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THIS WEEKS HEADLINES
Raul Castro Steps Down
Raul Castro formally stepped down today as Cuba’s President, ushering in the first time a non-Castro has led the government since the revolution in 1959. Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, the new leader of Cuba may not have the last name but he certainly comes from the dynasty having served under both of the Castros since 1993, and is the former Vice President of the County. Raul Castro will remain the leader of the Communist party and the armed forces, after having served two terms as the country’s president. As to Raul Castro’s role in the Government, Diaz stated that, “Cuba needs him, providing ideas and proposals for the revolutionary cause, orienting and alerting us about any error or deficiency, teaching us, and always ready to confront imperialism."
Beaverton Oregon DMV Office Refuses Transgender People ID's and Photos
Oregon became the first state to put a third gender option on its drivers license. The land mark decision was made possible by Jamie Shupe’s efforts as a transgender non binary person to take their case to the courts when the Oregon Department of Motor vehicles refused to change Shupe’s gender on their license back in 2016. Shupe won and Oregon state complied with courts decision. Today people have three gender options to choose from when applying for or renewing their Oregon driver license but transgender people are still being denied the service. Jack Bott, a transgender man who works near Beaverton was told in 2016 that his psychologists letter was null and void and that if he wanted to update his gender and name, he had to go through DMV approved therapists. The DMV clerk gave Bott a paper with a list of about twenty "DMV approved" doctors and said they would not process Bott's request. Today several people have come forward including KBOO's own Zeloszelos Marchandt to say that the DMV office off of Sunset Highway in Beaverton has denied them service. According to ODOT and the transequality.org there is no state mandated lists of therapysts that transgender people are required to go through. The full interview with Jack Bott can be heard at www.kboo.fm/eveningnews
Wapato Jail Update
The Wapato jail is officially no longer on Multnomah Counties books, After having been sold for a mere five million dollars to property developer Martin Kehoe.The boondoggle Building located in the extreme Northeast of Portland has been a drain on public resources since it was built and was never actually used as a jail. Many had suggested converting the building to a homeless shelter. But critics pointed out that it’s remote location and lack of access to services made it unsuitable. A reported 109 million dollars was spent on the building’s construction and another 300 thousand per year was required to maintain the empty facility.
Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury stated that , “ The long saga of Wapato is over… We didn't need it as a jail. We couldn't reach back into the past and recapture the money spent. But we could work with professional real estate managers to sell Wapato and get that property back on the tax rolls to bring vital revenue to serve those in our community who need us most."
The one dissenting voice on the board of Commissioner Loretta Smith called the sale, “Political Malpractice.”