Weekday Wrap: PCC bond passes, Astoria passes homeless camping ordinance

Voters Pass Portland Community College Bond

A $450 million bond measure to renovate and upgrade facilities and equipment at Portland Community College passed Tuesday in three of the five counties where it appeared on the ballot. Voters in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties approved the bond while Columbia and Yahmill counties rejected it. PCC said the bond funds would increase blended learning options, expand vocational technical education in Washington County, improve existing facilities at the college’s Rock Creek and Sylvania campuses, and provide HVAC upgrades, lighting and plumbing on its sites. Opponents of Bond have criticized the CCP for chasing money as the college has seen enrollment decline by 18,000 students since its last bond passed in 2017. (Courtney Vaughn/Portland Tribune)

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Astoria passes new homeless camping law

After months of discussion and review, Astoria City Council has passed a new camping ordinance regulating when and where homeless people can camp. Under the ordinance, people can only sleep on sidewalks if 6 feet of space can be maintained, 10 feet from building entrances and stairwells. The law also provides for a camping program in church, nonprofit and business parking lots and potentially in some vacant lots. (The Astorian)

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Horch leads the race for Clark County Sheriff

It appears Clark County voters have chosen their next sheriff. Early returns to Tuesday’s general election showed John Horch with 59.6% of the vote, ahead of Rey Reynolds with 40.4%. An employee of the sheriff’s office for 33 years, Horch had the support of his two predecessors and most recently served as the agency’s deputy crime chief. Reynolds, a corporal with the Vancouver Police Department, had touted his years of law enforcement experience and remained convinced that uncounted votes will tip the race in his favor. (Becca Robbins/The Colombian)

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Christmas tree permits coming soon in Oregon

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and for many families, that means it’s time to get the family vehicle ready for a trip to the woods to cut down this year’s Christmas tree. Starting tomorrow, the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will begin offering permits for $5 to cut down a tree. Several stores will sell the permits, but you can also buy them online at recreation.gov. (Mail Tribune staff)

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Oregon school districts sue e-cigarette and vaping companies

The Silver Falls School District joins more than 1,000 districts nationwide that are filing lawsuits against e-cigarette manufacturers, according to a Silver Falls press release. Silverton officials said others in the area, including Dallas, Dayton, McMinnville, Sheridan, Yamhill-Carlton and Willamina school districts, are also filing. Defendants in the lawsuit include JUUL Labs, Inc. and Altria Group, Inc., the parent company of Philip Morris USA and a major investor in JUUL Labs. The lawsuits come after Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced in September a $438.5 million settlement between JUUL Labs and 34 states and territories following a two-year investigation into the practices. electronic cigarette manufacturer’s marketing and sales department. (Natalie Pate/Statesman Journal)

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Norma A. Roth