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Mayor Charlie Hales Will Ask Portland Voters to Pick Their Favorite Street Fee in May Advisory Vote

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Unable to find a workable version of the Portland street fee after a year of trying, Mayor Charlie Hales is asking Portland voters to recommend one.

The mayor's office this afternoon announced it will place three to six transportation funding options on the May 2015 ballot for a public advisory vote.

"We will ask the voters to pick from the array of funding optio...   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Dan Saltzman Concedes Defeat (For Now) on Permanent Children's Taxing District

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City Commissioner Dan Saltzman is mothballing his effort to make the Portland Children's Levy a permanent feature of local property-tax bills.

WW first reported in September that Saltzma...   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by AARON MESH

Into the Weeds

Oregon can avoid the bad trips other states took on legal pot.


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Ann Lininger has a lot of reading to inhale. After only a year in the Oregon House, Lininger, a Lake Oswego Democrat, heads into a new legislative session Jan. 12 with a doozy of an assignment:    More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AARON MESH

Oregon Officials Would Like to Hear Your "Hopes and Concerns" About Weed

One option in the survey: Keeping the weed licenses for state residents.

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has less than a year to set up the rules for selling recreational weed.
It's starting with an online poll.

The OLCC has set up a survey asking people to "share their hopes and concerns" about retail sales of pot. The agency,...   More
 
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott Resigns

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Longtime Portland bureau director Dean Marriott has agreed to resign in the wake of a Bureau of Environmental Services building project that went out of control.

Marriott, who has spent 20 years atop the city's sewer and stormwater bureau, will receive one year's salary—$199,160—plus $49,000 in legal expenses, according to the terms of a deal announced in the City Cou...   More
 
Friday, January 2, 2015 by AARON MESH

Street Fee Opponents Pledge to Send Portland City Hall's Transportation Fund to the Voters

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It no longer matters what City Hall comes up with for a street fee to fund transportation projects: An opposition group tells WW it will circulate petitions to force the proposal to the ballot.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick’s ever-shifting plan would raise $46 million a year to pay for road repairs and maintenance. Hales and Novick s...   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by AARON MESH

Few Uber Allies

Car-sharing-app company Uber does two things: grow and devour.


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Like Audrey II, the talking plant in Little Shop of Horrors, the car-sharing-app company Uber—whose troubled entry to Portland is the subject of our cover story this week—does two things: gro   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick Wants A Street Fee That Uses Your Income to Estimate How Much Gas You Burn

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City Commissioner Steve Novick says he'll try to pass a compromise version of the proposed street fee to fund city transportation projects that would charge households by levels of estimated gasoline consumption.
Novick warns that if City Council or voters reject that plan, he'll return with an income tax that places a heavy burden on the rich.

"We are proposing a r...   More
 
Monday, December 29, 2014 by AARON MESH

Meet Marley Natural, the First Big-Brand Marijuana Invading Oregon

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This week's edition of WW takes a look back at the most popular stories of 2014. Our roundup also includes a glimpse about what's coming next year: big-brand marijuana.

Unlike other states with legal weed, Oregon allows out-of-state investment in its pot market...   More
 
Friday, December 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: City Commissioner Nick Fish Berates Airbnb Lobbyist

"You want to have your cake and eat it too," Fish says. "This has shades of Uber all over it."

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Uber isn't Portland's only fight with a sharing-economy startup. The love affair between City Hall and Airbnb is publicly fraying.

City Commissioner Nick Fish has been pushing a crackdown on Airbnb hosts w...   More
 
Monday, December 22, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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