I Wore a “Never Trump” T-Shirt at the GOP Convention, and All I Got Was This Sense of Loss

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.”

Related: Four Questions for Norm Frink

Frink’s sartorial protest places him squarely within a trend of Oregon convention delegates voicing their dissatisfaction with a major party nominee. (About half of Oregon’s Democratic Party delegates walked out of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s acceptance speech Thursday.)

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.


This BikeTown Protest Sign Has Become Portland’s Greatest Comment Thread

No true Portlander can resist leaving a passive-aggressive note. But some of those notes are better than others.

Think back to the salad days of Portland’s Nike-sponsored bike-share program BikeTown, an innocent time two weeks ago, before any of the bikes were actually on the streets. That’s when indignant Southeast Taylor Street homeowner Tab Waterman affixed some handcrafted protest signs to a pole next to the orange bike racks newly installed in front of his house.

Most of Portland’s citizens forgot about his signs and went along with their lives, possibly by riding the rental bikes to bars and waiving their rights to sue.

But in the meantime, the signs on Southeast Taylor Street drew responses. And responses to the responses. And several unrelated thoughts. All written on hand-lettered notes pasted to a stop sign.

It is Portland’s greatest comment thread—an analog Reddit, or a bathroom stall where people only scrawl graffiti about bicycles.

Local tech-company founder Cabel Sasser spotted the sign debate this morning, and posted it to Twitter.

Let’s take a closer look.

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.

(Photo by Cabel Sasser)
(Photo by Cabel Sasser)

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.”

(Photo by Cabel Sasser)
(Photo by Cabel Sasser)

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.

(Photo by Cabel Sasser)
(Photo by Cabel Sasser)

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.

(Photo by Cabel Sasser)
(Photo by Cabel Sasser)

“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.

It’s the Portland way to have a conversation.

MillerCoors Buys Out Oregon Brewery With History of Sexism Scandal

There have been two very hot topics in the world of craft beer over the past few years.

First, there are the buy-outs.

Today, Oregon had another one. The Brewbound blog reports that a majority stake in Hop Valley has been acquired by MillerCoors for an undisclosed sum. The purchase follows on the heels of 10 Barrel, Ballast Point, Elysian and Lagunitas being bought for massive sums of money. In the case of Ballast Point, a billion dollars.

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.

Related: We Drank All The Double IPAs Available in Portland To Find The Best

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.

Hop Valley is also notable for being embroiled in controversies related to sexism in their naming. They make a beer called Double B Blonde, which has been dubbed “eyeroll worthy” in their town, in an era when strip club crawls at beer industry events have become a divisive topic.

They also once sold a beer called Mouth Raper.

Yup, Mouth Raper.

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.

“As more and more women get into the craft of brewing, perhaps it’s a good enough time as any to seriously consider the message you might be sending, even with something that you think is as meaningless as the name of a beer,” Jezebel wrote.

And yet, they still make Double D along with Citrus Mistress.

How are names like that going to play out in the years to come? It should be interesting.

Incoming Australian Coffee Roaster Apologizes For Trashing Portland Cafes

Northeast Alberta Street will be getting a coffee shop from Australia this year.

Melbourne-based mini-chain Proud Mary will move in next door to 10-year-old iconic punk dive the Know, until the Know is forced to close this November due to a rent hike.

Related: Alberta Street’s Beloved Punk Club The Know is Closing.

“The damn money moved in and they’d rather have a boutique salt shop,” the Know’s Ryan Stowe told WW this June, when he decided to shutter his bar.

Proud Mary has not yet announced plans to sell fancy salt—but according to owner Nolan Hirte, they’re doing just about everything else:

“We roll our own oats,” he told coffee blog Sprudge today. “We make our own curd, yoghurt, and cheese in-house. We even make our own kombucha and fermented kefir drinks. The list goes on and on.”

But in a true Portland welcome, Proud Mary is already having to apologize to our city before they’ve even opened their doors.

Back in May, when Sprudge broke the news locally that the Melbourne-based cafe would be coming to Portland, Proud Mary owner Nolan Hirte was quoted in Oz food blog Broadsheet as saying, essentially, that he’d decided to come to the forlorn coffee desert of Portland because our service is so awful.

“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.”

This apparently didn’t sit overly well with stateside commenters. In a follow-up interview with Sprudge today, Hirte now apologizes… “to anyone who read the article.”

The writer of the Broadsheet piece took him “way out of context,” he says, when he appeared to call the birthplace of Stumptown, Heart and Coava coffee roasters a place “where there’s nothing.”

Related: The 10 Best New Coffee Shops in Portland

“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.”

Proud Mary hopes to be open before Christmas.

Read the rest of Hirte’s interview about Proud Mary and Portland coffee here.

Stream the MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst Playlist

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.

Related: “PBR Pinball Is Coming to MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst.”

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.

MFNWpPP is Aug. 27-28. Get tickets here.

Oregon Democratic Party Delegate Valdez Bravo Wants Hillary Clinton To Apologize

When it comes to winning over Oregon’s Democratic National Convention delegation, presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton may still have her work cut out for her.

Despite Clinton’s efforts to woo supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders—and repeated endorsements by the Vermont senator—Oregon’s delegation is still conflicted about the nominee.

At least 15 Oregon delegates walked out on Clinton’s historic speech last night, protesting a party they said sabotaged their candidate and silenced their voices.

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 Lands Big Endorsement in Race for Multnomah County Commission

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.”

Last week, Zimmerman’s opponent in the November runoff, Dr. Sharon Meieran, snagged the endorsements of three opponents from the May primary.

Protesters to Charlie Hales: “You Can’t Sweep People, You Can Only Sweep Garbage”

Mayor Charlie Hales’ deal to delay planned sweeps of homeless camps from the Springwater Corridor reduced protesters at Portland City Hall on Thursday.

But it didn’t satisfy them.

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.

But the protesters argued that few of their demands were met by the date change, which was prompted by the threat of a class-action lawsuit.

“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.

Hillary Clinton Accepts Democratic Nomination as Some Oregon Delegates Walk Out

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.

Oregon delegates, many of them die-hard supporters of Sanders, have seethed all week—and at times interrupted the convention’s pageantry with walkouts and chants. This morning, Sanders himself visited the Oregon delegates for a tearful breakfast at their hotel.

Clinton’s speech, meanwhile, took direct aim at Republican nominee Donald J. Trump.

“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons,” Clinton said. “It comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get: America is great because America is good.”

Kyron Horman “Wall of Hope” Comes Down Partially, Sparking Anger From Desiree Young

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.

After and before at the Wall of Hope, in Beaverton.
After and before at the Wall of Hope, in Beaverton.

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.

An old image of the Wall of Hope.
An old image of the Wall of Hope.

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.”