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No Thaw In Jail’s Chill

The Multnomah County Sheriff's new policy to hold fewer undocumented immigrants is having little effect.

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Saul Paz spent 16 days in the Multnomah County Jail this August after flashing fake ID to a bouncer at an Old Town club. Paz is old enough to drink—he’s 26. But he’s also an undocumented imm   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CORRECTED: Portland's Suicide Rate Three Times National Average, Portland Police Say


CORRECTION AND UPDATE 12/3/2013: This blog post relies on statistics provided by the Portland Police Bureau that greatly overstated the Portland suicide rate compared to that of the United States as a whole.

The Portland Police released an analysis of suicides in the city this morning, and the results are grim: Portland's s...   More
Monday, September 30, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Coast Guard Grants the Columbia River Crossing a Permit


The U.S. Coast Guard has granted the Columbia River Crossing a permit to build 116-foot-high Interstate 5 bridges between Portland and Vancouver.The approval (PDF) clears one of the final hurdles the once-dead, now revived $2.8 billion megaproject had, and puts its continued existence squarely at the feet of Oregon lawmakers...   More
Friday, September 27, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Plan for Oregon-Only Columbia River Crossing Would Give Washington $71 Million in Sales Tax


Should Gov. John Kitzhaber push through an Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing, Clark County stands to make nearly $71 million in sales tax revenue.The figure was revealed in a document released yesterday by C-Tran, Clark County's transit agency, as pa...   More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Toll Truth

Drivers would flock to I-205 to avoid paying tolls for the Columbia River Crossing.

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Only about half as many cars would use the Columbia River Crossing as Oregon officials have previously claimed, and far more vehicles would choke the Interstate 205 Bridge as drivers dodged tolls    More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Internet, Unsurprisingly, Falls in Love With Sir Stuffington, a One-Eyed Pirate Kitten from Portland


The internet's latest cumulative kitteh-based "squeee!" is a one-eyed kitten with a permanent snarl named Sir Stuffington—and the little bugger's from Portland.According to his Facebook page—which has cleared 25,000 likes since joining on Sept. 16—he was brought into Multnomah County Animal S...   More
Monday, September 23, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Tolls on the Columbia River Crossing Will Max Out Interstate 205

New Public Records Unveil Massive Exodus from Interstate 5


Only about half as many cars would use the Columbia River Crossing than previously predicted, and far more will choke the Interstate 205 bridge as drivers try to avoid paying tolls, according to new information uncovered by Portland economist Joe Cortright.Plans for tolling Interstate 5 at the CRC will cause Interstate 205 to reach capacity. Meanwhile, traffic on Inter...   More
Monday, September 23, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Senator to Oregon Legislators: Let the Columbia River Crossing Die


Washington Sen. Don Benton—part of the Republican majority that tanked $450 million in spending for the Columbia River Crossing this year—sent an open letter to Oregon Legislators today, telling them to do what his state's lawmakers did: let the project die.With an Oregon-only, $2.8 billion CRC expected to    More
Friday, September 20, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Bike Activists Launching Anti-Columbia River Crossing Phone Tree


A special session on PERS begins Sept. 30 and, as WW has reported, Gov. John Kitzhaber is pretty likely to try and get a deal on the Columbia River Crossing in as well.Now...   More
Thursday, September 19, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland's Gentrification: Now Color Coded!


The Portland Housing Bureau has released a mostly-finished draft of its "Housing Opportunity Analysis," its look at where the city can help fight the negative effects on gentrification on the people who already live there.Part of its analysis includes a color-coded map that predicts where the heaviest levels of ...   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD
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