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Wednesday in Portland: City council considers requesting federal funds for police body cameras & more

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Wednesday, April 13 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. City commissioners consider requesting federal funding for police body cameras

Local leaders are expected to consider submitting a formal request for federal funding to buy body cameras for Portland police officers during Wednesday’s Portland City Council meeting. The U.S. Department of Justice is offering grants up to $2 million for law enforcement agencies across the country that are planning to roll out body camera policies by October 2022.

If approved by Portland City Council, the city will submit an application for the grant. In a statement from the Portland Police Bureau, the grant would “fund the purchase of body-worn cameras for Portland Police Bureau during its BWC’s pilot and initial phases within the grant’s 36-month performance period. The program’s overall expenditures are expected to allow for PPB’s required match in funding.”

City commissioners already approved the spending of more than $2 million in a proposed body camera program in November 2021. PPB is expected to roll out a pilot program for body cameras this summer.

2. Several roads remain closed Wednesday due to downed trees

While most commuters saw a snow-free drive on Wednesday, several roads in Portland's West Hills remain closed due to downed trees. The Portland Bureau of Transportation said 12 roads around the city are still shut down, most of which are in the West Hills. PBOT crews reportedly worked overnight to get salt and deicer on roads above 500 feet, but clearing the trees will take longer.

The following roads remain closed on Wednesday:

  • NW 18th Avenue from NW Flanders Street to NW Glisan Street
  • NW 22nd Avenue at NW Flanders Street
  • NW 22nd Avenue at NW Glisan Street
  • NW Cornell Road at NW Miller Road
  • NW Germantown Road from NW Skyline Boulevard to NW Bridge Avenue
  • NW Glisan Street at NW Park Avenue
  • NW Newberry Road at NW Skyline Boulevard to NW St Helens Highway
  • SW Fairmount Boulevard at SW Mt Adams Drive
  • SW Fairview Boulevard from SW Bennington Avenue to SW Cascade Drive
  • SW Fairview Boulevard from SW Cascade Drive to SW Kingston Avenue; local access is permitted
  • SW Humphrey Boulevard from SW Scholls Ferry Road to SW Patton Road
  • SW Skyline Boulevard from W Burnside Street to SW Montgomery Street

3. Multnomah County Chair to give her final State of the County address

On Wednesday, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury is scheduled to give her final State of the County address. Kafoury has served as the county’s chair for eight years. The candidates vying for her spot include Jessica Vega Pederson, Lori Stegmann, Sharon Meieran and Sharia Mayfield.

Kafoury’s address is set to start at 12 p.m. and can be watched live here. Following the address, there will be a Q&A with former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts.

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