Brix to Step Down
As Portland Port ChiefPORTLAND, Ore. - Peter Brix, Port of Portland Commission president, said he would step down as president but would remain on the commission until his term expires in 30 months.
Mr. Brix's action follows passage of a bill by the Oregon House that gives the Oregon governor authority to appoint the commission president.
The bill, sought by Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, already has passed the Senate and is certain to be signed by the governor.
Like the Senate vote, the House approval came on a strict party 31-29 vote with the Democrats carrying.
In voting against the bill, Republican Rep. Paul Phillips of Tigard said, If strong leaders need to insult, and if strong leaders need to coerce, then we don't need strong leaders.
Gov. Goldschmidt had asked Mr. Brix to step down in January and had charged him with conflicts of interest. Mr. Brix heads Knappton Towboat Corp. and has denied the charges.
In a letter to the commission, Mr. Brix said, I strongly disagree. The election of the port officers by the commissioners keeps the commission more sensitive to the interests of the Tri-County taxpayers who fund the port.
He called the commission, which is appointed by the governor, an independent agency funded by three counties in metropolitan Portland. Gov. Goldschmidt maintains it is a state agency.
Coastal Panel Resolves
Oil Platform Issue
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Coastal Commission tied up a loose end in its decision last January approving an offshore oil platform near San Luis Obispo, a spokesman said.
The commission voted Wednesday to adopt findings, an administrative
procedure that legally explains why the commission made its decision, said spokesman Jack Liebster.
"It's really more of a procedural matter," Mr. Liebster said.
During the meeting, the commission also heard objections to the project
from a representative of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and the regional air quality board.
Alaska Ranks First
In Federal Spending
WASHINGTON - Among the states, people in Alaska were top recipients of Uncle Sam's spending last year, while residents of North Carolina finished last, the Census Bureau reported.
The massive Consolidated Federal Funds report for fiscal 1986 said the federal government spent an average of $3,391.94 per American.
Among the 50 states, Alaska's military bases and small total population combined to put it in the top spot, with per capita spending of $5,091.13. Those funds were spread across several categories, including federal wages, grants to state and local governments and procurement.
Alaska finished last in direct payments to individuals, though, reflecting the small number of residents needing Social Security, Medicare or other such help.
UCLA Economists See
Increase in GNP
LOS ANGELES - UCLA economists are predicting an increase in the U.S. gross nationalproduct in 1987 and 1988 after two years of below-average performance.
The substantial decline in the U.S. dollar is beginning to raise prices of imported goods relative to domestic products, stimulating export growth and holding down increases in imports," said Larry Kimbell, director of the UCLA Business Forecast Project.
Mr. Kimbell predicted exports will increase by 11.6 percent between the fourth quarter of 1986 and the final period of this year, while imports will decline by 1 percent during the same period.
SAN FRANCISCO - Peace activists and environmentalists expressed fears about nuclear accidents and damage to San Francisco Bay by extensive dredging needed to base the USS Missouri battleship and nine support ships on the bay.
During a public hearing Wednesday on a draft environmental impact report about making the bay the homeport for "Mighty Mo" and its escort ships, however, business leaders and others backed it as a boost to the local economy and national defense.
The hearing was the second in a series of local meetings to collect comments about the 1,200-page draft environmental impact report analyzing
plans to station the vessel and nine other ships at Treasure Island, Hunters Point or Alameda.