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Million-Dollar Water Park

A visitors’ center and caretaker’s house soak ratepayers for $1.1 million at a new underground reservoir.

City Hall
Kevin Duff has a view any Portlander would envy—and one that’s warming up the already heated battle over the future of the city’s Water Bureau.   On a clear morning, Duff can sit on   More
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AARON MESH

Elections Complaint Filed Against Water District Signature-Gathering Campaign


The ballot measure campaign to wrest control of Portland’s water and sewer bureaus away from City Hall is now living under the shadow of Big Chocolate.

The Oregon Elections Division has received a complaint that signature gatherers with Portlanders for Water Reform are falsely claiming the petition would stop Nestle Corp. from taking over the city’s water supply...   More
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by AARON MESH

Jeff Cogen Starts Work at Signature Gathering Firm


Former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen confirmed today on his Facebook page that he's begun working for the largest signature gathering firm in state Democratic politics.

WW first reported in September t...   More
Monday, October 21, 2013 by AARON MESH

Jules Bailey Launches Campaign for Deborah Kafoury's Seat


The domino effect of Jeff Cogen's downfall keeps cascading.

State Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) confirmed this morning he's running for the Multnomah County Commission seat of Deborah Kafoury, who's running to replace Cogen.

"Multnomah County is the hub at the center of the spokes and without it, the wheel doesn’t turn," says Bailey on    More
Thursday, October 17, 2013 by AARON MESH

Water Rebels Spurn City Club

They've rejected Portland Utility Review Board, too.


The backers of a ballot initiative to overthrow Portland's water and sewer bureaus aren't just fighting City Hall—they're fighting Portland City Club.

And, for that matter, the Portland Utility Review Board.

The leaders of th...   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by AARON MESH

Restaurant Guide 2013: Biwa

Restaurant Guide
215 SE 9th Ave., 239-8830, biwarestaurant.com. [TOKYO TUNNEL] Biwa is far too established to be called a secret. Yet happening upon the basement izakaya still feels like an enchanted surprise. Gl   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Restaurant Guide 2013: Ox

Restaurant Guide
2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 284-3366, oxpdx.com. [SOUTH AMERICAN STEAKS] Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is burning. The scent of fire still wafts from the embers of the Monroe Apartme   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Restaurant Guide 2013: A Look Inside Castagna

Portland’s most adventurous kitchen.

Restaurant Guide
Justin Woodward doesn’t dwell on the past. So he isn’t burdened by the fact that the kitchen he now runs, Castagna, was dubbed Restaurant of the Year by The Oregonian in 2000, when Woodward    More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Restaurant Guide 2013: Szechuan Chef

Restaurant Guide
5331 SW Macadam Ave., 227-3136, szechuanchefportland.com.  [SEATTLE SUPERSONIC] There’s something piercingly lonesome about a vast Chinese restaurant hall, something that summons a lifetim   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Activist: Nobody Else Wants to Give McMuffins to Homeless


A week after proclaiming his refusal to give away free McMuffins to homeless people after Portland Trail Blazers games, local activist Jessie Sponberg says he's received plenty of criticism—...   More
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by AARON MESH

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