Tag Archives: Multnomah County

Multnomah County remains an antivaccine ‘hot spot,’ landing in Top 5 for nonmedical exemptions

Concerns about vaccinations have grown across the country in recent decades. This is evident in Oregon, where parents are allowed to seek nonmedical exemptions so their children can avoid the vaccinations that are required for school enrollment. Oregon is one of 18 states that allow exemptions “for personal, religious or philosophical reasons.” Source: Multnomah County […]
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Multnomah County Sues Government Over Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grant Criteria

Multnomah County is suing the federal government over new criteria for obtaining federal sex education grants, arguing the new criteria prioritizes applicants who promote abstinence-only sex education programs. At the center of the lawsuit is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants, from which the county currently receives nearly $1.25 million […]
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Portland bail fund helps black defendants afford to get out of jail

Gina Spencer is spearheading a community effort to pay bail for black defendants who can’t afford it. On any given day, more than a thousand people are detained in Portland at the Multnomah County Jail. Most of them aren’t there because they’ve been convicted of a crime. A disproportionate number of them are people of […]
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Study finds 37,000 Multnomah County residents live in landslide zones

Almost 37,000 residents of Multnomah County live in areas highly susceptible to landslides — including 6,700 who live on sites of earlier slides. The new number comes from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, which indexed 7,000 past landslides using laser-surveying technology. Source: Study finds 37,000 Multnomah County residents live in landslide zones

Study puts regional landslides in spotlight

-A new lidar-based landslide inventory maps show more than 7,000 past landslides – 10 times as many as research teams mapped after 1996-97 storms.- A new state study is drawing lines across Multnomah County where landslides could happen, and where residents and buildings are most at risk. Source: Study puts regional landslides in spotlight

Victim, who was silenced in court, denied request for new sentencing hearing (Commentary)

For the second time, Dana Parks left Judge Kenneth R. Walker’s courtroom in tears. For the second time, she was denied the right to speak uninterrupted at the sentencing of her abuser. Source: Victim, who was silenced in court, denied request for new sentencing hearing (Commentary) | OregonLive.com

Multnomah County Prosecutors Are Cracking Down on Repeat Car Thieves After Oregon Lawmakers Dropped the Ball 

The Multnomah County District Attorneys Office is cracking down on motor vehicle theft after legislative efforts to strengthen Oregon’s anti-theft laws died in the 2018 short session. Source: Multnomah County Prosecutors Are Cracking Down on Repeat Car Thieves After Oregon Lawmakers Dropped the Ball – Willamette Week

How Portland Tried, And Failed, To Provide A Bed For All Its Homeless Children

Multnomah County and the city of Portland tried to guarantee a shelter bed for homeless families with children. But the number of families kept rising. For four months, Katie slept in a bunk bed in Portland’s largest shelter for homeless families. She lay on the bottom half of the cot while one of her young […]
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My View: Analyze county’s mental health system

The fact is, Multnomah County contains the biggest population of all counties in Oregon, and with that it is important to provide adequate health care to all residents. While Oregon leads the nation in several progressive matters such as reproductive health rights and an equitable minimum wage, the state utterly fails to provide community members […]
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Multnomah County pulls out of timber county group, cites Cascade Siskiyou Monument lawsuit

Multnomah County withdrew from an association of Oregon timber counties last month, saying it no longer wanted to be affiliated with the organization. Source: Multnomah County pulls out of timber county group, cites Cascade Siskiyou Monument lawsuit