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City Memo Says Water District Threatens Tens of Millions in Financial Agreements

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The water and sewer bills Portlanders pay do more than cover the cost of city utilities. Every year, the City of Portland’s Water and Environmental Services bureaus divert millions of dollars into the city's budget to cover the cost of services and to help pay for the operations of other departments.Money from utility bills into is fanned out into places as far-reaching as the m...   More
 
Friday, April 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

Survey Shows Cracks in Public Support for $12-a-Month Street Fee

UPDATE: Adding businesses to fee system could raise $52 million a year.

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A phone survey ordered by City Commissioner Steve Novick shows weak support for an $8-a-month or $12-a-month “street maintenance and safety” fee, with as many as 50 percent of voters opposed...   More
 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

Multnomah County Cuts Sonia Manhas' Job and Office from the Health Department Budget

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Multnomah County is erasing all traces of Sonia Manhas, the health department employee who had an affair with county chair Jeff Cogen.
They both quit, under duress, after Cogen admitted to the affair last summer.
Many of the questions that dogged Cogen ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

Water District Backers Complain Another Hales Staffer Campaigned Against Them Using City Time

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The backers of a May ballot initiative to wrest control of Portland utilities from City Hall are accusing a second staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales' office of undermining them on the public dime.  

Kent Craford and Floy Jones, co-petitioners on    More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

Singing the Blues

A Portland choir group’s financial records are missing, and its ex-boss isn’t talking.


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Oregon Repertory Singers has launched an investigation of its former executive director after learning that virtually all of the arts organization’s financial records have disappeared. The org   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

PacifiCorp Spends $10,000 to Fight Water Ballot Measure

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Now there's electricity in Portland's water fight.

PacifiCorp, the Portland-based electric power utility, has donated $10,000 to oppose the May ballot measure that would remove control of water and sewer utilities from City Hall.

The donation to Stop the Bull Run Takeover PAC matches the largest contributions the "no" campaign has received so far. In the past mon...   More
 
Monday, April 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

Former City Commissioner Charles Jordan Dies at 77

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Charles Jordan, Portland's first first African-American City Commissioner and longtime director of the Parks & Recreation Bureau, has died at 77.“Charles Jordan is established in history as one of the heroes of Portland,” Commissioner Amanda Fritz said today in a statement.
Jordan served on Portland City Council for 10 years, beginning in 1974. Appointed by then-Ma...   More
 
Friday, April 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Neighborhood Foes Say Airbnb Will Squeeze Out Affordable Housing

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Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb announced March 26 it had struck an unprecedented deal with Portland city officials to collect lodging taxes in exchange for legalizing short-term rentals. Even skeptics   More
 
Thursday, April 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

21 And Over

Homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too strikes out again in its effort to find a new location.


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Six weeks ago, the Portland City Council seemed ready to buy its way out of its most prominent homelessness problem.  The city agreed Feb. 17 to give $846,000 to the leaders of homeless camp    More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Poll Shows City Looking at $12-a-Home Street Fee to Fund Transportation Bureau

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Do you want to pay $12 a month for a new city “street maintenance and safety” fee?

That’s the question being put to voters in a telephone survey paid for by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

And the phone survey—first reported by    More
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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