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Multnomah County Cuts Sonia Manhas' Job and Office from the Health Department Budget


Multnomah County is erasing all traces of Sonia Manhas, the health department employee who had an affair with county chair Jeff Cogen.
They both quit, under duress, after Cogen admitted to the affair last summer.
Many of the questions that dogged Cogen ...   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

Water District Backers Complain Another Hales Staffer Campaigned Against Them Using City Time


The backers of a May ballot initiative to wrest control of Portland utilities from City Hall are accusing a second staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales' office of undermining them on the public dime.  

Kent Craford and Floy Jones, co-petitioners on    More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

Singing the Blues

A Portland choir group’s financial records are missing, and its ex-boss isn’t talking.

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Oregon Repertory Singers has launched an investigation of its former executive director after learning that virtually all of the arts organization’s financial records have disappeared. The org   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

PacifiCorp Spends $10,000 to Fight Water Ballot Measure


Now there's electricity in Portland's water fight.

PacifiCorp, the Portland-based electric power utility, has donated $10,000 to oppose the May ballot measure that would remove control of water and sewer utilities from City Hall.

The donation to Stop the Bull Run Takeover PAC matches the largest contributions the "no" campaign has received so far. In the past mon...   More
Monday, April 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

Former City Commissioner Charles Jordan Dies at 77


Charles Jordan, Portland's first first African-American City Commissioner and longtime director of the Parks & Recreation Bureau, has died at 77.“Charles Jordan is established in history as one of the heroes of Portland,” Commissioner Amanda Fritz said today in a statement.
Jordan served on Portland City Council for 10 years, beginning in 1974. Appointed by then-Ma...   More
Friday, April 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Neighborhood Foes Say Airbnb Will Squeeze Out Affordable Housing


Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb announced March 26 it had struck an unprecedented deal with Portland city officials to collect lodging taxes in exchange for legalizing short-term rentals. Even skeptics   More
Thursday, April 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

21 And Over

Homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too strikes out again in its effort to find a new location.

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Six weeks ago, the Portland City Council seemed ready to buy its way out of its most prominent homelessness problem.  The city agreed Feb. 17 to give $846,000 to the leaders of homeless camp    More
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Poll Shows City Looking at $12-a-Home Street Fee to Fund Transportation Bureau


Do you want to pay $12 a month for a new city “street maintenance and safety” fee?

That’s the question being put to voters in a telephone survey paid for by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

And the phone survey—first reported by    More
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

Strike By City Workers Averted with Tentative Contract Deal


The City of Portland has reached a tentative contract deal with 1,600 city workers—again.

The deal for a four-year contract comes three days before the workers—ranging from parking enforcement officers to the street-maintenance crews who plow the roads after snowstorms—were authorized to go on strike.

The agreement (PDF    More
Friday, March 28, 2014 by AARON MESH

Cincinnati Learns Pros and Cons of the Streetcar Charlie Hales Sold It

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Wednesday's edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer included a rather striking guest editorial: a city official recounting Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' advice about installing a streetcar system.

The    More
Thursday, March 27, 2014 by AARON MESH

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