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School bond protesters attract attention outside City Hall

A counter-protest dwarfs those opposing bond and levy on May ballot
by: Jennifer Hardin A small group led by activist Richard Ellmyer, center, gathered outside Portland City Hall Wednesday to protest the school bond and local option levy measures on the May ballot. The protest claimed the measures were “a mismanagement of public funds.”

A Wednesday morning protest outside City Hall drew just a handful of people opposed to the $548 million Portland Public Schools' construction bond measure.

It did, however, draw a counter-protest of dozens of school supporters who waved signs and chanted slogans to passing traffic just across Southwest Fourth Avenue.

North Portland activist Richard Ellmyer had organized his bond/levy protest via his online campaign, www.goodgrowthnw.org .

'The PPS Tax Hike Is NOT About Kids,' Ellmyer wrote in e-mail missives. 'It Is About ADULT MISMANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FUNDS And Making A Buck At Taxpayers Expense.'

Bond supporters, organized as the Portlanders for Schools campaign, have organized and gathered contributions for months. They're now nearing the $1 million mark.