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City Hall: Watchdog Proposes Independent Utility Rate Committee

Randy Leonard public toilet

A proposal to strengthen independent oversight of water and sewer rates is circulating in Portland City Hall, but at least one city commissioner is deeply skeptical.
The proposal comes from Dave Johnson, a former member of the Portland Utility Review Board, the existing city-sanctioned volunteer panel that is supposed to offer independent oversight of Portland's water and sewer rates. PURB, the...   More
Friday, April 22, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Human Rights Commission Asks for Charter Change

Maria Lisa Johnson

Portland's volunteer-led Human Rights Commission has asked for more independence from City Hall.
The request comes amid changes at Portland's Office of Human Relations, which formed in 2008 under then-Mayor Tom Potter. It oversees the Human Rights Commission, which "advocates for and ta...   More
Thursday, April 21, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

David Wu Continues Fundraising Trend with Out-of-State Donors

David Wu

Long before U.S. Rep. David Wu donned a tiger suit and emailed photographs of himself in the Halloween costume to staffers just days before the November 2010 electio...   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

High School Redesign: Benson to Get a New Principal

Steve Olczak

The Benson Polytechnic High School principal who played the awkward role of leading Benson even as his boss, Superintendent Carole Smith, worked to strip the career-focused school of many of its programs, will retire at the end of the school year.Now advocates for Benson are scrambling to make sure their voices are heard as Smith searches for Steve Olczak's replacement as the storied school's next...   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portlanders for Schools Launch Television Ads

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Portlanders for Schools, flush with cash for two campaigns to increase property taxes for schools, today launched two TV ads designed to provoke maximum sympathy for the multimillion-dollar measures. (Sidenote: The ...   More
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Teachers Meet to Discuss Critical High School Question

One part of Portland Public Schools' new two-year contract with its teachers union is supposed to save the financially starved district $4 million a year by increasing high-school teachers' workload.But that fea...   More
Monday, April 18, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Brad Avakian Announces Run for David Wu's Congressional Seat

In a carefully worded email to supporters late Sunday night, state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian obliquely announced he will challenge U.S. Rep. David Wu in the 2012 Democratic primary for Oregon's 1st Congressional District."Over the past several months, I've heard from many leaders and citizens asking me to consider running for Congress - to give Northwest Oregon the tough, effective leader...   More
Sunday, April 17, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioner Fritz Will Seek a Second Term


Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced this morning she will seek a second term next year on Portland's City Council even though Portlanders voted last November to kill public-campaign finance, a cornerstone of Fritz's previous bids to win a council seat.Fritz, a former psychiatric nurse, will make her formal declaration at a lunchtime panel at the Oregon Nurses Association's statewide convention tod...   More
Friday, April 15, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Tax Campaign for Schools Crosses Million-Dollar Mark

School 2.0

The campaign committee supporting the two Portland Public Schools tax measures on the May 17 ballot has raised at least $1 million to urge passage of the large levies, a consultant for the campaign announced yesterday.Online election records f...   More
Friday, April 15, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

David Wu Makes Strong Fundraising Showing But Fails to Retire Most Campaign Debt


U.S. Rep. David Wu has announced he's raised $219,000 in the first quarter of 2011, a key barometer for the troubled Democratic congressman as he faces a strong prospect of a tough opponent in his party's primary next year.Yet Wu's numbers also show he has not retired nearly $50,000 in previous campaign debt. Though campaign debt can be carried forward indefinitely, that means Wu's $219,000 figure...   More
Friday, April 15, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

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