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CRC: Wall Street Journal Details Tolling Debacles

Tolling revenues often fall short of projections


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Bridge Collapse

The latest news for the Columbia River Crossing is all bad.

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November is the cruelest month for the Columbia River Crossing project.  After warding off a series of potentially fatal blows, the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only project took two headsh   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD, NIGEL JAQUISS

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