PORTLAND, Ore. – Mayor Charlie Hales says $56,000 for three-day diversity training at a Mount Hood resort was “money well spent.”
Hales, Portland Police Bureau Chief Mike Reese and 14 other top officials from the police bureau and other agencies spent Tuesday through Thursday of this week at The Resort at the Mountain for a diversity training seminar designed specifically for white male leaders.
Hales said it’s important for the police command, which is largely white males, to be able to understand and relate to the diverse communities they serve.
“Half of the school kids in Portland now are children of color. We work for a much more diverse city now than 20 years ago or even 10 years ago,” Hales said. “And the leadership of police bureau, particularly the white men, need to understand that community, need to understand the privileges we enjoy as white men – not through our own efforts, but just because of who we are.”
Hales defended the expense while speaking with Laural Porter during a taping of KGW’s Straight Talk. The full interview will air Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
In Mark & Dave's column (today's Tribune) I had to read this twice. If this story could get any stranger......Read on friends!
Cover Oregon will shell out another $18 million to help transfer the troubled state exchange over to the feds. Forget the reports that say the transistion is at a high risk of failure. Forget the report that say Deloitte Consulting, LLC, who will handle the Oregon transition, is the same firm that reportedly botched California's Employment Developments Department upgrade. Now we know why they're handing out those retention bonuses. Anyone with Cover Oregon on their resume will have a tough time getting another gig.