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Camping Trip

City Hall is looking at 21 new sites for a homeless camp. But only a few options are serious.

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Finding a dream home for a homeless camp is an unusual assignment for commercial real-estate broker Cushman & Wakefield. But as the company helps Portland City Hall pick possible locations to    More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Burning The Bridge

An Oregonian editorial columnist bashed the CRC too many times. Now he’s an ex-columnist.

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While a bill to revive the Columbia River Crossing clings to life in the Legislature, Brendan Monaghan’s brief career as an editorial columnist for The Oregonian is over—and it’s hard to esc   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Touchdown Terry

Clackamas County tycoon Terry Emmert is bringing pro football players to Portland. Why?

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The kingdom of Terry Emmert is easy to miss from Oregon Route 212. A state highway that wears its sprawl as proudly as a new Carhartt jacket, 212 stretches east from Interstate 205 to Boring, sl   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Rick Gustafson Retiring from Portland Streetcar


Rick Gustafson is retiring as executive director and chief operating officer of Portland Streetcar Inc.

Gustafson, 67, has overseen the nonprofit that runs the city's streetcar  for all 12 years of its operation.

"The job is bigger," he tells WW, "and I'm slower."
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Baruti Artharee Says He's Asked U.S. DOJ to Investigate African American Chamber of Commerce

Roy Jay says he's exploring a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Artharee.


Baruti Artharee, former police liaison for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, appeared on local public-access television last week to level incendiary charges against African-American leaders he says conspired to destroy him.

Artharee was suspended by Hales fo...   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Declines Nomination to Compete to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

Obama and Kitzhaber

It turns out Portland could be more blue.

Mayor Charlie Hales' office has declined an offer from the Democratic National Committee to compete to host the party's 2016 national convention.

The DNC placed Portland among about 30 cities tapped as possible hosts for the Presidential nominating convention,    More
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

AFSCME Local 88 Endorses Jim Francesconi


Multnomah County's largest employee union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 88, last night endorsed former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi in the race for county chair.

The union membership voted last night, at a forum where Francesconi debated his opponent, recent County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury.
Francesconi and Kafoury are ...   More
Thursday, February 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Simple Sells for $117 Million

Portland banking startup will keep offices here.


Portland's online banking startup Simple has cashed out.

Spanish banker BBVA has paid $117 million for Simple, a company that has made a big splash by moving personal-finance services onto customers' phones. Rick Turoczy    More
Thursday, February 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Deborah Kafoury Picks Up Endorsements from Nurses, Enviros


The endorsements keep on coming in the race for Multnomah County chair—this time on the side of former County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury.

Kafoury tells WW she's received official backing from the Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. "I"m really excited about the series of endorsements I've received," Kafoury says. ...   More
Thursday, February 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Hales Says New Taxes for Walking Safety Could Be on November Ballot

sidewalk-free street

Mayor Charlie Hales has responded to calls for increased walking safety in East Portland by saying he’s focused on finding new taxes and fees to fund streets and sidewalks.

His office says a new fee plan, pushed b...   More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by AARON MESH

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