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Pink Martini Bandleader Thomas Lauderdale Trashes Arts Tax, Mulls Running for Mayor


Every so often, Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale talks about running for Portland mayor.

It's less common for him to describe the Portland Arts Tax as "a fucking disaster."

Lauderdale does both in a new interview in the magazine Artslandia, w...   More
Monday, January 12, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Cab Companies Prepare to Fight Uber with the "Transportation Fairness Alliance"


Mayor Charlie Hales is hoping to solve the dilemma posed by ride-sharing giant Uber with two months of deregulating the cab industry—an era nicknamed "Taxis Gone Wild."

Instead, the cab companies have gotten organized.

Five taxi companies announced today they've f...   More
Thursday, January 8, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Considering Permits for 377 New Taxis

Competition for Uber could include EcoCab and Rainbow Cab


When Uber returns to Portland in April, it could face new competition.

City Commissioner Steve Novick has told the city’s taxi board to tackle its backlog of 377 permit applications from 10 cab companies. (Portland now has just 460 licensed cabs.)

The Private-for-Hire Transportation Board of Review    More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Will Ask Portland Voters to Pick Their Favorite Street Fee in May Advisory Vote


Unable to find a workable version of the Portland street fee after a year of trying, Mayor Charlie Hales is asking Portland voters to recommend one.

The mayor's office this afternoon announced it will place three to six transportation funding options on the May 2015 ballot for a public advisory vote.

"We will ask the voters to pick from the array of funding optio...   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Dan Saltzman Concedes Defeat (For Now) on Permanent Children's Taxing District


City Commissioner Dan Saltzman is mothballing his effort to make the Portland Children's Levy a permanent feature of local property-tax bills.

WW first reported in September that Saltzma...   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by AARON MESH

Into the Weeds

Oregon can avoid the bad trips other states took on legal pot.

News Stories
Ann Lininger has a lot of reading to inhale. After only a year in the Oregon House, Lininger, a Lake Oswego Democrat, heads into a new legislative session Jan. 12 with a doozy of an assignment:    More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AARON MESH

Oregon Officials Would Like to Hear Your "Hopes and Concerns" About Weed

One option in the survey: Keeping the weed licenses for state residents.


The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has less than a year to set up the rules for selling recreational weed.
It's starting with an online poll.

The OLCC has set up a survey asking people to "share their hopes and concerns" about retail sales of pot. The agency,...   More
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott Resigns


Longtime Portland bureau director Dean Marriott has agreed to resign in the wake of a Bureau of Environmental Services building project that went out of control.

Marriott, who has spent 20 years atop the city's sewer and stormwater bureau, will receive one year's salary—$199,160—plus $49,000 in legal expenses, according to the terms of a deal announced in the City Cou...   More
Friday, January 2, 2015 by AARON MESH

Street Fee Opponents Pledge to Send Portland City Hall's Transportation Fund to the Voters


It no longer matters what City Hall comes up with for a street fee to fund transportation projects: An opposition group tells WW it will circulate petitions to force the proposal to the ballot.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick’s ever-shifting plan would raise $46 million a year to pay for road repairs and maintenance. Hales and Novick s...   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by AARON MESH

Few Uber Allies

Car-sharing-app company Uber does two things: grow and devour.

City Hall
Like Audrey II, the talking plant in Little Shop of Horrors, the car-sharing-app company Uber—whose troubled entry to Portland is the subject of our cover story this week—does two things: gro   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 AARON MESH
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