin on Thursday, May 14, in Portland.
For information about the program or to learn how to get involved, contact Kathy Walter at 1-800-522-2602.

Environmental Fair at Jefferson
Jefferson High School hosts a Carbon Footprint Fair Wednesday, March 18 from noon to 6 p.m. in the gym. Jefferson students will be on hand to help attendees calculate their "carbon footprint," and pass out information about recycling, hybrid vehicles and more. For more information call the Rebuilding center at 503-517-2510.

College Night March 19
Portland Public Schools will hold a free college-prep event—with food, beverages and transportation to and from some schools—for all juniors and their families from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Madison High School, 2735 N.E. 82nd Ave.
At the College Symposium for the Class of 2010, students and families can meet representatives from a variety of colleges including many community colleges, and attend workshops on financial aid, essay writing, athletics, campus visits, interviews, early action and early decision, learning disabilities and more.
Free bus transportation will be provided from and back to the Franklin, Jefferson, Marshall and Roosevelt campuses; school counselors have more information on bus schedules. For more information call 503-916-5220.

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump's White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked lines of metal fencing. The disarray outside the president's front door, though not his fault, serves as a metaphor for the tumult still unfolding inside. Four weeks in, the man who says he inherited "a mess" at home and abroad is presiding over a White House that is widely described as itself being a mess. At a stunning pace, Trump has riled world leaders and frustrated allies. He was dealt a bruising legal blow on one of his signature policies. He lost his national security adviser and his pick for labor secretary to scandal. He's seen forces within his government push back against his policies and leak confidential information. All of this has played out amid a steady drip of revelations about an FBI investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Trump says his administration is running like a "fine-tuned machine." He points to the rising stock market and the devotion of his still-loyal supporters as evidence that all is well, although his job approval rating is much lower than that for prior presidents in their first weeks in office. Stung by the unrelenting criticism coming his way, Trump dismisses much of it as "fake news" delivered by "the enemy of the people" — aka the press. Daily denunciations of the media are just one of the new White House fixtures Americans are adjusting to. Most days start (and end) with presidential tweets riffing off of whatever's on TV talk shows or teasing coming events or hurling insults at the media. At some point in the day, count on Trump to cast back to the marvels of his upset of Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November election and quite possibly overstate his margins of support. Expect more denunciations of the "dishonest" press and its "fake news." From there, things can veer in unexpected directions as Trump offers up policy pronouncements or offhand remarks that leave even White House aides struggling to interpret them. The long-standing U.S. policy of seeking a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Trump this past week offered this cryptic pronouncement: "I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one." His U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, the next day insisted, "We absolutely support a two-state solution." Trump's days are busy. Outside groups troop in for "listening sessions." Foreign leaders call or come to visit. (Or, in the case of Mexico's president, cancel out in pique over Trump's talk about the planned border wall.) After the president signed two dozen executive actions, the White House was awaiting a rush order of more of the gold-plated Cross pens that Trump prefers to the chrome-plated ones used by his predecessor. Trump hands them out as souvenirs at the signing ceremonies that he points to as evidence of his ambitious pace. "This last month has represented an unprecedented degree of action on behalf of the great citizens of our country," Trump said at a Thursday news conference. "Again, I say it. There has never been a presidency that's done so much in such a short period of time." That's all music to the ears of his followers, who sent him to Washington to upend the established order and play the role of disrupter. "I can't believe there's actually a politician doing what he says he would do," says an approving Scott Hiltgen, a 66-year-old office furniture sales broker from River Falls, Wisconsin. "That never happens." Disrupt Trump has. But there may be more sound and fury than substance to many of his early actions. Trump did select Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a nomination that has drawn strong reviews from conservatives. But the president is regrouping on immigration after federal judges blocked his order to suspend the United States' refugee program and ban visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, which had caused chaos for travelers around the globe. Some other orders on issues such as the U.S.-Mexico border wall and former President Barack Obama's health care law are of limited effect. Trump says his early actions show he means to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign. "A lot of people say, 'Oh, oh, Trump was only kidding with the wall,'" the president told a group of police chiefs recently. "I wasn't kidding. I don't kid." But the Republican-led Congress is still waiting to see specifics on how Trump wants to proceed legislatively on top initiatives such as replacing the health care law, enacting tax cuts and revising trade deals. The messy rollout of the travel ban and tumult over the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn for misrepresenting his contacts with Russia are part of a broader state of disarray as different figures in Trump's White House jockey for power and leaks reveal internal discord in the machinations of the presidency. "I thought by now you'd at least hear the outlines of domestic legislation like tax cuts," says Princeton historian Julian Zelizer. "But a lot of that has slowed. Trump shouldn't mistake the fact that some of his supporters like his style with the fact that a lot of Republicans just want the policies he promised them. He has to deliver that." Put Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the camp of those more interested in substance than style. "I'm not a great fan of daily tweets," McConnell said Friday, referring to the "extra discussion" that Trump likes to engage in. But McConnell was quick to add: "What I am a fan of is what he's been actually doing." He credits Trump with assembling a conservative Cabinet and taking steps to reduce government regulation, and promised: "We like his positions and we're going to pursue them as vigorously as we can." The challenge may be to tease out exactly what Trump wants in the way of a health care plan, tax changes and trade policy. At his long and defiant news conference on Thursday, Trump tried to dispel the impression of a White House in crisis, squarely blaming the press for keeping him from moving forward more decisively on his agenda. Pointing to his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, Trump said, "You take a look at Reince, he's working so hard just putting out fires that are fake fires. I mean, they're fake. They're not true. And isn't that a shame because he'd rather be working on health care, he'd rather be working on tax reform." For all the frustrations of his early days as president, Trump still seems tickled by the trappings of his office. When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited the White House last week to discuss the national opioid epidemic over lunch, the governor said Trump informed him: "Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'" Trump added: "I'm telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous." ___Follow Nancy Benac on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nbenac
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