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Portland Leaf Fee: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Leaves on Portland street

Mayor Sam Adams plans to survey all Portland residents on their level of support for the city's new leaf fee as part of an effort to see whether to keep the program in the next budget cycle.
The new fee ranging from $15 to $65 on about 30,000 Portland households and businesses has...   More
Thursday, January 27, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Fires Director Previously on Leave

Portland School Board

About seven weeks after putting her on paid administrative leave, Portland Public Schools this week fired Diana Fernandez, director of the district's department for teaching English as a second language.

The change comes on the ...   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Police Arrest Firefighters' Union President for DUII

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Portland Police arrested Portland Firefighters Association president Jim Forquer last night on suspicion of DUII and reckless driving.The 48-year-old union president and battalion chief with Portland Fire & Rescue was driving a 2008 Jeep Wrangler when he struck a telephone po...   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Six And The City

The bold and the bizarre among the concepts to redevelop a key site.

City Hall
 The 10-acre site Portland Public Schools now occupies just north of the Rose Quarter could become a Costco, as The Oregonian reported earlier this month.   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Leaf Us Alone

How many Portlanders have paid the new leaf removal fee.

City Hall
 More than a month after street sweepers passed through Portland’s “leaf districts” to clear fallen foliage, only 37 percent of assessed property owners have paid the new removal fee.   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Bond Campaign Picks Up New Cash


Portlanders for Schools, the campaign fund to support Portland Public Schools' bond measure on the May ballot, is nearing the $100,000 mark in contributions.Recent donations include a $5,000 contribution from    More
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Drink 2011: Renner's Grill

Bar Guide
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mental Health Funding and the Mayor's 2011 State of the City Speech

Mental Health

Mayor Sam Adams' annual state-of-the-city address takes place on Feb. 18, less than a month from now. And if you're wondering what the mayor may highlight at the City Club of Portland event, let us help narrow the field. Mental health won't be the only topic...   More
Friday, January 21, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

South Waterfront Development on Ice

Yesterday's three-hour hearing at City Hall on the proposal to build a Department of Homeland Security center [PDF] in South Waterfront ended without any clear resolution.
Thursday, January 20, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Schools Activist Files New Civil Rights Complaint

PPS - School Activist

Veteran schools activist Marta Guembes, who last year ruffled feathers with her one-woman investigation of Portland Public Schools' services for Spanish-speaking parents, filed a fourth federal civil-rights complain...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

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