A seeming typo spoke to the fundamental argument about the Orenco townsite this week: should we preserve history or promote development?
Robby Hammond, current Assistant City Manager, will take over as Interim City Manager in January. The appointment was decided during a special city council meeting on Monday, October 15.
Looking for something to do Saturday? Consider doing some volunteering.
This year’s Oregon International Airshow starts on Friday right here in Hillsboro. The show, which will feature the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and more (but your correspondent, who is an immigrant, is mostly excited to see the Canadian planes.) If you’re not sure what to expect, here’s a great video overview from the 2017 event, uploaded over the weekend. Check it out and get pumped: The airshow starts Friday night with a fireworks show, then continues throughout Saturday and Sunday. Buy tickets here.
Publications love to put out lists of the best cities, because people from those cities click on them and link to them. I will now add to the problem.
Last week a group of high school students pitched City Council with a complete policy that would ban plastic bags in Hillsboro. Council’s response: they like the idea, but the student-designed policy doesn’t go far enough.
Hillsburrito is a slang name for our city mostly used by a particular subset of old white guys, intended as a derogatory reference to our Hispanic population.
A top Metro official recommended expanding the Metro urban growth boundary south of Witch Hazel, increasing the odds that 850 homes could be built in a 150 acre plot of land there.
The most important thing to watch is the shade house, at left, which was built by the glorious watermelon group including yours truly.
Affordable housing touches on just about everything a city government does. That’s why it’s so complicated. Which brings me to last week’s city council meeting. Your city council attended an hour and a half work session on homelessness. City employees outlined the history of the problem and how it’s growing here in Hillsboro. The chief of police talked about how officers are approaching the issue. A couple of homeless individuals told heart breaking stories of falling through the cracks in our society. It was a comprehensive overview of the problem, from a variety of perspectives. And it was followed by a great example of why it’s so hard to do anything about it. City Council voted on what is essentially[…]