Portland voters are deciding on a scheme (Multnomah 26-156) to turn the water bureau over to a board separate from the City Council. Well-read Red Frann Michel lays out the flaws in this effort by large corporate water users to take control of this public resource. Photo from Portland Tribune. 6:19 minutes (3.62 MB)
The Well-Read red has been reading the voter's pamphlet for Portland, and has done some additional reading about Measure 26-156, which (in the words of the voters's pamphlet) "Amends Charter: Creates Water and Sewer District with Elected Board."
Andrew Geller speaks with long-time political activist, lecturer and author Ralph Nader about his latest book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. 29:04 minutes (39.92 MB)
In July, 2013, the forest watchdog group Bark filed a lawsuit challenging the Forest Service on the Jazz Timber Sale in the Clackamas Ranger District.
Bark’s lawsuit alleges that the forest Service did not comply with the National Environmental Policy Act and the national Forest Management Act in its decision to log this geologically unstable watershed.
Despite active litigation, the Forest Service proceeded with entering into contracts with the Canadian timber giant Interfor to log parts of the sale.
Just last month, Federal District Judge Marco Hernandez dismissed Bark’s factual and legal challenges, deferring to the Forest Service’s claims that the sale is legal and allowing logging to continue. 5:30 minutes (5.03 MB)