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Fritz, Hales Split on Sex Trafficking Funds

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Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is breaking away from Mayor Charlie Hales' budget proposals—for the second time this year.

The reason is the same: They can't reach an agreement on how much money the city should give to help teenage victims of sex trafficking.

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Friday, November 8, 2013 by AARON MESH

Water Rebels Don't Like Charlie Hales Calling Them "Clowns"

Watch video of mayor saying ballot initiative is an "act of political terrorism."

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The backers of a ballot initiative to wrest control of Portland's water and sewer bureaus from City Hall have read Mayor Charlie Hales' condemnation of them—and they're furious.

In a wide-ranging interview with WW this week, Hales defended his c...   More
 
Thursday, November 7, 2013 by AARON MESH

Goofus & Gallant Go To City Hall

One year ago, we elected Charlie Hales as Portland mayor. Did we get a loafer or a leader?


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It was a year ago that Charlie Hales waved to a cheering election-night crowd at the nightclub Holocene, embraced his landslide victory as Portland’s mayor and told    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 AARON MESH

A Visit From the TriMet Squad

A blogger is arrested after repeatedly texting questions to a transit agency spokeswoman.


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Lane Jensen recognized the cops who came for him.  The 26-year-old blogger had tangled before with officers of local police departments who work for TriMet, the transit agency Jensen regula   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 AARON MESH

Nohad Toulan, PSU's Urban Planner, Dies in Uruguay

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Dr. Nohad Toulan—a leading figure in Portland's urban planning and Islamic worlds—died Monday with his wife, Dirce, after a car wreck in Uruguay.

Toulan was the founder and retired director of Portland State University's College of Urban and Public Affairs, a portion of which now bears his name<...   More
 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by AARON MESH

Environmental Activists Split From Water District Campaign, Launch Second Ballot Initiative

UPDATE: New "public trust" would bar fluoridation, require fight against underground reservoirs.

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UPDATE, 10:15 am Monday:

A look at the language of the new ballot initiative shows the "People's Water Trust" would amend city code to mandate a fight against federal regulations on burying open-air reservoirs.

It also requires city officials to refer to voters any pro...   More
 
Sunday, October 27, 2013 by AARON MESH

Lars Larson and Carl Wolfson Are On TV Together

It's just a commercial—for now.

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Who says this country's politics are hopelessly polarized? Talk radio hosts Lars Larson and Carl Wolfson have reached across the aisle to agree on something: selling gold.

Larson is the right-wing pundit who rules Portland's talk airwaves</...   More
 
Friday, October 25, 2013 by AARON MESH

Boo! Both Arts Tax Lawsuits Are Undead

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Here's a Halloween chill for City Hall, local schools and arts nonprofits: Both legal challenges to the Portland Arts Tax are still alive in the courts.

WW reported last week that Oregon Tax Court is weighin...   More
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by AARON MESH

Million-Dollar Water Park

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


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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

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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
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