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


Voters pass Portland Community College bond

A $450 million bond measure to renovate and modernize Portland Community College’s facilities and equipment 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 bond funds would increase hybrid learning options, expand career technical education in Washington County, upgrade existing facilities at the college’s Rock Creek and Sylvania campuses and provide HVAC, lighting and plumbing upgrades at its sites. Bond opponents criticized PCC for seeking money when the college has seen an 18,000-student drop in enrollment since its last bond passed in 2017. (Courtney Vaughn/Portland Tribune)

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Astoria adopts new homeless camping law

After months of discussion and review, Astoria’s City Council has adopted a new camping ordinance regulating when and where people experiencing homelessness can camp. Under the ordinance, people can only sleep on sidewalks if 6 feet of space can be maintained, with 10 feet from building entrances and stairwells. The law also outlines a camping program in parking lots of churches, nonprofits and businesses and potentially in some vacant lots. (The Astorian)

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Horch leads in race for Clark County sheriff

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

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