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Ericka Cruz Guevarra

Ericka Cruz Guevarra is a breaking news/general assignment reporter at OPB. She’s worked as an on-call interactive producer at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco and was KQED’s first Raul Ramirez Diversity Fund Intern. Ericka also worked with NPR’s Code Switch team where she assisted with production for the Code Switch Podcast. She’s an alumna of NPR’s Next Generation Radio project at KJZZ in Phoenix and graduated from San Francisco State University. Most importantly, she’s one of very few adults in the world who still enjoys bubblegum flavored ice cream.

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Recent Articles

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Portland Extends Contract With Group That Reviews Police Shootings

Portland city councilors voted Wednesday to extend a contract with an independent group that reviews police shootings and in-custody deaths.

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NW Lawmakers Consider Limiting Exemptions As Confirmed Measles Cases Top 50

Lawmakers in Washington are considering legislation that could completely do away with the state's personal and philosophical vaccination exemption law. The number of confirmed measles cases in the Northwest has topped more than 50.

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Group Highlights Portland Police Missteps In Shooting Death Of Quanice Hayes

Portland Police officers could have taken cover before trying to arrest Quanice Hayes, an African-American teen shot and killed by Portland Police in 2017, according to independent experts.

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Portland Campus Officers Grapple With Disconnect Between Job And Perception

The future of armed campus police at Portland schools is murky. Students who want them out say school resource officers play a role in the school-to-prison pipeline. But what do school resource officers actually do?

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Portland Public Schools Pulls Out Of Agreement With City Over Police In Schools

The resolution approved Tuesday reverses an earlier agreement after school board members argued it's the city's – not the district's – responsibility to pay for the campus safety officers.

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The Safety Net Is Broken: How Police Became Mental Health First Responders

Politicians, mental health advocates and police say that law enforcement agencies have inherited a role they’re ill-equipped to play, but too often do. How did we get here?

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Man Shoved Out Of Douglas County Jail In Mental Health Crisis, Witness Says

A shirtless man seen shivering next to a pile of belongings in a widely-circulated video was shoved out of the Douglas County Jail and appeared to be experiencing a mental health crisis, a witness said.

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Bullseye Glass Reaches $6.5M Settlement In Class Action Lawsuit

Bullseye Glass has announced a $6.5 million settlement with plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the company.

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Misconduct Investigations Face Roadblocks As Portland Struggles With Trust

Problems with the investigation into the Aug. 4 protest is a case study of the city's larger problems with trust.

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Multnomah County Takes First Step Toward Mental Health Resource Center

Multnomah County took its first step Thursday toward establishing a mental health resource center in downtown Portland.

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E-Scooters Are Returning To Portland This Spring

The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced a second pilot program Tuesday after a report found more than half of Portlanders have a positive view of the scooters. 

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Man Shot By Portland Police Was At Hospital Hours Before He Was Killed

The man shot by Portland Police on Sunday struggled with mental health problems and was seen at the emergency room at Adventist Medical Center in Southeast Portland before he was killed.

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Portland Police Shot Man Who Struggled With Mental Illness, Family Says

Portland police identified the man who was shot by an officer Sunday as Andre Catrel Gladen, a black man from Sacramento who was blind in one eye and taking medication for bipolar disorder.

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Lawmakers Meet With TSA, Air Traffic Controllers At PDX Amid Shutdown

Air traffic controllers and TSA agents at Portland International Airport told lawmakers they're selling plasma and considering looking for work in the private sector as a result of the ongoing government shutdown.

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New Pay Equity Law Throws City Of Portland Into Confusion

Emails sent to city of Portland employees explaining Oregon's new pay equity law raised questions about how prepared the state and employers were for implementation.

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Oregon, Washington Join Appeal Of Affordable Care Act Ruling

Attorneys general from Oregon and Washington are joining a court challenge to a lower court decision declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

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DoubleTree Portland Fires 2 Employees Accused Of Racial Profiling

The DoubleTree in Portland says it has fired two employees involved in kicking an African-American guest out of the hotel.

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911 Service Working Intermittently In Clark County After Delayed, Confusing Emergency Alerts

Residents in Clark County, Washington, were not alerted of widespread 911 outages through a wireless emergency alert system until almost three hours after the county's emergency services agency appeared to have first acknowledged its 911 center was compromised.

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Merkley Visits Tent Encampments At Border, Says They Need 'To Be Shut Down'

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley says tent encampments holding migrant children for immigration violations along the U.S.-Mexico border need to be shut down.

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Intel Building At Ronler Acres Facility Reopens After Hazmat Scare

The temporarily-shuttered Intel building at the center of two hazardous material-related scares in less than a week reopens Wednesday.