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Director of Multnomah County Health Department Arrested for Assault: Updated


Lillian Shirley, the director of the Multnomah County Health Department, was arrested on Monday for alleged domestic violence.Shirley was booked at the Justice Center but her husband, the alleged victim, declined to press charges.
Shirley, 65, is one of the highest ranking officials in county government. Her department employs just under 1,000 people, which is more than any other ...   More
Thursday, May 23, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Tax Measure Fares Suprisingly Well in Clackamas County


Although the tallies from yesterday's election are not official yet, Measure 26-152, Metro's five-year, $50 million open spaces levy is passing by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin.
That's a good result for a campaign that struggled to raise money and, according to campaign manager Stacey Dycus, started off with poor polling numbers.
The results in Multnomah County<...   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Down to the Wire

CenturyLink wants to scrimp on maintenance in Oregon. Unions and utilities say it’s a bad idea.

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CenturyLink, the biggest provider of landline telephone and Internet service in Oregon, has made an extraordinary request of state regulators: Let us put off repair of utility poles for 10 years   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fantasy Island

Forget protecting birds and fauna: the Port of Portland’s plans for developing West Hayden Island don’t add up.

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Victor Viets and Mayor Charlie Hales have a lot in common. Both used to work for large engineering firms in Portland and both are boating enthusiasts who have lived in Columbia River condos near w   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fluoride Fight: Ballot Returns Light Through Friday


As of the end of day Friday, only 21.5 percent of registered voters had turned in their ballots for this month's election. Historically, off-year elections draw a light turnout. In 2011, 36.6 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Multnomah County. The May ballot includes a Metro parks' operating levy; a renewal of the Children's initiative; school board and education service distric...   More
Monday, May 20, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former State Rep Now a Corrections Officer


Former State Rep. Mike Schaufler (D-Happy Valley), who lost his seat in a hotly contested 2012 primary battle with now-Rep. Jeff Reardon, has a new gig.WW has learned that Schaufler—who served in the House from 2003 through last year—is now a corrections officer at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton. AFSCME, the union that represents corrections offic...   More
Thursday, May 16, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former State Senator Nominated for National Position


Former State Sen. Rick Metsger (D-Welches) was nominated yesterday by Pres. Barack Obama to serve on the three-member National Credit Union Administration Board. Metsger, who served in the Senate from 1999 through 2010, concentrated on transportation and financial services issues in Salem. Metsger remains well-known in Portland from the 15 years he spent as a sports and news reporter...   More
Thursday, May 16, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

De Muniz Apologizes to Lawmakers


Former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul De Muniz issued a written mea culpa to lawmakers today in the wake of a story that appeared in the current print edition of WW.At issue is the role that De Muniz, who retired from the Supreme Court in January, is playing in the Capitol. As a...   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Money Continues to Pour in For Fluoridators


Today's large donation to Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, the campaign proposing Measure 26-151, which would fluoridate Portland's water supply, comes from Upstream Public Health.
Upstream, a Portland non-profit, is the group that started the fluoridation movement rolling last year in clandestine tal...   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

222,000 Have Paid Arts Tax; Deadline Today

UPDATE: Arts tax payment website crashes.


UPDATE, 6:25 pm: Several procrastinating readers have alerted WW that the arts tax website—the city's preferred method of payment—has crashed. It could not handle the volume of people trying to pay on the last day before a promised $20 penalty.
"At this ...   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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