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City Hall must reduce services but it lacks the nerve to cut its budget for the arts.

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Last December, the Regional Arts & Culture Council threw Mayor Sam Adams a huge going-away gala.  The tribute, “pARTy in the Name of Art,” included a “Sammania” show with Bodyvox da   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 AARON MESH

Very Healthy Paychecks

Top executives at Providence, after talking up health-care cost controls, see big raises as they leave.

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Greg Van Pelt wants to cut your health-care costs. As the retiring CEO for Providence Oregon, he’s talked about working to find solutions for ballooning medical expenses and creating community   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 MATT KAUFFMAN

Floating Away

Targeted for elimination, the Office of Healthy Working Rivers may be you-know-where without a paddle.

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When it comes to government agencies with endearing names, none comes close to the city’s Office of Healthy Working Rivers. It’s not just the hopeful adjectives in its title—it’s the tiny    More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 MICHAEL MUNKVOLD

Statue of Limitations

Who deserves a pedestal more, Jason Lee or Mark Hatfield?

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The Oregon Legislature wants to send the late Mark O. Hatfield back to Washington. A bill with 36 sponsors would mount a full-size bronze of the debonair and determined Republican statesman in t   More

Paranoid Parking

Mayor Charlie Hales’ plan to change rules on big apartments has everyone fired up.

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When smoke drifted out of the halted construction site on Southeast Division Street early March 29, the owner of nearby Victory Bar called the cops. It wasn’t his first call about the unfinish   More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 AARON MESH

A Big Dam Fight Ahead

Opponents of Oregon’s Green Energy Law are seeking a major change.

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In 2007, Oregon lawmakers decided to address global warming by moving the state aggressively away from burning coal and natural gas to produce electricity. They required big utilities to gener   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Freezing Out ICE

The Multnomah County Sheriff will stop honoring immigration holds on low-level offenders.

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Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton plans to start releasing undocumented immigrants brought to his jails for low-level crimes before immigration officials can get their hands on them. The mov   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Take It Inside

The city’s latest bar brawl with the OLCC: how late can patios stay open?

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Thomas Winston Morgan marched across Southeast Yamhill Street on a summer night in 2011 in a T-shirt, boxer shorts and flip-flops, and demanded the birthday party stop. The laughing voices comin   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 AARON MESH

In the Line of Fire

Is city hall finally ready to reform Portland Fire & Rescue?

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For decades, Portland Fire & Rescue has had the political clout to fight any meaningful change in the way it does business. And, as city records show, that’s meant big budgets, slow respon   More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

3rd & Choke

A bungled land deal costs the city $5 million—with taxpayers on the hook for the next 293 years.

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At the corner of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Oak Street lies an empty, weed-filled lot that may be the most costly dirt in the city’s history. The lot is on its way to costing its owner nearly    More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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