Ethan Scarle went to meeting of the Northeast's Public Safety Committee, at the King Neighborhood Facility, where people from the neighborhoods, from the police, and from other public service areas meet once a month to work on safety issues facing North and Northeast Portland. Issues range from last Sunday's "Take back the Parks" event, to thefts of catalytic converters from automobiles, to sponsoring fitness walks, to street lighting problems, and special events in Portland's parks and streets. One regular service is an outreach program in which volunteers go door to door to bring residents community service information, and, in some cases, information from local sponsoring businesses.
With the Portland
City Council voting unanimously this week in favor of a new I5 bridge over the
Columbia River, it would seem that the project is a done deal.
But the proposed
light-rail segment of the bridge needs to be approved by Washington voters, and
several other bureaucratic hurdles must be overcome before the four-point-two
billion dollar project can move forward.
At today's City
Club, economist Joe Cartright argued against the new bridge in a debate with
Metro Councilor Rex Burkhol0der.
Here's a clip of
Rex Burkholder, arguing in favor of the I-5 bridge: