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What earmarks might Portland’s 2011-12 budget include?

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Mayor Sam Adams is supposed to introduce his proposed city budget this week for the fiscal year that starts July 1.  The majority of Portland’s $391 million discretionary general-fund budget,   More
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Kicked To The Curb

Why green Portland doesn’t recycle food waste citywide yet.

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A pilot program in Portland to collect food waste separately from residential garbage won’t expand to include the entire city this spring as expected. Two new Portland garbage transfer facilities   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Hose Festival

The City Auditor says spending on unrelated programs may be soaking water and sewer ratepayers.

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A new audit questions recent decisions by the Portland City Council to spend funds collected from water and sewer users on city programs    More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Launch Pad

The Mayor plays “Will it float?” with a proposal to take control of Multnomah County’s River Patrol Unit.

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Late in Mayor Sam Adams’ third annual State of the City address last month, he proposed a change to give Multnomah County extra cash it badly    More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Second Life

Can public campaign finance be revived in Portland?

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Four months after Portland voters killed public financing of political campaigns for city office, a small cadre of supporters is organizing to bring the issue back. They got the OK last month from   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 HENRY STERN

Down On The Corner

Buskers and the city revisit a 15-year-old deal.

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Fifteen years ago, then-Mayor Vera Katz, police, business associations and musicians signed an agreement that dictates when, where and how bucket drummers, fiddlers and human statues    More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL

Don’t Do It

Why Portland shouldn’t rejoin the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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In 2005, led by then-Mayor Tom Potter, Portland became the only U.S. city to pull out of the Joint Terrorism Task Force over civil-liberties concerns. The City Council should not reverse that deci   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Wishing Upon A Surplus

City finds money for shoulder-fired tasers, schools and other projects.

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If you haven’t heard Mayor Sam Adams say it already, gird yourself for his boast that Portland will have a budget surplus. And that surplus of about $3.5 million in the fiscal year that starts Jul   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Leaf Us Alone

How many Portlanders have paid the new leaf removal fee.

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 More than a month after street sweepers passed through Portland’s “leaf districts” to clear fallen foliage, only 37 percent of assessed property owners have paid the new removal fee.   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Six And The City

The bold and the bizarre among the concepts to redevelop a key site.

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 The 10-acre site Portland Public Schools now occupies just north of the Rose Quarter could become a Costco, as The Oregonian reported earlier this month.   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 BETH SLOVIC
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