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Petroleum Lobbyist: Portland Street Fee's Income Tax Requires a Public Vote

UPDATE: Paul Romain says his clients are planning to send the street fee to voters.


The head of the state's gasoline lobby says he believes Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' latest iteration of the "street fee" is required by the city charter to be sent to voters.

Paul Romain, the lobby...   More
Monday, November 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Report Predicts East Portland Will Get 11,600 New Apartments in Next 20 Years


The next stop for Portland's apartment boom? Neighborhoods east of 82nd Avenue.

As first reported in Wednesday's Murmurs, a new report from the city's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability predicts commercial districts in ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

Oregon Voters Say No, in a Big Way, to Driver's Cards for Undocumented Residents


ORIGINAL POST, 8:47 pm Tuesday, Nov. 4: Oregon voters have crushed a measure that would have given driver's cards to residents who can't prove they're in the U.S. legally. Voters turned down Measure 88 by 67 percent to 33 percent. The measure was passed by the 2013 Legislature, but anti-immigration activists collected enough signatures to put the question to a vote.   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by AARON MESH

Feb. 8, 1996: Vera Katz builds her wall…

40th Anniversary
It was Mayor Vera Katz vs. the Willamette River. That night, Katz won. In February 1996, a sudden blast of warm air and heavy rains melted the Cascade Mountains snowpack and set loose flooding a   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Feb. 15, 2003: Fred meets Carrie...

40th Anniversary
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen have gone on some memorable dates. They’ve investigated the life history of a free-range chicken they were about to consume, fled zombie hordes of moonlighting   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Nov. 13, 2011: Occupy Portland makes its last stand…

40th Anniversary
For 39 days, Occupy Portland turned two downtown parks into a revolutionary campout. In one helter-skelter night, the protesters took over the streets. Then came the dawn, the cops, and the evic   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Feb. 4, 1974: Portland kills the Mount Hood Freeway...

40th Anniversary
Every great civilization has an origin story. For modern Portland, it is an exodus from Moses. That’s Robert Moses, the master builder of New York City’s grid of expressways and bridges who    More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Sept. 4, 1982: The Oregon Journal shuts down…

40th Anniversary
The Saturday, Sept. 4, 1982, edition of the Oregon Journal, Portland’s second daily newspaper, left no doubt it would be the last. “FINAL EDITION,” the headline blared. The spin from the Journ   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Oregon Says Yes to Marijuana

Voters approve making recreational marijuana legal


Oregon has burned down its last prohibition on marijuana.

Voters tonight approved Measure 91, which legalizes the use of recreational weed. The measure leads 54 percent to 46 percent.

The vote means that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will tomorrow begin a year of setting rules for dispensaries, many of which are still hazy in Measure 91. Weed can be legal...   More
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

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