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Uber, Defying City Hall, Launches Its Service in Portland Today

City officials, "completely, utterly blindsided" by San Francisco startup, pledge crackdown.


The ride-sharing service Uber will begin running cars today in Portland, defying Portland City Hall's rules barring the company from operating within city limits.

"We are launching today," says Uber general manager Brooke Steger. "The city still has not written us into regulations. It's our duty to listen to the residents of Portland."

It's a brash and provocativ...   More
Friday, December 5, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Bureaucrat Dean Marriott Challenges Whether City Commissioner Nick Fish Can Place Him on Paid Leave

Marriott has given notice he plans to sue Fish and the city auditor


Longtime Portland bureaucrat Dean Marriott, placed on paid administrative leave after a city audit showed the costs of a sewer office building went out of control, is appealing to a labor...   More
Thursday, December 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland City Hall Preparing to Compel Airbnb Safety Inspections


Portland city officials say they will finally crack down on Airbnb hosts who don’t get safety inspections.
WW reported last month that only 4 percent of Airbnb hosts in Portland had bothered to seek a city permit to operate. Getting a permit ...   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

Don’t Be Dense

Portland’s apartment fights are headed for the suburbs. Next stop: West Linn.

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Portland’s clash over density from the condos and apartment blocks lining Southeast Division Street and North Williams Avenue is spilling into the suburbs. The next focal point: a stretch    More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 AARON MESH

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer Calls for Federal Government to Order 1,000 Streetcars


U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is proposing a federal bailout on rails.
The Washington Post reported Nov. 30 that Sunnyside-based Uni...   More
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

Neighborhood Coalition Demands Transportation Bureau Produce Street Fee Calculations

SE Uplift files an appeal to the Multnomah County District Attorney.


Among the groups lining up to oppose the street fee, perhaps the most striking is SE Uplift.

The neighborhood coalition is overseen and funded by City Hall.    More
Friday, November 28, 2014 by AARON MESH

New Poll Says Portlanders Want to Vote on the Street Fee

Hales' spokesman: "We could have saved them a whole lot of money and told them that."


A poll coordinated by the Portland Business Alliance shows 77 percent of Portlanders want to vote on the street fee.

Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have fiercely ...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

Petroleum Lobbyist Rejects Meeting with Mayor Charlie Hales Over Street Fee


In the past two weeks, the rift between Portland City Hall and the business lobby over a $46 million street fee has grown increasingly antagonistic, as the two sides prepare for a ballot battle.

Mayor Charlie Hale...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

GMO Labeling Measure 92 Now Trails by 809 Votes, Triggering a Recount


Don't label Measure 92 dead yet. The ballot fight over labeling genetically modified foods—the most expensive campaign in Oregon history—is officially headed to a recount.

The state elections division confirmed this afternoon that it had finished counting ballots on Measure 92, and it now trails by only 809 votes out of 1.5 million cast. That's well within the 3,00...   More
Monday, November 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

Activist Groups: We'll Campaign for Street Fee, if It's Progressive Enough


In a Wednesday appearance on Oregon Public Broadcasting, Mayor Charlie Hales robustly maintained his stanc...   More
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

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