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Mayor Charlie Hales Calls for $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage in State of the City Speech

Mayor also proposes tax credits for companies that hire ex-cons.

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales used his third annual "State of the City" address to stump for economic equality—proposing reforms including a $15-an-hour minimum wage, stricter oversight of the city's minority contracting program, and tax credits for companies that hire people with criminal records. "We're in a deeply stratified society," Hales said. "The rich get ...   More
 
Friday, January 30, 2015 by AARON MESH

Daimler Trucks North America Settles Civil-Rights Complaints Over Racial Harassment for Record $2.4 Million

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Daimler Trucks North America has signed a $2.4 million settlement to resolve allegations that minorities working at the company’s Swan Island plant and corporate offices put up with years of racial intimidation and abuse.

The settlement ends an investigation by Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, and closes six of the 11 civil-rights complaints filed by wo...   More
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Says Deadline for Airbnb Hosts to Get City Permits is Feb. 20

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The next big test of Portland City Hall's ability to compel "sharing economy" companies to share data is less than a month away.

Portland officials say Airbnb and other short-term rental companies have until Feb. 20 to begin posting the addresses and ci...   More
 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland's Office of Equity Held Three Lunch Meetings for City Employees to Talk About Ferguson

Video shows workers brainstorming police reforms.

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Marches against police violence reached their highest pitch last month, as demonstrators blocked downtown Portland streets to protest the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters demanded wide-ranging reforms of the <...   More
 
Monday, January 26, 2015 by AARON MESH

Let's Try to Think Happy Thoughts About LaMarcus Aldridge

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Portland's citizens are panicked and shaken by the loss of a city icon. But enough about the Portland International Airport carpet.

Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge is like that rug: He really ties the Moda Center together. His thumb surgery (and 6-to-8 week midseason vacation) has everybody a little nervous.

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Friday, January 23, 2015 by AARON MESH

Dave Dahl Will Give First Post-Trial Interview Next Week at Dante's

Dave's Killer Bread co-founder will be a guest on talk show "Who's the Ross?"

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Dave’s Killer Bread co-founder Dave Dahl is giving his first interview since being found guilty except for insanity in November of ramming two Washington County sheriff’s patrol cars with his Cadillac Escalade in 2013.  

The location of Dahl’s sit-down? “Who’s the R...   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by AARON MESH

Purged

A Portland radical gets banished by the group he once led.


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Byrd Jasper sat at the center of concentric circles of folding chairs in the Musicians Local 99 Union Hall. More than 50 people—most of them part of the Portland activist community—gathered    More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 AARON MESH

Alta Bike Share, Now Based In New York City, Changes Its Name to Motivate

New brand helps distance the firm from its Portland past

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New town, new name: Alta Bike Share, bailed out by a New York City equity firm, has changed its name to Motivate.

"I think it represents action, I think it represents energy, I think it's reflective of movement," CEO Jay Walder    More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 by AARON MESH

Another Delay in Portland City Hall's Vote On a Street Fee—And This One Could Last Months

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick said late Thursday they are yet again delaying action on a street fee to pay for road repairs and maintenance.
This time, they want to see if the 2015 Legislature first will, as Hales puts it, "give communities the tools to build and maintain critical infrastructure."In other words: a gas tax.Hales and Novick propo...   More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 by AARON MESH

Rep. Lew Frederick Introduces 11 Police Reform Bills in Salem

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Rumblings of police reform are making their way from the streets of Portland to the halls of the Oregon Legislature.

Protests against police violence jammed Portland streets this winter as young African-American activists call for stricter cop oversight in th...   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by AARON MESH
 

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