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Oregon Appeals Court Affirms Portland Renter Relocation Law

The Court affirmed a Portland ordinance requiring landlords to pay tenants’ relocation fees if their rent is increased by at least 10% or if they’re evicted without cause.

Seattle Urged to See a 'World Without Law Enforcement'

Proposals include removal of 911 dispatch from Seattle Police control, budget cuts of 50%

Oregon DOJ to Hold Listening Sessions on Institutional Racism; Leaders Wary

DOJ will hold 11 virtual listening sessions for underserved Oregonians.

Portland Black Community Frustrated as Violence Mars Protests

Black leaders condemn violence from small group of mostly-white activists as Rose City Justice suspends nightly marches

NEWS BRIEFS

OSU Science Pub Focuses on Influence of Black Lives Matter

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The OHS Museum Reopens Saturday, July 11

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2 deputies injured during car chase with suspect

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Clackamas County deputies were injured after a car pursuit ended in a crash.KOIN reports the deputies were sent to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The pursuit began around 8 p.m. Thursday when a person suspected of careless driving and possibly other...

Search finds zero wolves in South Cascades

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A two-year search for wolves in Washington’s South Cascades has found none, a scientist said Wednesday.Researchers tested the DNA of thousands of scat piles sniffed out by dogs. Many piles looked like wolf droppings, but all turned out to be from dogs, said Samuel...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.The student-led movement...

OPINION

Recent Protests Show Need For More Government Collective Bargaining Transparency

Since taxpayers are ultimately responsible for funding government union contract agreements, they should be allowed to monitor the negotiation process ...

The Language of Vote Suppression

A specific kind of narrative framing is used to justify voter suppression methods and to cover up the racism that motivates their use. ...

Letter to the Community From Eckhart Tolle Foundation

The Eckhart Tolle Foundation is donating more than 250,000 dollars to organizations that are fighting racism ...

Editorial From the Publisher: Vote as Your Life Depends on It

The Republican-controlled Senate won’t pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, no matter how hard Oregon’s senators and others work to push for change. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

California hanging death of Black man ruled a suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death of a Black man found hanging from a tree in a Southern California city park last month was ruled a suicide Thursday following a police investigation prompted by outrage from the family who said authorities initially were too quick to rule out the possibility he...

Goya CEO, praising Trump, sparks online clash

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Mexican American man charged with hate crime in fatal crash

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Mexican American man from Wisconsin is charged with homicide as a hate crime because prosecutors say he intentionally crashed his pickup truck into a motorcyclist and killed the man because he was white.Daniel Navarro, 27, of Fond du Lac, told investigators he had...

ENTERTAINMENT

Asian American girls saw pivotal icon in 'Baby-Sitters Club'

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Police: Pop Smoke's social media led killers to LA home

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood’s technical expertise can awe us with monsters and imaginary worlds. But is it capable of delivering a simple screen kiss during a pandemic marked by masks and social distancing?Yes, according to the soap opera producer who is making that happen with a...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show

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Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building

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Dutch government to take Russia to European court over MH17

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Summer getaway underway as new UK quarantine rules in place

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25 years on: A look at Europe's only post-WWII genocide

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Scenes from hell: 1995 Srebrenica genocide in photos

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By The Skanner News

This just in from Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen:

One of Multnomah County's many important functions is to gather, maintain and provide county residents with public records. Records of marriage, divorce, court matters, land ownership and more are all housed within our Recording Office for the use and benefit of the public.  

For this reason, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will vote on a resolution at its Nov. 15 meeting that would initiate a lawsuit to be filed by the county against banks belonging to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, ("MERS") in the State of Oregon.

MERS is a privately held company that serves as a registry to electronically track ownership of mortgage loans nationally for the ease and convenience of large financial institutions like, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, HSBC, Merrill Lynch, among others.  

MERS allows financial institutions to expeditiously transfer loans by circumventing public recording offices. Banks do not list themselves as the holder of a mortgage on county land records, and instead list MERS, creating a shadow recording system hidden from public view. Those quick transfers have enabled banks to package and sell mortgages to investors - the same mortgage packages that caused the collapse of our financial markets and what we now know as the Great Recession.  

By using MERS to circumvent county recordings, these backdoor dealings have also cost the public significant losses in county revenue in recording fees - resources that would otherwise be used to bolster our numerous health and human services and support our most vulnerable county residents. Perhaps even more importantly, this non-disclosure by members of MERS has made it difficult for homeowners in Oregon to pinpoint who their actual mortgage loan is with and resulted in an inaccurate public record of what financial institution owns or has owned the mortgage loan on a given property.

When I took public office years ago, I made a pledge to always look out for how things affect our residents and taxpayers. Because Multnomah County maintains this record for the public benefit, we are obligated to ensure the accuracy of recorded information. We will take action against any entities that willfully do harm to the public record through the recording of false or misleading documents.

Our proposed lawsuit will not only call for a recovery of county recording fees dodged by the banks belonging to MERS, but reform to the system that has allowed these activities to take place and will seek to require MERS to restore the integrity of our public records.

Our board meets on Thursday, Nov. 15 to decide on this action. As always, our weekly board meetings are open to the public and take place at 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland, starting at 9:30 a.m. To see a news report on MERS, click here.

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