🌱 Even Longer Waits at 911 + Portlanders Fear Portland

Happy Friday, Portland. And not just any Friday, but it’s also National Dog Day! We’ve strangely scared Portlanders off Portland, an outdoor hip-hop festival, and even made ice cream just for your dog to celebrate this special day. Read on, my friends, read on.

First of all, today’s weather:

Clouds come in and cool us down a bit for a maximum of 79. Yay!

Here are today’s top five stories in Portland:

  1. Dude, relax! A man reportedly brandished a gun during last weekend’s Sunday Parkways event during a traffic accident. The confrontation took place at 130th Avenue and Southeast Market Street, which was closed as part of Sunday Parkways. On August 22, the event gathered 15,000 people to cycle and have fun in the sun. However, witnesses say the event turned dangerous at one point when a man in a pickup truck demanded to be let through. (Fox 12 Oregon)
  2. Portland is again trying to limit fossil fuel terminals. City Council’s 4-0 vote leads to a zoning code change intended to ban nearly a dozen existing terminals along the Willamette River in northwest Portland from adding fossil fuel storage capacity and limiting new terminals to two million gallons of storage. Whether you support it or not, you should know that this is the city’s third attempt to impose such restrictions in recent years. Two previous attempts to implement the zoning changes have each failed to survive the legal challenges. (OregonLive)
  3. If you need to call 911, I hope you’re not in a rush. Waiting times have become even longer. The last report Bureau of Emergency Communications director Bob Cozzie showed an average wait time of 77 seconds in July. The center serves all of Multnomah County. Last December, average wait times peaked for 2021 at 65 seconds. Commissioner Mingus Mapps, the commissioner responsible for BOEC, was optimistic that new technology and staffing would address the problem and “rebalance” call waiting times by the end of 2022. So far, however, that has not happened. (KATU)
  4. Recent polls have shown that many Portlanders are afraid of their own city. City Hall asked DHM Research to assess attitudes toward downtown, city services in neighborhoods, homelessness, police, and house prices. DHM surveyed 500 Portland adults from May 2 to 16 and asked them to complete a 12-minute survey. Some results show that only 41% of respondents felt ‘very safe’ walking alone in their neighborhood during the day, and only 16% felt ‘very safe’ walking alone at night. (Willemette week)
  5. The Regional Toll Advisory Committee held its first public meeting Wednesday morning to develop the toll system for Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 on the Oregon-Washington border. The commission was formed in response to the Oregon legislature passed House Bill 2017 β€” a $5.3 billion bill designed to improve transportation across the state through a series of taxes, fees and bond sales. In 2021, state lawmakers gave more clarity to these projects by passing House Bill 3055. The legislation also outlined the implementation of “variable tolls” on I-5 and I-205. (KOIN)

Today in Portland:

  • The first annual The Kidz Outside Festival takes place in George City Park in North Portland. TKO Fest, co-founded by Portland Hip-Hop Artist Mat Randol & Writer/Artist Donovan Scribes, is the first step in activating efforts to improve George Park in North Portland. This year’s performers will consist of J Prodigy & Mat Randol themselves. 6pm – 8.30pm
  • The Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom celebrate their 9th anniversary with the release of a brand new beer. It’s Cold Pale Lager from Von Ebert Brewing. There is also pizza, live music and mini golf. Beat the owner (at mini golf) and win a prize. 3pm – 11pm
  • Stomping Grounds Arthouse invites you to Summer’s End Variety Show. When you arrive, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the booths set up by local artists, interact with each other and experience some amazing performances. 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Come to The Traveling Vampire Show at Dante’s in downtown Portland. There is a costume contest with great prizes from The Skeleton Key Vintage. Tarot readings by The House of Artemis. And of course there will be fire. Snakes. Blood. Human sacrifice at midnight. You don’t see that every day. At least I hope not. Doors open at 20.00
  • It’s like karaoke. But otherwise. Join Favela Brazilian CafΓ© for its famous musical theater Sing a Long Night – Broadway and Beyond! They have a live piano player, so bring your sheet music and sing your heart out on this magical evening. 6pm – 8pm

From my notebook:

  • Travel Portland:We’re not New York City or Chicago, but Portland is definitely a pizza place. Special warning: @sarahminnick_’s Lovely’s Fifty Fifty pizza was just featured on @chefstablenetflix. See! Locals: what’s your favorite piece?” (Travel Portland via Instagram)
  • Portland Audubon:How many Pacific Northwest varieties can you name from this beautiful mural by local artists Alex Chiu and Jeremy Nichols? πŸ¦πŸŒ²πŸ¦‹πŸ“πŸŒΊ To see this mural in person, head to the intersection of SW 2nd and SW Salmon in downtown Portland.[I”(PortlandAudubonviaInstagram)[I”(PortlandAudubonviaInstagram)[Ik”(PortlandAudubonviaInstagram)[I”(PortlandAudubonviaInstagram)
  • If you are looking for an electric vehicle, you may qualify for discounts of up to $15,000. The landmark Inflation Reduction Act recently signed is being celebrated as one of the largest climate investments in US history. It is planned to invest $369 billion in clean energy and climate action. The bill allows low- to middle-income households to get up to $7,500 in federal tax credits for a new electric vehicle or $4,000 for a used vehicle. (ON B)
  • Oh no, spiders! Don’t be alarmed, but there are over 500 species of spiders in Oregon, and soon they will reproduce. Each fall, the Oregon Department of Agriculture sees an increase in spider reports from concerned citizens. That’s because many spiders mature in the fall and start looking for mates, state taxonomist Josh Vlach told KOIN 6. (KOIN)
  • If you have never been to SE Portland restaurant Malka I highly recommend it. I haven’t been to their latest incarnation as they’ve switched to a prix fixe menu format, but I’ve had their all-important space helmet and it was great! Co-owner Colin McArthur sat down to discuss which Portland restaurants are his go-tos when it’s his turn to eat. Would you believe one of them is 7-11? (Eater PDX)
  • Leave it to Salt & Straw to never be satisfied and rest on their laurels. In honor of National Dog Day, they released their first ice cream for dogs. β€œWe’ve been making incredible ice cream for people for 11 years and we’re super excited because we’re launching Pup Cups for National Dog Day,” said Tyler Malek, co-founder and lead ice cream maker of Salt & Straw. “Literally the very first Salt & Straw dog ice cream.” Salt & Straw teamed up with vets to create something tasty, yet healthy, for dogs. (KGW)

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If you’re a dog owner, you have a good reason to celebrate man’s best friend. If not, at least it’s Friday and that should count for something. Enjoy your day and you know I’ll be back tomorrow to help you get your weekend off to a good start.

β€” Dominic Anaya

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

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