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New Web App Tracks When Government Agencies In Oregon Have to Turn Over Public Records

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Want to know when government agencies can deny your public-records request, and when they have to turn the documents over?

There's an app for that.

The journalism nonprofit InvestigateWest has debuted a searchable web app that tracks exemptions to Oregon public records law.    More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

Bring the Noise

Young African-Americans are leading the Portland protests against police violence. But can they make a real difference?


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Glenn Waco had just shut down Pioneer Place. He marched 500 protesters into the downtown mall, pressed through groups of holiday shoppers and led them in a chant of “I can’t breathe! I can   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 AARON MESH

The City of Portland Sues Uber

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Portland city officials aren't taking Uber's invasion lying down. Instead, they're taking the ride-sharing company to court.

Portland officials today filed an injunctive lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court, asking a judge to order the company to stop operating until Cit...   More
 
Monday, December 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

10 Things You Need to Know About Uber in Portland

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Portland is now an Uber town—whether city officials like it or not. The San Francisco-based ride-sharing company launched a surprise invasion of Portland on Friday, bringing its service to the only city on the West Coast wh...   More
 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

Uber Pledges to Support Drivers, Fight City Fines In Court

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The City of Portland wants to fight Uber? Uber says bring it on.A spokeswoman for Uber, the ride-sharing company that last night defied City Hall by launching its car service in Portland, says it will back its drivers by waging a legal fi...   More
 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

Uber, Defying City Hall, Launches Its Service in Portland Today

City officials, "completely, utterly blindsided" by San Francisco startup, pledge crackdown.

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The ride-sharing service Uber will begin running cars today in Portland, defying Portland City Hall's rules barring the company from operating within city limits.

"We are launching today," says Uber general manager Brooke Steger. "The city still has not written us into regulations. It's our duty to listen to the residents of Portland."

It's a brash and provocativ...   More
 
Friday, December 5, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Bureaucrat Dean Marriott Challenges Whether City Commissioner Nick Fish Can Place Him on Paid Leave

Marriott has given notice he plans to sue Fish and the city auditor

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Longtime Portland bureaucrat Dean Marriott, placed on paid administrative leave after a city audit showed the costs of a sewer office building went out of control, is appealing to a labor...   More
 
Thursday, December 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland City Hall Preparing to Compel Airbnb Safety Inspections

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Portland city officials say they will finally crack down on Airbnb hosts who don’t get safety inspections.
WW reported last month that only 4 percent of Airbnb hosts in Portland had bothered to seek a city permit to operate. Getting a permit ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

Don’t Be Dense

Portland’s apartment fights are headed for the suburbs. Next stop: West Linn.


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Portland’s clash over density from the condos and apartment blocks lining Southeast Division Street and North Williams Avenue is spilling into the suburbs. The next focal point: a stretch    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 AARON MESH

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer Calls for Federal Government to Order 1,000 Streetcars

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U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is proposing a federal bailout on rails.
The Washington Post reported Nov. 30 that Sunnyside-based Uni...   More
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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