Local Issues

California's Prop 49 Aims to Overturn Citizen's United

News In Depth
program date: 
Thu, 01/07/2016

KBOO's  Robin Ryan speaks with Common Cause's California Director Kathy Feng about her state's Proposition 49, which aims to send a message to Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling from 2010.  
Citizen's United opened the floodgates for the anonymous campaign cash that has transformed the electoral landscape of America.
Prop 49 was on the ballot in 2014 but was ruled ineligible after a right-wing legal campaign.

21:04 minutes (19.29 MB)

Deregulatory Bills Pass House of Representatives

Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 01/07/2016
Two anti-regulatory bills were approved in House yesterday and today along strongly bipartisan lines.
The HB 1155, known as the SCRUB Act, and HB 712, known as the Sunshine for Deregulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, were approved by the Republican majority en-route to a likely death in the Senate and certain veto by President Obama.
However, both bills represent a strong deregulatory zeitgeist on the right, and have strong backing from industrial lobbyists.
For more, KBOO reporter Sam Bouman spoke with Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate with Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group based in Washington, DC. 

More info can be found here: 6:33 minutes (6 MB)

Missing Person Alert: Nathan Behensky

UPDATE: KBOO received word on 1/28/16 that Nathan has died. We offer our deepest condolences to all of his family and friends, and consider ourselves fortunate to have known Nathan during the time he volunteered at KBOO.


1/3/16 - A KBOO volunteer has been listed as a missing person with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s department.
Nathan Behensky is twenty-something, Caucasian with shorter brown hair and dark blue eyes, about six feet tall and very slim.
Family and friends describe him as approachable and noticeably polite.

David Gomberg Interview

Between Us
program date: 
Wed, 01/06/2016
David Gomberg is an Oregon democratic legislator running for reelection in House District 10, a slice of Oregon from Tillamook to Yachats and inland 50 miles.  His passions are community, his business and his family.  Don Merrill talked with David Gomberg about earthquake preparedness, the standoff in Eastern Oregon, the shipping situation at Portland's Terminal Six and how refusing to cross a picket line 30 years established his view toward workers today.
29:58 minutes (27.43 MB)

Portland's Climate Action Plan, Part 2

program date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016
This is Part 2 of Bill Resnick's interview with Mike Houck and Caitlin Lovell about the latest version of the Portland Climate Action Plan, approved earlier this year by the city council. The plan is very comprehensive, dealing with  the many sources of greenhouse gas pollution and what can be done to reduce each. 
The first half (available here), played last week, explored:
- Incenting local sun and wind installations and rid the planet of fossil fuel energy
- Encouraging energy efficiency in all buildings
- Integrating nature into the city to encourage walking and cool the city 17:36 minutes (12.09 MB)

Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Takes Effect Tomorrow

Evening News
program date: 
Tue, 12/22/2015
On January first a law will go into place assigning certain protections and benefits to domestic workers in the State of Oregon, called the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. 
For more KBOO reporter Jared Dancler spoke with Tom Breedlove, an expert on household labor and taxes, and director for Home Pay, a division of the website Care.com. 7:01 minutes (6.43 MB)

A Day in Paradise at the Portland Art Museum exhibition "Fallen Fruit of Portland"

The Underground
program date: 
Sat, 10/24/2015

This audio was recorded by Caldera Youth at the "A Day In Paradise" series of events on Saturday October 24, 2015. Thanks to Beans, Little Hawk, the interviewees, and all Caldera helpers.

Edited and produced by Erin Yanke.

Fallen Fruit creates art installations in cities around the world, featuring a fruit specific to each project place–for Portland, that fruit is the apple. Using the apple as metaphor, Fallen Fruit of Portland will explore concepts of place and history in the context of complexities unique to Portland.

27:50 minutes (31.85 MB)

Portland Needs a Rent Strike

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015

Joe Clement reads an opinion piece from December 23rd's Portland Observer  by Lew Church of Tenant Rights Project and Portland Tenants United, that suggests a city-wide rent strike is worth considering.

[image from wikipedia]

3:42 minutes (1.7 MB)
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