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Former Oregonian Publisher Fred Stickel Dies at 93


Fred Stickel, the former Oregonian publisher who worked 34 years at the helm of the state’s largest newspaper, died today. He was 93.

Stickel was adored by staffers at The Oregonian, where he oversaw the paper’s merger with the Oregon Journal in 1982, took an editorial-page stand to protect gay rights in the Oregon Constitution in 1992, and led The ...   More
Sunday, September 27, 2015 by AARON MESH

Nearly 200 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Have Signed Up to Sell Pot to All Adults Oct. 1

But no weed party in Scappoose.


In less than a week, Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to sell weed to all adults.

They’re ready.

Nearly 200 dispensaries have sent state officials a form declaring their intent to sell recre...   More
Friday, September 25, 2015 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Developers Turning Old Oregonian Newsroom Into Chic Office Space With Coffee Bar and Rooftop Deck


The Oregonian’s old headquarters at 1320 SW Broadway are the site of the paper’s greatest triumphs—five Pulitzer Prizes in a decade, starting in 1999—and the 2013 mass layoffs that culled a quarter of newsroom staff.

At the time of those layoffs, Th...   More
Thursday, September 24, 2015 by AARON MESH

New Seasons Wants Oregon to Raise the Minimum Wage


Portland-based organic grocer New Seasons this morning announced its support for a statewide increase in the minimum wage.

That makes the company the largest employer in Oregon to publicly endorse a minimum-wage hike. New Seasons did not specify how high it wants the minimum wage, but hinted it prefers a bill in the Oregon Legislature to a statewide ballot measu...   More
Thursday, September 24, 2015 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Declares Portland Housing Emergency


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is asking City Council to declare a housing emergency in Portland, giving the city authority to waive zoning code and convert its buildings into homeless shelters.

Hales’ sudden announcement today comes in the wake of a    More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Scientology Critic Tony Ortega

A longtime critic of Scientology visits the church’s Victory City.

Hot Seat
The Church of Scientology isn’t getting great press these days. The self-improvement religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1954 was exposed in a 2013 book by Lawrence Wright and in a 2015 film doc   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 AARON MESH

Will Portland Rents Rise as High as San Francisco's?

Watch video of Kim-Mai Cutler’s full presentation to Metro.


Kim-Mai Cutler came to Portland bearing bad news.

The San Francisco tech journalist, who covers the Bay Area’s housing crisis for website TechCrunch, spoke to WW last week in advance of a Sept. 18 presentation at regional planning agency Metro.

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Monday, September 21, 2015 by AARON MESH

City of Gresham Demands to Inspect Home for Pot Plants


Who’s that knocking at the door? It’s the city of Gresham—trying to see how many pot plants are in the house.

Gresham city officials are threatening home searches and fines for citizens growing pot plants for other people in their residences.

Such “home grows” have been legal under Oregon’s medical marijuana program for a decade. But Gresham ba...   More
Friday, September 18, 2015 by AARON MESH

Public Defenders Decry Multnomah County's Use of Portland Police Snitch Who Kept Committing Crimes


The director of the local public defenders’ office is decrying the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office use of George Taylor, a snitch who still committed crimes while testifying in court for Portland police.

“A witness was used who never should have been,” writes Kathlee...   More
Thursday, September 17, 2015 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Dan Saltzman Wants to Require 90-Day Notice for Evictions and Rent Hikes


Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman today responded to outcry from local housing activists by proposing that landlords must provide tenants with a 90-day notice of no-fault evictions.

The city’s current rules require a 30-day notice for eviction or a rent hike of more than 10 percent. Salesman’s proposal would also increase the notice period for 10-percent rent ...   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by AARON MESH

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