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Portland Expects to Collect Nearly $500,000 Annually in Taxes From Airbnb Rentals


Documents show that the city of Portland expects to collect nearly $500,000 from hotel taxes on Airbnb rentals in the coming year.

As reported this week in WW, the San Francisco-based startup has been successfully lobbying the City Council to allow its clie...   More
Friday, July 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

Novick to PBOT: "We Shall Fight in the Streets"

Yes, that's Churchill.


City Commissioner Steve Novick wrote a mass email this week to employees at the Portland Bureau of Transportation, reasserting his commitment to raising $50 million a year for road repair with a "street fee."

In the July 7 email, Novick pledges his dedicat...   More
Thursday, July 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland's White Male Diversity Training Includes Three-Night Stay at Golf Resort

"I'm told there is some golfing between many hours of classes."


The $56,000 spent by Mayor Charlie Hales' office and the Portland Police Bureau on a diversity training retreat for white men includes the cost of hotel rooms and food at a golf resort near Mt. Hood.

Hales, three City Hall managers and 11 command staff from the Police Bureau are staying at ...   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

City For Rent

Mayor Charlie Hales wants to give Airbnb something it can’t get anyplace else.

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Last week, Airbnb threw a house party in Portland City Hall.  The San Francisco-based online startup laid out two tables lined with trays of bagels, brownies and blueberry muffins. It invit   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Goes on Diversity Retreat for White Men


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will be away from City Hall for the next three days, attending a diversity seminar for white men only.

WW first reported last month that Hales decided to spend $56,000 on a 3 1/2-day training seminar run by a Portland ...   More
Monday, July 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

News Industry Analyst Looks at Challenges Facing The Oregonian's New Editor

Ken Doctor says the paper's Sunday paid print circulation has dropped below 200,000


Readers of The Oregonian got a piece of good news this week: The state's largest newspaper has hired much-decorated and widely respected investigative editor Mark Katches as its new top editor.

That announcement follows stark changes by the state's largest newspaper...   More
Thursday, July 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Bottling's Attorney, John DiLorenzo, Questions Timing of City Fine


Facing allegations by city inspectors that it illegally dumped 21 million gallons of wastewater, Portland Bottling Co. has hired a lawyer familiar with fighting City Hall: John DiLorenzo.DiLorenzo, a Portland lawyer and lobbyist who once    More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Looking At Allowing Airbnb in Apartments and Condos

UPDATE: City Council will decide in October.


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants to amend city zoning code to allow short-term rentals like Airbnb in apartments and condominiums.
"It was not in the original proposal from the [planning] bureau, but we asked the bureau to look into it," says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. "Expecting good debate today."The hearing on Airbnb and other short-term rentals—when a...   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

Busted Bottles

Portland Bottling faces allegations it ripped off ratepayers while championing a measure to lower water bills.

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No corporation had more at stake in the May ballot measure over control of the city’s water than Portland Bottling Co.  The soft-drink bottler contributed $100,000—more than any other don   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Water Activists Gather Just 1,000 Signatures, Won't Seek November Ballot


There won't be another public vote on reforming Portland's water system anytime soon.

The coalition of environmental activists campaigning for a People's Water Trust—a proposed a...   More
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

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