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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

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

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