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City Hall Greenlights Convention Center Hyatt


Portland City Council voted this evening to approve Metro's plan for a Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center, accepting the $198 million plan presented by Metro Council President Tom Hughes with only a minor amendment.
"The risk is reasonable, the opportunity is considerable, and this investment supports our values," said Mayor Charlie Hales. "This investment passes ...   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by AARON MESH

Muddy Waters

Rep. Earl Blumenauer wants to cut Willamette Superfund costs. His wife works for a company paying the bills.

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For more than a decade, the federal government has been demanding that companies along the Willamette River clean up their mess in the Portland Harbor. And no one has been more adamant about get   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Phil Stanford

The Portland muckraker’s new book traces Watergate to a D.C. call girl.

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Phil Stanford isn’t paranoid if John Dean really is out to get him. Portland’s most notorious muckraker has always seen conspiracy where others have not as he’s plumbed Rose City corruptio   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Bus Project Names New Executive Director


The Oregon Bus Project's national search for a new executive director has made a local selection: Tara Sulzen, a Portland State University urban studies administrator.
Sulzen succeeds founder Jefferson Smith and Caitlin Baggott at the wheel of the Bus.    More
Monday, September 16, 2013 by AARON MESH

Pearl District Neighborhood Association and Homer Williams May Sue City Over Homeless Camp Move


The Pearl District Neighborhood Association voted last night to release $10,000 in funds for legal action against the City of Portland over City Commissioner Amanda Fritz's plan to move homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too beneath ...   More
Friday, September 13, 2013 by AARON MESH

PBOT Director's Stolen Bicycle Recovered in Chapman Square Homeless Camp Sweep


The Portland Police Bureau has been sweeping homeless camps out of downtown parks since Mayor Charlie Hales' big crackdown last month.
Today, the cops netted a high-profile item in Chapman Square: A stolen bicycle owned by ...   More
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by AARON MESH

Role-Playing Games

Jeff Cogen’s resignation means local pols are maneuvering for new chairs.

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Jeff Cogen has simplified the 2016 election for Charlie Hales. The embattled Multnomah County chairman announced last week he’ll resign Sept. 16—two months after revelations of his affair wi   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Adios, Las Chalupas

An oral history of the Blazers’ 14 seasons of promoting fast food.

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 On a November night in 1999, Arvydas Sabonis won Portland Trail Blazers fans their first free chalupas with a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers.    More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 AARON MESH

City Reaches Deal to Move Right 2 Dream Too


The City of Portland has reached a deal to move homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too from Old Town to a property under the Broadway Bridge, says the camp's lawyer.

WW reported last week that City Commissioner Amanda Fritz was    More
Friday, September 6, 2013 by AARON MESH

Hales Abandons Changes To Arts Tax

UPDATE: Mayor says Saltzman convinced him to leave tax alone.


Mayor Charlie Hales will not present the Portland City Council with any changes to the city's $35-a-person Arts Tax, sources tell WW.This spring, Hales told the Revenue Bureau and a council work committee to find ways to make the arts tax more equitable. Critics, including City Commissioner Stev...   More
Thursday, September 5, 2013 by AARON MESH

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