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Happy Wednesday, Portland! The sun is out and the weather is warming and it’s a great time to be in Portland! Here’s what’s going on today.

First, today’s weather:

We’ll see some sun in the morning, but the sky gets cloudy in the afternoon and gives us a high of 60.

Here are the top stories today in Portland:

  1. Gun violence, the homeless problem, and garbage are all issues important to Portlanders. This week, Mayor Ted Wheeler is set to release a new plan to clean up the city. A recent survey found most people feel garbage is a big issue and even has become dangerous. It’s often volunteers who pick up the sometimes thousands of pounds of litter and debris in cleanup efforts from sidewalks, parks, and in front of businesses. Now, Mayor Wheeler said he will streamline the city’s cleanup efforts under a public environment management director and incident command structure. That will be for trash, graffiti, illegal dumping, abandoned cars, and more. (Fox 12 Oregon)
  2. AJ McCreary, a City Council candidate running against incumbent Commissioner Dan Ryan, paid her 15-year-old son $3,200 in campaign funds on May 4 for “management services,” according to a filing with the Oregon secretary of state. McCrearya first-time candidate who runs the Equitable Giving Circle, a Portland nonprofitis participating in the city’s small donor elections program, which was designed to get big money out of city races. Using taxpayer money, the city matches donations for qualifying candidates at a 6-to-1 ratio, meaning that a $10 contribution turns into a $70 contribution. Individual contributions are capped at $250. (Williamette Week)
  3. A community group representing neighbors and schools in Southwest Portland has pulled back support for a Safe Rest Village site set to open this month, after they say the city and county ignored their requests for collaboration and brushed off safety concerns about the low-barrier shelter. Safe Rest Villages are organized pods of tiny homes, managed by nonprofits with services onsite. Three villages are expected to be up and running by September. (KGW)
  4. A recall has been issued by Olympia Meats for some of its deli products after pistachios — a known allergen to some — were not declared on the product label. In a release on Friday, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said the ready-to-eat pork deli products are labeled as Mortadella Classica products but contain the Mortadella product with pistachios. The recall was classified as a “Class I – High Risk,” which according to the FSIS means there “is a health hazard situation where there is a Reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.(KOIN)
  5. Multnomah County leaders said changes are on the way to address shortcomings and blind spots in the local criminal justice systemhighlighted in a series of KATU News investigations. Those changes address holes in how the county tracks the success of pretrial supervision, including whether the suspect even checks in for monitoring. The county recently received a grant from the MacArthur Foundation to improve how it tracks people under its supervision. The process is underway, county leaders said. Those changes include more staff and better computer systems to address the gaps in data KATU outlined. The changes will allow the county to track who shows up for monitoring and whether those people show up for court or get re-arrested on new charges. (KATU)

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Today in Portland:

  • The Urban League of Portland is excited to announce that they will be hosting a series of Virtual Candidate Forums for the 2022 election season. Tonight’s Virtual Candidate Forum is with candidates running for Multnomah County Chair, Jessica Vega Pederson, Lori Stegmann, Sharia Mayfield and Sharon Meieran. This forum will be live-streamed on the Urban League of Portland’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Please register for this online event. 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
  • Join the Oregon Coffee Board for casual presentations from a few Portland coffee professionals, sharing what their coffee journey has entailed. They’ll discuss how they’ve landed where they are–helpful thoughts, best practices, and ideas about developing their path that might support others in their coffee industry journey. This will take place at Concourse Coffee in NE Portland. Register for free to attend. 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
  • PSU Alumni Association, Student Activities and Leadership Programs,
    and May 11th Committee Present a Ceremony to Dedicate a Plaque
    Commemorating Portland State’s Legendary Protest of the Vietnam War and the Kent State Killings
    . Participants and supporters will reflect on the experience and the ongoing pursuit of democratic values, as samples of recorded popular music of the period set the mood. This will happen at the Benson House Green on the Park Blocks at SW Montgomery Street and Park Avenue. 3:00 – 4:00 PM.
  • The 1977 thriller Sorcerer will be playing at the Hollywood Theater. In a small South American village, four men on the run from the law are offered $10,000 if they will transport a shipment of dangerously unstable nitroglycerin to an oil well 200 miles away. Led by Jackie Scanlon (Roy Scheider), the men set off on a hazardous journey, during which they must contend with dangerous roads, unstable bridges, and attacks from local guerillas. Showtime is 7:30 PM.
  • Powell’s Books Presents Jeff VanderMeer in an online Conversation With Hank Green. From the author of Annihilation comes a brilliant speculative thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species, and the possible end of all things. Hummingbird Salamander is Jeff VanderMeer At his dazzling, cinematic best, wrapping profound questions about climate change, identity, and the world we inhabit into a tightly plotted tale full of unexpected twists. VanderMeer will be joined in conversation by Hank Green, author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor. Please register for this free event. The talk starts at 12 noon.

From my notebook:

  • Portland Trail Blazers: “when defense leads to offense 🤌” (Instagram)
  • Portland Audubon: Calling all artists! Portland Audubon is now accepting applications for its 42nd annual Wild Arts Festival happening December 10 & 11, 2022. Benefit from a lively atmosphere with an anticipated audience of 5,000 attendees who are eager t…” (Instagram)
  • A line from an iconic Dolly Parton song led Oregon Zoo staff to pick “Jolene” as the name for the baby orangutan born last month. The song describes Jolene “with flaming locks of auburn hair” – just like the new primate’s, according to a news release from the Oregon Zoo. Jolene was born April 13 to first-time mother Kitra, a Bornean orangutan who has lived at the zoo since 2015. It took a few weeks to name the zoo’s newest family member because staff members weren’t sure what the baby’s gender was. (The Oregonian)
  • Sunday, Portland, it will stop raining*. (And we don’t mean these one-off days that we’ve been having, where it’s 70 degrees, and everyone gets all hopeful and breaks out their flip-flops and then the next day it is 49 degrees and raining, again. ) We mean there will be day after day of mild temperatures and blue skies, our reward for the other eight or so months of the year in the PNW. And when that day comes, you may want to cast away your puffy coats and winter fleece and joggers, and actually wear something new. You may wish to put on make-up, perhaps, or to buy someone in your life a gift, just because. Lucky for you, there’s a new (ish) crop of independent stores holding it down on some of the city’s best-loved shopping strips. (Portland Monthly)
  • Primary election day in Oregon is NEXT TUESDAY! This one is particularly important, so fill out your ballot with help from the Mercury and their Election Endorsements! (Instagram)
  • The Portland Art Picnic will take place at Alberta Park on Saturday! Are you on Facebook? You can RSVP to the Portland Art Picnic on the event page so that you get a reminder next Saturday! The event page is also a great way to invite your friends and family to come out and be part of the fun! Just look up Portland Art Picnic on Facebook to find their page and event. (Instagram)

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Wow, that’s quite a Wednesday! But there’s always lots to do here in the City of Roses. Enjoy this fine day and check back in with me tomorrow so I can talk even more about Portland.

Dominic Anaya

About me: Doctor, educator and now a writer/artist, I’m just chillin’ in Portland, OR with my wife, our ferrets, our chickens and our goats.

Have a news tip or suggestion for an upcoming Portland Daily? Contact me at portland@patch.com

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