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East Portland Residents File Ballot Petition to Secede from Portland


Residents of East Portland have complained about living in a different city—poorer, less healthy and with fewer services—since their neighborhoods east of Interstate 205 were annexed starting in 1983.

Now some of them are seeking a public vot...   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by AARON MESH

Mead It And Weep

Small craft brewers say the city is making them pay big-time regulatory costs.

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Brooks Cooper dreamed for more than a decade of ditching his law practice to make sparkling mead, an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey. Last year, he and a friend took the plung   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 AARON MESH

New York Times Sticks Oregon with the "Red States" Facing Uncertain Health Insurance Future

UPDATE: Oregon may have a loophole in U.S. Supreme Court case.


UPDATE, 3:40 pm: The Times appears to have missed a loophole Oregon lawmakers are using to remain outside the reach of King v. Burwell.

The Oregonian's Nick Budnick reported in December that Oregon can claim an independent exchange e...   More
Friday, February 27, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales Plans to Spend $440,000 on a Weed Permitting Program


The city of Portland's weed bureaucracy is starting to take shape—and the dope bills are piling up.

When Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana last November, Portland officials spent $65,800 to hire the city'...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AARON MESH

Rep. Lew Frederick Proposes Bill to Reduce Sentences for People in Jail for Marijuana Crimes

His bill would also allow people convicted of non-violent weed crimes to expunge their records.


With pot legalized in Oregon, state Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) says people jailed for non-violent weed crimes should no longer be kept behind bars.

Frederick is sponsoring a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would reduce sentences for people sent to prison before July 1, 2015, for marijuana-related activities—like selling, growing and transporting—that...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AARON MESH

Headquarters Hotel Opponent: Portland Isn't Getting the NBA All-Star Game, Hyatt or No Hyatt


A lawyer fighting the public financing of a Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center says the project won't make a difference in the Trail Blazers' bid for the NBA All-Star Game.

Last week,    More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by AARON MESH

Testing Trainwreck

Four labs return very different potency results from the same marijuana batch.

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Customers at Nectar Cannabis use several methods to choose the weed that’s right for them.  Some trust the budtenders at the medical marijuana dispensary on Northeast Sandy Boulevard to   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Scenes from CannaCon, the Nation's Largest Weed Trade Show

Here's the "green rush" descending on Oregon

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If you want a preview of how big the economic boom of legal weed is going to get in Oregon, look no further than a federally owned cruise-ship dock in Seattle.

That was the site of last weekend's CannaCon, a trade show that bills itself as the nation's biggest expo for marijuana businesses. More than 150 ...   More
Monday, February 23, 2015 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Will Uber Share Its Rider and Driver Data with Portland City Hall?


With less than two months until the clock strikes midnight on Mayor Charlie Hales' deal with ride-app company Uber, Portland city officials still have lots of questions unanswered.

One of the biggest: What data will Uber give City Hall on its riders and drivers?

Hales cut a ...   More
Friday, February 20, 2015 by AARON MESH

Sewer Office Building Investigation Says City Bureaus Should Report When Projects Get Bigger


An outside investigation of a $11.5 million office building for sewer workers that tripled in cost recommends Portland city bureaus provide elected officials with detailed reports when the scope of a construction project changes.

City Commissioner Nick Fish aske...   More
Thursday, February 19, 2015 by AARON MESH

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