Today, Tuesday, April 27, is the deadline to register to vote in Multnomah County for the Primary Election on May 18th. If you are new to Multnomah County, have never registered, have moved since the last election within the County, or have changed your name, you have through today to register to vote.
You can register online, or you can print and mail the paper form to Multnomah County with today's postmark. If you've changed your name, you must fill out the paper form so the Elections Office can record your new signature. If only your address has changed, you can fill out the online address change form. If you are going to be out of the county during the election, you can request an absentee ballot.
Still have questions? Check out Multnomah County Elections Division's FAQ.
Ballots will be mailed to registered households on April 30 and are due back by mail or drop-off by 8pm on May 18.
Anna Griffin writes an article for The Oregonian titled:"Randy Leonard was right: Portland Police Bureau needs new leadership."
Janie Har of the Oregonian explores how Dan's Saltzman's role as Police Commissioner might affect his upcoming campaign for reelection.
On April 14, City Council approved the necessary code changes to implement fee waivers for the systems development charges on accessory dwelling units. The code changes, which are in effect immediately, were the last step in implementing a policy adopted by the City Council in early March to remove barriers to constructing ADU's, commonly known as Mother-In-Law units. Previously, the relatively high cost of SDC's proved prohibitive to the proliferation of ADUs. Construction of more ADUs will help the City with its affordable housing and density goals. The waiver of SDC fees on ADUs will be in effect until July 2013.
Earth Day and EPA Turns 40The 5th Dimension won 2 Grammy Awards in 1970 for Record of the Year and Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a group. The song was “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” a medley of two songs from the musical Hair. It was truly a dawning of the Age of Aquarius and time to let the sunshine in, a time for the nation to wake up and take action to protect our environment.
It is hard to believe that until the seventies there were no regulatory means to protect the environment. Factories were free to produce their toxic waste and release the pollutants into the air and streams. Environmental concerns were a non-political issue for our government. Senator Gaylord Nelson, from Wisconsin beginning in 1962 strived to change that by pushing the environment into the political arena. Senator Nelson spoke on environmental issues in appearances across the country. While touring he learned that the people were concerned about the environment but not their elected leaders.
It was 1969 and the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations called “teach-ins” had spread through the nation’s college campuses. The “teach-ins” inspired Senator Nelson to form a grassroots protest and put the environment onto the national agenda.
November 30, 1969, 5 months before the first Earth Day, The New York Times reported on the current environmental events:
As many will remember, the Portland Water Bureau issued a boil water notice over the 2009 Thanksgiving weekend that was the result of a positive hit on a routine test for E coli in the Washington Park reservoir. State law dictates that a second test follow the initial hit, and if that test is positive, a boil water notice is issued for affected customers. In that case, the follow up test came up positive, and the boil water notice was issued. Since that incident was the first boil water notice of its scale for the Water Bureau, much was learned in the process, and a number of changes to the Bureau's process were made.
One major change that occurred in the aftermath of that event was a new protocol which requires that the Water Bureau immediately shut down the affected reservior after any positive sample for E coli. Although this has impacts on the hydraulics of the system and challenges our water operations folks, it confines any potential issue within the affected reservoir and takes the potentially affected water out of service, thereby minimizing any potential risks.
On Tuesday, Water Bureau sampling of Reservoir 1 at Mt. Tabor came back positive for E coli, and 23 minutes later, Reservoir 1 was taken off line as a precaution while the State mandated follow-up samples were tested. Fortunately, the follow up samples came back negative, so no boil water notice was necessary. Reservoir 1 will be drained and cleaned, and brought back into service ASAP.
Although the positive sample for E coli was not routine, it has occurred 16 times in the open reservoirs since the bureau began testing for it in the 1990s, and our experience last November caused us to be much more aggressive in minimizing any potential risks. Most of the time, as in this case, positive hits are anomalies that are not confirmed by follow up tests.
This experience is an excellent illustration of the Water Bureau's vigilance in making sure Portland's water is clean and constant, and their performance in this circumstance was outstanding.
Posted by: TK
Did you know in 1920 the population of Oregon was 783,389 people making the City of Portland the 24th largest city in the nation? Today, the City of Portland is the 29th largest city in the nation with 557,706 people. Currently, the estimated total population for Oregon is 3,825,657 people ranked 27th in the U.S.