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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

City Hall: The Agenda Behind the Agenda, April 13

Portland City Council March 16

Topics on the agenda at Portland City Hall this morning include an update on the Bike Plan for 2030, a $105,000 pay claim, additional city funding for Hooper Detox and a $50,000 grant for Janus Youth Programs.
Here's a breakdown:Bike Plan for 2030: More than a year ago, on F...   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Kicked To The Curb

Why green Portland doesn’t recycle food waste citywide yet.

City Hall
A pilot program in Portland to collect food waste separately from residential garbage won’t expand to include the entire city this spring as expected. Two new Portland garbage transfer facilities   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Charter School Suspends Classes Due to Financial Problems (Updated)

Trillium Charter School

Trillium Charter School, a K-12 facility in North Portland that serves 350 students, has suspended classes temporarily because of financial difficulties.
In an online message to parents at Trillium, officials with the school say scarce resources and insufficient financial controls created the pro...   More
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

One Local Politician Who Says David Wu Should Step Aside

David Wu

The political musings of a local elected official about a federal lawmaker's future in Congress aren't automatically newsworthy.But having gone on the record today to say U.S. Rep. David Wu should not run again, Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman became the first, if not the only, local elected leader to openly criticize Wu.
Saltzman, a fellow Democrat who lives in Wu's district, says he h...   More
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

David Wu's False Explanation for One Employee's Departure

David Wu on ABC News

In the aftermath of news reports in February that U.S. Rep. David Wu lost an extraordinary number of staffers and aides following a tumultuous November ...   More
Monday, April 11, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Brad Avakian Assembles Political Team to Challenge Wu

Brad Avakian

Brad Avakian, the elected commissioner for Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries, has hired a political adviser from Grant Park Strategies.Avakian's choice of campaign strategist is significant because it strongly suggests an announcement may be imminent about his plans to challenge U.S. Rep. David Wu in next year's Democratic primary.
Grant Park Strategies is the relatively new political ope...   More
Monday, April 11, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

New Developments in David Wu Divorce Case


One tangible result of the controversy surrounding U.S. Rep. David Wu emerged today in a statement from the lawyer of Wu's estranged wife.

Daniel Lorenz, Michelle Wu's divorce attorney, today issued a press release about his client...   More
Friday, April 8, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: The Agenda Behind the Agenda, April 6

Portland City Hall March 30

Portland City Council is full this morning with students and education activists to hear Mayor Sam Adams' "State of Education" report. 
Also on the council agenda is the city's tree code, a tax-credit program for businesses that create job-shadowing opportunities for teenagers, a scholarship program to send high-school graduates to community college, Commissioner Dan Saltzman's new techno...   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

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