If you think every young hipster in Portland wants to open a restaurant, you're right. At least that's what The New York Times wrote in a front page essay on its Sunday, Nov. 13, opinion section.
William Deresiewicz, an essayist and critic who moved to the Rose City three years ago, wrote the piece in his attempt to understand today's youth culture. He concluded that young people consider themselves a brand that can be sold by starting small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
'Here's what I see around me in the city and the culture: food carts, 20-somethings selling wallets made from recycled plastic bags, boutique pickle companies, yechie startup, Kickstarter, urban-farming supply stores and bottled water that wants to save the world,' Deresiewicz wrote in, 'Generation Sell.'
'When I hear from young people who want to get off the careerist treadmill and do something meaningful, they talk, most often, about wanting to open a restaurant.'
Grimm kills in Chapman Square
Did you hear about the murder Friday night in Chapman Square?
No, not a real murder. And not actually in Chapman Square. But in an unfortunately piece of timing, given the pending showdown between police and Occupy Portland protesters there, the NBC Friday night program 'Grimm' included a murder in what detectives identified as Chapman Square.
'Grimm' is a fantasy-oriented detective show set in Portland than includes references to many actual locations. But when the detective showed up to investigate the murder, the location wasn't actually Chapman Square. Instead, it was one of the South Park Blocks.
By coincidence, after protesters were kicked out of Chapman and Lownsdale squares by police early Sunday morning, some of them talked about relocating to the South Park Blocks. It seems unlikely that many of protesters got the idea from watching the show, however. They want people to turn off their TVs, a not-too-original idea that started with anti-war protesters in the 1960s.
Tale of the election tape
At first glance, Tualatin businessman Rob Cornilles might be feeling a bit discouraged from the results of the 1st Congressional District special primary election.
Although Cornilles easily won the Republican nomination in the Nov. 8 election, state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici won the Democratic nomination with more votes than he received, even though she faced two tough challengers. Bonamici received 48,404 votes to defeat Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, state Rep. Brad Witt and six other lesser-known candidates. In contrast, Cornilles only received 39,500 votes against four weak opponents.
A look at the most recent campaign spending reports might give Cornilles some hope. Bonamici raised more money as of the Oct. 19 filings, $654,607 compared to Cornilles' $556,613. But that's still a respectable figure for Cornilles, and $42,974 more than Avakian and Witt had raised between them by then.
At the very least, it suggests that Cornilles could be competitive against Bonamici in the Jan. 31, 2012, special election. If he can figure out how to overcome the historic Democratic voter registration edge in the district, that is.
Jeri Williams is having trouble gaining traction in her City Council against political activist Steve Novick. She has only raised $870 so far compared to Novick's nearly $162,000.
Last week, Williams tried to generate publicity by issuing a press release saying she was co-sponsoring a protest against an Internet dating site with the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. The partnership is logical because Williams is a sex trafficking survivor.
But Williams' name does not appear on the sponsorship list released by the CATW. It includes numerous organizations, activists and celebrities, but not Williams. Her campaign says CATW has confirmed her sponsorship with them, however.