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Mayor Charlie Hales and Steve Novick Didn't Disclose Meeting with Uber Lobbyist. Why Not?


This week's issue of WW includes a story on political consultant Mark Wiener and his work lobbying for Uber, a setup that has raised eyebrows at Portland City Hall. 
Wiener helped get Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Steve Novick elected. He then ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Request a Ride

Before it drove into Portland, Uber picked up a powerful lobbyist.

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On Dec. 13, 2014, Mark Wiener hosted a Saturday détente at his Eastmoreland home between Mayor Charlie Hales and Uber, the ride-hailing company that had entered Portland’s taxi market in defiance o   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Three Etsy Pieces

City Hall wanted $100 from these online artists to use the “Portland Oregon” sign. Here’s what they said.

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The city of Portland’s shopping spree on Etsy was short-lived. Three months ago, city attorneys were convinced they had the right to demand payments from artists who use the “Portland Oreg   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

'Coup' Ousts Richmond Neighborhood Leader Painted as 'Less than Bike Friendly'


The latest issue of The Southeast Examiner alerted us to an interesting story we missed earlier this summer. It concerns brewing discontent and angry accusations from members of the Richmond Neighborhood Association in Southeast Portland. Not about anything the city is doing, mind you. The accusations are pointed at curr...   More
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Chain Reaction

Multnomah County continues shackling juvenile defendants—even as observers recoil.

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Across Oregon—including in Portland—law enforcement officials routinely shackle juveniles accused of offenses, even misdemeanors, without first proving the need.   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Audit Finds Portland Arts Tax Fails to Deliver on Promises


A new city of Portland audit finds the $35-per-adult arts tax fails to live up to the expectations of Portland voters who approved the tax in 2012.
"Funds collected remain below estimates, administrative costs are higher than the required cap, and oversight is fragmented," the July 28 report...   More
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Food Carts, Fear Not: Tuesday's Fire Not Likely to Change Portland Regulations


It's still not clear what caused Tuesday's fire at the food-cart pod on Southwest Fourth Avenue near Portland State University. Fire officials tell WW they're still waiting for video recordings from a nearby ATM, for example, to rule out possible arson.
But here's one curious ...   More
Friday, July 24, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

As Seattle Fights Over Composting Fines, Portland Says "No" to Garbage Snoops


Seattleites are battling it out over new rules that let garbage haulers snoop in residents' recycling and composting bins to ensure they're sorting their waste properly.

Seattle officials in 2014 adopted fines for scofflaws, then    More
Thursday, July 23, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Officials Make Strategic Move to End Lawsuit Over "Portland Oregon" Sign


City of Portland officials are employing a creative legal maneuver to get rid of a lawsuit concerning its trademark of the "Portland Oregon" sign. And the move is likely to work, says the attorney for the Portland business owner who brought the sui...   More
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Former Portland Public Schools Principal Lashes Out Against 'White Female Fragility'

Dishy blog post takes aim at Superintendent Carole Smith's 'strong power base' of lesbian leaders.


Verenice Gutierrez, the former principal at Portland Public Schools' Scott K-8, lashed out against top PPS administrators in an explosive personal blog entry posted last week, saying PPS leaders are protecting "white female fragility" at the expense of strong Latina principals.
T...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC
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