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Anarchists leak water hose into office of Portland lawyer who represents ICE employees

Damage to law office caused by anarchists

The “tolerant” left strike again.

As reported by Oregon Live:

Sometime over the weekend, anonymous vandals stuck a garden hose through the front-door mail slot of lawyer Sean Riddell’s Northeast Portland office and left the water running. Someone who works in the office — a house converted into business space — discovered the mess about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Riddell and lawyer Christine Mascal, who run separate legal practices under the same roof, wondered if someone targeted one of them because of a case or whether it was a random vandal, Riddell said.

On Monday, Riddell apparently got an answer — in the form of an email forwarded to him from a Willamette Week reporter who said she received it earlier that day. The email, signed “some anarchists,” claims responsibility and says the authors hoped to “cause maximum economic damage” to Riddell because he provides legal representation to the National ICE Council, the union for local employees of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“For every child that is separated from their parents and locked in a cage, there are people making money off it,” reads the email, posted in a Willamette Week story.

Riddell called police Sunday after the initial discovery. If caught, the vandal or vandals could face felony charges of first-degree criminal mischief or second-degree burglary for entering the space of his office through the mail slot, which had been painted shut.

Riddell said his law office has video surveillance cameras and so do area businesses. He called police again Monday and let them know he was forwarding along the email claiming responsibility. The email also was posted anonymously Monday morning to an anarchist website.

On Tuesday, industrial-strength fans were blowing across the warped wooden floors of the law office and some of the still-soggy carpet in the basement, where the water had poured through floor vents from the first-floor office. Workers were tearing up the carpet before it could turn moldy.

Riddell said insurance will likely pay for the damage.

He noted that the people unhappy with him weren’t willing to stand up for what they believe in by identifying themselves. “I have the courage of my convictions,” Riddell said. “I put my name on what I do.”

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Multnomah County to pay $100k to woman who claimed that “Blue Lives Matter” demeans “Black Lives Matter”

The “demeaning” flag…

Excerpts from The Guardian story:

An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who alleged she was harassed after asking that a Blue Lives Matter flag not be displayed in her office.

In a lawsuit against Multnomah county filed in January, Karimah Guion-Pledgure said the flag demeaned the Black Lives Matter movement, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported. She said she was harassed after she and other black co-workers complained.

Guion-Pledgure had worked for the department of community justice since 2011 as a corrections technician. She originally sought $420,000. The settlement, reached on Thursday, was first reported by an alternative bi-weekly newspaper, the Portland Mercury.

Guion-Pledgure’s lawsuit said Blue Lives Matter “co-opts” Black Lives Matter and “repurposes it to shift focus to law enforcement – a chosen profession, not a racial identity – and thus denigrates, dilutes, and demeans the purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement”.

After the probation officer’s flag had been up for more than six months, Guion-Pledgure erected an “equity wall” that displayed photos of minorities killed by police, the suit stated. Managers told her to take down the photos, the lawsuit said, but she refused because the Blue Lives Matter flag remained.

The same day, Guion-Pledgure found two notes affixed to her equity wall reading “Thanks a lot” and “Bitch”, according to the suit.

Guion-Pledgure alleged that her supervisor did not require the flag to be taken down and said the conflict caused her extreme stress and health issues.

A week later, managers responded with a rule that all personal photos displayed needed to be smaller than 5in-by-7in, according to the suit.
Managers are developing a policy on personal displays of photos and other items, a Multnomah county spokeswoman said.

As part of the agreement, Guion-Pledgure had to resign by Friday. She can reapply for a county job.

“She’s disappointed that she has to leave there and that they couldn’t make it a safe and welcoming work environment,” said her attorney, Ashlee Albies. “They say they’re working on that, and we hope they really are.”

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Claro que si: Oregon may grant driving privileges to illegal aliens

If illegal aliens live in fear of being separated from their families for being caught driving without a license, then maybe they should – oh, I don’t know – abide by our immigration laws.

Would you ever think to 1) illegally enter a country and 2) expect a privilege be extended to you? Only in America are illegal aliens rewarded for breaking the law.

From Oregon Live (via AP): Every time Mariana Alvarez leaves her home, she crosses herself in prayer in hopes she will be able to return to her three children. Alvarez moved to Salem from Mexico, and lives in Oregon without proof of legal residence. Under state law, that means she isn’t eligible for a driver’s license.

A quick trip to the grocery store or to the doctor’s office could end in her deportation, and she told a crowd of hundreds of immigrant rights activists on Tuesday that she constantly lives “in fear of being separated.”

But a federal overhaul of state driver’s licenses could give Oregon the chance to grant driving privileges to Alvarez and the state’s estimated 100,000 undocumented immigrants. Legislators are considering a measure expanding driver’s license access to all Oregon regardless of immigration status, as long as they pass their driver’s test and meet other DMV requirements.

“Driver’s licenses are such a core, basic need for families,” said Andrea Williams, executive director of the immigration rights group Causa. “While we may disagree what to do federally about immigration reform, families should not be separated over a traffic stop.”

Twelve states, plus the District of Columbia, currently provide driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status.

Oregon’s implementation of the 2005 federal Real ID Act, said Williams, is an opportune moment for the state to also make such a change. The Real ID Act, passed after 9/11, sets minimum security standards for all state IDs and requires that these enhanced IDs be presented to enter federal buildings and board domestic flights without a passport.

The Department of Homeland Security allows states to issue non-compliant cards for those who don’t have the documentation to prove their lawful presence in the country, including victims of domestic violence and those experiencing homelessness.

Oregon, like many other states, will create a two-tier identification system and issue both Real IDs and standard driver’s licenses, which are federally non-compliant.

Immigration rights advocates are pushing the legislature to drop citizenship as a requirement for standard driver’s licenses, which would allow undocumented immigrants to legally drive. At least 12 other states are considering a similar measure.

The issue has become somewhat of a hot potato for Oregon, which, for years, was only one of eight states in the nation to grant licenses to unauthorized immigrants. Lawmakers initially reversed the practice in 2008 to comply with federal ID laws, then backtracked and voted to reinstate licenses for undocumented immigrants in 2013.

But that 2013 law never took effect, because opponents, including the group Oregonians for Immigration Reform, were able to put the issue to the ballot. Oregon voters overwhelmingly repealed the measure 66 to 34 percent.

This time an emergency clause in the bill would immediately implement the law upon passage, making it far more difficult for the group to repeal it at the ballot box through the state’s robust referendum process.

“This is a slap in the face for citizen participation,” said Jim Ludwick, communications director for Oregonians for Immigration Reform. “You would think that after Oregon overwhelmingly voted against this, the legislature would at least bring it back to the voters to decide.”

Williams, the leader of Causa, said that the emergency clause is necessary as the DMV will need the time to implement the change before the department starts issuing Real IDs in October 2020.

“It’s not our Oregon values to have families be separated for trying to live their daily life,” she said. “Nobody should have to live in fear of deported from their family for going to work or taking their children to school.”

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Oregon lawmakers consider giving themselves a 63% pay raise to boost “diversity”

Oregon Senate Major Leader Burdick leading the effort in “diversity” via fatter paychecks

There’s a reason it’s called “public service.”

As reported by Oregon Live (via Associated Press): Oregon lawmakers are considering raising their annual pay by nearly $20,000, a move the sponsors say will attract more diverse candidates to the statehouse.

We’re a diverse state, we need a diverse legislature,” Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick (who is 72 years old), one of the legislators leading the effort, told Oregon Public Broadcasting. “Because of the low pay, we are automatically screening out people who really should be represented here.”

(Actually Burdick, you aren’t that diverse. According to the U.S. Census Bureau [as of July 1, 2017], Oregon had a population of 4.1 million people with 87.1% of that being white (alone). Hispanics made up 13.1% and Asian was 4.7%. See the statistics here.)

The move comes only a few weeks after a 28 percent legislative pay raise went into effect. Lawmakers were not behind that raise, and the increase was tied to collective bargaining agreements that affected nearly 40,000 state employees.

Legislators now make $31,200, plus an extra $149 a day when the Legislature is in session.

Burdick, a Democrat from Portland, said that the current pay isn’t a living wage and makes it more likely that retirees (What’s wrong with retirees? That sounds like an ageist statement.) or independently wealthy candidates pursue office. She noted that legislators make far less than some city and county elected officials.

A recent series in The Oregonian/OregonLive highlighted ways that some lawmakers use money from campaign donors to supplement their pay, sometimes in particularly outrageous ways.

Burdick is proposing a measure that would raise wages by 63 percent, to more than $50,000 per year. That would make Oregon’s Legislature one of the highest paid in the country, compared to other statehouses with lawmakers working for a similar amount of time.

But it’s unclear if the state has the money to fund a salary bump. The most recent pay raise will cost Oregon $1.6 million every two years, and the increase floated in the proposal will be much more.

State budget leaders have already called for cuts across nearly all state programs and are trying to dig deep to come up with more money for schools and health care.

Still, Burdick is undeterred. And although she concedes that the plan will likely be politically unpopular, she maintains that it’s necessary to create a well-rounded statehouse that better reflects state demographics. “This is not a get-rich-quick scheme down here,” she said. “This is public service. But if it gets to the point where you can’t feed your family, that’s where the problem is.”

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Whoops: Portland city officials over-estimate (by 5 times) the number of new homes they expected an infill project to create

Wonder how long it will take Portland bureaucrats to create affordable homes to solve their homeless crisis with this kind of “planning?”

From Oregon Live: Portland planners publicly overstated by five times the number of new homes they expect a controversial infill plan could create over the next two decades.

City officials boasted that their plan projects “the addition of 24,000 units in triplexes or fourplexes” by the year 2035.

But the city’s own forecasts paint a much different picture.

Planners expect a net of fewer than 4,000 new units to be built in residential neighborhoods citywide under their infill plan, according to numbers obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive and not previously disclosed by the city.

What’s more, the plan isn’t expected to deliver those new homes to the inner eastside neighborhoods as planners have stated, an analysis of those numbers shows. Instead, it would disproportionately steer a majority of new units to poorer neighborhoods east of 82nd Avenue, where the risk of displacing residents is high.

It’s not clear which number might ultimately prove more accurate.

But planners have trumpeted the higher figure of new homes when they talk about ways to offer more housing options to keep prices affordable while using the lower figure to analyze specific neighborhood impacts and the potential that vulnerable residents could get pushed out to make way for the new homes.

The infill proposal could become official city policy by this summer. The city’s volunteer Planning and Sustainability Commission is expected to vote on the proposal Tuesday before referring it to the City Council for final action.

While forecasting home construction is an inexact science, city officials acknowledge they haven’t adequately communicated their infill projections. Nothing in their work was intended to be misleading, they say.

“We need to be more articulate,” said Donnie Oliveira, a spokesman for Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Planners say their overarching objective isn’t to hit a quota for new infill but rather to create more choices about the types of homes available in residential neighborhoods. Changing the zoning code is the only way to add new housing options, they say, even if it takes several decades for developers to build significantly more infill units.

“It’s a major step in removing the regulatory barriers, but not the market barriers,” said Morgan Tracy, a lead planner on the project.

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Oregon governor signs mandatory, statewide rent control bill

KTVZ reports that Oregon has become the first in the nation to impose statewide rent control upon landlords. From their report:

“Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed the first mandatory statewide rent control bill for the U.S. as the economically booming state struggles to control a spiraling housing crisis.

The Democratic governor at a signing ceremony Thursday said the measure will “provide some immediate relief to Oregonians struggling to keep up with rising rents.”

The law will limit rent increases to 7 percent each year plus inflation. Landlords must also provide just cause before evicting tenants after the first year of occupancy.

The law takes effect immediately because Democrats who control the Legislature say the housing crisis is an emergency.”

The governor announced the following on Twitter:

“Every Oregonian should have access to housing choices that allow them and their families to thrive. Today I signed the country’s first statewide rent control bill, providing immediate relief to Oregonians struggling to keep up with rising rents.”

The bill is 22 pages long. Read it here.

More bureaucracy that will have a very, very minimal impact on Oregon’s homeless crisis. Just ask New York City how that rent control has worked for their homeless crisis.

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Oregon demorat lawmakers want to lower the voting age to 16

Combine a left-leaning indoctrination curriculum with young skulls full of mush and you got yourself a whole lot of new democrat voters!

Funny how demorats only care so much about the future for kids AFTER they are born…

Oregon Live reports that demorat state Sen. Shemia Fagan claims that “younger” teens in Oregon should have a say in their future. Demorats in that state are pushing a bill that would amend Oregon’s constitution to lower the voting age in the state from 18 to 16. They hope to put it before voters in 2020.

From the Oregon Live report:

“Younger Oregonians should have “a chance to participate in the ballot — about decisions that affect their homes, their clean air, their future, their schools and, as we’ve seen, their very lives,” Democratic state Sen. Shemia Fagan said at a Monday press conference announcing the measure.

Teens are “begging us to take action to protect their future,” she added. OPB reported that she referenced the student activists from Parkland, Florida, who launched the “Never Again” movement in the wake of the 2018 mass shooting at their high school.

Several Oregon student activists spoke at the press conference about why they deserved the right to vote before age 18. “We need to be able to take our work to the ballot and protect the policies we’re working so hard to pass,” South Salem High School senior Maria Torres said.

Pressing issues affecting young people have brought the voting age down before. It used to be 21 before the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1971, lowered it to 18. The amendment was fueled in part by teenagers facing the draft for the Vietnam War, which had become increasingly unpopular.

Congress had lowered the voting age in 1970 for state and federal offices, but Oregon objected to a lower minimum age being foisted on its state elections. It insisted the law was unconstitutional and won in the U.S. Supreme Court. This led to the successful push for the 26th amendment.

The newly introduced Oregon bill seeks to allow Oregonians starting at age 16 to vote in all elections, the Statesman-Journal reported, but such a law ultimately might only apply to state and local elections.”

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Guess who is to blame for anti-vaccination misinformation…

FYI: While I did not have time to research all the authors of this study, if you go here you will see that of the eight authors of this “Russian-troll” article, only two of them have other published articles with the American Journal of Public Health.

One author – Jamison – has just one other article published. And one other author – Quinn – has 11 articles published. Some of her titles include: “HURRICANE KATRINA: A SOCIAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER,” “Building Trust for Engagement of Minorities in Human Subjects Research: Is the Glass Half Full, Half Empty, or the Wrong Size?,” and “The Role of Community Advisory Boards: Involving Communities in the Informed Consent Process.”

I wish I had more time to research all of the authors (having a full-time job now does not allow that!) yet I did a quick search on the first author listed, David A. Broniatowski PhD. Here’s a bit of information from David’s CV: Research Interests: Group decision-making, social choice and social media surveillance. David’s academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Engineering Systems and degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

Makes me curious as to what are the credentials/background of the other authors of this study…

From Oregon Live: They gathered in the cold, carrying signs and grudges. One sign read: “Vaccines: the more you KNOW, the more you NO!”

With a measles outbreak among unvaccinated children in the Vancouver area causing Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a health emergency last month, hundreds of protesters turned out at the state capitol in Olympia to oppose a bill that would restrict personal exemptions to vaccines for school-age children.

So-called “anti-vaxxers” are part of a homegrown fringe movement, one that is suspicious of scientific data about the safety and efficacy of vaccinations. But they unwittingly have been getting overseas help in recent years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t trying to mess only with America’s elections. He has set loose his undercover opinion manipulators to promote fear of vaccines and set pro- and anti-vaccination Americans against one another, a recent study concluded.

The overarching objective in this ongoing offensive: to divide and terrify Americans — and win a second Cold War. For the most part, Russia has taken this fight to where we live: on social media.

“Compared with average users, Russian trolls, sophisticated bots and ‘content polluters’ tweeted about vaccination at higher rates,” the study concluded last fall. The research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that “[a]ccounts masquerading as legitimate users create false equivalency, eroding public consensus on vaccination.”

An example of a “disinformation” tweet: “Did you know there was a secret government database of #Vaccine-damaged child? #VaccinateUS.”

Another tweet argued the other side: “#VaccinateUS You can’t fix stupidity. Let them die from measles, and I’m for #vaccination!”

Both tweets, it appears, came from “bad actors” in Russia.

“By playing both sides, they erode public trust in vaccination, exposing us all to the risk of infectious diseases,” John Hopkins University computer-science professor Mark Dredze told the BBC.

The American Journal of Public Health study linked malicious propaganda on the issue to social-media accounts from Russia’s Internet Research Agency, which Robert Mueller’s special-counsel office has indicted for its role in 2016 election interference.

The U.S., it must be noted, isn’t the only Western country where measles outbreaks have returned in recent years. The BBC reports that higher rates of measles are being found throughout Europe as well.

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Oregon judge rules that regional correction center can’t notify ICE of inmate releases but can house ICE detainees

Oregon demorats continue to provide illegal alien criminals with protection via their sanctuary state law. See the following examples:

Sanctuary Oregon: ICE put hold months ago on illegal alien now accused of killing his wife

Sanctuary Oregon: Young couple killed on motorcycle by drunk illegal alien

Sanctuary Oregon: Illegal alien who was previously deported accused of nail gun rampage

This latest ruling still provides certain protections for those illegally in our country.

From Oregon Live: A Wasco County judge ruled Friday that two immigration enforcement practices at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Center violate the state’s sanctuary law but upheld the jail’s contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The jail in The Dalles houses inmates for Wasco, Hood River, Sherman and Gilliam counties. But under an interagency agreement reached in 1999, it also has housed people detained by ICE on illegal immigration allegations.

Wasco County Circuit Judge John Wolf found that the regional jail’s past policy of notifying ICE agents of scheduled releases of inmates in state or local criminal cases violated Oregon law that prohibits using state resources to solely detain someone based on an alleged immigration violation. The judge also ruled the jail can’t hold inmates for ICE beyond the time that they would face for their criminal charge.

Yet the judge didn’t nullify the regional jail’s contract with the federal immigration enforcement agency.

The jail’s contract “to accept and provide for secure custody’’ of federal detainees didn’t violate state law, Wolf ruled. The judge considered the “ordinary meaning’’ of the word “apprehending’’ from the state sanctuary law to mean arresting or seizing someone, not holding someone in jail.

Wolf’s ruling means ICE will still be able to house at the regional jail people it detains for alleged immigration violations who are awaiting transportation to prison or a hearing on their immigration status or deportation.

The plaintiffs — Wasco County taxpayers who filed the lawsuit in 2017 — and the regional jail each declared a win.

“We are pleased with the court’s decision that NORCOR is violating Oregon law in some respects, but disappointed by the court’s decision with respect to the ICE contract,’’ said attorney Erin M. Pettigrew of Innovation Law Lab. “It was a mixed bag for both parties.’’

Attorney Derek Ashton, who represents the regional jail, said he was pleased with the decision upholding the jail’s contract with ICE. “The contract at issue is critical to NORCOR’s budget and operations and eases a tax burden on the people of Wasco, Hood River, Sherman and Gilliam counties,” he said in a statement. “Today’s decision ensures that critical funding source will remain in place.”

The plaintiffs had alleged misuse of tax revenues for immigration enforcement. They established it costs $97 a day to house an inmate at the jail, and ICE reimburses the jail $80 an inmate.

As the suit was pending, the regional jail changed its policy in April.

Before then, NORCOR would notify ICE when a state or local inmate was scheduled for release on bail, on their own recognizance or after completing a sentence. ICE would then ask the jail through a paper form to detain the inmate longer on a federal hold. ICE would pay NORCOR to house the inmates once the “paper transfer’’ was done.

But the judge said that the form wasn’t an arrest warrant, didn’t show any show probable cause and wasn’t signed by a judge. “When a state or local inmate is no longer subject to custody on those charges, NORCOR does not have authority to maintain custody and must release the inmate,” Wolf ruled.

Since April, the jail has informed ICE of an inmate’s date of release, and if federal agents are present at the jail they may arrest the person in the lobby or the person is free to leave. A released inmate arrested by ICE in the lobby may be turned back to NORCOR to be held under the interagency agreement.

The judge’s ruled Friday, however, that any release notification by the jail to the federal agency violated the state’s sanctuary law.

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