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Them’s The Brakes

Why City Hall loves home-sharing company Airbnb but not car-sharing startup Uber.


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Mayor Charlie Hales says he wants Portland to stand as a leader in making room for the “sharing economy.” That’s one reason he has championed rewriting city rules to legalize the operations    More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Brian Budz

Washington’s legal weed starts moving through stores this week. The owner of New Vansterdam talks price, supply and ambiance.


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Brian Budz got teased about his name as a kid. This week it finally pays off. On July 11, Budz, 40, and his business partners will open New Vansterdam, one of the first retail marijuana shops    More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 KATE WILLSON

City For Rent

Mayor Charlie Hales wants to give Airbnb something it can’t get anyplace else.


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Last week, Airbnb threw a house party in Portland City Hall.  The San Francisco-based online startup laid out two tables lined with trays of bagels, brownies and blueberry muffins. It invit   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 AARON MESH

Busted Bottles

Portland Bottling faces allegations it ripped off ratepayers while championing a measure to lower water bills.


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No corporation had more at stake in the May ballot measure over control of the city’s water than Portland Bottling Co.  The soft-drink bottler contributed $100,000—more than any other don   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AARON MESH

“Not Born That Way”

The fight over “curing” homosexuality is the front lines of upcoming gay-rights battles.


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Dean Greer says he doesn’t have sex with men anymore. He is married, has a son and is devout in his faith in Jesus. But Greer says he is not cured from an affliction he calls “same-sex attra   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 KATE WILLSON

House Of Cards

Documents suggest SAIF corp. fired its CEO based on “false and inaccurate” information.


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SAIF Corp. is in the insurance business, an industry defined by the word “caution.” Yet thousands of pages of records from inside the state-owned workers’ compensation insurer suggest that   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Joint Venture

The corporate face of legalizing pot has arrived in Oregon.


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Paul Stanford had to admit last week he was busted. For years, Stanford has been the face of the drive to legalize marijuana in Oregon, the man who may have done more to push for lawful pot than   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Seeking Redemption

Neighbors of a proposed West Burnside site for bottle and can returns pop their tops.


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Every day, Rob Wolters sees a lot of the raw city life outside his condo at West Burnside Street and Southwest 18th Avenue that he says makes it interesting to live downtown: homeless people sleep   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 SAMI EDGE

Science and Industry

OMSI eyes becoming a real-estate developer. Its neighbors fear a Pearl District 2.0.


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For more than half a century, School Specialty Co. of Oregon has operated behind green loading docks at Southeast Taylor Street and 3rd Avenue, making cheerleader pompoms.    More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 AARON MESH

When Darkness Falls

The city is considering a new permit as a hammer over problematic late-night businesses.


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For years, the city of Portland and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission have worked as uneasy partners in law enforcement, playing a game of “good cop, bad cop” with bars they identify as p   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 REBECCA TURLEY
 

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