City Hall Watch: Police chief stands by bureau protest response
Police Chief Mike Marshman defended his bureau's response to dueling downtown protests in a June 23 letter to Mayor Ted Wheeler released Friday.
Although Wheeler generally has supported the response to the June 4 protests between backers and opponents of President Donald Trump, he asked questions about a number of tactical decisions. They included detaining left-wing protesters, moving them out of Chapman Square, and corralling them on Southwest Fourth Avenue until they were photographed with identification. Those detained included a Portland Tribune reporter and photographer.
Wheeler did not immediately respond to the letter. You can read it at http://tinyurl.com/ybtob24e.
Bailout gets golf fund out of rough
The City Council approved an $800,000 transfer within the Portland Parks & Recreation budget on Wednesday to bail out the depleted fund that operates the city's five public golf courses. It is the fist time the fund, paid for by golf fees, has run out of money.
Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz blamed decreasing interest in golf and this winter's severe snow and ice storms for the shortfall. She promised it will never happen again, even if PP&R has to suspend the golf program.
The golf fund historically has turned a profit and contributed more than $4 million to the city's general fund over its 100-year history, according to PP&R.
10 years of Sunday Parkways noted
Mayor Ted Wheeler proclaimed June 25 as Portland Sunday Parkways Day to celebrate 10 years of the family-friendly events sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Last Sunday's event in North Portland typically attracts the largest crowds of the year.
"Sunday Parkways is one of the greatest things we do in Portland. It has been a vehicle to show off parts of the city that are hidden gems of our landscape, including new parks, newly built biking and walking infrastructure, community gardens, and beautiful residential neighborhoods," Wheeler said.
Organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Sunday events block off city streets in different neighborhoods to encourage people to bike and walk more. Total attendance for the 10 years has topped 690,000 for more than 38 Sunday Parkways events.
To learn more, visit www.portlandsundayparkways.org.