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Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia Leaving for Arizona State


Peter Bhatia, the top editor at The Oregonian, is leaving the state's largest newspaper for a one-year teaching job at Arizona State University.
Bhatia announced his departure to his staff this afternoon at 3 pm, leading to a flurry of Twitter posts before    More
Thursday, March 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

PBOT's Bike Czar Heading to Portland Streetcar


The Portland Bureau of Transportation's bicycle and pedestrian chief has been named the new head of Portland Streetcar Inc.

Dan Bower was elected this morning as the new executive director and chief operating officer of the nonprofit that runs Portland's streetcar system.

Bower is PBOT's division manager of active transportation—which means he oversees the cit...   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by AARON MESH

Camping Trip

City Hall is looking at 21 new sites for a homeless camp. But only a few options are serious.

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Finding a dream home for a homeless camp is an unusual assignment for commercial real-estate broker Cushman & Wakefield. But as the company helps Portland City Hall pick possible locations to    More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Burning The Bridge

An Oregonian editorial columnist bashed the CRC too many times. Now he’s an ex-columnist.

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While a bill to revive the Columbia River Crossing clings to life in the Legislature, Brendan Monaghan’s brief career as an editorial columnist for The Oregonian is over—and it’s hard to esc   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Touchdown Terry

Clackamas County tycoon Terry Emmert is bringing pro football players to Portland. Why?

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The kingdom of Terry Emmert is easy to miss from Oregon Route 212. A state highway that wears its sprawl as proudly as a new Carhartt jacket, 212 stretches east from Interstate 205 to Boring, sl   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Rick Gustafson Retiring from Portland Streetcar


Rick Gustafson is retiring as executive director and chief operating officer of Portland Streetcar Inc.

Gustafson, 67, has overseen the nonprofit that runs the city's streetcar  for all 12 years of its operation.

"The job is bigger," he tells WW, "and I'm slower."
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Baruti Artharee Says He's Asked U.S. DOJ to Investigate African American Chamber of Commerce

Roy Jay says he's exploring a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Artharee.


Baruti Artharee, former police liaison for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, appeared on local public-access television last week to level incendiary charges against African-American leaders he says conspired to destroy him.

Artharee was suspended by Hales fo...   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Declines Nomination to Compete to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

Obama and Kitzhaber

It turns out Portland could be more blue.

Mayor Charlie Hales' office has declined an offer from the Democratic National Committee to compete to host the party's 2016 national convention.

The DNC placed Portland among about 30 cities tapped as possible hosts for the Presidential nominating convention,    More
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

AFSCME Local 88 Endorses Jim Francesconi


Multnomah County's largest employee union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 88, last night endorsed former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi in the race for county chair.

The union membership voted last night, at a forum where Francesconi debated his opponent, recent County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury.
Francesconi and Kafoury are ...   More
Thursday, February 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Simple Sells for $117 Million

Portland banking startup will keep offices here.


Portland's online banking startup Simple has cashed out.

Spanish banker BBVA has paid $117 million for Simple, a company that has made a big splash by moving personal-finance services onto customers' phones. Rick Turoczy    More
Thursday, February 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

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