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City Moves Forward with Last Thursday Despite Board Resignation


Mayor Charlie Hales announced today that the city will provide support and oversight later this week for Last Thursday, despite the resignation of Friends of Last Thursday's board on Monday. The monthly gathering in the Alberta neighborhood has become increasingly controversial as rowdy attendees have fallen afoul of neighbors.
Here's the statement from mayoral spokesman Dana ...   More
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kendall Clawson Withdraws Her Name From Consideration for OLCC Post

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Gov. John Kitzhaber's difficulties with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission continue. Kitzhaber struggled last year to remove OLCC director Steve Pharo, whom the five-member commission continued to support after Kitzhaber wanted him gone.
More recently, the commission voted down a 25-cent-per bottle tax increase Kitzhaber and legislative leaders wanted.
Now, Kitzhaber's hand-picked...   More
Monday, June 24, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rudy Crew Takes New York Job


Oregon's Chief Education Officer, Rudy Crew, signed a three-year, $280,000-per-year contract when he came to Oregon a year ago. Now, he's headed back to New York, where he grew up and served a superintendent of public schools. Crew will become the new president of Medgar Evers College, part of the City University of New York.
Here's the news from his boss, Gov. John Kitzhaber, wh...   More
Monday, June 24, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Bus Project Leader to Step Down

Caitlin Baggott, Bus Project

Caitlin Baggott, the executive director of the Oregon Bus Project, announced today in a statement that she will step down at the end of the summer.
"This will be my final summer at the Bus Project's driver's wheel," Baggott wrote. "When I got behind that wheel in 2011, the board and I agreed on a simple, two year plan: to create stability for this young organization and clarity a...   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Recommends Kendall Clawson To Be New OLCC Chief

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Gov. John  Kitzhaber has named Kendall Clawson, a key aide in his office, as his pick be the new director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. "The governor has recommended Kendall to the chair of OLCC," says Tim Raphael, Kitzhaber's spokesman.  "He thinks her leadership skills and vision are exactly what the agency needs." Clawson, 48, is currently Kitzhaber's ex...   More
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Atlantic Monthly Covers PDX Naked Bike Ride in Ink


The Atlantic Monthly is a high-minded publication that devotes countless column inches to topics such as economics, global security threats, GMO—and naked Portlanders on bikes.

Here's the report from a reluctant first-time part...   More
Monday, June 17, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Education Budget Fails in the Senate; Spin Ensues: Updated


When Sen. Chris Edwards (D-Eugene) voted against the $6.55 billion K-12 budget today, he temporarily derailed the largest chunk of state spending and gave the leaders in Salem an opportunity to present the same news in pretty different ways.
Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, stru...   More
Monday, June 17, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

No License To Vote

A bill tying voter registration to driver’s licenses is stuck in neutral.

A bill that could register as many as 600,000 new Oregon voters is in danger of dying without a vote. The state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Kate Brown, wants anyone who gets a   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

U of O Prof. Files Bar Complaint in Long v. Kroger Case

Complaint results from long-running DOJ investigation

John Kroger

University of Oregon Economics Prof. Bill Harbaugh last week filed a complaint (PDF) with the Oregon State Bar against prominent Eugene lawyers Bill Gary and Sharon Rudnick and University of Oregon General Counsel Randy Geller. The complaint accuses Gary and Rudnick of misleading Marion Count...   More
Monday, June 10, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rudy Crew Is a Finalist to Lead Medgar Evers College: Updated


Rudy Crew—the high-profile education czar Gov. John Kitzhaber hired last year to implement Oregon's ambitious education reforms—already has his eye on the exit. 
Kitzhaber hired Crew in 2012 to be the state's first ever chief education officer. Crew's three-year contract pays him $2...   More
Monday, June 10, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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