This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave looked at the good and bad news of the week. Topics discussed included: federal funds being made available to Oregon to address budget shortfalls and whether those dollars will reach the people who really are in need; the impact of the new president of the Portland Police Association; shortcomings and risks with new assistance being offered to homeowners facing foreclosure; and missed economic development opportunities in emerging technologies.
Linda Olson-Osterlund conducts a discussion with listeners on the use of "pretext" stops and racial profiling by local police. Pretext stops occur when police become suspicious about a car or its occupants, and then use a minor traffic infraction as an excuse to initiate a stop. This controversial law enforcement technique led to the fatal shooting of James Jahar Perez, an unarmed black motorist, killed by a Portland policeman in 2004.
Oregon House District 43 is one of the most diverse in the state. It also faces some of the biggest challenges: high unemployment, high rates of police misconduct, high displacement from gentrification.
This week Dave and Jo Ann talked with State Rep. Lew Frederick about what role the state can play in addressing some of these problems.
On Wednesday, July 28th the City of Portland paid a settlement to the family of James Chasse Jr. in response to his in-custody death at the hands of the three Portland Police officers. The Office of Independent Review gave a report to the Portland City Council outline some issues and suggested changes... KBOO's James Dixon brings us the report from the council meeting.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave ask the question "Are the good guys ahead?" Local progressive may be feeling a bit down over the direction of local and state politics lately. City Hall seems more disconnected than ever from the world in which most Portlanders live. Earlier this week, city council voted 4-1 (Commissioner Fritz abstaining) to put a new bond measure before voters for a new communications system and other equipment for the Fire Bureau. With so many city services taking hits - and at least on other proposed bond measure being put on hold because of the economy - should there have been a community discussion about whether this measure could wait? Oregon's gubernatorial race - "Doc vs.