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Jim Francesconi Challenges Deborah Kafoury to Five Public Forums

Kafoury campaign: "This is just a stunt"


The race for Multnomah County Chair just got a little louder.

Former Portland City Commissioner Jim Francesconi this morning challenged former Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury to five public forums over two months.

"Let's both put our cards on the table," Francesconi wrote Kafoury this morning, "and have a candid discussion about the county."...   More
Monday, January 27, 2014 by AARON MESH

Novick Using Committee, Phone Survey to Decide What Transportation to Fund

UPDATE: Phone survey costs $28,000


UPDATE, 2:03 pm Friday, Jan. 24: The Portland Bureau of Transportation's phone survey, designed to decide how much money the city will seek to raise for the cash-strapped bureau, will cost the city $28,000.As WW previously reported, PBOT is paying for the poll, which is being conducted by Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall.PBOT released the cost estimate today in response to a req...   More
Friday, January 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

TriMet Bridge-Naming Chairman: Kirk Reeves Lacks Historical and Regional Significance

"This has never been a popularity contest."

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TriMet is dealing with public outcry over the revelation that it bypassed the most popular name suggestion for its new transit bridge, longtime street musician "Working" Kirk Reeves.

WW first reported Friday that...   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by AARON MESH

Razed & Confused

The city poured $96 million into reviving Lents. Where’s the rebirth of this East Portland neighborhood?

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In the past few months, Mayor Charlie Hales has talked about changing the way the city of Portland tries to bring struggling, rundown neighborhoods back to life. He calls it “place-making.”   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 AARON MESH

Steve Novick Trash-Talks The Oregonian, Dubs City Hall the "Council of Boom"

City commissioner goes Richard Sherman on the daily paper.


Don't you open your mouth about the Novick.

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick today struck back at The Oregonian and its recent criticism of City Hall. His response<...   More
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by AARON MESH

Water Campaign Will Submit 50,000 Signatures on Friday

UPDATE: Campaign delays signature turn-in until Jan. 21


UPDATE, 12:52 pm Friday, Jan. 17: The water district campaign is delaying turning in its signatures until Tuesday, Jan. 21, saying it didn't realize it couldn't submit additional signatures after the first batch."We just found out that no additional signatures will be accepted after we turn in," says co-petitioner Kent Craford, "and we still have some sheets out there. So we're going to wai...   More
Friday, January 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Working Kirk Reeves was the Most Suggested Name for the Transit Bridge

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Records show more than 840 people suggested TriMet name the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge after street musician “Working” Kirk Reeves—far more than suggested any other name. TriMet released its tallies of suggested names for the transit bridge this morning after ...   More
Friday, January 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Transit Bridge Name Final Four: Duniway, Cascadia, Tillicum, Wy'East


On a recent morning, a flagger standing next to the under-construction Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge told a WW employee that the landmark was getting a new name: The Abigail Scott Duniway Transit Bridge.

"That's what everybody's saying," she told our jogging correspondent.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by AARON MESH

Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia Didn't Get Nebraska Job


The Oregonian's top editor, Peter Bhatia, isn't headed to Nebraska after all.

WW reported in December that Bhatia was named one of five finalists for dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln'...   More
Monday, January 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Neighbors Celebrate Demise of West Hayden Island Annexation With a Cake


If anybody was happier than Bob Sallinger to hear the Port of Portland had sailed out of a development deal for West Hayden Island, it was the residents of nearby manufactured homes and houseboats. Sallinger, the conservation director for the Audubon Society o...   More
Friday, January 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

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