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Portland Business Alliance Says if Street Fee Includes Income Tax, They'll Likely Refer It to Voters

UPDATE: Advocates say business groups trying to "hold the process hostage."


Portland Business Alliance president Sandra McDonough tells WW that unless Portland City Hall removes a personal income tax from the street fee, the business lobby will probably help refer the $46 million proposal to voters.

"It's down to this one detail—and we don't understand why they won't move on that," says McDonough. "We are talking to the folks who are l...   More
Friday, November 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

Uber Launches in Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard


The ride-sharing startup Uber keeps driving closer to Portland.

The San Francisco company, which enlists drivers to use their own cars as de facto taxis, says it’s launching its service this afternoon in Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton and Tigard. WW reported the launch in this morning's   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by AARON MESH

Smoke Signals

Four things you should know about legal weed.

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U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is greeting legal recreational pot with a bold prediction. “You are going to change national policy,” Blumenauer declared Nov. 4, less than an hour after t   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Hotseat: Ann Sanderson

A Woodstock hair stylist is leading the fight for Portlanders to vote on the street fee.

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Since May, Ann Sanderson has been battling the Portland street fee. She also helped design it. Sanderson, 50, owns Odango Hair Studio in the Woodstock neighborhood. When she spoke out against    More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Saki’s Big Bet

The city says Saki Tzantarmas is holding his East Portland neighborhood hostage.

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Saki Tzantarmas turns on the lights in the kingdom he built, leans against a table, and starts to cry. The ultraviolet fluorescent beams illuminate an expansive banquet hall he’s named the P   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Airbnb Has Spent $47,000 Lobbying Portland City Hall


 Airbnb keeps spending money to woo Portland City Hall.

The company has reported spending $23,331 on lobbying City Hall in the third quarter of 2014. That’s when the City Council approved rules legitimizing the company’s operations, requiring safe...   More
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

Hales and Novick Reveal Street Fee Structure Ahead of Dec. 3 Vote

UPDATE: Now called the "Portland Street Fund," it's deductible from federal income taxes.


UPDATE, 11: 30 am: Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick this morning debuted a $46 million annual "Portland street fund" proposal anchored by an income tax, heavily weighted toward making rich people pay for street paving.Perhaps the most interesting new revelation about the city's proposal: The fee is deductible from state and federal income taxes.
"No one ...   More
Monday, November 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

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

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