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Political Reporter Harry Esteve Leaving The Oregonian


Harry Esteve, one of the top political reporters at The Oregonian, is leaving the paper for a job at Portland State University.

Esteve joined The Oregonian in 1999. He has become one of the pillars of the newspaper's state political team, conducting in-depth examinations of business energy tax credits and the Oregon Lottery.

He has most recently be...   More
Friday, May 16, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Street Fee Would Create Big Bills for Other Local Governments

UPDATE: Mayor Charlie Hales says city won't collect fee until July 2015


Local government agencies are discovering the City of Portland plans to charge them what could be hundreds of thousands of dollars a year under Mayor Charlie Hales' proposed "street fee" plan.

Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have for months been sh...   More
Thursday, May 15, 2014 by AARON MESH

Charlie Hales and Nick Fish Dip Into Campaign War Chests to Fight Water District


With days left in the ballot-measure war over who controls Portland's water and sewer utilities, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Nick Fish aren't just fundraising.

They're dipping into their own campaign funds to keep City Hall in charge of the Water and Environmental Services bureaus.

Hales' election campaign has donated $10,000 to the...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

Flushing the Ads

In the primary election fight over Portland water, which side is using the airwaves to dupe voters? As it turns out, both.

City Hall
For a while there, it looked as if the backers of a measure to take control of Portland’s water and sewer systems from City Hall were going to flood the airwaves with campaign ads. But so far    More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 AARON MESH

Multnomah County District Attorney Won't Investigate Sewer Building


Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill will not investigate allegations of contracting violations on a $12.6 million Bureau of Environmental Services office that tripled in cost.

Underhill's office sent a letter this afternoon to backers of a ballot initiative that would remove control of Portland's water and sewer utilities from City Hall.

It says his of...   More
Monday, May 12, 2014 by AARON MESH

Botched Anesthesia Likely Caused Death of Kutai the Orangutan


The lung hemorrhage that killed Oregon Zoo orangutan Kutai in January was likely caused by a failure to monitor his anesthesia during surgery, according to veterinary reports released this morning by Metro.

Regional planning agency Metro fired zoo director Kim Smith and chief veterinarian Mitch Finnegan    More
Friday, May 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

Metro Says It Fired Oregon Zoo Director Over Death of Orangutan


Officials at Metro announced this morning that the director and chief veterinarian at the Oregon Zoo were fired for negligence in the death of a 20-year-old orangutan.

The Sumatran orangutan, Kutai,    More
Thursday, May 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Orders All Big Spending Changes Debated by City Council


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants to reform city code to force debate on big-ticket contracts like the Bureau of Environmental Services office building that tripled in cost without City Council discussion.

Hales sent a memo to all city bureau directors on Tuesd...   More
Thursday, May 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Water District Backers Ask for Criminal Investigation of Sewer Office Building


Portland City Hall's water and sewer foes have asked the Multnomah County District Attorney to investigate  whether the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) violated government contracting laws while an office building for sewer workers tripled in cost.

Last week,    More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Nick Fish Requires Council Debate on Big Water and Sewer Spending


City Commissioner Nick Fish says he will no longer allow the City Council to approve large water and sewer contracts without public debate, following reporting by WW about cost overruns on an office building for sewer workers.

Fish, who oversees the Water and Envir...   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

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