Final pitch set
Members of the Oregon Stadium Campaign, along with officials from the city and the state, will meet with Major League Baseball officials at 5 p.m. Thursday in Phoenix to pitch Portland as the new home for the Montreal Expos at the end of this season.
Along with the Portland contingent, groups from Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia will try to convince the league to relocate the Expos to their areas.
Portland attendees are set to include campaign head David Kahn, Mayor Vera Katz, Portland Planning Director Gil Kelley, gubernatorial aide Howard Lavine and Portland Spectator Facilities Manager David Logsdon.
Portland backers last week released a detailed report analyzing seven proposed stadium sites. The report, prepared by Kansas City-based stadium designer HOK, favors the site that currently holds the main U.S. Post Office building.
'The mayor believes we have some outstanding site possibilities for a major league baseball stadium here in Portland, and she and the team are looking forward to sharing them,' said Sarah Bott, Katz's spokeswoman.
Metro makes grants
Forest Park trail maps, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival and kindergarten scholarships for low-income kids are among the latest recipients of Metro's community enhancement program.
The money comes from Metro's 50-cent surcharge levied on every ton of trash dumped at Metro Central Station, which was instituted in 1992 to help local nonprofit organizations. More than $2.1 million has been awarded to 179 projects since the program began.
'Given the level of need and today's struggling economy, the selection process was very challenging,' said Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder. 'These are critical neighborhood projects that will make a huge impact on people's lives.'
In the latest allocation, Metro parceled out $162,000 in amounts ranging from $1,768 to $58,200. The largest chunk went to the Linnton Community Center to repair water leaks.
For more information and a complete list of recipients, visit the Metro Web site, www.metro-region.org.
Ñ Tribune staff