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Portland Taxi Board Votes to Flood City Streets with 293 New Cabs

The city has just 460 cabs now


Portland City Hall is poised to increase the number of cabs on city streets by nearly two thirds—293 new taxis to compete with the incoming "ride-sharing" company Uber.

The board that control's the Portland taxi market this afternoon voted to grant 242 new licenses to existing cab companies, and another 51 licenses to a new cab company, EcoCab, which uses Tesla...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by AARON MESH

Measly Numbers

Anti-vaccination ideas flourish at private and charter schools.

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Shining Star Waldorf School doesn’t look like a potential incubator for an outbreak of disease.  The small private school holds elementary and middle-school classes in a church basement   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 AARON MESH

VIDEO: Bill Walton Explains During a Ducks Game Why President Obama Should Legalize Weed


Trail Blazers legend Bill Walton has never been shy about speaking his mind. Sometimes that means going on ESPN2 during an Oregon Ducks basketball game and calling on President Barack Obama to end the senseless prohibition of marijuana.

Last Wednesday was one of those times. "The war on drugs is an absolute failure!" said Walton, launching into a policy speech duri...   More
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Legislature Could Delay Marijuana Edibles Until July 2016


Oregon lawmakers are kicking the pot cookie down the road.

The Oregon Legislature this week began tweaking the rules for legal recreational weed approved by voters in November. State officials have a tight deadline: Pot possession is legal starting July 1, and th...   More
Friday, February 6, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Senate Republican Leader Plans to Place Weed Witnesses Under Oath


Oregon lawmakers have started hashing out rules for the sale of recreational marijuana that voters approved last November. That means lots of legislative hearings—but possibly with a twist.

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) wants witnesses testifying on marijuana-related bills to do so under oath, a condition state lawmakers rarely require.

O...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by AARON MESH

Testing Flower Power

New state rules haven’t settled the debate over the testing of legal pot for safety and how fast it will get you high.

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Jesse Peters understands why the state of Oregon wants testing of the shiskaberry buds he grows on his Wilsonville marijuana ranch. Peters, president of Eco Firma Farms, knows that sending s   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 AARON MESH

The Weekly Standard Bashes Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' Tax Incentive for Hiring Former Felons

Hales' office says program will cost $500,000


Mayor Charlie Hales is taking heat for declaring in his Jan. 30 "State of the City" speech that the city of Portland will begin offering businesses a tax credit of up to $5,000 for every former felon the...   More
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by AARON MESH

Did Portland Forge a Kinder, Gentler Uber?


For years, transportation app Uber forged a reputation for its unwillingness to compromise as it stormed with its ride-sharing program into various cities in defiance of local taxi rules. In December, however, Uber negotiated a truce with the city of Portland after...   More
Monday, February 2, 2015 by AARON MESH

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.


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


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

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