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NORTHWEST NEWS

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

The influence of the Black Lives Matter movement will be the focus of a virtual Oregon State University Science Pub on July 13 ...

Capital Rx Establishes Scholarship at Howard University to Support Next Generation of Pharmacists

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Adams Joins Lawmakers in Move to Repeal Trump’s Birth Control Rule

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Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center Announce Artist Fund

The fund will help support artists during COVID crisis and beyond ...

The OHS Museum Reopens Saturday, July 11

The Oregon Historical Society museum will reopen with new hours and new safety protocols ...

School district committee member resigns over racist remarks

WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) — A West Linn school district committee member has resigned after making racist comments during a podcast, the district said Friday.Doris Wehler, who has served on the Long Range Planning Committee for the district since 2001, was asked to resign after her comments on a...

Most of Seattle council pledges to support police defunding

SEATTLE (AP) — A majority of Seattle City Council members say they agree with a proposal by advocates to defund the police department by 50% and reallocate the dollars to other community needs.Council members Lisa Herbold, Dan Strauss and Andrew Lewis added support Thursday to a road map set...

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

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NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of food company Goya is facing an uproar over his praise for President Donald Trump, with some Latino families purging their pantries of the products and scrambling to find alternatives to the beloved beans, seasoning and other products that have long been fixtures in...

2 arrested, 2 wanted after 11-year-old killed on July Fourth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two men have been arrested and two others are wanted in connection with the killing of an 11-year-old boy who was shot during a Fourth of July cookout in Washington, police said Friday. The boy, Davon McNeal, was shot in the head during an exchange of gunfire between five...

Protester: Man pulls gun on anniversary of flag’s removal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Counterprotesters said a passing driver pointed a gun at them Friday and said “All Lives Matter,” as competing groups gathered in front of South Carolina’s capitol building to mark the five-year anniversary of the state's removal of the Confederate...

ENTERTAINMENT

Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers separate after 10 years

Actor Armie Hammer and wife Elizabeth Chambers are splitting up after 10 years of marriage and 13 years together. Both parties posted the same message on their respective instagram accounts Friday, writing that they have decided to “turn the page and move on" from the marriage.The couple...

Authorities search for 'Glee' star believed to have drowned

Authorities planned Friday to renew the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, who is believed to have drowned in a Southern California lake while boating with her 4-year-old son.Rivera, 33, disappeared after renting the pontoon boat for three hours Wednesday afternoon and taking it out...

How The Chicks dropped the word 'Dixie' from their name

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When The Chicks decided to drop the word “Dixie” from the band's name, it was the culmination of years of internal discussions and attempts to distance itself from negative connotations with the word. The 13-time Grammy-winning trio made the switch last...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Singer says lawsuit over Lady A name is 'white privilege'

Singer Anita White, who was sued by a country group over the use of the name Lady A, says the group is using their...

Church singing ban strikes sour note with California pastor

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Lawyer: Over 150 Minneapolis officers seeking disability

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 150 Minneapolis police officers are filing work-related disability claims...

Cyprus: US military training won't harm Russia, China ties

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ government said Friday that a U.S. decision to provide education and...

Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a courtyard a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, a dozen...

Hundreds try to storm Serbian parliament as protests heat up

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators tried to storm Serbia's parliament on Friday, clashing...

McMenamins
By Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

In the last 10 days, there have been at least 11 shootings in Portland. Four people have been reported injured; one person – in a shooting deemed self-defense by police – has died; and a number of buildings and other property have been damaged.

Although many of these shootings are suspected by police to be gang-related, many are just old-fashioned American gun violence.
In response, although the proposals have been in the works for months, Mayor Sam Adams has proposed a tweaking of the city's laws to ostensibly reduce gun violence. Critics say the proposals will do nothing to reduce gun crime and are an infringement on gun rights, as well as illegal under state law. Adams says he welcomes public comment on the proposals.
The proposed law changes include:
• Impose a special curfew for juveniles who have been found by a court of law to have violated gun laws.
• Create new city crime of failure to control access to a firearm by a child
• Create new city crime of failure to report theft or loss of a firearm
• Increase penalties for possession of a loaded firearm in a public place
• Exclude people who have been found by a court of law to have violated firearms use or possession laws from areas of the City in which illegal use of firearms is markedly greater than other areas.
Mayor Sam Adams told The Skanner News that while there may be problems with some of the proposals, his hands have been tied by the state legislature.
"It's the (Oregon Firearms Federation) type of lobbying that has stymied efforts for common sense gun safety reforms," he says. "The reason city government has attempted to do virtually nothing for two decades even though it's a problem in neighborhoods is because of bullying tactics and strength of the gun use lobby and state law that strangles local government's ability to make it safer from illegal gun use."
State law prohibits cities from addressing "the sale, acquisition, transfer, ownership, possession, storage, transportation or use of firearms, their components or ammunition."
Kevin Starrett, executive director of the Oregon Firearms Federation, based in Canby, says he thinks the Adams' proposals are misguided, at best.
"I don't think they'll do any good," he told The Skanner News. "I think none of this is lawful and they're also absurd."
Starrett says state law would prohibit the city from making a law regarding the storage of a firearm in regards to its accessibility to minors. It would also likely restrict the city from imposing a $500 fine on someone who failed to report the loss or theft of their firearm, which could fall under the "acquisition, transfer, ownership and possession" categories of law.
For Tom Peavey at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, anything being done about the gun violence is a good thing.
"We have to do something," he said.
Tracking lost and stolen firearms is important in an investigation, he says, and the other proposals will help give police additional tools to suppress the violence.
Ross Gustafson, publisher of the American Gun Culture Report, a Portland-based counter culture gun magazine, says other cities have tried regulating handguns within city limits. In short, the efforts have not yielded positive results.
"Chicago had among the harshest gun restrictions in the country, but remained notoriously violent," Gustafson told The Skanner News. "Focusing on guns while ignoring root causes of crime will not work. On a national spectrum, violence can be seen wherever economic class divisions are most severe, not where gun laws are the most lax. If that were not the case, Vermont would be a battleground and Washington DC peaceful."

Ross also points to historically low crime levels as another reason that additional laws won't help.

Both Peavey and Adams also believe that a holistic approach will help put an end to this problem.
"This is a problem that involves lack of support for at-risk youth, the economy, lack of available jobs, lack of education," Peavey said. "It's because children aren't connected. There needs to be holistic treatment."
Adams says that the root causes of poverty and underemployment is a key focal point for his administration.
"Underemployment has impacted Portlanders of color (for generations)," he said.
By focusing on sustainable job creation, Adams hopes to help end this centuries-old problem.
And while the city is doing what it believes it can do within the constraints of state gun law, there are at least a few gaping holes in the proposal's logic. While a $500 fine might motivate a person to report their lost or stolen firearm, an additional $200 for losing the serial number might just push someone to tell law enforcement they sold it and didn't record the buyer's information.
In Oregon, it's perfectly legal to sell a firearm to another individual. No background check, law enforcement database or registration is needed, so long as the buyer and the seller are legally allowed to purchase and possess the firearm in question.
For Adams, this is exactly the kind of thing preventing city leaders from enacting reform.
"It's what we can do versus what is the full range of what should be done," he said.

Racial Profiling
In 2007, Portland's long-running experiment with Drug- and Prostitution-Free Zones ended a much-debated death. As it turns out, police had been using the exclusion orders disproportionately on Black residents, and many received the orders without so much as a conviction.
Adams told The Skanner News he doesn't want a gun crime exclusion zone ordinance to mirror the city's failure in those areas. He says he wants to be sure there is a balance between public safety and liberty.
"The exclusion zones have been terribly set up and managed in the past," he said.
The new zones would be narrowly tailored. The police could no longer exclude an individual based on an arrest or citation. The exclusion would be based on a gun crime conviction. The zones themselves would be narrowly tailored to only include areas of the city with high rates of illegal discharges, assaults or murders. The zones would also include exemptions.
In terms of how an exclusion zone could help reduce crime, one things for certain for Adams.
"The details matter," he said.
Gustafson says it could likely have a negative impact on recidivism.
"Even if it were applied to only the really nasty people who actually killed someone, now out of jail after 15 years, they couldn't be near their family and social support network in Southeast, say, without difficulty," he said. " This would do nothing but guarantee a whole new obstacle to reintegrating such ex-felons."

 

 

 

 


 


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