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It's Christmas in July as City Council Starts Restoring Downtown Tourism Ads

The Portland Business Alliance warned in February that cutting the ads could be a deal-breaker for the street fee.

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Few forces standing in the way of a Portland "street fee" are as powerful as the Portland Business Alliance.

Today, the business lobby came closer to getting money from City Hall for holiday advertising, including an "ugly sweater" campaign that will dress downtown statues in Christmas yarn.

The fate of the street fee and the release of money for holiday adverti...   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by AARON MESH

Don't Bogart That Tax

Portland is looking to tax weed—even before voters legalize it.


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Come November, Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana, giving the state the authority to regulate and tax weed sales. But Portland city leaders aren’t waiting to    More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Two Veteran Staffers Are Leaving The Oregonian

UPDATE: And a third.

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ORIGINAL POST, 2:50 pm Friday, July 25: On Monday, The Oregonian will complete its move into a new office space in Crown Plaza at 1500 SW 1st Ave.,    More
 
Monday, July 28, 2014 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Commissioner Steve Novick Says Uber is "a Tricky Issue" for Portland

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Uber has Portland surrounded.

The San Francisco-based ride-sharing startup is now operating in Vancouver, Wash.,    More
 
Friday, July 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

Activists Call for City to Use All Airbnb Tax Dollars on Affordable Housing

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As Portland City Council moves forward on a plan to legalize some short-term home rentals and collect taxes from online broker Airbnb, activists and nonprofits are calling on City Hall to dedicate all of those new tax dollars to affordable housing.

City Council this morning cleared the way for a July 30 vote to approve a rule change that will permit Portland to ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

Pick Up the Phone, Dan Wieden: It's Kobe Bryant Calling

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Here's a tidbit to chill the heart of any Trail Blazers fan, and cheer the Portland ad industry: When Kobe Bryant wants business advice, he calls Oregon.

Specifically, the Los Angeles Lakers star says he calls Dan Wieden, the co-founder of agency Wieden + Kennedy and the dean of West Coast advertising.

Bryant was   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

Gang Mentality

Police say gang violence is exploding. A landmark report shows just the opposite.


News Stories
Turn on the TV news and you'd have reason to believe Portland’s gang violence is out of control.  Terse warnings from police and fallout from three recent high-profile shootings have pro   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 AARON MESH, KATE WILLSON, NIGEL JAQUISS

KATU Looks at Traffic Injuries Near City Parks

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As Portland officials continue searching for a way to fund crumbling streets and build missing sidewalks, the City Council is scheduled this week to send a tax measure to voters: a $68 million property-tax bond to fund repairs in city parks.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by AARON MESH

Gov. John Kitzhaber's Top Spokeswoman Leaves After Six Months on the Job

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Gov. John Kitzhaber has shaken up his public-relations staff: His top spokeswoman is gone from his office in the midst of a re-election campaign.

Nkenge Harmon Johnson has left her job as Kitzhaber's communications director just six months after she was hired. Officials from the governor's office won't discuss her departure, or who is replacing her.

"Nkenge is no...   More
 
Monday, July 21, 2014 by AARON MESH

It's Not Just Uber Trying to Break Into Portland—Lyft is Lobbying, Too

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Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing startup that enlists drivers to use their own cars as de facto taxis, today re-ignited its drive to get its service legalized in Portland.

The company's PR blitz includes hiring a truck to deliver ice cream to City Hall—and comes seven month...   More
 
Friday, July 18, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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