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Split House Transportation Committee Moves CRC Bill


The House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development today voted six to four to move a bill that would keep the Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing project alive. The vote came after six hours of public testimony over two days, and went through on a party line basis.
House Bill 4113 now moves to the budget-writing Joint Ways and Means Committee, where members wh...   More
Thursday, February 13, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clearing Up Misinformation Ahead of Today's Columbia River Crossing Hearing


Ahead of today's hearing on the Columbia River Crossing Project, CRC proponents have clouded the debate with two pieces of misinformation.
First, the economic consequences of not moving forward are being over-stated.

On Feb. 6, The Oregonian published another    More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Predatory Lawmaking

A voracious debt collector wants to acquire Oregon property tax liens.

News Stories
In 2007, Oregon lawmakers made national headlines when they kicked payday lenders out of the state. Now one of the biggest debt-collection companies in the U.S. wants to bring a type of lending    More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

PPS Hiring Replacement Teachers on Craigslist


As Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers slide toward a strike, the district is advertising for replacements on Craigslist. The district and the union will meet today with a state mediator to try to head off would would be the first work stoppage in PPS history.
Here's the ad:
PPS Temporary Replacement Workers & Student Support Staff (P...   More
Monday, February 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC Hearing Scheduled for Wednesday in Salem


House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) announced today there will in fact be a hearing on the Columbia River Crossing project during the current legislative session.Members of both chambers have expressed reluctance to revisit the current $2.8 billion Oregon-only version of the CRC. Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) has expressed strong reservations about moving forward...   More
Monday, February 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Timbers Will Now Play in Providence Park


The Portland Timbers and Thorns announced today that the name of the city-owned stadium in which they play is changing from Jeld-Wen Field to Providence Park.
Longtime Portlanders will remember that the venue was c...   More
Monday, February 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Portland Gangster In the Middle of a Mexican Drug War


There are worse fates than being snowbound in Portland.
Finding yourself not in Portland's snow but in the middle of a Mexican drug war is one of them. Slate has a story on that very possibility today.Here'...   More
Friday, February 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Another Buyer Steps Forward for Proposed Trader Joe's Property: Updated with PDC Response


With city officials, business leaders and inner Northeast Portland residents still absorbing Trader Joe's abrupt decision Monday to pull out of a proposed new development on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., another buyer for the property has stepped forward.

This afternoon, Roy Jay, executive director of the African American Chamber of Commerce, sent an email proposal t...   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Secret of Yummy Garden

There’s a new business in Portland’s Real Chinatown—marijuana.

Cover Story
Sunny Chan has a lot of history at Yummy Garden, the Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant he used to own, and at another restaurant he owned, Chinese Garden in Gresham. Today, there’s change afo   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Opening Dominant Fundraising Lead


Gov. John Kitzhaber, never known as an enthusiastic fundraiser, is racing out of the gate as he begins the campaign for what would be an unprecedented (in Oregon) fourth term.
Kitzhaber has already raised more than $414,000 in 2014, according to filings with the elections division, compared to $61,000 for the leading GOP candidate, State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point). ...   More
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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