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Fire Union Prez Says Hales' Budget Will Lay Off 13 Firefighters


The head of the Portland fire union is disputing Mayor Charlie Hales' claim that the city's new budget includes no firefighter layoffs.

Portland Firefighters' Association President Alan Ferschweiler says the new budget actually requires 13 fire bureau layoffs—it just delays the pink slips by three months.

Hales' budget takes effect June 30, and provides...   More
Thursday, May 30, 2013 by AARON MESH

No Police or Fire Layoffs in City Budget


The next time you hear Portland's public safety bureaus howl about taking the brunt of what have been painted as draconian city budget cuts, remember this number: Zero.

That's how many layoffs the city's police and fire bureaus will have to make in the budget approved by City Council this morning.

Mayor Charlie Hales had    More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by AARON MESH

Change is Hard

Hales pledges to fight panhandling downtown. It’s not clear how he wins.

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No matter where he travels, the street kid known as Kidd always knows where he wants to end up. With a ragged goatee and barely as tall as a sidewalk mailbox, Kidd, who is in his early 20s, says   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Mandates Security Guards, Port-a-Potties at Last Thursday


Mayor Charlie Hales keeps showing up to neighborhood messes with a shovel.

First he went after big apartments without parking spaces, then tried to set ...   More
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by AARON MESH

City Spares Mounted Patrol, Buckman Pool from Budget Axe


Mayor Charlie Hales announced this afternoon that his office has cobbled together money from a mix of public and private sources to preserve a list of city programs citizens fought to keep from the budget chopping block.

Those last-minute salvages from $21.5 million in budget cut...   More
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by AARON MESH

Anti-Fluoride Campaigners Relish Their Victory

Clean Water Portland is celebrating its big victory over 26-151, the Portland measure that would have required the fluoridation of the city's drinking water. 
At the election night victory party—held at On Deck Sports Bar and Grill in the Pearl District—a small crowd swe...   More
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by AARON MESH

Portland Voters Soundly Reject Fluoride

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Fluoride is 0-for-4 in Portland.

Early returns in tonight's special election show Measure 26-151—which would have required the fluoridation of Portland's water supply—losing 61 percent to 39 percent

The defeat marks the fourth time since 1956 that Portland voters have rejected fluoride, and keeps this the largest city in the United States with u...   More
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by AARON MESH

Nick Fish Still Stumping for Parks Bond


Even though Portland Parks & Recreation has cancelled plans for a bond measure on this November's ballot, City Commissioner Nick Fish keeps reminding voters the idea will come back soon.

At his opening address for the Pearl District...   More
Friday, May 17, 2013 by AARON MESH

New KATU Poll Shows Fluoride Losing By 13 Points


With five days left until the May 21 election, polling numbers keep getting worse for fluoride.
Ballot Measure 26-151, which would fluoridate Portlands water supply, trails by 13 percentage points in the newest poll released by WW's ...   More
Thursday, May 16, 2013 by AARON MESH

Oral Arguments on Jack Bogdanski's Art Tax Suit Start Next Week


Happy arts tax day!

For those of you keeping score at home, the $35-a-person Portland arts tax is due today—the deadline moved back a month after the city had trouble getting money from people without computers,    More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by AARON MESH

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