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Hales: Portland Getting Airbnb Headquarters in Old Town

And other big announcements from the State of the City speech

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Portland has landed a deal with short-term home rental startup Airbnb for its North American operational headquarters, Mayor Charlie Hales announced in today's State of the City speech.The Old Town location for the San Francisco-based company will bring Portland 160 jobs, Hales said. The news was    More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Workers Voting on Strike Today and Monday

UPDATE: Laborers Local 483 authorizes strike.

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UPDATE, 6:50 pm: Members of Laborers Local 483 have authorized a strike. Erica Askin, business manager for Local 483, tells WW that 95 percent of the 580 city workers in the union voted in favor of authorizing a strike. The vote comes after the City of Portland    More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

Tigard Voters Block Southwest Light-Rail Plan

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Tigard voters have thrown a spoke in the wheel of a possible new light-rail line through Southwest Portland to Tualatin.

Unofficial tallies from Tuesday's special election show Tigard voters passed a ballot initiative requiring public approval for any light rail or bus rapid transit project through the city.

The initiative has passed by    More
 
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Planned Parenthood Blasts Monica Wehby's Anti-Abortion Guest

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Dr. Monica Wehby, a moderate Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is catching ire for inviting an anti-abortion Senator to speak at her Oregon fundraising events.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon demanded today tha...   More
 
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

The Hungary Games

The Grand Budapest Hotel sits atop Wes Anderson’s lost world.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The old, snide rejoinder to an over-decorated show is that “you leave humming the sets,” but Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel may be the first movie where you come out tasting them. Wit   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Shibley’s Side Of The Story

Hales’ chief of staff responds to a claim she targeted an HIV-positive employee.


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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales’ chief of staff, Gail Shibley, is fighting back against allegations she pressured a staffer into revealing he was HIV-positive and called him a “skank” after he    More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Carl Wolfson Begins Broadcasting March 19 on XRAY.FM

Christian station causing downtown interference for 91.1 FM

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T-minus one week until Carl Wolfson returns to the radio dial.

The progressive morning host, whose political show was axed by Clear Channel managers in 2012, will debut March 19 on new rock-and-talk radio station KXRY 91.1 FM.

Wolfson, who curr...   More
 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales is Pushing a Revived Trader Joe's Deal on MLK Boulevard

UPDATE: PDC pledges $20 million for affordable housing

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Mayor Charlie Hales met today with North and Northeast Portland leaders to discuss reviving a deal for a Trader Joe's grocery on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, four sources tell WW.

"That was part of the discussion," says James Posey, the co-founder of the Portland chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors. He attended today's meeting. ...   More
 
Monday, March 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Hall Study Says Portland Utilities Crowded with Managers

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Portland commissioners have released a study showing which city bureaus have the lowest ratio of employees to managers—and two of the three worst offenders are the water and sewer utilities that could be removed from City Hall in a May vote.

The study, conducted by City Commissioner...   More
 
Friday, March 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia Leaving for Arizona State

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Peter Bhatia, the top editor at The Oregonian, is leaving the state's largest newspaper for a one-year teaching job at Arizona State University.
Bhatia announced his departure to his staff this afternoon at 3 pm, leading to a flurry of Twitter posts before    More
 
Thursday, March 6, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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