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City Locks All Gates to Mount Tabor Park Before Occupation

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The City of Portland is preparing for the occupation of Mount Tabor, which is scheduled to start at 5 pm Friday, by closing all roads into the park.

Portland Parks & Recreation regularly closes the gates that give cars access to Mount Tab...   More
Thursday, July 11, 2013 by AARON MESH

Water Bedfellows

Unlikely allies dive into the Portland water wars. The siege starts on Mount Tabor.

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Dawn Smallman lives in a cozy three-bedroom house in the shadow of Mount Tabor. The documentary filmmaker has fought for more than a decade to preserve the forested volcano cone and the scenic d   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Jessie Sponberg

The Occupy activist is ready for a confrontation on Mount Tabor.

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Jessie Sponberg is planning for a long camp-out. The leader of Camp Cascadia—the live-in protest of draining Mount Tabor’s reservoirs—is heading up the mountain July 12. Sponberg says he��   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 AARON MESH

Independent Investigation Found City's Finance Chief Was Repeatedly Warned Against Improper Transfers

UPDATE: Charlie Hales apologized to Sam Adams for implying he ordered the transfer


UPDATE, 11:30 am: Mayor Charlie Hales says he decided soon after taking office that chief administrative officer Jack D. Graham's aborted attempt to improperly transfer utility funds was "a mess" that wasn't worth reexamining, because the transfer was never made.

"I made the decision that picking this apart wouldn't lead to anything good," Hales said in a 40-minu...   More
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by AARON MESH

Hales Praises Loretta Smith and Summer Internships


Mayor Charlie Hales this morning offered praise for a county commissioner toward whom his top aide had made sexually suggestive remarks, while pledging his support for a summer internship program he tried to cut from the city budget.

Hales' speech at Multnomah County headquarters today suggested an effort by the mayor to mend bridges with County Commissioner Loretta Smith a w...   More
Monday, July 8, 2013 by AARON MESH

Oregon Legislature Passes $3.6 Million in Sidewalk Funding for East Portland Road Where Child Was Killed


Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-East Portland) has pledged since March to find state funding to build sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks for a stretch of Southeast 136th Avenue where a 5-year-old girl was killed by a car.

On the final day of the state l...   More
Monday, July 8, 2013 by AARON MESH

Merkley "Taking His Cues" from Portland City Hall on Covering Reservoirs

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If the activists trying to save Mount Tabor reservoirs are looking for a hero, they can scratch U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley's name off the list.
In the month since Portland City Hall announced it would cover or drain the city's open-air reservoirs, a coalition of activists have turned to the Oregon congressional delegation, asking its members to step in and get a deferral from f...   More
Friday, July 5, 2013 by AARON MESH

Mount Tabor Occupiers Refuse to Meet with Cops

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Organizers of a Mount Tabor camping protest to fight covering or draining the city's open-air reservoirs have refused to meet in advance with the Portland Police Bureau.

Leaders of the Occupy Mount Tabor movement—now called "Camp Cascadia"—say Portland Police Sgt. Craig Dobson posted on    More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by AARON MESH

City Hall Pass

Why Hales refused to fire an aide who made sexual comments to a County Commissioner.

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Karol Collymore got angry when she learned last month a top aide to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales had made sexually suggestive remarks at a public event to Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta S   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 AARON MESH

Hot Dog? Multnomah County Taking Reservations to Cool Pets in Heat Wave


With Portland temperatures climbing into the 90s for the third consecutive day, Multnomah County is trying out a program to allow pets in one of its senior cooling centers.

The Hollywood Senior Center at 1820 NE 40th Ave.—open until 8 pm for elderly and disabled people whose homes are dangerously hot—is accepting pets with a call in advance.

"We've heard from seni...   More
Monday, July 1, 2013 by AARON MESH

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