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Monday, August 8, 2016

Patton Oswalt Speaks

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 2:43 PM

Michelle McNamara was a true crime writer who was focused on catching the The Golden State Killer: a rapist and murderer who struck throughout California from 1979 to 1986. She married comedian Patton Oswalt in 2005 and gave birth to their daughter Alice in 2009. In April of this year she died in her sleep, leaving her hunt for the killer unfinished forever. 
Oswalt has remained silent in the media since her passing until August 1, when he wrote one of the most powerful statements about depression, grief and loss I've ever read. He also wrote about continuing McNamara's legacy and the current state of the world. Here is his statement in its entirety. It's a rough and beautiful read. 

"Thanks, grief.
Thanks for making depression look like the buzzing little bully it always was. Depression is the tallest kid in the 4th grade, dinging rubber bands off the back of your head and feeling safe on the playground, knowing that no teacher is coming to help you.
But grief? Grief is Jason Statham holding that 4th grade bully's head in a toilet and then fucking the teacher you've got a crush on in front of the class. Grief makes depression cower behind you and apologize for being such a dick.
If you spend 102 days completely focused on ONE thing you can achieve miracles. Make a film, write a novel, get MMA ripped, kick heroin, learn a language, travel around the world. Fall in love with someone. Get 'em to love you back.
But 102 days at the mercy of grief and loss feels like 102 years and you have shit to show for it. You will not be physically healthier. You will not feel "wiser." You will not have "closure." You will not have "perspective" or "resilience" or "a new sense of self." You WILL have solid knowledge of fear, exhaustion and a new appreciation for the randomness and horror of the universe. And you'll also realize that 102 days is nothing but a warm-up for things to come.
You will have been shown new levels of humanity and grace and intelligence by your family and friends. They will show up for you, physically and emotionally, in ways which make you take careful note, and say to yourself, "Make sure to try to do that for someone else someday." Complete strangers will send you genuinely touching messages on Facebook and Twitter, or will somehow figure out your address to send you letters which you'll keep and re-read 'cause you can't believe how helpful they are. And, if you're a parent? You'll wish you were your kid's age, because the way they embrace despair and joy are at a purer level that you're going to have to reconnect with, to reach backwards through years of calcified cynicism and ironic detachment.
Lose your cool, and you're saved.
Michelle McNamara got yanked off the planet and out of life 102 days ago. She left behind an amazing unfinished book, about a horrific series of murders that everyone — including the retired homicide detectives she worked with — was sure she'd solve. The Golden State Killer. She gave him that name, in an article for Los Angeles Magazine. She was going to figure out the real name behind it.
She left Alice, her 7 year-old daughter. But not before putting the best parts of her into Alice, like beautiful music burned onto a CD and sent out into the void on a spaceship.
And she left me. 102 days into this.
I was face-down and frozen for weeks. It's 102 days later and I can confidently say I have reached a point where I'm crawling. Which, objectively, is an improvement. Maybe 102 days later I'll be walking.
Any spare energy I've managed to summon since April 21st I've put toward finishing Michelle's book. With a lot of help from some very amazing people. It will come out. I will let you know. It's all her. We're just taking what's there and letting it tell us how to shape it. It's amazing.
And I'm going to start telling jokes again soon. And writing. And acting in stuff and making things I like and working with friends on projects and do all the stuff I was always so privileged to get to do before the air caught fire around me and the sun died. It's all I knew how to do before I met Michelle. I don't know what else I'm supposed to do now without her.
And not because, "It's what Michelle would have wanted me to do." For me to even presume to know what Michelle would have wanted me to do is the height of arrogance on my part. That was one of the many reasons I so looked forward to growing old with her. Because she was always surprising me. Because I never knew what she'd think or what direction she'd go.
Okay, I'll start being funny again soon. What other choice do I have? Reality is in a death spiral and we seem to be living in a cackling, looming nightmare-swamp. We're all being dragged into a shadow-realm of doom by hateful lunatics who are determined to send our planet careening into oblivion.
Hey, there's that smile I was missing!"

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Interview: Bend Police Chief Jim Porter on the expansion of the civil exclusion zone

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 11:43 AM

The Bend City Council recently approved an ordinance expanding the civil exclusion zone to cover downtown. We talked to Bend Police Chief Jim Porter to get the inside scoop on how the ordinance came about and how police plan to execute it.

Source Weekly: Where and how did the conversation about expanding the civil exclusion zone begin? Was it initiated by downtown business owners, City Council, or police concerns?

Jim Porter: The Civil Exclusion idea came out of one of the very first meetings we had with the downtown stakeholders group. The example of the exclusion area in the parks was mentioned and the police department moved forward with the concept.

SW: Why is the existing criminal justice process insufficient to address concerns about crime downtown?

JP: We are faced with two challenges with our current justice system: First, the time it takes to adjudicate a crime. For those who commit crimes it often takes up to a year or more before they are held accountable/sentenced. This is no one’s specific fault, the Deschutes County Circuit Court has been asking the state to provide Deschutes County with an additional magistrate for years. Without accountability there is seldom a change in an individual’s misconduct. The ordinance is written in such a manner as to bring accountability in a more reasonable time frame, after clear due process and protection of the individual’s rights.

Secondly, our municipal court is not a court of record, so it does not issue arrest warrants for those who do not appear in court once they’ve been cited. What this means is when we issue a citation, for example: drinking in public or a dog nuisance violation, the person being cited can just ignore the citation. The courts only option at that point is to turn them over to a collection agency.

SW: Who determined which crimes and civil violations should be included in the list of infractions that can result in exclusion?

JP: We used the crimes in the existing exclusion ordinance and added the ordinance addressing drinking on an unlicensed premises and dog nuisances. We have a large volume of complaints in reference to people’s dogs attacking other dogs and people.

SW: How do police determine whether or not to issue an exclusion? Is it automatic for certain violations, or do police have their own bar for when it is warranted?

JP: Like everything we do as the police, we take enforcement action based upon the totality of the circumstances at each incident. We leave the officer with the ability to exercise discretion and good judgement. While this may sound like it gives the officer the authority to play favorites, what it does is avoids the “zero tolerance” mind-set.

SW: How long has the smaller exclusion zone existed? How many people have been excluded in that time? How many

JP: Since 2012. I will attach our stats on the exclusions, crime, and re-offending numbers.

SW: Can you provide a chart of the number of exclusions by type of offense? Do you have a sense of how often a certain violation resulted in an exclusion?

JP: I will include the stats.

SW: How many of those previously excluded have appealed? Have any appeals been successful?

JP: We have had not appeals, and the stats show the number of re-offenders.

SW: Do you have data showing a correlation between the institution of the previous exclusion zone and a decrease in crime?

JP: No, our goal is to remove criminal offenders, those drinking on the streets, and unruly dogs. We want to make the downtown area a safe place at all hours.

SW: What steps have you taken to avoid the kind of legal challenges other cities have faced?

JP: We specifically built in pre-exclusion constitutional protections. Giving those cited due process before they are excluded, by not implementing any exclusion if they chose to appeal. And again, exclusions are only for 90 days. We codified the protection of those who need to be in the downtown area for legitimate reasons: to visit family, business meetings, meet with a lawyer, visit their church, etc.

SW: What kind of data do you plan to collect regarding the exclusion zone moving forward?

JP: Data on all arrests where the exclusion ordinance was used, arrests where it could have been used, and race and sex of those cited.

SW: Can you think of cities where civil exclusion zones have been heralded as a success? What other cities in Oregon (or other places similar to Bend) have them?

JP: What we looked at was the success of the present exclusion area in protecting those visiting our parks. The point I have most heard on this issue is “Bend is Bend.” We have a unique lifestyle and we don’t want to model our downtown after the downtown of Eugene or Portland.

SW: What other approaches has the police department considered or tried?

JP: We intensified patrols in the downtown area and pushed down person crimes and calls for service significantly in 2014, but at a cost of $62,000. We are a department which is operating with minimal staff, with competing important areas of call for service that require officers to respond, and cannot sustain the shift of personnel.

I have been approached by citizens who are convinced this expansion of the exclusion area is directed at those who are forced to panhandle for a living, or hang out, or just sit around; that is not factual. We need to reduce criminal conduct in our downtown. The men and women of the Bend Police Department have an exceptional record of how they treat those most at risk in our community.

Before next summer I will return to the City Council with the results of expansion of the exclusion area and a decision will be made at that time to assess its effectiveness.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Portland Man Arrested for Choking Girlfriend with Dreadlocks

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Portland resident Caleb Grotberg, 32, faces counts of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree attempted assault, fourth-degree assault, menacing and domestic violence after he reportedly choked his girlfriend with his dreadlocks early Monday morning.

Caleb Grotberg is making national news for reportedly choking his girlfriend with his dreadlocks.
  • Caleb Grotberg is making national news for reportedly choking his girlfriend with his dreadlocks.

Sounds pretty Portland to me, but the best part of the story, by far, is the Associated Press's definition of dreadlocks as "matted ropes of hair," just in case you were confused.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Oregonian Vigils and a Look Forward

Posted By on Sun, Dec 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Yesterday, Bend residents remembered the victims of recent shootings in Clackamas and Newtown, Connecticut with a candlelight vigil in Drake Park. There's also a vigil in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square today at 4:30 pm.


Responses to the gun violence have been varied.
From that of Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R):
"We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools," Huckabee said on Fox News. "Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?"
to that of Left, which is calling for tougher gun laws.

Huckabee is clearly an insensitive, out of touch ass. But calling on religion during such times is understandable, as is the cry for increased restrictions on the weapons often used during these tragic moments.

But we can't be sure if prayer or legislation or gun restrictions or increased availability of mental health care will solve anything. As one of my most clever friends pointed out in his latest blog post, we, as individuals can START the change.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cops shoot Suspect In Crescent Lake Stand-off

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 4:21 AM

State police snipers shot and captured the suspect in a kidnapping case after a multi-hour standoff at Crescent Lake, freeing his hostage in the process. According to Oregon State Police, Alberto Quiroz Martinez was shot and wounded after he came out of a Crescent Lake Cabin with his hostage Melody Kaye Mickel as a “human shield.” Martinez was immediately taken into custody and transported to an undisclosed hospital while Mickel, who escaped uninjured was removed from the scene by police.

Martinez is alleged to have abducted Mickel, who is described as his former girlfriend, from a Rite-Aid store in Hermiston last Thursday where she worked.

Police were led to the Crescent cabin based on a tip about a vehicle linked to the crime.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

MBSEF Burglarized: Asshole makes off with radios, computers and race gear

What are you doing stealing from MBSEF, a local non-profit? Come to think of it, what are you doing stealing?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM


Some jerk-off broke into MBSEF's offices early Tuesday morning and made off with a pile of expensive gear—gear that the local non-profit uses daily as they expose area youth to the outdoors.

Nice work, asshole.

If you've got any info on this tragedy, please call MBSEF at 541-388-0002. Please help them recover their gear—they provide a wonderful service for the kids in our community.




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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bend's Midtown Ballroom Robbed This Weekend

More than $4,000 in gear was stolen from the Midtown this weekend.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 12:28 AM

The regional rock music business isn't as glamorous or cash-loaded as some might think. In fact, a lot of times, shows here in Bend are put on by promoters and acts making a personal sacrifice in order to bring us the live music so many of us crave.

That's why the news we received today that the Midtown Ballroom was robbed this weekend really pissed us off.

The theft occurred sometime after Floater's set on Friday night and before their sound check for their encore performance the following evening. Stolen were $4,000 worth of microphones and other equipment belonging to Sonic Solutions and two electric-acoustic guitars owned by Floater.

Midtown management is offering an $800 reward for the return of the audio gear and another $800 for the guitars.

If you're the person or persons who did this, you are a jerk (or jerks). You should really return this stuff because you're not stealing from massively huge rock stars. These people have families that depend on this gear. Give it back.

If you have any information about this robbery, call Random Presents at 541-388-8111.

Here are the details of the stolen gear:

AUDIO GEAR: AKG 451 Stereo Pair, Shure KSM137 Stereo Pair, Two Sennheiser 421’ DI Boxes: Two Radial JDI Radial JDI Duplex.  
: Takamine Electric Acoustic Guitar (Peter has had this guitar since he was 12 years old) and Michael Kelly acoustic bass, jumbo body with custom abalone inlays.

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