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PCC Names Daryl Dixon Finalist for Top Diversity Job

Multco diversity chief was running private business on county time

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Portland Community College has named departing Multnomah County Chief Diversity and Equity Officer Daryl Dixon one of two finalists for its top diversity job.Here's the announcement that went out to PCC faculty and staff today:
"The Equity/Inclusion Search Committee has recommended 2 candidates be forwarded as finalists for the position. They are: Daryl Dixon who is currently the ...   More
 
Friday, November 22, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC: Wall Street Journal Details Tolling Debacles

Tolling revenues often fall short of projections

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Today's Wall Street Journal contains sobering information about just how badly wrong toll-financed projects can go. Here's the set-up:
Millions of motorists cross the Foley Beach Express toll bridge every year, many to hit Alabama's beaches. But traffic never reached the 10 ...   More
 
Thursday, November 21, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

PPS Board Member Steve Buel Lashes Out

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Steve Buel, the retired teacher who returned to the Portland school board this year after a 32-year absence, has made no secret of his unhappiness since winning election.
At meetings of the seven-member board, Buel has voiced concerns about the lack of discussion and debate; about board members' unwillingness to engage with members of the public during public comments periods; an...   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Losing Ground

Portland Public Schools rarely parts with property, but one group benefited from two deals.


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One well-connected nonprofit has landed two Portland schools properties at prices hundreds of thousands of dollars below appraised values. The deals that benefited the Native American Youth an   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Double Dipper

The county diversity director ran a personal business on public time—with taxpayer-paid staff.


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The director of Multnomah County’s Office of Diversity and Equity ran an outside consulting business while on county time, used taxpayer-paid staff and resources to aid the company, and collecte   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

OSPIRG Report Examines Credit Reporting Agencies

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The OSPIRG Foundation today released a report "Big Credit Bureaus, Big Mistakes" examining Oregonians interactions with the three large credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. OSPIRG gleaned its information from a federal consumer complaint database.Here...   More
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

High-Level Staff Changes on Kitzhaber's Team

Governor Names Mike Bonetto Chief of Staff

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Although Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported raising $240,000 this year, he still has not yet announced whether he'll run for an unprecedented (in Oregon) fourth term.But WW has learned that key staffers are not waiting for Kitzhaber to announce his decision before they make their own plans.Kitzhaber's chief of staff, Curtis Robinhold, will depart Jan. 1 to become deputy e...   More
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dembrow Appointed to State Senate

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In a widely-expected decision, the Multnomah County Commission today appointed State Rep. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) to replace former State. Sen. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland) in Senate District 23, which covers parts of Northeast and Southeast Portland. Dingfelder resigned last month to join Mayor Charlie Hales' staff.
Here's today's announcement from the Senate Democr...   More
 
Monday, November 18, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Wyden's Wife's Store Supposedly Sprinkled Sidewalk Sleepers

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The Strand, the famous Manhattan bookstore owned by Nancy Bass Wyden, the wife of U.S. Sen Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), is taking some heat for allegedly sprinkling the sidewalk areas under its awning in order to deter homeless New Yorkers from sleeping there.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

ODOT Responds to Clackamas County CRC Concerns

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A couple of weeks ago, the Clackamas County Commission wrote a strongly-worded letter to Gov. John Kitzhaber, asking for information about the anticipated diversion of traffic from I-5 to I-205 if the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only version of the Columbia ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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