Sources Say: Mayor's revised city budget set for vote
Mayor Ted Wheeler filed a revised proposed budget last Wednesday that reduced the number of requested new police officers and restored recommended cuts in a number of other bureaus, including Portland Parks & Recreation.
Wheeler's revised budget requests 55 additional officers, including 49 patrol officers and six sworn support positions. He previously requested 58 officers, including the six support positions. They would be funded by an increase in the city business income tax from 2.2 to 2.6 percent that is supported by the Portland Business Alliance.
The revised budget also restores funding for four Parks & Rec community centers that had been threatened with closure. It was negotiated with the other members of the City Council. The vote is set for Wednesday, May 16. It will take effect July 1.
Grand jury clears police officers, deputy
A Multnomah County grand jury on Wednesday found no criminal wrongdoing by Portland police officers and a Multnomah County Sheriff's deputy in the shooting death of a man with a knife in a Southeast Portland homeless shelter.
The Portland Police Bureau is still conducting a use of force investigation into the April 7 incident, where John Elifritz, 48, died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The officers and deputies responded to the shelter after Elifritz reportedly had been involved in an escalating series of violent incidents, including a carjacking in which he crashed a stolen vehicle near the shelter. Witnesses said he was cutting himself with a knife but refused orders to drop it and lunged at the officers and deputy before he was shot.
Beam chosen for redevelopment project
Beam Development has been chosen to redevelop three city-owned blocks in inner Southeast Portland by Prosper Portland, formerly known as the Portland Development Commission.
The Wednesday announcement said the development company proposes to buy or lease the three blocks west of Southwest Water Avenue between Taylor and Madison streets and build more than 300,000 square feet of industrial and office space. The project will include parking garages that generate revenue for Prosper Portland.
After a development agreement is approved by Prosper Portland, construction could begin in 2019.