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Portland Wants to Change State Law So the City Can Catch Speeders with Unmanned Radar and Cameras


City transportation officials may have found a new means to raise millions of dollars: installing unmanned radar and cameras to catch speeders in school zones and on roads with lots of car crashes.

The problem is, the cameras are illegal in Oregon.

WW first reported in Wednesday's    More
Thursday, September 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

Weed Legalization Measure Too Close to Call, KATU Poll Shows

Kitzhaber, Merkley still hold comfortable leads.


With less than a month until ballots are mailed, an exclusive poll conducted by KATU-TV shows the fight over legal marijuana is tightening, and the outcome is now too close to call.The SurveyUSA poll, conducted Sept. 22 through 24, shows 44 percent of likely voters support Measure 91, which would legalize recreational marijuana. Another 40 percent are opposed. That...   More
Thursday, September 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

Rick Steves Offers Portland Wine, Cheese and Legal Weed


Public broadcasting travel host Rick Steves is launching a 10-city Oregon tour to promote marijuana legalization with an Oct. 7 wine-and-cheese reception at Portland's First Congregational Church.

Yes on 91, the campaign backing marijuana legalization Ballot Measure 91,    More
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

KATU Report: Police Voicemail Says University of Oregon Wanted to "Do Stupid Things" Following Rape Allegations


A University of Oregon police sergeant said higher ups at the university were "being hysterical" and "wanting to do stupid things" in the wake of rape allegations against three UO basketball players last March, according to records obtained by KATU-TV.KATU says that the claim by the officer was made March 17 in a voice mail to Eugene police who were investigating the rape alle...   More
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

The New York Times Makes Portland a Cocktail to Celebrate Its Appearance in The New York Times

It has kombucha.


If we had a glass of hard liquor for every time Portland gets name-checked in The New York Times…

Oh, wait: Now we do.

The Grey Lady garnered a lot of local eyeballs last week with a magazine thumbsucker asking...   More
Monday, September 22, 2014 by AARON MESH

Climate Change March Makes Strange Bedfellows


Made your weekend activism plans? Pretty much everybody else in town has.

Opposing climate change isn't exactly a radical stance in greenie Portland. But as New York City prepares for the People's Climate March on Sunday—   More
Friday, September 19, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Nick Fish Asks for Independent Review of Portland Water Bureau's Rainy-Day Fund


City Commissioner Nick Fish says he will ask for an independent review of the Portland Water Bureau's use of a reserve fund that could lower utility rates.

WW reported Wednesday morning how that "rate stabilization fund" grew to $32 million over...   More
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by AARON MESH

XRAY.FM Starts Citywide Broadcast on Monday

Tune to 107.1 FM to hear Carl Wolfson all across Portland.


If you happened to scan through your car's FM radio dial this morning, you heard a familiar voice: Carl Wolfson is back on the air in downtown Portland.

Nonprofit radio startup XRAY.FM officially begins broadcasting on a second signal this Monday, Sept. 22,    More
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by AARON MESH

Dan Saltzman Aims to Turn Portland Children's Levy into Permanent Taxing District

The city commissioner is lobbying Salem to allow a "children's services district."


City Commissioner Dan Saltzman wants to make the Portland Children's Levy a permanent feature of local property-tax bills.

Oregon has special taxing districts to fund libraries, transit and ports. In fact, state law gives local voters the power to create    More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Sunken Treasure

Why is the city sitting on $32 million that could be used to lower water rates?

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It’s no secret Portland’s water rates keep going up and up and up.  Mayor Charlie Hales  promised to cut rates. (He hasn’t.) And voters this spring contemplated a ballot measur   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 AARON MESH

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