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Portland Creates Socially Responsible Investment Committee


Portland City Council voted Wednesday to establish a new committee to make sure the city’s investments are socially responsible.

The committee will consider a half-dozen issues when making that decision.  They include labor practices, environmental impacts, health impacts (for example, a weapons producer might have harmful effects on health) corporate ethics, extreme tax avoidance, and disruptive market dominance

There is concern that limiting the city’s investment choices could reduce earnings on those sums.

Our Response & Your Comments



By Steve Buckstein


Imagine a world where we buy our groceries in government stores. We can only shop at the store nearest our house.
If we want to shop somewhere else, we're forced to move our family into another neighborhood--if we can afford it.


Do you think lawmakers should be exempt from PERS?

PORTLAND - Oregon's newest lawmakers will have to decide by Feb. 12 whether they want to participate in a state retirement system already $14 billion in the red.

Only three of the state's 90 state lawmakers opted out of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System or other state retirement options last year despite an obvious conflict of interest: lawmakers benefit from a system they control.


Cash becomes a player in school races

By Edward Russo
The Register-Guard

Seven of the 11 candidates for Eugene district board positions are raising and spending campaign money.

Appeared in print: Saturday, May 14, 2011, page B1

Eugene School Board elections typically are low-key contests. Candidates often don't have opponents and there's little need to spend much money to get elected.