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Mayor Charlie Hales Proposes Color-Coded Chart to Track Cost Increases on City Projects

Hales responds to damning city audit of sewer building.


Responding to a damning city audit of a sewer office building that tripled in cost, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is proposing a public report to track cost increases on any contract or construction project that goes before City Counc...   More
Monday, October 27, 2014 by AARON MESH

Neighborhood Coalition Says Airbnb Hosts Are Failing to Get New City Permits


Nearly three months after Portland City Hall legalized short-term rentals like Airbnb, a coalition of neighborhood associations is complaining that the newly-legit room renters are ignoring the requirement that they obtain city permits.

Southeast Uplift...   More
Friday, October 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Watch the Full Weed Debate, Complete with Catcalls and Lies


Tuesday night's debate on legalizing recreational marijuana had a harsh buzz.

The audience at Portland State University's Lincoln Theater knew where they stood on Measure 91 (they,    More
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

Four New Complaints Allege Racial Harassment at Daimler Trucks North America


The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has received four more civil-rights complaints from workers at Daimler Trucks North America, bringing the total allegations of racial harassment at the Portland manufacturer to nine.

The new complaints, released today by state workplace regulators, add to    More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by AARON MESH

Legal Weed Debate is Live Tonight on KATU


The state's only televised debate on legalizing recreational marijuana will air tonight on KATU-TV, with WW joining other Oregon media to ask questions to both sides of Measure 91.

"Oregon's Great Pot Debate" will air tonight at 6:30 pm. The event is being hosted at Portland State University's Lincoln Theater.

Measure 91's backers will be represent...   More
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by AARON MESH

Watch the GMO Ads Bought with Record-Breaking Spending on Measure 92

Donations top $17 million with three weeks to go.


It's official: The struggle over labeling genetically modified food is now the most expensive ballot-measure fight in Oregon history.

Two campaigns for and against Measure 92 have now reported raising a combined $17.2 million. The "yes" campaign has collected $6.1 million, while the opposition has hauled in $11.1 million.

That shatters the previous record...   More
Monday, October 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland's Top Restaurants Donating to Pass Driver's Card Measure 88

Donors include Bollywood Theater, Bunk Bar and Pine State Biscuits.


With ballots arriving in Oregon mailboxes this week, millions of dollars are pouring into ballot measures that would label genetically modified foods,    More
Friday, October 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Sen. Alan Olsen Attacks Challenger Jamie Damon With Ad Listing People Killed by Undocumented Immigrants


Oregon Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Canby) has attacked his Democratic opponent Jamie Damon for supporting a ballot measure that would give driver's cards to people who can't prove they're in the country legally.

But Olsen's mailer doesn't stop at criticizing D...   More
Friday, October 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Ben & Jerry's, Whole Foods Contribute Labels to GMO Labeling


The battle over labeling genetically modified foods is less than $500,000 from becoming the most expensive ballot measure fight in Oregon history.

A $2.5 million contribution from Monsanto Company to the "no" campaign on Measure 92, repor...   More
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Estimates Say Portland Could Net $5.8 Million a Year Taxing Legal Weed

UPDATE: Council ditches tax on medical weed, will try to raise $4 million a year.


Portland officials estimate the city could raise $1.7 to $5.8 million a year by collecting a local sales tax on legal marijuana.

Those figures emerge as Portland City Council is expected to vote today on a plan to levy a 10 percent sales tax on legal recreational weed.

Mayor Charlie Hales' plan,    More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by AARON MESH

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