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Columbia Sportswear And Its CEO Will Endorse Same Sex Marriage


Publicly-traded corporations usually steer clear of controversial political issues out of fear of alienating customers and shareholders. Oregon's largest companies, for instance, sat out Measure 36, the 2004 battle that enacted a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
This year, however, Columbia Sportswear will support the proposed 2014 initiative that aims to repeal the ban a...   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Mystery Man Revealed

A legendary and controversial timber executive is funding the attack on the Portland Water Bureau.

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It’s been a long time since Harry Merlo wielded any real power in this town. For more than 20 years, Merlo, the CEO of timber giant Louisiana-Pacific, lived the kind of imperial lifestyle Port   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

New York Bridge Project Shows Potential CRC Risks


Oregon drivers take note: The planned replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge 25 miles north of New York City offers some insightful information for followers of the Columbia River Crossing project.
Like the CRC, the Tappan Zee project, which spans the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties, depends on low-interest federal loans and tolling revenues as central parts ...   More
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Multnomah County's Chief Operating Officer Shifting to Health Department


The fallout from the Jeff Cogen scandal continues at Multnomah County headquarters.
Last week, WW reported that Lillian Shirley, who heads the county health department, leaving to oversee public health for the state. That lef...   More
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Cascade AIDS Project Executive Director Departs Abruptly


Less than six months after taking over as the new leader of the Cascade AIDS Project, CAP announced executive Glen Gilbert stepped down today.Gilbert was hired April 29 to lead the non-profit, which has an annual budget of $6 million.

Gilbert raised eyebrows in July when he testified on behalf of then-Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, whose colleagues had introduced a...   More
Friday, September 27, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

St. Mary's Academy Closes on Downtown Property


St. Mary's Academy, the all-girls school located downtown, completed its purchase of the former University Station post office block today.
The school, which began operations in 1859 and is the state's oldest continuously operating secondary school, paid $7.6 million for the property. The new acquisition is located at Southwest Sixth and Market streets.
WW first...   More
Friday, September 27, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Wheeler Kicks CRC Can Down the Road

Citing risks, Treasurer's letter to lawmakers says it's "premature" to conclude deal can work


State Treasurer Ted Wheeler today released a three-page letter (PDF) to legislative leaders assessing the viability of the revised $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing project.
Wheeler's letter is a finalized version of a    More
Thursday, September 26, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Multnomah County Health Director Takes Over State's Public Health Division

Lillian Shirley promoted from scandal-plagued post


Multnomah County Health Director Lillian Shirley, who has been in the news more than she would have wanted to be in the past six months, is taking over as director of the state's Public Health Division.
Here's the announcement from her new boss, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, the director of the Oregon Health Authority:

"Lillian has been a local and a national leader in adv...   More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Reputation For Rent

Once-secret testimony reveals Dave Frohnmayer was a paid witness for big tobacco against the state of Oregon.

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There may be no résumé in Oregon public life more impressive than the one that belongs to Dave Frohnmayer. Rhodes scholar, state attorney general   More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Boston Voters Will Decide Mayoral Election Without Help from Portland Nonprofit


Boston voters are voting for a new mayor today to replace five-term incumbent Thomas Menino, who is retiring.
They will cast their votes without the influence of a Portland nonprofit that is increasingly involved in educational politics nationwide through its various state chapters. 
That group, Stand For Children, started out here in 1999 as a grass-roots effort, with organizer...   More
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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