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Operator misses deadline
City officials are considering their next steps after Portland Family Entertainment on Wednesday missed making a required $576,000 payment as part of the PGE Park operating agreement.
The city must decide whether to hire new managers or run the stadium itself.
Portland Family Entertainment spokesman John Mangan said his group will continue to operate until the city decides which path it will take for the stadium and the Portland Beavers minor-league baseball team, which PFE owns.
'In the spirit of cooperation, we'll work with the city and any other stakeholders as either organizational changes are made or the arrangement is restructured,' Mangan said. 'We want to help the city make a graceful transition.'
Sam Adams, chief of staff for Mayor Vera Katz, said earlier this week that baseball would be played at PGE Park next year regardless of who operates the team.
Commemoration is Sunday
'Live and let live' is the theme for World AIDS Day, which will be observed worldwide, and in Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square, on Sunday.
A commemoration program, beginning in the square at 2:30 p.m., will include a reading of names of people who have died from AIDS. The event will feature entertainment by music, dance and theater groups.
Speakers will include Multnomah County Chairwoman Diane Linn and Dr. Mark Loveless of the Oregon Department of Human Services/Communicable Disease Division.
Today, the Multnomah County HIV Services Center, 426 S.W. Stark St., will host an open house from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Events will include the showing of a locally produced documentary, '21 Years Ñ a Coming of AIDS,' that features interviews with HIV service providers.
In its recently released annual report, Cascade AIDS Project, which serves people with HIV and AIDS, reported that HIV has increased among women, children and minorities.
The agency reported a 48 percent increase in the number of children and youth with HIV/AIDS who it served last year, and a 35 percent increase in the number of new families seeking services.
Group files complaint
The nonprofit group fighting a public takeover of Portland General Electric has filed a formal complaint with the Multnomah County district attorney's office over the city's refusal to release a study on the proposed purchase.
Copies of the study, conducted by Financial Advisors Inc., were leaked to the media with some pages and paragraphs blacked out. Oregonians for Jobs and Power claims the city is 'deliberately withholding large sections of this study.'
The group's executive director, Matt Wingard, said Mayor Vera Katz promised to look into release of the study at an Oct. 30 public forum.
The study, featured in an Oct. 1 Tribune story, suggests that it would be difficult for the city to obtain rate savings because it must use taxable bonds to buy PGE and may not be able to access preferential rates from the Bonneville Power Administration.
Victim seeks settlement
His lawyer says James Patrick Webb Ladd is satisfied with the guilty pleas entered by both of the former Portland police officers who beat Ladd outside a downtown night club in January.
Attorney Michael McCaslin is negotiating with the city for a settlement in the case. If they cannot agree on a figure within the next 90 days, McCaslin says he will file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city. He already has notified the city that he intends to seek $300,000 in damages.
Ladd, a Portland resident, was assaulted by Grant D. Bailey and Craig A. Hampton after an encounter in Stephanos, a restaurant and nightclub at 1135 S.W. Washington St.
Although both officers were off-duty at the time, one of them flashed his police badge to keep bystanders at bay while beating Ladd. After a yet-to-be identified Portland police sergeant wrote an anonymous letter about the incident to the Independent Police Review Division, Bailey and Hampton were charged with the crime.
Bailey pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault in May and agreed to an 18-month prison sentence. Hampton pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault on Monday and agreed to serve 21 months in prison.
Both resigned from the police bureau and are cooperating in an internal investigation into the possible cover-up.
Lawyer scoffs at report
Alan Graf, the lawyer suing the city over its handling of President Bush's Aug. 23 visit, says the recent police report on the event is full of 'lies.' The visit was marred by numerous confrontations between the police and more than 1,000 protesters.
Last week, Assistant Police Chief Greg Clark sent a five-page memo explaining the reasons behind the confrontations. But Graf says the memo contains many falsehoods, including claims that most protesters chose to ignore police demands that they disperse before violence erupted.
'Maybe some people at the front of the crowd heard the demands, but the police equipment is so bad you couldn't hear anything behind the first few rows,' said Graf, who has filed a federal civil rights suit against the city on behalf of a number of protesters and their children.
Officer pleads guilty
A Portland police officer will have to resign from the bureau after pleading guilty to a felony domestic violence charge in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Ten-year veteran Michael Pimentel also will do 300 hours of community service, will undergo three years of anger management counseling and alcohol treatment, and must dispose of any firearms he possesses.
Pimentel was arrested June 2 for a series of incidents involving his former girlfriend, also a bureau employee. He has been on administrative leave since then.
Leonard on offense
Newly elected city Commissioner Randy Leonard picked a fight with the Portland Development Commission on his first day in office.
Shortly after Leonard was sworn in Tuesday to fill former Commissioner Charlie Hale's unexpired term, he sent a letter to PDC Executive Director Don Mazziotti questioning the agency's decision to build a low-income housing complex on a vacant block near Southeast Foster Road and 90th Avenue.
According to Leonard, neighbors have repeatedly told PDC officials they want a mixed-use development with office space and retail stores at that location.
'I asked him to explain the agency's reasoning behind their decision,' said Leonard, saying that he showed the letter to Mayor Vera Katz before sending it. He said the mayor, who is in charge of the PDC, told him 'they'd better have the answers.'
Police, church near pact
City officials are close to striking a formal deal with the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland to reduce crime associated with the St. Francis of Assisi Church in the 300 block of Southeast 11th Avenue.
Representatives of the Portland Police Bureau, the city attorney's office, the archdiocese and the church met to discuss the situation last Friday. They are now close to finalizing a written agreement to govern the hundreds of homeless people who come to the church for free meals and other services every day.
Neighbors have long complained that a small group of the people hang out around the church and cause trouble. Southeast Precinct Cmdr. Stanley Grubbs declared the park adjacent to the church a chronic nuisance property after a series of arrests earlier this year.
Ñ Tribune staff