The ‚Äúdirty little secret‚Äù politicians hope you won‚Äôt learn ‚Äì
and how you can become a better informed voter
By David F. Ashton
Do you know why some neighborhoods and business districts seem to get all the ‚Äúgoodies‚Äù while others suffer with so little?
One reason is that some areas vote; others don‚Äôt. It‚Äôs just that simple.
The city is divided up into ‚Äúprecincts‚Äù. Elected officials and bureau staff members can easily check to see in which precincts citizens register ‚Äì and actually vote. Word is, they don‚Äôt much care whom voters elect nor for what they vote in or out.
By David F. Ashton ‚Äì April 11, 2006
In the vast expanse called outer East Portland, there is one ‚Äì yes only one ‚Äì good, old-fashioned parade every year.
That‚Äôs why nearly a thousand adults and kids line NE Halsey St. every May to see the Fun-O-Rama Parade.
The Floyd Light Band plays great marching tunes. David F. Ashton Photo
The high and low if it ‚Äì unicyclists are a favorite along the parade route! David F. Ashton Photo
By David F. Ashton
Bars and mini-mart workers must know it’s wrong to sell booze to kids. A quick look at the ID of a young-ish looking guy or gal isn’t that difficult. Yet, during Spring Break, getting a swig of hooch wasn’t a problem for several underage youth.
Some of these young people who got served were on a mission ‚Äì and, that mission wasn’t go get drunk. These kids were Portland Police Cadets. They were working with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to identify employees of businesses who sell alcohol to minors.
Noted restaurateur tells of her awareness mission at Parkrose Business Association
By David F. Ashton ‚Äì April 2, 2006
She couldn‚Äôt help but noticing the young boys outside the porn shop on NE Sandy Blvd., said Eileen Stocker. ‚ÄúThey were trying to see what was inside, behind the painted out windows.‚Äù
Seeing these kids, Stocker told us, fostered a question that kept running through her mind: ‚ÄúShould our kids be growing up in this kind of environment ‚Äì believing that adult oriented stores and sex shops on every corner ‚Äì is normal?‚Äù
The 3 a.m. fire at Portland Christian High School was perhaps the work of cowardly hoodlums, students surmise. David F. Ashton Photos
By David F. Ashton ‚Äì April 3, 2006
The normally quiet of an early morning on NE San Rafael St. was shattered by the roar of fire engines and the wail of sirens early Monday morning. Firefighters sped along NE 122nd Ave. to answer a second fire call to Portland Christian School, within in the past two months.
A Wednesday afternoon joy-ride for a 21-year-old ended abruptly at 4:00 p.m. on March 29 in outer East Portland. Police say Jennifer Leeanne Cogswell‚Äôs fun ended when she was found at the wheel of a stolen, black Acura — and arrested.
Cogswell was nailed near SE Powell Blvd. and 122nd Ave. by the Portland Police Bureau’s Auto Theft Task Force. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Hillsboro and used in the commission of a burglary in the Hillsboro area earlier on Wednesday.
Cops are looking for a male riding in the vehicle with Cogswell who escaped and has not been found. He is described as a white male, 5’6″, thin and approximately 25-years-old.
Published March 24, 2006 ~ By David F. Ashton
Leaders from all of the neighborhoods that border 82nd Avenue of Roses gather for the event. Photo by David F. Ashton
A light mist in the air didn‚Äôt stop 100 neighbors, business people and rose lovers from attending the Royal Rosarians‚Äô official recognition of 82nd Ave. being renamed “The Avenue of Roses” on March 22.
Joann Superstore Ribbon Cutting
Flanked by the Royal Rosarians, neighbors and chamber members, Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams and East Portland Chamber of Commerce president Greg Zuffrea cut the ribbon signaling the opening of the new Joann Superstore at Eastport Plaza. Photo by David F. Ashton
Published March 26, 2006 ~ By David F. Ashton
In an effort to isolate the problem, a PGE engineer opens a massive switch at the Johnson Creek Substation just as a power serge comes through the system. The result is this massive arc. No one was injured. Photo by David F. Ashton
¬†Standing outside the fence at the massive Portland General Electric (PGE) electric power sub-station on SE Johnson Creek Blvd., at Flavel Drive., one can hear a loud, deep, resonant hum as the giant electric transformers pass electricity to homes and businesses throughout East Portland.
Published March 20, 2006 ~ By David F. Ashton
Seen here nursing a baby bird back to health, “The Bird Doctor”, veterinarian Pamela A. Burke will give free advice at the East Portland Bird Festival on April 8. David F. Ashton Photo
Veterinarian Pamela A. Burke is known in the greater Portland area as “The Bird Doctor”. From little tweety-birds to mighty Macaws, Burke‚Äôs passion is for winged creatures. On April 8, Dr. Burke will give free advice at the East Portland Bird Festival.
Published March 26, 2006 ~ By David F. Ashton
To raise money for their program, SE Police Cadets Nicholas Kienle, Eli Fernley, Channa Thol and Justin Brill — among others — taking freezing belly-flops and crawling to center ice before a Portland Winterhawks at the Rose Garden. David F. Ashton Photo
What sane person would lay down ‚Äì on ice ‚Äì at the Portland Winterhawks goal line and crawl on their bellies to center ice at the Rose Garden?
ublished March 24, 2006 ~ By David F. Ashton
Neighbors packed in Parklane Church to hear Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard speak to outer East Portlanders. David F. Ashton Photo
It isn‚Äôt often when a Portland city official comes to meet with residents in outer East Portland. 50 people attended the joint Centennial and Powellhurst-Gilbert association meeting at Parklane Church on SE Main St. on Feb 18 to hear, and question, Portland City Council member Randy Leonard.
Commissioner Leonard starting by saying he didn‚Äôt support Mayor Tom Potter‚Äôs tax idea, because it would provide outer East Portland schools with lower benefits than those given the Portland School District.
Published March 22, 2006 ~ By David F. Ashton
Explaining how first-time home-buyers can benefit from land trust programs is Kelly Caldwell, speaking to a group at the Holgate Street Library. David F. Ashton
Apartment dwelling families can easily pay $1,000 per month in rent. With houses costing upwards of $200,000, home ownership today seems, for many, an impossible dream.
However, one program, Portland Community Land Trust, is making homeowners out of renters.