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Mayor Shane Bemis proclaims Feb. 25 'Jerome Kersey Day' (Photo) - 02/25/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - Mayor Shane T. Bemis today honored the memory of legendary Trail Blazers small forward Jerome Kersey by proclaiming Feb. 25 "Jerome Kersey Day" in Gresham and encouraged all Gresham residents to find an appropriate way to honor the hustle artist's memory.

Mourning Kersey's passing last week, and recognizing his deep roots in Gresham, Bemis asked his social media followers for ideas on how the City could best honor Kersey's memory. The leading idea was to proclaim a day of observance on the 25th, to coincide with Kersey's former jersey number.

"I always admired Kersey's strong contribution to my favorite Blazers squad of all time. He was a fixture in the Gresham community, and it seems like nearly everybody here has a story to tell about Jerome's magnetism and kindness," Bemis said.

After getting the idea from a fan's sign during the Trail Blazers game on Sunday, Bemis further encouraged the Trail Blazers organization to rename the Hustle Board inside the arena the "Jerome Kersey Hustle Board" to recognize the enduring legacy of Kersey's grit, determination and unrivaled work ethic.

A copy of the proclamation is attached to this release.

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City of Gresham statement regarding Medina lawsuit - 02/11/15
"The City of Gresham does not comment on pending litigation. However, in a March 2013 email to the department on the general topic of citizen videotaping, Police Chief Craig Junginger discouraged officers from seizing property or arresting people for simply recording their actions and reminded them that videotaping by the public is part of police work today."

The City will not be granting interviews on this issue.

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Safety lights ready to go at Centennial High School crosswalk - 02/01/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - The City of Gresham has installed a new rapid-flash beacon in the crosswalk on Southeast 182nd Avenue in front of Centennial High School, and the safety system will be operational for the start of school tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 2.

The lights were quickly installed after two back-to-back incidents in the crosswalk involving four Centennial High School students. On Jan. 14, a student was hit in the morning on the way to school. On Jan. 15, three students were hit leaving an afterschool program. All four are recovering.

City transportation officials estimated that it might take up to two months to get the new system in place. But staff worked round-the-clock to install the lights, known as Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFBs). Pedestrians activate the beacons by pressing a button, which causes lights to flash, alerting drivers that pedestrians are in the crosswalk. Studies have shown that with RRFBs, 85 percent of drivers stop for pedestrians compared to less than 20 percent at crosswalks without them.

"The City worked hard to get these lights up as fast as they could," Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis said. "Parents and residents would expect nothing less of us when our children's safety is at stake. I want to thank the Centennial School District for their leadership and partnership during the last two weeks. While the lights provide a safer crossing, drivers and students must remain vigilant in all school zones."

Before installing the flashing beacons, the City:
- Extended hours for other existing flashing lights near the school's crosswalk.
- Posted a temporary flashing message board at the crosswalk.
- Increased traffic police presence in the area.

Centennial High School posted crossing guards at the crosswalk before and after school.

"The safety of our students is paramount," Centennial School District Superintendent Sam Breyer said. "We were devastated when four of our students were hit in the crosswalk in front of Centennial High School in two separate incidents in two days. We appreciate the quick action of the City of Gresham increasing police patrols along 182nd and getting the rapid flashers installed in such a timely manner. I want to thank Mayor Bemis for his leadership in making sure our students are able to cross the street safely."

The crosswalk is located in front of the school's main entrance at 3505 S.E. 182nd Ave. The Centennial High start time is 7:40 a.m.

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Customer convenience drives City of Gresham's utility billing system - 01/28/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - The City of Gresham now offers its utility customers the option of managing their utility accounts completely online - making it much more convenient to check an account status, start or stop service, pay a bill, or ask a question.

The new system, called Your Online Utilities, or Y.O.U., is free and easy to use.

"Our customers are going to be pleased that we've updated our utility billing system with new online features," said Gresham Finance and Management Services Director Bernard Seeger. "No one has to visit or call City Hall to see if their payment was received. They can check online 24/7."

Seeger added: "We expect healthy Y.O.U. enrollments not only because the system is convenient, but because customers can opt for paperless billing, which will help the City and our customers get greener."

Y.O.U. has several benefits, including:
* Looking up water use, payment status and bill statement history - right from a tablet or computer.
* Enrolling in the free AutoPay program - and never write or mail a check again.
* Signing up for paperless billing - save the planet, eliminate paper filing, and get an email when the bill is ready online.
* Updating accounts - make address changes hassle-free.
* Applying for financial assistance - or contribute to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Gresham's program for residents struggling to pay their utility bill.

Customers may enroll in Y.O.U at GreshamOregon.gov/Utilities.

The City provides utilities service for water, wastewater and stormwater to 24,000 customers. The City also sponsors Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a utility bill assistance program that has helped hundreds of residents experiencing financial hardship and cannot pay a water, sewer and stormwater bill. Donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, contact utility billing customer service at 503-618-2373 or UtilityBilling@GreshamOregon.gov.

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