Weekday Wrap: PCC bond passes, Astoria adopts homeless tenting ordinance

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Voters pass the Portland Community College bond

A $450 million bond measure to renovate and upgrade Portland Community College’s facilities and equipment passed Tuesday in three of the five counties where it was on the ballot. Voters in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties approved the bond, while Columbia and Yahmill counties rejected it. According to the PCC, bond funds would increase hybrid learning opportunities, expand technical vocational education in Washington County, modernize existing facilities on the college’s Rock Creek and Sylvania campuses, and provide HVAC, lighting and plumbing upgrades at its campuses. Bond opponents have criticized PCC for seeking money, even though the college has seen 18,000 student enrollments fall since the last bond passed in 2017. (Courtney Vaughn/Portland Tribune)

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Astoria passes new homeless camping law

After months of discussions and reviews, the Astoria City Council passed a new camping ordinance that regulates when and where homeless people can camp. Under the ordinance, people are only allowed to sleep on sidewalks if 6ft of space can be maintained, with 10ft from building entrances and stairwells. The law also provides for a camping program in church, nonprofit and business parking lots and possibly some vacant lots. (The Astorian)

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Horch leads the race for Clark County sheriff

It appears that Clark County voters have chosen their next sheriff. Early results in Tuesday’s general election showed John Horch with 59.6% of the vote, Rey Reynolds at the top with 40.4%. A 33-year-old clerk in the sheriff’s office, Horch had the support of his two predecessors, most recently serving as the agency’s senior criminal deputy. Reynolds, a Vancouver Police Department corporal, had touted his years of law enforcement experience and remained confident that countless votes would tip the scales in his favor. (Becca Robbins/The Colombian)

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Christmas tree permits will be available soon in Oregon

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s time for many families to get the family car ready for a drive into 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 fell a tree. Several stores will sell the permits, but you can also buy them online at entertainment.gov. (Mail Tribune staff)

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Oregon school districts are suing vape and vape companies

According to a Silver Falls press release, the Silver Falls School District joins more than 1,000 counties nationwide in filing lawsuits against e-cigarette manufacturers. Silverton officials said others in the area, including Dallas, Dayton, McMinnville, Sheridan, Yamhill-Carlton and Willamina school districts, are also applying. 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 a $438.5 million agreement between JUUL Labs and 34 states and territories in September following a two-year investigation into the e-cigarette maker’s marketing and sales practices. (Natalie Pate/Statesman Journal)

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