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.
Portland City Councilvoted 3-2 this morning to let police unit commanders have a vote in certain cases before the new police review board. Does this make the new board "structurally flawed" or does it increase accountability as commissioners supporting the change claim? Voices from the Edge Hosts Dave Mazza and Jo Ann talk about this new development.
The body charged with investigating complaints against Portland police has itself come under fire for allegedly failing to fully investigate or resolve citizen complaints.
After Portland’s Independent Police Review Committee released their annual report last week, a number of groups have raised issues with the report.
They say that the Committee is trying to make itself look good, even though citizen dissatisfaction with the process has grown.
Despite the Independent Police Review’s description of their record as improving and responsive, local groups have documented a number of problems with the police review process.