p-BRFmlk-010709 City establishes MLK Jr. commission

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PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday approved creation of a commission to implement the recommendations of a task force that was formed to find a place in Portland for a memorial honoring slain civil rights leader The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The task force selected the new Bayside Trail because it is visible and accessible, according the Councilor Dan Skolnik, who served on the task force.
The commission’s main mission will be to work with the city and community organizations to raise funds to build a memorial. The task force also recommended that the commission be allocated $5,000 through 2009, with the possibility of additional funding in future city budgets.
Monday, Jan. 16, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.