OREGON SENATOR RON WYDEN HAD A TOWN MEETING SCHEDULED IN CLACKAMAS COUNTY YESTERDAY. AROUND FORTY PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO THE SCHEDULED LOCATION, ALL BUT ONE OF THEM THERE TO DEMAND THAT WYDEN MAKE A STATEMENT ON THE ISRAELI INVASION OF GAZA.
BUT THEY WERE DISAPPOINTED TO LEARN THAT RON WYDEN HAD CANCELLED THE MEETING AT THE LAST MINUTE IN ORDER TO HEAD BACK TO WASHINGTON.
The Portland Police Bureau is keeping a list of people arrested most often downtown. The police say that the list, which has grown from 35 to nearly 400, is part of a coordinated strategy to improve livability in Old Town and surrounding neighborhoods by arresting chronic offenders and holding them in jail where they can receive drug, acohol and other treatments to end their criminal behavior. Defense attorneys say that people are being labeled as chronic offenders based on arrests rather than convictions.
Host Stephanie Potter interviews David C. Korten about his new book "Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth: Why Wall Street Can't Be Fixed and How to Replace It." Korten identifies the deep sources of the current economic crisis: Wall Street institutions that have perfected the art of creating "wealth" without producing anything of real value: phantom wealth.
Host Theresa Mitchell speaks with Jack D. Forbes, author of "Columbus and Other Cannibals." Forbes is professor emeritus and former chair of Native American Studies at the University of California at Davis. He was instrumental at the start of the Native American Movement in 1961, and went on to found Native American Studies programs across the country as well as an indigenous university.
The Sellwood Bridge is in desperate need of repair or replacement. After a long process, a final decision is due soon on a new bridge's alignment and design. In recent weeks this process has become contentious because two groups are being pitted against one another.
A group of condo owners who live on either side of the bridge have been aggressively supporting an alignment that would move the bridge a block or more north, saving their property from demolition but having major impacts on other parts of the neighborhood.
This week we talk with a group of Sellwood neighbors who are opposed to this plan and have organized a grassroots movement to rebuild the bridge in its current alignment. We look at the sustainability and livability issues of where the new Sellwood Bridge is built.