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Friday in Portland: Thousands expected to participate in climate strike, MAX trains delayed & more

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, May 20 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Thousands expected to participate in Portland climate strike, festival

Thousands of people of all ages are expected to rally and march in Portland on Friday for a climate strike. Sunrise PDX said people will walk out of everyday activities, including school, home and work, to march from Portland City Hall to the Portland Climate Festival at Revolution Hall. Attendees plan to hold homemade signs, give speeches and walk throughout downtown and across the Hawthorne Bridge.

“This strike amplifies and brings together youth voices at a critical time for climate justice,” Maia Lippay, one of the organizers and a sophomore at St. Mary’s High School, said. “While organizing the strike, I have seen youth like me working to make real and effective change. The strike has the potential to enable young people across Portland to do the same.”

According to organizers, the strike was put together by high school climate activists. They’re targeting the city’s top four “climate villains” who are “contributing to the climate crisis through their emissions, using marketing techniques and misleading advertising to confuse the public.” The “climate villains” include NW Natural, Zenith Energy, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Portland Business Alliance.

The climate strike is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Portland City Hall. The Climate Festival at Revolution Hall goes from 2 - 8 p.m.

2. MAX trains delayed due to ongoing TriMet staffing shortage

Due to an ongoing staffing shortage at TriMet, commuters across Portland may experience MAX train delays throughout the day. TriMet said trains on the Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green lines could be delayed up to 15 minutes until around noon.

The delays come just a week after the agency sent an apology to riders for continued cancellations amid what they’re calling the worst driver shortage in TriMet’s history. TriMet is currently offering a $7,500 hiring bonus for new drivers and a starting pay of $25.24 per hour.

Anyone interested in a job with TriMet can apply here. For the latest updates and schedules, visit TriMet’s website.

3. Oregon's May 2022 primary sees record voter turnout

More than 1 million votes were cast in Oregon’s May 2022 primary, the most ever recorded in the state’s primary elections. Since the state’s auto-registration went into effect in 2016, Oregon has seen a steady increase in voters. According to political analyst Jim Moore, this increase in voters could also have to do with voters’ attitudes about the current state of affairs. A recent poll showed 82% of Multnomah County residents said they were somewhat or very worried about the future of Portland.

“When you see numbers like that, where people are saying, boy, the city is falling apart, the state’s in deep trouble, it either drives people to say the solution is government or to drive people away to say the solution isn’t government,” Moore said. “If it’s the second, they don’t vote. If it’s the first, they do vote. So I think people seem to be hungry for solutions within the political system, which is a good thing.”

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