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VIDEO: Water District Campaign Releases Highlight Reel of City Spending


Call it the "One Shining Moment" of water and sewer spending videos.

Portlanders for Water Reform, the campaign backing a May ballot initiative to wrest control of Portland's utilities from City Hall, has released a highlight reel of spending hikes and dubious projects.

“This video...   More
Thursday, March 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Aerial Tram Getting Too Crowded, Planners Say


Seven years after its $57 million construction, the Portland Aerial Tram faces a perhaps enviable problem: It's too crowded at rush hour to be included in future transit planning.

"It's near capacity during rush hour right now," says Malu Wilkinson, principal regional planner for Metro. "So adding more people that need to use that tram would be a challenge."

The ...   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by AARON MESH

Suite Surrender

Mayor Hales welcomes Airbnb to Portland, while its clients face city fines.

News Stories
For the past four years, Sheila Baraga has been running a 21st-century black-market guest house among the soaring elms of the Buckman neighborhood. Baraga turned a 1908 apartment building on South   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Nick Fish

The City Commissioner rails against what he calls a takeover of the city’s water system.

City Commissioner Nick Fish is in hot water. And by the standards of this usually placid lawyer, he’s boiling mad. Fish, who’s up for re-election, is fighting a second battle on the May ballot   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Damian Lillard's Brother Didn't Make the Portland Thunder

Terry Emmert's arena football team kicks off tonight


Arena football returns to Portland tonight for the first time in 15 years when the Portland Thunder play their season opener in the Moda Center.

Not debuting: Damian Lillard's older brother Houston Lillard.

WW reported earlier this month that...   More
Monday, March 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Hales: Portland Getting Airbnb Headquarters in Old Town

And other big announcements from the State of the City speech


Portland has landed a deal with short-term home rental startup Airbnb for its North American operational headquarters, Mayor Charlie Hales announced in today's State of the City speech.The Old Town location for the San Francisco-based company will bring Portland 160 jobs, Hales said. The news was    More
Friday, March 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Workers Voting on Strike Today and Monday

UPDATE: Laborers Local 483 authorizes strike.


UPDATE, 6:50 pm: Members of Laborers Local 483 have authorized a strike. Erica Askin, business manager for Local 483, tells WW that 95 percent of the 580 city workers in the union voted in favor of authorizing a strike. The vote comes after the City of Portland    More
Friday, March 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

Tigard Voters Block Southwest Light-Rail Plan


Tigard voters have thrown a spoke in the wheel of a possible new light-rail line through Southwest Portland to Tualatin.

Unofficial tallies from Tuesday's special election show Tigard voters passed a ballot initiative requiring public approval for any light rail or bus rapid transit project through the city.

The initiative has passed by    More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Planned Parenthood Blasts Monica Wehby's Anti-Abortion Guest


Dr. Monica Wehby, a moderate Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is catching ire for inviting an anti-abortion Senator to speak at her Oregon fundraising events.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon demanded today tha...   More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

The Hungary Games

The Grand Budapest Hotel sits atop Wes Anderson’s lost world.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The old, snide rejoinder to an over-decorated show is that “you leave humming the sets,” but Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel may be the first movie where you come out tasting them. Wit   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 AARON MESH
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