Sue Lee at home in her Pearl District apartment, surrounded by a few of her favorite things. Julie Keefe photo

Sue Lee at home in her Pearl District apartment, surrounded by a few of her favorite things. Julie Keefe photo

Sue Lee free at last

Court-ordered guardianship overturned after 6-year struggle

Allan Classen

Sue Lee’s long ordeal is over. The former 23rd Avenue merchant, who recovered from a severe stroke in 2008 only to have her life and assets turned over to a court-appointed guardian, is at last free to live on her own.

She now lives in a Pearl District apartment, and as of June, her breakout became complete. Her only remaining connection to the probate court system is a financial conservator, a longtime friend who used to keep her books when Lee operated the Orientale Motif Shop at 725 NW 23rd Ave.

Lee’s situation was first reported by the NW Examiner in February 2012. At that time, all decisions related to her assets, spending, residence and medical care were at the discretion of Nancy L. MacDonald, a professional guardian and conservator who billed Lee’s account for almost every service, errand or phone call at $85 to $110 an hour.

The efforts of Lee’s daughter, a dedicated cadre of friends and this newspaper to expose and reverse her predicament only seemed to dig her hole deeper, leading to hourly charges as MacDonald defended

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Parking meters delayed until fall or later

Further investigation of bribery case may overturn contract, require new bidding process

Allan Classen

Parking meters, last promised to be operating in the Northwest District by September, have been postponed again.

Due to revelations from a federal bribery suit involving former Portland Parking Manager Ellis McCoy and Cale America, city officials have decided further investigation is needed to ensure the company has disassociated from persons responsible for the corruption.

Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesperson Dylan Rivera said meters could be installed as soon as this fall if a two-step investigation goes well. That process begins with an internal review by the Florida-based company. The city will then hire a law firm to scrutinize that report.

Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesperson Dylan Rivera said meters could be installed as soon

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Centennial Mills is a collection of 11 buildings erected between 1910 and 1940. Photo courtesy of Portland Development Commission

Centennial Mills is a collection of 11 buildings erected between 1910 and 1940. Photo courtesy of Portland Development Commission

Mayor favors demolishing waterfront landmark

Allan Classen

Mayor Charlie Hales has run out of patience with the proposed redevelopment of Centennial Mills and wants to level the amalgam of flour mills acquired by the city 15 years ago.

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