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Hales Clears Last Thursday From Alberta Street — VIDEO

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"Welcome to the loneliness of American fascism," a woman standing on the lawn of Community Supported Everything yelled as Portland Police officers began wheeling their bicycles down Northeast Alberta Street last night at 10 pm, clearing the revelers and vendors f...   More
 
Friday, June 28, 2013 by AARON MESH

Neighborhood Activists Using Red Balloons to Protest Height of North Williams Building

UPDATE: City Council approves development, citing grilled cheese sandwiches

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UPDATE, 4:30 pm Thursday, June 27: Portland City Council voted 3-1 this afternoon to approve the zoning change for BackBridge Lofts, allowing the 85-foot building to proceed.City Commissioner Steve Novick said he voted for greater density in North Portland because "we're frying our planet like a grilled cheese sandwich,"    More
 
Thursday, June 27, 2013 by AARON MESH

Arts Tax Ruled Constitutional

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A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge has ruled the Portland Arts Tax is constitutional.

Judge Kelly Skye ruled today that a lawsuit brought by George Wittemeyer incorrectly claimed that the city's $35-a-person tax is a head tax violating the Oregon Constitution or a poll tax violating the U.S. Constitution.

"The Arts Tax is not a Poll or Head tax because it is not as...   More
 
Thursday, June 27, 2013 by AARON MESH

Black and White and Red All Over

Owners of the Oregonian gamble on the newspaper’s digital future.


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The death of The Oregonian as you know it came at 9:58 am on June 20. That’s when reporters, editors, photographers and designers who put out the 163-year-old daily newspaper were told to “p   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 AARON MESH

The Oregonian is Already Hiring New Reporters

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Three days after The Oregonian finished laying off nearly a quarter of its newsroom staff, the paper's new digital company, Oregonian Media Group, is advertising reporting jobs at the paper. Oregonian Media Group, the new company formed by The Oregonian, has begun    More
 
Monday, June 24, 2013 by AARON MESH

More Than 35 Newsroom Staff Laid Off at The Oregonian

UPDATE: Layoff list tops 90 people. Here's the letter publisher N. Christian Anderson sent employees.

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Newsroom layoffs at The Oregonian have topped 35 reporters, editors and photographers today as the paper reduces home-delivery days and cuts staff.

Among the more prominent names WW has confirmed The Oreg...   More
 
Friday, June 21, 2013 by AARON MESH

The Oregonian is Reducing Home Delivery Days, Laying Off Staff

Will move from Broadway offices, offer web edition called "MyDigitalO"

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The Oregonian confirmed this morning that the paper will reduce print delivery to three four days a week.
Publisher N. Christian Anderson III informed staff just before 10 am that the paper will continue to publish seven days a week, but will only deliver to subscribers on a limited number of days.
Clarification at 9:15 pm: The Oregonian's initial report T...   More
 
Thursday, June 20, 2013 by AARON MESH

State Dismisses City Complaint About Minority Contractor

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The state economic agency that certifies minority-owned contractors has rejected a city watchdog's complaint that asked whether a company that received a set-aside contract on a Housing Bureau project did so fraudulently.

In a letter sent to city ombudswoman Margie Sollinger this morning, the state agency    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by AARON MESH

Mortar Combat

City officials want answers about a contractor who got $88,000 under a minority set-aside program.


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Last September, the nonprofit Blanchet House of Hospitality cut a blue ribbon to dedicate a $12.9 million, four-story homeless meal kitchen and transitional housing shelter in Old Town. The city   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 AARON MESH

New PBOT Director is Leah Treat from Chicago

UPDATE: Treat helped instate Alta Bike Share at both of her previous posts.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation has hired a new director: Leah Treat, the chief of staff in Chicago's transportation department. City Commissioner Steve Novick announced Treat's hiring this morning in an email to Portland transportation bureau staff.Treat, 42, served as chief of staff to Chicago transportation commissioner Gabe Klein starting in 2010. Before that,...   More
 
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by AARON MESH
 

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