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Hydro Clogs

An inventory of items found in the Mount Tabor reservoirs in the past five years.

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It’s not merely activists who occupy the city’s reservoirs.  The scenic pools on Mount Tabor and in Washington Park are home to other items as well. Ducks, mostly, floating on the city�   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Tom Fahey

The Siltronic VP aims to lower his company’s water rates and unseat Nick Fish.

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Tom Fahey is so steamed about his company’s water bill, he’s fomenting revolution. Fahey is vice president of human resources for Siltronic, a German semiconductor manufacturer that is the c   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AARON MESH

Somebody Found the Perfect Compromise to Portland's Water Wars: Fluoride-Pooping Ducks


The fluoride fight may be over (fluoride lost, FYI), but the parody pages keep on coming.

During the bitter fight over ballot measure 26-151, which would have fluoridated Portland water supply, both sides of the debate    More
Friday, August 23, 2013 by AARON MESH

Think Globally, Tax Locally

The mayor’s plan for “carbon taxes” aims to take money from a familiar pocket—yours.

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In June, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales told a visiting environmental delegation from the United Nations his city would be a leader in fighting global warming. “We must redouble our efforts to   More
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 AARON MESH

City of Portland Sues Roseburg Toilet Company Over Lookalike Loo


The City of Portland is suing a Roseburg company for copyright infringement for selling a knockoff Portland Loo.

The city sued Romtec, Inc., a restroom manufacturer 178 miles south of Portland, in U.S. District Court yesterday for trademark violation on Portland's patented public toilet.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by AARON MESH

Both Sides of Water District Fight Want the Ballot Wording Changed


Turns out people on both sides of a proposed ballot initiative to wrest control of the city's water and sewer bureaus from City Hall can agree on one thing: They don't like how the city has worded its summary of the proposal. They cannot, however, agree on what the ballot should say. So they're going to a county judge.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by AARON MESH

Poll Asks Portland Voters About a City Carbon Tax

Mayor Charlie Hales' office confirms it's mulling a carbon-emissions tax on utilities and gasoline.


The City of Portland is taking the public's temperature on a carbon tax.

WW has learned a privately funded phone survey, backed by Mayor Charlie Hales' office and the Oregon Environmental Council, was placed in the field Thursday night. It asks potential voters if they would support a city tax on "producers of carbon pollution."

The survey says the city is...   More
Friday, August 16, 2013 by AARON MESH

Terry Schrunk Plaza Homeless Protest Digs In, Fights Feds, Makes Spaghetti


Portland City Hall still doesn't have any food carts in its lobby—but there's plenty of street grub across Southwest 4th Avenue.

The homeless protest swept from the sidewalk in front of City Hall last month has dug i...   More
Thursday, August 15, 2013 by AARON MESH

Hales Meets with Fish, Street Roots Director about Expanding Homeless Services


Under fire from inside and outside City Hall for his sweep of campsites from Portland sidewalks, Mayor Charlie Hales held a meeting today to discuss housing for homeless families and mentoring programs for street kids.

For the past three weeks, Hales and the Portland Police Bureau have conducted a crackdown on sidewalk camping—a sweep    More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by AARON MESH

To Lead or Not to Lead

Commissioner Deborah Kafoury wants Jeff Cogen off the Multnomah county board. Is she willing to go for his job as well?

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Deborah Kafoury won election as fifth-grade class president of Irvington Elementary School in 1977 by deploying a secret weapon: a political button-making machine. “Her mom was an elected of   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

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