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Trust But Verify

Why does a liberal Oregon Democrat want to crack down on illegal immigrants?

Advocates for undocumented immigrants accuse U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) of trying to drive illegal workers further underground with a new bill that would require employers to check applicants   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Stolen Shoes of Haitian Earthquake Survivor Returned

Guivens Cemervil by Fabiola Coupet/Mercy Corps

Last month, WW reported the sad tale of one Mercy Corps employee. That Haitian staffer, a survivor of the 2010 earthquake in his home country, visited the United States for the first time last month (after losing every worldly possession in the quake) then    More
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Portland to Get Office Supplies by Tricycle


Go by trike!That could be the new motto for the City of Portland, which recently inked a contract to have all its Office Depot purchases delivered by adult-size tricycles.This is not a joke. Nor is it a clever promotion for the latest episode of Portlandia.
"These are true cargo trike tricycles," says Franklin Jones, whose company B...   More
Friday, January 28, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Superintendent Recommends No Boundary Changes in Northeast Portland

Carole Smith

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith has backed off plans to redraw the attendance boundaries around Sabin K-8 School and Alameda Elementary School in Northeast Portland, bowing to intense pressure from parents who said they were concerned the process to boost attendance at Sabin was too fast.That means there will be no changes to those schools' neighborhood attendance zones for the...   More
Friday, January 28, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

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

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