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Commission hears ideas how to prevent displacement

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A bevy of bureaucrats, nonprofit supervisors and even a few neighborhood activists met with Portland Human Rights Commission members on March 6 to hear stories from people displaced by gentrification; however, none showed up to share their stories.

Human Rights commissioners and guests gather at Ron Russell  Middle School to talk about ways to help residents displaced from old neighborhoods.Participants wanted to discuss ways to prevent future displacement, gather ideas from agency and government workers, and hear experiences from uprooted residents.

Their absence didn’t dampen the spirits of the commissioners and the 20 or so invited guests, from state, county and city departments, Mayor’s office, police bureau, nonprofits, and school boards, who sat in a circle at Ron Russell School, brainstorming ideas that covered housing, jobs, property tax reform and crime prevention.

Shot fired at MAX station

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

East Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to the report of a disturbance on the platform at the 82nd Avenue MAX Station involving a possible gunshot, police said.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted witnesses who described a disturbance between two young men and that one of them fired at least one shot from a handgun.

Witnesses described the suspect with the gun as a Hispanic or Asian male, 15-17 years old, medium build, wearing a black baseball cap, a black bandana, a black and gray jacket, and a black backpack.

April edition posted online

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The April 2012 Mid-county Memo is posted online. A recap of its contents follows:

Bre’Shay Barnes
was named Rose Festival Princess from Parkrose; the new Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative areas struggle to meet financial goals; Parkrose School District declares impasse with teachers; PSD Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray is one of four finalists for Reynolds job; the first meeting between Metro and Glendoveer golf course lovers since a contentious open house in August; the Argay Neighborhood Association hires a lawyer to help fight infill development across the street from Argay Park and an east Portland high school winter sports roundup.

Proposed TriMet cuts reduce Parkrose bus service

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The Mid-county Memo is your newspaper. We want to hear from you. Discuss an important issue or address a concern you want to call to the attention of the community. We prefer e-mailed letters to the editor sent to Darlene Vinson at Please put “Letter to the editor” in the subject line. You may also mail your letter to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230 or fax it to 503-249-7672. Deadline for the April issue is Thursday, March 15.

Cuts to Parkrose Bus Line 22 impact Sandy Blvd. travelers. COURTESY PORTLAND AFOOT

Metro seeks public comment on federal transportation projects schedule

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Residents of the Metro region are invited to view and comment on the upcoming four-year schedule of federal transportation investments in the Portland area. The four-year schedule, known as the 2012-2015 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program, encompasses all federal spending on transportation, including highways, public transit, pedestrian and bike projects in the three-county metropolitan area. Public comments are being accepted through noon, Monday, Feb. 13.

The MTIP includes all federally funded transportation projects in the Portland metropolitan area, including projects planned by TriMet, the Oregon Department of Transportation and local agencies receiving federal funds allocated by Metro.

September 2011 edition re-cap

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The September issue of the Mid-county Memo posted online. A re-cap of its content follows …

Proposed changes at Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail is this month’s main front page feature story. Glendoveer lovers and government haters showed up en masse for the heated open house last month.

Lee Perlman pens a piece about east Portland tours conducted by Oregon State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D) for candidates for City office is the subject of the second story on this month’s front page. Smith took candidates on a tour of east Portland low-lights, highlighting the decades of City neglect for Mid-county.

TriMet raises fares by a nickel, institutes service changes.

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

TriMet is increasing fares by 5 cents effective Sept. 1. The MAX Blue Line and twenty-five bus lines will see improved service with added trips to relieve crowding and scheduling improvements.

Implemented in response to customer requests, and due to the success of the pilot program, TriMet is introducing a 30-day rolling pass. Currently, the new pass is only available only at the Pioneer Courthouse Square ticket office. The current monthly pass is valid from the first day of the month through the last day of the month and can be purchased after the 20th of the previous month up until the start of the new month. The new pass can be purchased any time and roll 30 days forward. The new 30-day rolling pass joins existing 7-day and 14-day rolling passes. All passes are available at the TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Airport MAX Red Line marks 10th Anniversary, 10 million rides

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

TriMet’s MAX Red Line to Portland International Airport opened Sept. 10, 2001, what happened the next day made its opening ironic and insignificant in the big picture. The attacks seriously wounded the airline industry, consequently the new rail line to the airport, the first train-to-plane connection on the West Coast.

Ten years later, dignitaries —  Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt, Portland Development Commission Executive Director Patrick Quinton and Travel Portland Executive Vice President of Convention and Tourism Sales Brian McCartin and TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane — gathered at the Red Line’s terminus at PDX to mark 10 years and the 10 millionth ride. “The Red Line was the first of its kind, built years, if not decades ahead of schedule because private funds helped to build it and the Cascade Station development at the entrance to PDX,” said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane