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Washington Senate Leaders Ask Governor to Audit Columbia River Crossing


Washington's Republican majority caucus is asking Gov. Jay Inslee for an independent audit of the Columbia River Crossing, adding to the political pressures on the megaproject.In a two-page letter, sent today and obtained by WW, requests that Inslee start a formal and fully independent audit of the $3.4 billion Interstate 5 ...   More
Friday, April 12, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Union Negotiations Starting, Hales Stays Mum on Issues


The city's contract negotiations with the Portland Police Association will begin April 18 at the union's headquarters.One of the issues likely to be on the table is the 48-hour rule that allows officers involved in shootings two days to consult with lawyers and union representatives before they give an official statement.Last fall,    More
Thursday, April 11, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Legislator: CRC "May Not Happen"


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is in Olympia today, doing all he can to help the flailing Columbia River Crossing—but even one of the project's biggest supporters says it might not be enough.
"We are using everything in our bag of tricks to bring everything to bear," says Washington State Rep. Jim Moeller (D-Vancouver), who has been the project's champion in Olympia. "If we could ge...   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Punch Drunk

A video of a cop punching a suspect surfaces as lawyers in the case seek to rewrite state law on excessive force.

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Jason Cox says he was beaten by cops. But he has what a lot of people who allege police brutality don’t: a video. On June 18, 2011, Portland cops arrested Cox, then 37, in the parking lot of an    More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Transportation Secretary LaHood to Lobby for CRC in Olympia


U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will stump for the Columbia River Crossing tomorrow in Olympia.With $450 million for the CRC approved in Oregon, officials are now throwing all their energy—and D.C. bureaucrats—behind pushing the beleaguered project through Washington's House (where it's a slam dunk with Democrats) and its Senate (where Republicans    More
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Columbia River Crossing: The Biggest Project Seattle's Never Heard Of


With the debate about funding the Columbia River Crossing over for now in Oregon, the fight for money moves to Washington state.
And as Portland Afoot reports in its latest news magazine, the fate of the $3.4 billion megaproject now lies...   More
Monday, April 8, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Bill Would Ban Arbitrators from Ordering Portland to Rehire Cops Fired for Excessive Force

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A new bill, filed last week, would prevent police unions from turning to state arbitrators to reinstate Portland Police officers fired for excessive force.Senate Bill 747 seeks to prohibit "certain cities from entering into collective bargaining agreement that provides for binding arbitration of ...   More
Monday, April 8, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Reaches Settlement Over Willamette River Superfund Site


The city of Portland appears poised to reach a settlement to clean up one of the most polluted segments of the Portland Harbor Superfund site.The vote is on the Portland City Council's Wednesday agenda and would commit $400,000 in city money to clean up toxic sediment in river mile 11 on the Willamet...   More
Monday, April 8, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

New Anti-Columbia River Crossing Flyer Adds to Pressure on Wheeler


A new flyer is out, urging Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler to reject the Columbia River Crossing.The mailer asks "Whose responsibility is it to tell the truth about the Columbia River Crossing?" and then features Wheeler on the back.In some ways, the $3.5 billion CRC in Wheeler's hands. When the legislature approved $450 million for the controversial megaproject last month, it stipulated that Wheeler...   More
Friday, April 5, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hales to Extend Old Town Street Closures for 60 Days


Mayor Charlie Hales will extend the weekend street closures in the Old Town Entertainment District, his office announced this afternoon.The district was featured in this WW's most recent cover story about Oregon's complicated relationship with alcohol, and how it plays out in Old Town.
The city had clo...   More
Friday, April 5, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD
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