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Portland Voters Crush Water District

"The moneygrubbers win," says one of the measure's supporters.

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Portland City Hall will keep control of its Bull Run water supply, after voters tonight rejected a new government to oversee the city's water and sewer utilities.

Measure 26-156, which creates a seven-member elected board called a public water district, is failing with 28 percent of the vote.

The decision means City Hall and its allies have averted    More
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Street Fee Goes to City Council Next Week

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Portland City Council next week will begin the process of passing a street fee that could raise as much as $53 million a year for transportation projects.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick have for months talked about creating the fee, which would charge households up to $12 a month and businesses    More
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Nick Fish, Dan Saltzman Cruise Back Into Portland City Hall

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Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman are returning to City Hall.

Unofficial returns show Fish sailing into his third term with 73 percent of the vote. His opponents, Sharon Maxwell and Michael Durrow, had 19 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

Saltzman will serve a fifth term after winning 64 percent of the vote. His strongest chall...   More
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Loretta Smith and Jules Bailey Win Multnomah County Commission Seats

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Former state Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) will join the latest rebuilding effort on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, joining a re-elected Commissioner Loretta Smith.Bailey defeated businessman Brian Wilson ,with unofficial results showing Bailey with 72 percent of the vote to Wilson's 27 percent. The two were vying to replace Commissioner Debora...   More
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Politico: Andrew Miller Told Police Monica Wehby Was "Stalking" Him

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Washington D.C. website Politico has dropped another surprise in the Republican primary for an Oregon U.S. Senate seat.

The site released a 2013 police report detailing the disintegration of a relationship between candidate <...   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 by AARON MESH

Political Reporter Harry Esteve Leaving The Oregonian

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Harry Esteve, one of the top political reporters at The Oregonian, is leaving the paper for a job at Portland State University.

Esteve joined The Oregonian in 1999. He has become one of the pillars of the newspaper's state political team, conducting in-depth examinations of business energy tax credits and the Oregon Lottery.

He has most recently be...   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Street Fee Would Create Big Bills for Other Local Governments

UPDATE: Mayor Charlie Hales says city won't collect fee until July 2015

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Local government agencies are discovering the City of Portland plans to charge them what could be hundreds of thousands of dollars a year under Mayor Charlie Hales' proposed "street fee" plan.

Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have for months been sh...   More
 
Thursday, May 15, 2014 by AARON MESH

Charlie Hales and Nick Fish Dip Into Campaign War Chests to Fight Water District

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With days left in the ballot-measure war over who controls Portland's water and sewer utilities, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Nick Fish aren't just fundraising.

They're dipping into their own campaign funds to keep City Hall in charge of the Water and Environmental Services bureaus.

Hales' election campaign has donated $10,000 to the...   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

Flushing the Ads

In the primary election fight over Portland water, which side is using the airwaves to dupe voters? As it turns out, both.


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For a while there, it looked as if the backers of a measure to take control of Portland’s water and sewer systems from City Hall were going to flood the airwaves with campaign ads. But so far    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 AARON MESH

Multnomah County District Attorney Won't Investigate Sewer Building

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Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill will not investigate allegations of contracting violations on a $12.6 million Bureau of Environmental Services office that tripled in cost.

Underhill's office sent a letter this afternoon to backers of a ballot initiative that would remove control of Portland's water and sewer utilities from City Hall.

It says his of...   More
 
Monday, May 12, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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