But what do the residents of Lents really think? The Lents deal has triggered deep-seated concerns about livability, affordable housing, economic development, historic preservation and how much voice citizens have with City Hall. Dave Mazza talks with Lents residents Kathleen Juergens de Ponce and Nick Christensen, organizers of Friends of Lents Park, about what their neighbors are concerned about and what they really think about Randy Leonard's desire to play ball in Lents. He also talks with Damien Chakwin, chair of the Lents Neighborhood Association and a supporter of the stadium proposal.
In today’s Portland City Council meeting, the council agreed to give twenty five thousand dollars to the Albina Ministerial Alliance to help support one hundred fifty survivors of Hurricane Katrina who relocated to Portland in 2005.
The Council also approved nearly two hundred thousand dollars in grant money from the Department of Homeland Security to provide thermal imaging cameras for the Portland Fire and Rescue Department.
One item on the consent agenda sparked some opposition from Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch.
The item involved providing three treatment beds for repeat offenders.
Following his enlisted tour, he worked as an investigator for Retail Credit Company (now known as Equifax Corporation) while attending San Francisco State College at night on the GI Bill. Upon receiving his degree in business administration he applied for Naval Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in 1962. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest since he retired from the Navy in 1978.
James Marquis Ennes, Jr., a survivor of the 1967 attack by Israel on the American intelligence ship USS Liberty and one of the creators of The USS Liberty Memorial Web Site, is an American citizen and a retired career US Naval Officer. He was born in New Jersey in 1933 and was raised in New York, Texas, Illinois, Washington State and California.
While Portland may be ahead of the curve in taking on the challenge of climate change, there's still a lot of work to be done.
Portland was one of the first American cities to take climate change seriously. In 2007, Portland was the only large metro area in the U.S. that actually reduced its carbon emissions below 1990 levels. But that doesn't mean we can just rest on our laurels. If this region is to succeed in radically reducing our carbon footprint, there’s a lot more work to be done. This morning Portland Mayor Sam Adams joins Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein to unveil Portland's new Climate Action Plan.
A representative of Amazon Watch reports on last Friday's incident in Peru in which Peruvian police forces killed 25 unarmed Indigenous people who were protesting free trade laws and the ongoing destruction of their land.
And veteran war correspondent Robert Fisk, author of Pity the Nation and The Age of the Warrior, talks about President Obama's speech delivered in Cairo last week.