1, Rural Counties and their crime...Across Oregon taxpayers is an obsolete word. Voters vote them selves off the hook when it comes to paying for basic services - such as law enforcement. and then they complain because criminals continue to enjoy the usual smorgasboard of antisocial services such as rural parking lot gun shows . Unless solutions are found, all state taxpayers stand a good chance of sharing the costs for protecting rural counties. That could happen under a political nuclear option approved last year that would have the state step in to pick up half the tab for local protection. 16:00 minutes (14.65 MB)
This morning the Seattle City Council’s Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality approved an ordinance that would increase Seattle’s minimum wage to fifteen dollars.
The ordinance will go before the full council next week.
The committee declined to speed up the slow phase-in of the ordinance, which gives most businesses three or more years to raise their wages.
The ordinance includes a number of contentious amendments, including a sub-minimum wage for teenagers and health-care credits for businesses that provide insurance. 5:47 minutes (5.29 MB)
The Obama administration today released an update on its so-called “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.
The report advocates increased domestic oil and gas production, citing the nation’s economic growth and national security.
It endorses only a token increase in renewable energy production.
This report comes days before the president is expected to announce new greenhouse gas regulations for existing power plants.
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica spoke with KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg about today’s announcement: 5:02 minutes (4.61 MB)
Portland’s annual rose festival kicks off this weekend with parades and festivals.
For more, KBOO’s Susan Cecil spoke with Rich Jarvis of Portland Rose Festival.
He began by talking about this weekend’s events.
The rose festival will continue for the next two weeks.
In the lead-up to the grand floral parade, houseless advocates are calling for a tent-in protest to draw attention to the fact that the city allows street camping on the night before the floral parade to secure a viewing spot, but will not allow it any other night of the year for people who are trying to survive.
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The Portland City Council today approved a contract for private security officers in City Hall, the Portland Building, Union Station and several other city-owned buildings.
The contract was awarded to the controversial security firm G-4-S, but no objections were raised by any members of the public or city council members.
The measure passed the city council without objection, despite the call by human rights groups to boycott G-4-S because of their involvement in the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land.
G4S supplies security equipment and services for use at Israeli prisons, checkpoints and settlements in the West Bank.
It also helps to maintain Israel's prison system, providing security for major Israeli prisons. 1:35 minutes (1.46 MB)
Also at today’s city council meeting, the council approved the payment of eight hundred thousand dollars to a pregnant woman who was left brain-damaged after a nearly head-on collision in 2010.
During a trial in 2012, Jack Dean Whiteaker, the man responsible for the crash, laughed and joked as he proclaimed his innocence and denied that he was high on meth at the time of the crash.
The city was sued for failing to arrest Whitaker when he was stopped by an officer earlier that same day before he caused the crash.
The city will pay the family of the victim eight hundred thousand dollars to settle the multimillion dollar lawsuit. 1:35 minutes (1.44 MB)
The group ‘health care for all Oregon’ plans to gather outside Portland’s city council meeting tomorrow morning to demand that the city disclose the amount of money paid by Providence healthcare to rename the Timbers stadium to “Providence Field’.
In February, the Portland Timbers announced that naming rights for its stadium had been given to Providence for an undisclosed amount.
This comes soon after Moda Health purchased naming rights to the Rose Garden for $40 million.
Health Care for all Oregon is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing access to health care to Oregonians without having to pay premiums, deductibles, copays, or any other cost. 2:05 minutes (1.91 MB)
Portland Water Bureau continues to deal with the E.coli contamination by observing federal regulations for public safety. Portland is underway covering Powell Butte and Kelly Butte reservoirs.
For more on this story we turn to Barbara Nelson for KBOO evening news who spoke with David Shaff of the Portland Water Bureau:
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The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund has released a new report based on thousands of newly-release government documents exposing a widespread spying effort on the Occupy Wall street protests nationwide by Fusion centers used to coordinate national and local law enforcement agencies.
The new documents roll back the curtain on the Fusion Centers and show the communications, interactions and emails of a massive national web of federal agents, officials, police, and private “security” contractors.
These officers accumulated and shared information reporting on all manner of peaceful and lawful political activity that took place during the Occupy movement, from protests and rallies to meetings and educational lectures. 5:24 minutes (4.94 MB)
Today's guest is Bruce Levine--psychologist, social critic and author of several books and numerous articles. His most recent book is "Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated and Battling the Corporate Elite." He has also written "Surviving Depression" and "Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations and a World Gone Crazy." 55:13 minutes (50.55 MB)
This proram aired on August 26, 2013, just before the last KBOO Board election and during a contentious time at the station.During that time Paul Roland produced a number of programs which looked at the history, importance and value of community radio, and its role socially and politically. This was one of the few (and very tentative) attempts on air to open up discussion with the listeners about issues involving KBOO itself. 50:52 minutes (46.57 MB)
Paul Roland talks with Ron Seifert of the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas. They discuss criticisms of the No KXL movement and different approaches to confronting fossil fuel expansion and the climate crisis. 55:27 minutes (76.14 MB)