Norm Frink isn’t voting for Donald Trump. Not even after a week at the Republican National Convention.
Frink, former Multnomah County chief deputy district attorney, attended the GOP convention in Cleveland this month as an alternate delegate—and a walking opposition billboard. As WW reported on Wednesday, Frink wore a series of “Never Trump” T-shirts on the convention floor.
“The majority of Trump people, there was no response,” Frink says. “I had a lot of people, who weren’t Trump people, who would give me a thumbs-up or say, ‘That’s great,’ but I’d notice they weren’t wearing anything that was associated with #NeverTrump.”
Frink did more than wear the shirts. He also kept a running Facebook diary of his time in Trump territory. He has authorized WW to display it here, as an account of disillusionment. We’ve redacted the names of most commenters.
It begins with one of the original Waterman signs: a demand for more parking spaces, and the BikeTown hotline number. (We called to check.) Someone has already defaced this sign with the suggestion that free parking is not free.
Beneath the original sign is a love letter—and a Post-It note questioning whether bike-share is really affordable transportation.
There’s also another Post-It note above the supportive sign, asking why Portland can’t start over with a new bike-share program.
“Organize to create a free bike-share,” it suggests, “without corporate influence.”
Now we move to the back side of the original sign. Here is where the conversation takes a turn.
While still sort of discussing BikeTown, the next commenter (who took the time to type and print a sign) really wants to talk about gentrification, affordability and newcomers who priced longtime residents out of the Sunnyside neighborhood.
Also the phrase “recognize your privilege” is deployed. Shit has gotten real.
Because you may not be able to read the hand-written responses, let us offer some highlights:
“Believe me, I’ve lived in this ‘hood longer than you… So don’t get me started about the ‘good-old days.’”
“Will you really use it? I live here and I don’t use it.”
“I own a bike and I use BikeTown!”
“What if you lived here, you couldn’t lock your own bike to a rack in front of your home, and you work for Adidas?”
Speaking of what-ifs: What if BikeTown is a government plot to get Portlanders to give up their cars so they will be easier to round up into government camps?
That is the question posed in a series of seven notes taped to the bottom of the pole.
“They want you to stop driving,” the notes say. “So when they barricade us in… we won’t want or need to leave the city.”
Makes you think. Makes you need to reply, really. Which is possible: Just ride your bike to the corner of Southeast Taylor Street and Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard with a piece of paper and some Scotch tape.
But unlike those other breweries, there will be no mourning period for Hop Valley. They make very, very average beer with shiny packaging. It’s the IPA your mom brings over for dinner because she knows you like hoppy beers and it says “hop” right there on the label.
Nikos Ridge, co-owner of Ninkasi, another Eugene Brewery, did throw a little shade, which will likely be the last you hear of it.
“We are always disappointed when a member of the craft industry becomes part of one of the big two macrobreweries,” Ridge told the Register-Guard. “The craft industry was built on being the antithesis of big beer, and has been competing successfully with the global conglomerates for the last 30 years.”
But there is a second big issue in play over the past few years: the increasing awareness of sexism in craft beer.
That whole scandal was called out by Beervana blogger and local treasure Jeff Alworth, and I won’t repeat all the details but, uh, you can imagine how well this went over with Jezebel. But the people responsible for that name are still involved with the company now, as they say they held on to a large stake.
“The cafe model has been flogged pretty hard here [in Melbourne],” he says. “I honestly reckon it’s harder and more risky for me to do another three cafes here in Melbourne than it is to go to the other side the planet and do something I know really well, a place where there’s nothin…
Well, not quite nothing. There are plenty of cafes in the area, just few that have realised the standard-Melbourne-cafe trinity of great food, coffee and service. “One of the big holes there is service,” Hirte says. “Not in restaurants, not in bars. In coffee shops and cafes.”
“I did not write the article,” Hirte tells Sprudge. “It was written after a conversation with Nick Connellan, a journalist from Broadsheet. I didn’t get the chance to read it over prior to publishing, and he was unaware that it would be taken negatively in the U.S.”
Hirte now says that “When I said the biggest gap between the States and Australia was ‘service’ I didn’t mean I think the service is bad in the States at all. It’s amazing; however, it’s a completely different style to what we have here.”
He also says that he’s excited to come to town and “surround ourselves with the best in the industry and try and make a difference.”
Portland’s biggest summer music festival is less than month away, and the first truly summer-like weekend is basically here. Seems like a perfect time to introduce our MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst playlist.
It’s the easiest way to familiarize yourself with the artists playing the festival—or as we like to call it, MFNWpPP. Oh sure, “It Was a Good Day” or “Hungry Like the Wolf” are probably part of your DNA at this point, but what do you know about Lizzo’s self-esteem anthem “Good As Hell”? Hop Along’s yearning, raw-throated “The Knock”? A$AP Ferg’s literal club-banger “Let It Bang”? MFNWpPP might be the most top-heavy festival either MusicfestNW or Project Pabst has ever put on, but there’s still plenty to discover.
Oh, and don’t worry, Weenheads: There’s something on there for you too.
In an interview with an unidentified reporter after last night’s walkout, Valdez Bravo, a delegate representing Oregon’s 5th Congressional district, called for Hillary Clinton to apologize.
The interview was posted to twitter last night by Emily Atkin, who covers politics for Circa News. Watch the video here or read a partial transcript here.
Asked when Sanders supporters would be ready to move on and support Clinton, Bravo said he was not sure what the nominee would have to do to win his support.
“What do you want to see, exactly?” the reporter asked. “Because I did hear Hillary Clinton, she did give a shout-out to Bernie Sanders, she did thank him for the work he’s done, she thanked a lot of the things you guys have been pushing.”
“I don’t know exactly what she could have said, but I think I would have felt it,” Bravo said.
“Is there anything she could have said?” the reporter said. “I’m trying to figure that out.”
Finally, Bravo said, “She could have said ‘I’m sorry.’”
“Even though she wasn’t personally involved with the DNC business, you want her to apologize for it?” the reporter asked.
“That would have been nice,” Bravo said.
Bravo tells WW that an apology would help bring the Democratic Party together.
“We do need to have unity in the Democratic Party to defeat Donald Trump,” Bravo tells WW. “I think an apology would go a long way towards healing that divide.”
Bravo says he’s not looking for anything complicated.
“Just an acknowledgment that, ‘I know that there was unethical behavior happening at the DNC, and there was collusion with my campaign,’” Valdez tells WW. “It would mean a lot.”
Eric Zimmerman scored a big endorsement this week in his race to replace Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey: former Gov. Barbara Roberts.
As Oregon’s first female governor, Roberts looms large over local politics. Hers is a coveted endorsement. However, it doesn’t always spell success. Roberts endorsed Bailey in his bid for Portland mayor in May, when he lost badly to state Treasure Ted Wheeler, now Portland’s mayor-elect.
Zimmerman is County Commissioner Diane McKeel’s chief of staff.
“Eric’s extensive experience working within the Multnomah County government makes him best suited to help the most vulnerable people in our region,” Roberts said in a statement released Friday by the Zimmerman campaign. “Everybody wants to help women, children and those most in need. The difference is Eric knows how to get it done.”
About 45 people organized by Portland Tenants United gathered in front of City Hall on Thursday afternoon, calling on Hales to cancel the sweep of camps from the Springwater Corridor, where as many as 500 homeless people reside.
The protest was planned before Hales’ announcement Wednesday that the date of the sweep will be pushed back from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1.
“While we appreciate the postponement of a month, nothing’s really changed,” said Jamie Partridge, one of the organizers of the protest. “There’s no guarantee for where these folks can go. There’s only a guarantee that they will be evicted as of Sept. 1.”
The main demand of the protesters was to stop the sweep. But they also demanded that if the sweep were to occur that the city find a replacement location for the campers, that the police not seize the possessions of the evicted, and that the city provide accommodations for those with disabilities.
The protesters, who stood on the sidewalk in front of City Hall facing Fourth Avenue, held up signs with slogans such as “Being Houseless is Not a Crime,” and chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, Charlie’s sweeps have got to go.” Protesters were invited to take turns using a megaphone to “project their voices into City Hall.”
Thomas Dent, 59, one of the protesters who addressed the crowd, has been living on the Springwater Corridor since January. He says that while he’s moving into a homeless shelter soon, he knows that many living in Springwater Corridor will stand their ground on the day of the sweep.
“If Charlie Hales can’t come up with something, if the city can’t come up with something, some kind of solution, yeah, they’re going to stay and fight,” Dent said to WW. “And I’m gonna be right there with them.”
Rebecca Webster, who is currently living indoors but says she’s “one rent check away from being houseless,” thinks that Hales isn’t solving anything by delaying the sweep.
“You can’t sweep people, you can only sweep garbage,” she told WW. “It’s not a start, it’s only the politicians saving face.”
Other protesters thought that delaying the sweep was a good move, but not enough. “I think it’s helpful but I think we need to do something more long-term,” said Rory Lopez, 30, an activist at the rally, of the delay.
“We want to emphasize that this problem has not been solved. It’s only been postponed,” said Partridge.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted the Democratic Party presidential nomination Thursday night, beginning a general election campaign as the first woman nominated for the office by a major party.
“Let’s look to the future with courage and confidence,” Clinton said. “And when we do, America will be greater than ever.”
But her historic acceptance speech was also fraught with tension, as delegates supporting Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) broke into chanting wars on the convention floor.
Among the protesters: members of the Oregon delegation, who repeatedly attempted to walk out of Clinton’s speech before leaving the Wells Fargo Center in the final minutes of her oratory.
Gregory McKelvey, a member of the Oregon delegation who stayed to the end of the speech, tells WW that 15 to 20 Oregon delegates eventually walked out. McKelvey posted video on Twitter of delegates trying to leave but blocked by convention security.
A Beaverton memorial to missing Portland boy Kyron Horman is at the center of a dispute after new owners of the property that’s been home to the memorial since 2011 this week trashed many of the ribbons, teddy bears and balloons that decorated the site, sparking outrage from Kyron’s mother, Desiree Young.
As is the case with almost everything having to do with Kyron Horman, the former Skyline Elementary School student whose 2010 disappearance horrified the world, the dispute has opened up familial wounds—and in very public fashion.
Young, who still lives in Medford, says no one ever told her that the mementos were coming down. So permanent did the chain link fence strewn with tributes seem, that it long ago earned a name: the Wall of Hope.
Rusty Sandusky, the general manager for the business that housed the memorial, says the goal wasn’t to destroy it but to revamp it. Deflated balloons, dirty stuffed animals and weathered fliers were turning off customers at International Fitness, the Beaverton gym he runs. He says he had the blessing of Kyron’s father and Young’s ex-husband, Kaine Horman, to alter the wall.
But Young says she feels hurt. She regularly visited the wall, which had become over the years a gathering spot for supporters, including search parties and law enforcement. The trinkets had reminded her that a lot of people around the world hoped for Kyron’s safe return. And their removal, she says, sends a message she doesn’t want to contemplate.
“They’re basically telling people,” she says, “Kyron is not going to come home and ever going to see these items.”
By now, the story of Kyron’s June 4, 2010 disappearance is well known. The shock of losing a child, who seemed to simply vanish from his school, grabbed international headlines, and the family drama that surrounded the event further fueled the public’s interest. Terri Moulton Horman, Kyron’s stepmother, was the last person reported to have seen Kyron. Despite Young’s long-held belief that Terri Horman played a role in Kyron’s vanishing, law enforcement officials have never named her as a suspect.
In the immediate aftermath of Kyron’s disappearance, grieving community members placed tributes to the then 7-year-old boy on a chain link fence outside Skyline Elementary, in outer Northwest Portland. Portland Public Schools took down the fence in August, before school started again, for safety reasons, but the memorial re-emerged at a temporary home down the street from the school. In 2011, it moved to what was then known as Xtreme Edge Gym in Beaverton, where Kaine Horman regularly works out.
Bob Briede, the then-owner of the gym, gladly lent his property to the memorial.
“I told Kaine I was in it till the end,” says Briede, “that I would support it as long as they needed me to.”
Still, no one imagined it would be years.
When Briede sold his gym this spring, he says he told the new owner, Troy Finfrock, that he had an agreement with the Horman family. He regrets the new owner’s actions have upset Young, he says.
“They didn’t have a relationship like I had with Kaine,” says Briede, “and they decided to do their own thing with the wall.”
Finfrock, who renamed the gym International Fitness, says he was not aware of any agreement that prohibited him from altering the memorial. Besides, he wants to improve it, he says. “We’re going to make it better and more permanent,” said Finfrock.
Today, what’s left of the Wall of Hope is a large photo of Kyron Horman, a few fliers and a small bench.
Kaine Horman couldn’t be reached for comment. Young says he doesn’t inform her about his decisions, and that she is always blindsided by them. “[I] usually find out from the media,” she says.
Young says she’s not giving up hope, even if the wall’s removal suggests otherwise to people.
“Kyron’s part of my DNA, I’m never going to stop,” she says. “I would never tell people to not support him or to give up hope. I think that’s what they did. They took away their hope, and I think it’s wrong.”