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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."


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

City Commissioner Steve Novick: Uber Still Has to Pay $67,750 in Portland Fines


City Commissioner Steve Novick says Uber's agreement to back out of Portland for three months doesn't mean it can escape paying $67,750 in city fines for operating illegally the past two weeks.

"Steve is intent on fining them," says Novick policy advisor Bryan Hockaday. "And he made that clear to the mayor. The mayor's office has not responded yet."

Mayor Char...   More
Friday, December 19, 2014 by AARON MESH

Uber Will Leave Portland for Three Months, in Deal with City Hall for New Ride-Sharing Rules


The ride-sharing company Uber has agreed to stop picking up riders in Portland for the next three months, as part of an agreement with Mayor Charlie Hales to speed up the process for new taxi and ride-sharing regulations, officials from the city and Uber tell WW.

The agreement makes Portland the first city in the United States where Uber has volunta...   More
Thursday, December 18, 2014 by AARON MESH

Lobbying Group Including Airbnb Pushes Back on Portland's Plan to Toughen Short-Term Rental Rules


Airbnb is marshaling other home-sharing sites to fight Portland City Hall plans to crack down on unlicensed hosts.

City Council is scheduled to vote Dec. 18 on an ordinance that would fine online rental market...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Street Fee Opponents Begin Campaigning, But City Council is Still Undecided on Its Tax Plan


Portland City Council still doesn't know what its "street fee" is going to look like. But that hasn't stopped opponents from launching their political campaign against it.

A mailer arriving at Portland homes this week demands a public vote on Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner St...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Drivers, Wanted

The city can’t back up its tough talk about cracking down on Uber.

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It’s been nearly two weeks since Uber invaded Portland with a ride-sharing service that defies the city’s taxi rules. Portland officials pledged to take Uber to court, levy hefty fines and imp   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Uber Has Been Hit With $67,750 In Fines by the City of Portland After 10 Days of Operating Here


City of Portland transportation officials have issued $67,750 in fines to the ride-sharing company Uber, but have yet to penalize a single driver.

Uber has been operating its service in Portland for 10 days, defyin...   More
Monday, December 15, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales is Probably Not Going Undercover as a Homeless Man

"That was a topic discussed. And nothing more."


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales met for nearly three hours Tuesday with protesters against police violence. His office then released a written list of the "action items" Hal...   More
Friday, December 12, 2014 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Portland Protesters Explain Why They're Marching Against Police Violence


Nearly three weeks after a St. Louis County, Mo., grand jury’s refusal to indict a white police officer in the August shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, the Portland marches against police violence show no signs of waning.

A story in ...   More
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

New Web App Tracks When Government Agencies In Oregon Have to Turn Over Public Records


Want to know when government agencies can deny your public-records request, and when they have to turn the documents over?

There's an app for that.

The journalism nonprofit InvestigateWest has debuted a searchable web app that tracks exemptions to Oregon public records law.    More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

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