Police station review comes to an end
THE RACIAL AND POLITICAL CLARIFICATION REVIEW OF THE POLICE OFFICE HAS ARRIVED: Portlanders can expect the city to release an outside contractor’s review of possible political and racial bias to the Portland Police Department by the end of next month, according to the prosecutor’s office. from the city. In April, weeks after police disclosed a flawed allegation that Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty was involved in a hit-and-run accident on March 3, the city signed a $ 150,000 contract with the based group OIR. in California to conduct an external review of community perception of racial and political bias and resistance to change within the office. The contract also states that the review will examine the “root causes” of these three issues. It stipulates that the OIR group will submit a final report to the city prosecutor’s office “no later than December 31, 2021”. City attorney Robert Taylor said the report was nearing completion. “The cultural review by OIR Group is still ongoing and we expect it to be completed and published by the end of January,” Taylor said. WW. This investigation is separate from the external investigation into the police leak itself, which is also being carried out by the OIR group. This investigation should not be completed until the Police Bureau concludes its own internal investigation into the case.
KOTEK COLLECTS KEY APPROVALS: In her bid for governor, House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) won approval from the Oregon Nurses Association, the state’s largest nursing union, representing 15,000 members. It’s a significant, if not surprising, endorsement for Kotek, who lags behind in fundraising behind two other gubernatorial candidates: Betsy Johnson and Nicholas Kristof. Kotek, a worker ally, should rely heavily on union support for fundraising. It has also received the backing of several unions; Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, better known as PCUN, which represents agricultural workers; and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, whose money and membership are highly coveted by Democratic candidates. “We know nurses can count on Tina,” Bruce Humphreys, chairman of the board of the Oregon Nurses Policy Action Committee, said in a statement.
MALICIOUS PROGRAMS AFFECT DINNER AND DRIVING: Ransomware and malware attacks cripple some major institutions in Oregon. Last week, the McMenamins pub and hotel chain suffered a ransomware attack that potentially compromised the personal information of its employees. (The ransomware is the work of hackers who take hold of company computer systems and demand payment.) Headquarters said today WW that its messaging and telephone systems are currently unavailable due to the attack. McMenamins told the newspaper last week that some restaurants are using credit card printers or portable devices that copy the front of the card and store the information until the cards can be reloaded after the systems are backed up (they are now, according to a spokesperson). McMenamins said in a fact sheet sent to employees on Dec. 21: “The affected files contained employee social security numbers. It was possible that thieves may have accessed files with direct deposit bank account information, but we don’t have a clear indication that they did. Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Transportation says its Rose Quarter project site has been attacked by malware. The agency is creating a temporary site for the highway project.
LAST CHANCE TO GIVE: Give! Guide has exceeded $ 4 million in donations from 12,554 donors. Give! Guide is Willamette Weekthe annual effort to raise funds and draw attention to the good works of local nonprofits. With 10 days left in this year’s campaign, G! G has raised 63% of its goal of $ 6.5 million. The last day to donate is December 31st.