Coquine and Rucker – 2016 James Beard Awards Semifinalists

James Beard Award

Congratulations to Coquine and Gabriel Rucker, chef of Le Pigeon and Little Bird.

Coquine is a semifinalist a James Beard Award as Best New Restaurant in the United States. The Portland French inspired restaurant opened in July of this past year in the Mount Tabor neighborhood. We at SYK are fans of Portland Monthly’s “2015 Cookie of the Year”, Coquine’s take on a chocolate chip cookie.

Chef and author Gabriel Rucker is up for the James Beard Outstanding Chef Award this year. In 2011, he received the James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year, and in 2013, took the prize as Best Chef: Northwest. Last year Rucker, the founding chef owner of Le Pigeon and Little Bird Bistro, stepped back into the kitchen when the executive chef of Little Bird left the Portland hot spot.

We wish both owner and chefs the best of luck in their nominations, and look forward to another tasty year ahead for them (and our taste buds)!

Portland Residential Landlords Beware – Notice Timelines Increased

Real Estate

Portland City Council has declared the city to be in a housing emergency. Rental rates have increased by 15% in 2015, and vacancy is hovering at about 3%.

The Council has announced measures to combat these issues. On October 14, 2015, the Council unanimously voted to pass an ordinance requiring residential landlords give 90 days’ notice for rent increases greater than 5% and for no-cause evictions. This is an increase from the 30 or 60 days’ notice that were previously required. If a residential landlords fails to give enough notice, he could owe the tenant “up to three months rent as well as actual damages, reasonable attorney fees and costs.” Some on the City Council, including Commissioners Dan Salzman and Nick Fish, wish they could do more to protect tenants, but state residential landlord-tenant laws prevent cities from enacting more stringent provisions, like rent control. Commissioner Salzman has promised to review and evaluate the policy in a year to see if it accomplished its goals.

The ordinance goes into effect next month. This may cause some residential landlords to rush to send out notices this month in advance of the ordinance’s effective date. The Oregon Residential Landlord Tenant Act (“ORLTA”) is highly technical and landlords are well advised to consult with a real estate attorney knowledgeable about ORLTA before issuing any termination or rent increase notices.

For more information, see the following Oregonian articles:

“Portland OKs 90-day notice for rent increases, no-cause evictions”

“Portland approves housing emergency plan, what comes next is unclear”

Oregon Decides that Attorneys, Dentists, Optometrists, Legislators, and Chiropractors Will Be Mandatory Elder Abuse Reporters as of January 1, 2015

In House Bill 2205 (HB 2205), the Oregon Legislature expanded the list of those professions whose members are required to report suspected elder abuse. Governor Kitzhaber signed HB 2205 into law on June 11, 2013. Under ORS 124.050, an elderly person is defined as anyone 65 years of age or older and abuse includes, but is not limited to, neglect, physical injury and financial exploitation.    

Attorneys will be required to take mandatory abuse reporting continuing legal education classes (CLEs), that will cover elder abuse. Presently, attorneys are mandatory child abuse reporters and are required to take CLEs covering that mandatory reporting obligation. An attorney is not, however, required to breach a client confidence in order to meet this reporting requirement, nor is an attorney required to report if disclosure of this information will be detrimental to his or her client.

The expanded mandatory reporting obligations take effect on January 1, 2015. The bill can be found at the following link: