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May 21st, 2014 12:01 am WW Editorial Staff | Murmurs

Murmurs: Only 167 Shopping Days Until the November Election.

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  • The new fee Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick want to levy against Portland homeowners and businesses will hit an unexpected target as well: other government agencies. As first reported here, Hales says he has personally called leaders at Portland Public Schools, Metro, the Port of Portland, and Oregon Health & Science University to tell them they should expect to pay the fee, as will public universities and other school districts inside city limits. PPS was surprised to learn its bill could be as high as $400,000 a year. Homeowners could pay as much as $12 a month, while businesses and government agencies would be charged based on the size of their properties and the traffic they generate. Hales and Novick will reveal their plan May 22, and the City Council could vote on it in early June.
  • Dept. of Shameless Self-Promotion, 2014 Edition: WW won 13 first-place awards at the Society of Professional Journalists banquet May 17, including one for general excellence. WW scored two top prizes among alternative newspapers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska for stories published in 2013. Only half the results are in, but these are our first-place winners so far: Investigative reporting: Rachel Graham Cody, “Expel Check” (Sept. 25, 2013), rising discipline rates levied by Portland Public Schools against African-American students. Sports reporting: Aaron Mesh, Casey Jarman, Aaron Brown, Jonanna Widner and John Locanthi, “Rip City vs. No Pity” (Oct. 9, 2013), Portland Timbers and Portland Trail Blazers competing for fans’ love.
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