Hillsboro approves two-way street ordinance, medical marijuana dispensary … – The Oregonian

Happy Sunday, Hillsboro readers. Here’s the news from last week that you may have missed:

Hillsboro employee sues city, top officials, former police chief for gender discrimination

A Hillsboro employee is suing the city, two top employees and a former interim police chief, alleging that she was the victim of gender discrimination.

Plaintiff Cynthia Young Bolek, the Hillsboro Police Department’s support services division manager, is also accusing the defendants – the city, City Manager Michael Brown, Assistant City Manager Steve Greagor and former interim Police Chief Ron Louie – of retaliating against her for reporting workplace violations, according to a lawsuit filed May 2 in U.S. District Court.

Additionally, Bolek alleges that the city violated the federal Family and Medical Leave Act by attempting to demote her after she suffered a cardiac arrest and missed time from work, according to the complaint.

Hillsboro City Council approves first reading of two-way street ordinance

In nearly six years as mayor of Hillsboro, Jerry Willey has never had to use his vote on the city council. Everything the council has voted on during his tenure has passed by a 4-2 vote, at least.

That changed on Tuesday night, when Willey broke a 3-3 tie and voted to approve the first reading of an ordinance to convert downtown Hillsboro streets from one-way to two-way traffic.

Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey and Hillsboro Hops to make ‘major announcement’ Tuesday

Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey and Hillsboro Hops Executive Vice President K.L. Wombacher will make a “major announcement” on Tuesday about the future of Hillsboro Ballpark, the city announced on Wednesday.

A “special guest” will join Willey and Wombacher, the city’s statement added.

Medical marijuana dispensary owner in Hillsboro hoping city decides on zoning quickly

After the Hillsboro City Council passed an ordinance in January that banned medical marijuana dispensaries for 120 days, Will McEvoy and his family rented space on Southwest Walnut Street, hoping to open after the ban ended.

The business, named Mundo Verde, is in a location that would allow for operation as a dispensary under zoning regulations proposed by the city in February – it’s in a general commercial zone and is over 1,000 feet from residential zones.

McEvoy was ready to open and start serving medical marijuana patients. But then the city extended the moratorium until May of next year. And though councilors said they expected that the ban wouldn’t last that long, McEvoy is worried about how much longer he’ll be able to afford the space without any revenue.

What do you think? What did I miss? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Luke Hammill

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