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Dr. Bronner's Contributions to GMO Labeling Top $1 Million


Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps puts a lot of information on its labels, peppering its bottles of body wash with the moral precepts of its founder, Emanuel Bronner.

The company is also proving willing to spend big bucks to require GMO labeling in Oregon.

The campaign backing Measure 92, which would mandate labeling food products containing genetically modified o...   More
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

Independent Report: The Oregon Zoo Has a Failure to Communicate


Dr. Doolittle may have talked to the animals—but the people who run the Oregon Zoo need to learn how to talk to each other.
That's the takeaway from an independent report from the the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
The Oregon Zoo invited AZA officials for an early visit in July in the wake of    More
Monday, October 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland City Council May Open the Door Slightly to Letting Voters Have Their Say on the Street Fee


Portland City Council is nearing consensus on how to structure a street fee to raise $40 million for road repairs and safety projects.
What they don't agree on: whether Portland voters will get a say.As Portland commissioners discuss the shape of the street fee this afternoon, WW has learned Mayor Charlie Hales is considering having two City Council votes<...   More
Monday, October 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Millions of Dollars Flow into GMO Labeling and Top-Two Primary Ballot Measure Battles

Out-of-state donors include former Enron executive, Kraft and PepsiCo.


Money is no object in the final weeks of Oregon's ballot measure fights over GMO labeling and a top-two primary. Out-of-state donors are picking up the multimillion-dollar tabs.

On Wednesday, an independent political action group backing Measure 90—which creates primary elections where the two candidates receiving the most votes advance to the next ballot—reported ...   More
Thursday, October 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

A Fifth Civil-Rights Complaint Alleges Racial Harassment at Daimler Trucks North America


A fifth African-American employee at Daimler Trucks North America has filed a state civil-rights complaint alleging she was the target of continuing racial harassment at the Portland manufacturer.

But unlike previous complaints filed this year, this one comes not fr...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese Will Retire in January

UPDATE: Mayor Charlie Hales names Larry O'Dea as next police chief, says he'll focus on diversity.


Portland Police Chief Mike Reese is retiring in January, WW has learned, and Mayor Charlie Hales has selected Assistant Chief Larry O'Dea to as the next chief of the Portland Police Bureau. Hales' office confirmed Reese's retirement to WW this morning. The mayor will...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

The New York Times Endorses Pot Legalization in Oregon


The New York Times is notoriously infatuated with Portland. So maybe we should have expected the Grey Lady to have strong feelings about legalizing weed in Oregon.

The Times' editor...   More
Monday, October 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

Monica Wehby Accused of Plagiarizing Another Health-Care Platform, This Time from Jason Conger


BuzzFeed is reporting that U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Monica Wehby has again plagiarized her campaign platform on health care. This time, the website says, she copied her positions word-for-word from her Republican primary opponent, Jason Conger.

Wehby,...   More
Friday, October 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

Effort to Recall Hales and Novick Comes Up Short on Signatures


Portland's not that mad about the street fee.

Organizers of an effort to recall Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick announced this morning they haven't gathered enough signatures to make the November ballot.

"Gathering 50,000 signatures just to get the question before the voters proved to be a higher bar than we expected," chief petition...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Development Commission Trying to Sell Six Vacant Acres in Lents

But what about the New Copper Penny?


The Portland Development Commission has spent more than $96 million in the past 16 years trying to resurrect the East Portland neighborhood of Lents. As WW reported in January, the PDC wound up sitting on 12 acres, most of them vacant because the ci...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

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