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City Workers Voting on Strike Today and Monday

UPDATE: Laborers Local 483 authorizes strike.


UPDATE, 6:50 pm: Members of Laborers Local 483 have authorized a strike. Erica Askin, business manager for Local 483, tells WW that 95 percent of the 580 city workers in the union voted in favor of authorizing a strike. The vote comes after the City of Portland    More
Friday, March 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

Tigard Voters Block Southwest Light-Rail Plan


Tigard voters have thrown a spoke in the wheel of a possible new light-rail line through Southwest Portland to Tualatin.

Unofficial tallies from Tuesday's special election show Tigard voters passed a ballot initiative requiring public approval for any light rail or bus rapid transit project through the city.

The initiative has passed by    More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Planned Parenthood Blasts Monica Wehby's Anti-Abortion Guest


Dr. Monica Wehby, a moderate Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is catching ire for inviting an anti-abortion Senator to speak at her Oregon fundraising events.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon demanded today tha...   More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

The Hungary Games

The Grand Budapest Hotel sits atop Wes Anderson’s lost world.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The old, snide rejoinder to an over-decorated show is that “you leave humming the sets,” but Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel may be the first movie where you come out tasting them. Wit   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Shibley’s Side Of The Story

Hales’ chief of staff responds to a claim she targeted an HIV-positive employee.

City Hall
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales’ chief of staff, Gail Shibley, is fighting back against allegations she pressured a staffer into revealing he was HIV-positive and called him a “skank” after he    More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Carl Wolfson Begins Broadcasting March 19 on XRAY.FM

Christian station causing downtown interference for 91.1 FM


T-minus one week until Carl Wolfson returns to the radio dial.

The progressive morning host, whose political show was axed by Clear Channel managers in 2012, will debut March 19 on new rock-and-talk radio station KXRY 91.1 FM.

Wolfson, who curr...   More
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales is Pushing a Revived Trader Joe's Deal on MLK Boulevard

UPDATE: PDC pledges $20 million for affordable housing


Mayor Charlie Hales met today with North and Northeast Portland leaders to discuss reviving a deal for a Trader Joe's grocery on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, four sources tell WW.

"That was part of the discussion," says James Posey, the co-founder of the Portland chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors. He attended today's meeting. ...   More
Monday, March 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Hall Study Says Portland Utilities Crowded with Managers


Portland commissioners have released a study showing which city bureaus have the lowest ratio of employees to managers—and two of the three worst offenders are the water and sewer utilities that could be removed from City Hall in a May vote.

The study, conducted by City Commissioner...   More
Friday, March 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

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

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