An almost athletic challenge faced the three nonprofits building the new Glisan Commons complex on Northeast 100th Avenue and Glisan Street.
So Human Solutions’ Executive Director Jean DeMaster cited the biggest contest of all to describe how they felt crossing the finish line.
“It was an Olympian effort,” announced a beaming DeMaster, peering out over a crowd of about 150 well-wishers at the grand opening of Phase I of the complex on February 13. “While we don’t actually win a gold medal, we will be giving away our golden shovel in a few minutes.”
Linda Cargill @ March 6, 2014
The Parkrose School District agreed to pay $260,000 to settle a labor complaint filed by the union representing its classified employees during a mediation session held last week.
“Both groups worked hard to come to an agreement and we are pleased to move forward,” said Parkrose Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray in an email.
In 2012, the Oregon School Employees Association filed an unfair labor practice against the district for refusing to bargain furlough days for the 2011-12 school year and the 2012-13 school year.
Tim Curran @ March 5, 2014
By a 3-2 vote, the Parkrose Board of Education (BOE) rejected a resolution to outsource bus service and sell its fleet to private contractor First Student at its February meeting.
Emotions ran high before the meeting with nearly 100 opponents of outsourcing rallying and then filling chairs for the nearly four-hour meeting.
BOE Chair Ed Grassel and James Trujillo voted to outsource, while Vice Chair Thuy Tran, Mary Lu Baetkey and Erick Flores voted to reject the resolution, which not only would let 19 drivers go, but also would sell Parkrose’s bus fleet, an irrevocable decision.
Tim Curran @ February 28, 2014
The Parkrose Board of Education approved spending $15,000 to explore the efficacy of placing a five-year levy on May’s ballot at their February work session.
The board not only authorized Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray to spend $5,000 on a tax compression rate study to determine how much could be raised, but also another $10,000 for a telephone survey of Parkrose voters.
The district hopes to add between $850,000 and $1.2 million a year to its general fund with the property tax. Gray said the revenue would be used to hire teachers to address the district’s over sized classes.
Tim Curran @ February 27, 2014
In November, the Oregon Employment Relations Board rejected a request by the Parkrose School District to reconsider its ruling that the district violated state law when it imposed 16 furlough days on classified employees without collective bargaining.
In the original decision, the ERB ordered the district to restore lost wages and benefits to about 200 Parkrose classified employees.
“The district has filed an appeal of this decision with Oregon Court of Appeals; it also filed a motion to stay the payment,” said Parkrose Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray in November. “We really aren’t doing anything until we hear back from ERB about the stay. After that, I can provide more information if the stay does not go our direction.”
Tim Curran @ February 18, 2014
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office released names from the fatal, single-car crash that occurred early Sunday morning near the intersection of Northeast 102nd Avenue and Fremont Street in Maywood Park.
Altogether, there were six men in the car.
One died at the scene, four were transported to hospital for treatment, and one person fled the scene, and police are still looking for him.
The driver, 28-year-old Gawayne Streeter, who was well over the legal limit according to police, lost control of the 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix while driving southbound on Northeast 102nd Avenue, crashing violently into a utility pole, killing 24-year-old Paul J. Williams, the passenger in the right rear seat, and ejecting a second passenger, who sustained serious injuries.
Tim Curran @ February 18, 2014
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The February 2014 edition posted online.
This month’s feature stories are: Commissioner Amanda Fritz annouced two new east Portland parks to be fully built by 2017; Parkrose School District is one step closer to outsourcing its bus service, letting 19 employees go and selling its bus fleet; the house occupied by alleged squatters moves closer to foreclosure, pleasing neighbors; with an overwhelming majority of registered Democrats in Oregon House District 45, their primary decides who wins the seat; the Memo took a tour of the construction at the new Parkrose Middle School’s construction site, and completed work at Shaver and Sacramento elementary schools; a Wilkes man who inspired a homeowners bill died; the February Parkrose High School athletic calendar; the latest Multnomah County health inspector’s ratings for east Portland restaurants; and the area’s Oregon Lottery retailer monthly results.
Tim Curran @ February 6, 2014
Wilkes resident Jim Crockford had been battling to stay in his home for his remaining years.
In the end, he got what he wanted.
On Jan. 14, Mid-county Memo publisher and friend Tim Curran found the 85-year-old Crockford dead of a heart attack in his home.
The county coroner estimates Crockford died three days earlier. Before his death, for roughly three years, Crockford fought what looked like a losing battle with his mortgage holder and the state of Oregon to stay in his home.
However, his motives were largely personal, his singular desire to keep his house earned Crockford a legacy well beyond Parkrose.
Nathan Gilles @ February 3, 2014
This month, we introduce an occasional series profiling people who build our community through their daily work.
Their competent, professional, reliable, decades-long presence holding various jobs at east Portland businesses, comprise our community.
Who are they?
They prepare and serve us food in restaurants. They deliver our mail; check our groceries; do our banking; minister to our spirits; schedule our appointments; do our taxes; repair and maintain our homes, streets and cars; build our homes; protect us; haul our garbage; grow our food; sell us myriad necessities and teach our children.
Tim Curran @ February 3, 2014
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It’s official, Portland City Commissioner and Portland Parks & Recreation head Amanda Fritz has announced she wants to build two new parks in Mid-county by 2017: the first at the Beech Park property site in the Argay Terrace neighborhood of Parkrose, the second at the Gateway Urban Plaza property near the Gateway Transit Center.
Fritz’s decision was announced Thursday, Jan. 30, at the future site of the Gateway Urban Plaza at Northeast Halsey Street between Northeast 104th and Northeast 106th avenues.
Click here to see Gateway Park development plans.
Nathan Gilles @ February 1, 2014