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Black Food Professionals See Opportunities to “Scale Up” in School Cafeterias and on Store Shelves

Two Portland women are addressing disparities in the local food scene with Ethiopian and Haitian flavors, ingredients

Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone Climbing Historic Ladders

In 1995, Boone was the first African American woman hired by Portland Fire & Rescue; this year she became its first African American Chief

Christmas Tree Shopping is Harder Than Ever, Thanks to Climate Change and Demographics

For Christmas tree farms to survive, shoppers will need to be more flexible

November Holiday Travel at PDX Brings More Comfort, Convenience and Furry Friends

If you’ve not been to Portland International Airport in a few months, you’re in for some surprises.

NEWS BRIEFS

Conservation Breakthrough for Endangered Butterfly

The Oregon Zoo's breeding success provides new hope in an effort to save Oregon silverspots ...

Meet 80 Local Authors at OHS 52nd Holiday Cheer Book Sale and Signing

This free Oregon Historical Society event will be held this Sunday, December 8 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ...

Need for Blood Doesn’t Stop for Holidays – Donors Needed

Those who come to give through Dec. 18 will receive a Amazon.com Gift Card ...

North Carolina Court Decision Upholds Removal of Confederate Monument

Lawyers argued that the monument was installed at the end of Reconstruction to further the false “Lost Cause” narrative,...

Artist Talk with 13-year-old Local to be Held This Tuesday, Nov. 26

Hobbs Waters will be discussing his solo exhibit “Thirteen” at The Armory in Portland ...

Driver gets 16 years for striking pregnant woman in Gresham

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man on methamphetamine was driving his Jeep with a suspended license in 2010 when he crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into a sedan, causing catastrophic injuries to the pregnant woman inside, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.The Oregonian/OregonLive...

North by Northwest: Minor league hires prez with proper name

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — The short-season Northwest League has named a new president with a most fitting name for the post: North Johnson.The Class A loop made the announcement Friday, appointing the longtime minor league executive."I was literally born to have this job," Johnson kidded in an...

Missouri fires football coach Barry Odom after 4 seasons

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri fired football coach Barry Odom on Saturday, ending the four-year stay of a respected former player who took over a program in disarray but could never get the Tigers over the hump in the brutal SEC.The Tigers finished 6-6 and 3-5 in the conference after...

Powell, Missouri snap 5-game skid with win over Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In a game started by third- and fifth-string quarterbacks, the outcome was decided by one of their backups. It was appropriate enough for Arkansas and Missouri, two teams facing their longest losing streaks in decades.Fayetteville High School graduate Taylor Powell...

OPINION

Will You Answer the Call for Moral Revival?

In embracing and expanding the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Revs. Barber and Theoharis have asked Presidential candidates to consider a debate that focuses exclusively on poverty ...

What I’m Thankful For This Season

Ray Curry gives thanks for a human right that shaped our country throughout the 20th century and that made Thanksgiving possible for so many Americans who, like him, didn’t get here by way of the Mayflower ...

Congressional Black Caucus Members Visit U.S.-Mexico Border: “Mistreatment of Black Immigrants is Another ‘Stain on America’”

Members said they witnessed first-hand the deplorable treatment and plight of Black immigrants ...

Portland, I'm Ready

Last month I had the privilege to stand with hundreds of supporters and announce my intention to run for re-election ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Illinois prison guards face federal charges in inmate death

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Three Illinois prison guards were arraigned in federal court Friday on charges of assault and civil rights violations in the May 2018 death of an inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center. A grand jury indicted the correctional officers, who also face charges...

Haley: Killer 'hijacked' Confederate flag meaning for some

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said in an interview that a man who gunned down nine worshipers at an African American church in 2015 “hijacked” the ideals many connected to the Confederate battle flag.Haley told conservative political commentator and Blaze TV host Glenn Beck...

Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visit

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of "deep shame” during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Adolf Hitler's regime murdered more than a million people.Merkel...

ENTERTAINMENT

R. Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994.The revised indictment, filed Thursday in New York, accuses...

Bloomberg: His news reporters need to accept restrictions

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg says employees at his news organization need to accept restrictions with their paycheck, including the ban on investigating their boss.Bloomberg, billionaire founder of Bloomberg News, was asked in a CBS News interview about...

Billy Joel, Kardashians Diplo descend on Miami for Art Basel

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As gallerists and collectors descend on Miami's most prestigious art fair by day, the Hollywood crowd knows it's all about the exclusive after parties. Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell were in town while DJ Khaled and rappers Travis Scott and Gucci Mane held...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Let's cancel 'OK Boomer' in 2020, and the humblebrag, too

NEW YORK (AP) — Either loudly sing your own praises or don’t in the new year, but let’s leave...

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for...

US firms keep hiring, easing worries of weakening economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses have complained for years that they can’t find the workers...

World powers press Iran to reverse nuke deal violations

VIENNA (AP) — World powers pressured Iran on Friday to reverse recent atomic activities that violate the...

Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visit

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of "deep shame” during her...

US hits Iran-backed Iraqi militia leaders with sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday slapped sanctions on three Iran-backed Iraqi militia...

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Portland Mayor Sam Adams

(Editor's note: This is the complete statement issued by Mayor Sam Adams this morning after the new Interstate Bridge design proposal was submitted to the Columbia River Crossing Advisory Committee.)

For reasons that are both fiscal and political, I believe the ground has recently shifted under the proposal for a new I-5 Columbia River Crossing (CRC).
First, a little history. On July 9, 2008 in an Oregonian guest editorial, I wrote:
"A bridge, yes, but only the right bridge…I will strongly oppose a final Columbia River Crossing project proposal that fails to address Portland's goals. I would rather miss this round of federal funding and live with the challenges and vulnerabilities of the current bridge for the next 10 or 20 years than build a bad bridge that would punish Portland for perhaps another 100 years."
Today, I am even more committed to this statement.
I intend to continue working to shape this bridge, even though it is not a city-led project. In early spring of this year, policy and political differences among project sponsors risked sinking the entire project in cross-river disagreement. I have great respect for Vancouver, Washington Mayor Royce Pollard, although we do not always agree. We did find enough common ground to offer a compromise in a February 25, 2009 joint guest editorial titled "The way forward across the Columbia," proposing:
"… [a] new cross-river partnership [agreement] that actively manages daily mobility to get the most out of our investment…[like] no other jurisdiction in the nation has done… to blaze a new trail toward smart transportation management and protect our investment for generations to come."
Our February agreement assumed tolls on the project, and separated into two parts the controversial issue of how big to build the bridge versus how many lanes to actually open to traffic.
We proposed that the bridge be built to accommodate up to three add/drop lanes and three through-lanes. Those lanes would not be created equal. The lanes would be phased in and managed over time.
Decisions about when to open lanes – and how many – would be made based on the goals of improving freight movement and reducing vehicle miles traveled and pollution.
Our fact-based decision-making process noted that on-the-ground success for both our cities had much riding on details that were yet to be determined.
"Done right, the project promises safer and more reliable multimodal travel for people and goods while reducing negative impacts on our environment. Done wrong, today's gridlock will move south to downtown Portland. And 20 years from now the bridge will once again be filled with stop-and-go traffic."
Since this compromise last February, several things have changed.
The project budget must be cut. The project has a price tag that we now know far exceeds likely available funds. Our federal legislators have made it clear that we need to scale back the project to win their support.
Tolls are in question. A mayoral election in Vancouver has called into question whether tolls will be included to help underwrite the cost of building and maintaining a new bridge.
Local funding of light rail is unknown. Based on public support for a "no tolls" option in Vancouver, I have new concerns about whether Vancouver voters will approve a required sales tax increase for light rail line operating funds.
I will not get involved in the Vancouver mayoral election. And I accept the will of the voters in Vancouver and Clark County on light rail and the CRC.
But out of respect for our cross-river neighbors I want to ensure clear communication between us, so I must reiterate my stance: no tolls, no new bridge. No light rail, no Columbia River Crossing project.
I agreed to a compromise in February because of the promised benefits of the CRC project: improved freight movement, reduced congestion, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Without tolls and light rail, I do not believe these benefits can be achieved.
Tolls and light rail offer our strongest tool to manage demand and regulate congestion. I believe an untolled bridge of any size – or a crossing without light rail – will invite more freeway trips, leading to even greater sprawl and congestion.
That congestion hurts freight movement and increases greenhouse gas emissions. And without tolls to moderate demand and light rail to get cars off the road, today's congestion at the bridge moves south to the heart of Portland.
Back in February, I agreed to move forward with a bridge structure to accommodate up to 12 lanes -- emphasis added -- contingent on performance. Today, faced with financial realities and the fact that the project might not win Vancouver's approval for tolls and light rail funding, I believe we need to define and apply those performance goals now, and use them to make smart cost-cutting decisions.
The fiscal context for the CRC project has changed dramatically. The political assumptions for the CRC project are no longer on solid ground. Thus, I am suspending my support for the compromise agreement I helped fashion in February.
And it must meet a clear-eyed cost/benefit analysis in light of today's financial realities – an analysis based on the performance goals on which we, as a region, must all agree.
For example the benefits of the proposed 11th and 12th lanes are marginal compared to other aspects of the project. The range of lanes we must look at likely is not the previous 8 to 12 lanes but 6 to 10 lanes.
We cannot wait until the new bridge is built to apply the performance goals we're developing. We need to use these performance goals to help us weigh the costs and benefits of the proposed budget cuts before us – and decide how big the bridge will be.
Regardless of what happens on this project, I will work to solve the problems that have driven Portland's participation in this project all
along: to improve better freight connections to I-5 and I-205, ensure safer access options for Hayden Island and extend light rail to it.
I remain committed to helping a new crossing get built but has to be the right kind of project.
The right bridge is one that will improve safety, moves freight better, reduces congestion, and protects our natural environment – all at a price tag we can truly afford. It includes light rail and it must be tolled to manage demand as well as pay for the project.

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