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Port of Portland Pulls Out of West Hayden Island Annexation Deal

UPDATE: Hales says he'll let the deal die.


The Port of Portland has pulled out of talks to annex West Hayden Island, saying city environmental demands are too high.

Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt sent a letter to Mayor Charlie Hales this morning, saying City Council's unwillingness to budge on   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Breaking Bread

How the redemption story of troubled baker Dave Dahl began to crumble.

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For years, a 6-foot cardboard cutout of Dave Dahl greeted customers at Dave’s Killer Breadquarters in Milwaukie. In the photograph, a grinning Dahl—with his baker’s smock, ponytail and anv   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 AARON MESH

City Won't Try to Revive Sit-Lie Law This Year


Mayor Charlie Hales' office says the City of Portland is abandoning any effort to revive the sit-lie law in Salem during the February legislative session.
"We are not taking a sidewalk ordinance to the legislature in 2014," says Hales' spokesman Dana Haynes. "We're not ready. And it's just such a high hurdle that we're not going to try it."Hales spent the summer sweeping h...   More
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Declares Labor Impasse with 1,600 Workers


The City of Portland today declared an impasse with a coalition of seven labor unions, signaling negotiations over a new contract have broken down.

"We started bargaining on Feb. 19," says Rob Wheaton, chief negotiator for the District Council of Trade Unions. "Essentially, they're saying that they don't want to talk anymore."

The DCTU represents more than 1,...   More
Monday, January 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

Anti-Clearcut Ads Land in Portland International Airport

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The environmental advertisements at the center of a court battle have touched down in the Portland International Airport.

The Port of Portland plans to appeal a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge's order...   More
Friday, January 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

Fritz Forgives $123,000 Loan to City Hall Campaign

She tells supporters to donate to Jeff Merkley instead.


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz rang in the new year by dropping some campaign debt from the old.

Fritz has forgiven $123,418 in loans she made to her own campaign last year. That's a holiday gift to the supporters she'd been asking to reimburse her self-funded election.

She had been    More
Thursday, January 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Carbon Tax Gained "No Traction Whatsoever" in Phone Survey


Mayor Charlie Hales is compiling of wish list of potential new taxes and fees to fund the cash-strapped Portland Bureau of Transportation.

But he won't be calling any of them a "carbon tax."

WW reported in November that ...   More
Friday, December 27, 2013 by AARON MESH

Cover Oregon Yanks "Long Live Oregonians" Ad Campaign


That was short-lived, Oregonians.
Cover Oregon drew national attention earlier this year for an advertising campaign from Portland agency North that pitched the state's health-insurance exchange as a utopian playland.

But with the exchange's webs...   More
Thursday, December 26, 2013 by AARON MESH

XRAY.FM Raises $40,000 in 9 Days

Donate more and the station gets a bathroom.


Merry Christmas, Carl Wolfson.

Nonprofit radio startup XRAY.FM—which aims to return progressive talkers Wolfson and Thom Hartmann to Portland airwaves alongside local indie-rock shows—last week launched    More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 by AARON MESH

Water and Sewer Spending Lawsuit Heads to Court in February


The trials of the Portland Water Bureau are headed for a courtroom.

A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge will hold a summary judgment hearing Feb. 12 on four items in the $127 million lawsuit filed in 2011 over Portland's water and sewer bureau spending.

The timing of the first hearing is a key piece of political theater: It provides plenty of opportunity for ...   More
Monday, December 23, 2013 by AARON MESH
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