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Cover Story Update: Harun Mustafa to Play with Portland Cello Project

Portland Cello Project

The subject of a 2010 cover story in WW will play three shows with the Portland Cello Project this month.Harun Mustafa, the now 21-year-old subject of last year's piece, was a promising cello player when a single mistake at age 19 sent him to prison for 18 months. During a fig...   More
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: What Mayoral Staffers Make

Mayor Sam Adams releases budget

Mayor Sam Adams released his proposed budget Tuesday. And at a press conference to announce the $400 million-plus package, he touted new efforts to improve services for the homeless, Portland's struggling s...   More
Friday, May 6, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Eileen Brady Nears Announcement on Mayoral Run


Eileen Brady, a co-founder of New Seasons Markets, continues to move toward challenging Mayor Sam Adams in the May 2012 primary.More than a month after first announcing her interest in the race, Brady says she's had conversations with Gov....   More
Thursday, May 5, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Teen Sext

A bill to limit penalties for graphic pictures hits a snag.

News Stories
Among the many new laws the Oregon Legislature is considering this session, a revision to penalties for “sexting” between teenagers is proving unexpectedly contentious. Senate Bill 678 would p   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Dirt Under the Nails

A beauty trend Oregon tax collectors dislike.

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It often seems that the only thing more common than coffee shops on Portland street corners are neighborhood nail salons. It’s a domain of manicures, pedicures and shellac, and it’s populated by   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Winners and Losers in Adams' Proposed Budget

Pork? Or Charity?

Last week's print edition of WW looked at 10 earmarks Mayor Sam Adams and city commissioners wanted in the mayor's upcoming budget. Today    More
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Water Bureau to Accept Responsibility for New Fountains

Teachers Fountain at Director Park in Portland

Among the small-ticket items in the Portland Water Bureau's budget that tick off grumpy ratepayers are the city's many decorative fountains, which the Water Bureau has maintained under a longstanding agreement with city parks officials.
That cost to ratepayers is such a frequent source of grumbling, it rated a mention in Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade's    More
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Ten For Your Money

What earmarks might Portland’s 2011-12 budget include?

City Hall
Mayor Sam Adams is supposed to introduce his proposed city budget this week for the fiscal year that starts July 1.  The majority of Portland’s $391 million discretionary general-fund budget,   More
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

A Sneak Peek at Our Schools Bond Endorsement

Portlanders for Schools vs Learn Now, Build Later

Tomorrow, WW issues its endorsements for the two money measures from Portland Public Schools on the May ballot. The first is a $548 million construction bond to rebuild nine schools and update all of the remaining 76 schools in the district, Oregon's largest. The second measure renews and expands an existing operating levy that currently generates about $40 million a year to support PPS. If voters...   More
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Schools Superintendent Prepares Two Budgets

Portland Public Schools

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith this evening introduces two versions of next year's budget. Both versions of the budget will include significant cuts owing to the $40 million decline in state revenue for PPS. But one budget—the one based on the possibility that voters will reject the local option levy in May—will make far deeper cuts. If the levy passes, PPS will have to ma...   More
Monday, April 25, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

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