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Portland Is Selling a Vacant Lot That Could Have Gone to Homeless Camp

City Commissioner Nick Fish vetoed a possible sale of the property to Right 2 Dream Too.


A surplus piece of property that Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish vetoed this spring as    More
Friday, August 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Audubon Society Conservation Director Calls City's West Side Plan "A Major Disappointment"


Two committee members helping to craft a city plan for the next 20 years of Portland's West Side have issued a scathing criticism of the plan's environmental goals.

Bob Sallinger, conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland, has joined longtime Willam...   More
Thursday, August 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

The Oregonian's State Politics Desk Loses Another Reporter


The Oregonian has lost another state politics reporter. Yuxing Zheng is leaving the paper to work as a spokeswoman for Metro.

Zheng, 29, covered the state legislature and Gov. John Kitzhaber's office. Metro, the regional planning agency, internally announced Zheng's hiring this morning as "the new content and storytelling guru for Metro’s parks, trails and natu...   More
Monday, August 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Republican Congressional Candidates to Perform Standup Comedy in Portland

VIDEO: Jason Yates and James Buchal host "Standup for the Constitution" on Aug. 12


Jason Yates was so inspired by the speeches of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the U.S. government shutdown last year that he decided to challenge U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) with a plan to repeal Obamacare.

James Buchal    More
Friday, August 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

Oregon Zoo's Three Surviving Tamarins are "Alert and Chatty"


The Oregon Zoo garnered unwelcome attention this spring when six endangered cotton-top tamarins died in quarantine after traveling 50 hours in a van from Harvard Medical School.

News medi...   More
Thursday, July 31, 2014 by AARON MESH

It's Christmas in July as City Council Starts Restoring Downtown Tourism Ads

The Portland Business Alliance warned in February that cutting the ads could be a deal-breaker for the street fee.


Few forces standing in the way of a Portland "street fee" are as powerful as the Portland Business Alliance.

Today, the business lobby came closer to getting money from City Hall for holiday advertising, including an "ugly sweater" campaign that will dress downtown statues in Christmas yarn.

The fate of the street fee and the release of money for holiday adverti...   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by AARON MESH

Don't Bogart That Tax

Portland is looking to tax weed—even before voters legalize it.

Come November, Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana, giving the state the authority to regulate and tax weed sales. But Portland city leaders aren’t waiting to    More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Two Veteran Staffers Are Leaving The Oregonian

UPDATE: And a third.


ORIGINAL POST, 2:50 pm Friday, July 25: On Monday, The Oregonian will complete its move into a new office space in Crown Plaza at 1500 SW 1st Ave.,    More
Monday, July 28, 2014 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Commissioner Steve Novick Says Uber is "a Tricky Issue" for Portland


Uber has Portland surrounded.

The San Francisco-based ride-sharing startup is now operating in Vancouver, Wash.,    More
Friday, July 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

Activists Call for City to Use All Airbnb Tax Dollars on Affordable Housing

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As Portland City Council moves forward on a plan to legalize some short-term home rentals and collect taxes from online broker Airbnb, activists and nonprofits are calling on City Hall to dedicate all of those new tax dollars to affordable housing.

City Council this morning cleared the way for a July 30 vote to approve a rule change that will permit Portland to ...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

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