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Activists Ready to Launch Ballot Initiative for Portland Public Water District


Activists are aiming to put the Portland water wars back on the ballot—this time with the goal of wresting control of the water and sewer bureaus from City Hall.

A coalition of water activists and utility ratepayers say they'll officially announce Thursday morning what has been expected for months: They are collecting signatures for a May 2014 ballot initiative to create a <...   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by AARON MESH

Portland Streetcar Windshields Broken Three Times This Year in Traffic Crashes

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Collisions with traffic have broken Portland Streetcar front windshields three times this year—more than in the previous 12 years of the streetcar's operation combined.

"There's something in the water this year," says Rick Gustafson, president of Portland Streetcar Inc., the nonp...   More
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by AARON MESH

Mount Tabor Occupation Leader: Do Not Bring Children Tonight


A leader of the reservoir protest on Mount Tabor says occupiers will stay past midnight tonight, and is telling neighborhood water activists not to bring their children—because he expects a confrontation with police.

"No kids tonight," says Jessie Sponberg, a leader of Camp Cascadia. "That's how they got us last time. If you're raising a normal kid who does not nee...   More
Monday, July 15, 2013 by AARON MESH

Mount Tabor Occupiers Protest, But Police Stop Overnight Camping


The Mount Tabor revolution will not be a camp-out.

About 200 neighborhood activists and Occupy Portland demonstrators gathered Friday night on the lower slopes of Mount Tabor to launch Camp Cascadia, a protest against closing the city's open-air drinking water r...   More
Saturday, July 13, 2013 by AARON MESH

Mount Tabor Occupation Conflicts with Mount Tabor Weddings


Activists who want to stop the City of Portland from closing its open-air reservoirs will begin a camping protest on Mount Tabor at 5 pm today.
Camp Cascadia organizers promise they'll remain on the volcano slopes until city officials agree to seek a waiver fr...   More
Friday, July 12, 2013 by AARON MESH

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.

News Stories
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

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