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Restaurant Guide 2013: Biwa

Restaurant Guide
215 SE 9th Ave., 239-8830, biwarestaurant.com. [TOKYO TUNNEL] Biwa is far too established to be called a secret. Yet happening upon the basement izakaya still feels like an enchanted surprise. Gl   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Restaurant Guide 2013: Ox

Restaurant Guide
2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 284-3366, oxpdx.com. [SOUTH AMERICAN STEAKS] Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is burning. The scent of fire still wafts from the embers of the Monroe Apartme   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Restaurant Guide 2013: A Look Inside Castagna

Portland’s most adventurous kitchen.

Restaurant Guide
Justin Woodward doesn’t dwell on the past. So he isn’t burdened by the fact that the kitchen he now runs, Castagna, was dubbed Restaurant of the Year by The Oregonian in 2000, when Woodward    More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Restaurant Guide 2013: Szechuan Chef

Restaurant Guide
5331 SW Macadam Ave., 227-3136, szechuanchefportland.com.  [SEATTLE SUPERSONIC] There’s something piercingly lonesome about a vast Chinese restaurant hall, something that summons a lifetim   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Activist: Nobody Else Wants to Give McMuffins to Homeless


A week after proclaiming his refusal to give away free McMuffins to homeless people after Portland Trail Blazers games, local activist Jessie Sponberg says he's received plenty of criticism—...   More
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by AARON MESH

TriMet Taking Down Gresham's Living Room

Read about how teenagers spent their nights in the furniture


TriMet is removing its 12-year-old Living Room sculpture from the Gresham Transit Center—because too many loitering teenagers are sitting in the concrete furniture.

The sculpture will be dismantled at the end of October and returned to its creator, artist Tamsie Ringler.

"Completed in 2001, the artwork has raised safety and security concerns since 2008,"...   More
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by AARON MESH

Fish Flushes $4,200 Sewer Calendar


Facing a ballot-initiative battle over control of Portland utilities, City Commissioner Nick Fish is trying to show he's cutting costs at the water and sewer bureaus.

The latest casualty? The Bureau of Environmental Services' 2014 wall cal...   More
Monday, October 14, 2013 by AARON MESH

Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury Will Resign Friday To Run for Board Chair


Multnomah County Commisioner Deborah Kafoury tells WW that she will resign her seat Friday to run for County Chair.

“I’m really proud of the work that we have done at Multnomah County," Kafoury says. "We have made some real gains since I've been on the commission.”

Kafoury's announcement is not surprising. Since former chairman Jeff Cogen admitted...   More
Monday, October 14, 2013 by AARON MESH

Street Roots Raising Money to Publish Weekly


Not every Portland newspaper is cutting back its print editions. Street Roots, the scrappy urban-issues newspaper sold by homeless vendors, is making plans to go weekly.

Executive director Israel Bayer announced at the annual Street Root...   More
Friday, October 11, 2013 by AARON MESH

Water District Backers Seeking Signatures

But ballot initative language doesn't solve East Portland problem.


The campaign to wrest Portland's water and sewer bureaus out of City Hall control can start asking for your signature this weekend.

But it may have some explaining to do to East Portland voters.

A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge on Wednesday issued a ruling (PDF) on dispu...   More
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by AARON MESH

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