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Ed McNamara, Mayor Charlie Hales' Urban Renewal Advisor, is Leaving City Hall


The advisor leading Mayor Charlie Hales' remodel of urban renewal is leaving City Hall.

Ed McNamara, the mayor's policy director overseeing the Portland Development Commission, says he will return in June to his private development company, Turtle Island Development LLC.

"I told [Hales] I wanted to do two years when I agreed to do this," McNamara tells WW...   More
Friday, April 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick Yanking Endorsement of Fellow Commissioner Dan Saltzman's Re-election

Saltzman criticized Novick's plan for a $12-a-month transportation fee.


Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick is furious over comments his fellow Commissioner Dan Saltzman made to WW this week questioning whether the Portland Bureau of Transportation needs a new street maintenance fee.

How angry is he? Sou...   More
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

NW Natural Will Spare Gas and Coke Building If Advocates Can Raise $2 Million


Preservation advocates trying to save the decaying, 101-year-old Gas and Coke Building are making progress.

They say the building’s owner, NW Natural, has offered it a reprieve from demolition—for a price.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

Talkin’ Bull

Lies and money are flowing fast in the bitter war over Portland’s tap water. Here’s the unfiltered truth.

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Portland’s hidden treasure lies nearly 50 miles east of the city, ringed by Douglas fir and protected by gates and guards. Bull Run Lake, a rain-fed oval nestled in the shadow of Mount Hood, suppl   More
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 AARON MESH

Rep. Shemia Fagan Secures $1.9 Million for East Portland Crosswalks


Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-East Portland) keeps finding money to help people walk safely at the eastern edge of the city.

Fagan and Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson (D-East Portland) announced this morning they have secured $1.9 million in state funding to install flashing beacons at 18 crosswalks. They urged Portland City Council to contribute its own funding.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by AARON MESH

Trader Joe's Turns Down Mayor Charlie Hales' Offer for Revived Project on MLK Boulevard


The plan to bring a Trader Joe's to Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is dead again.

Representatives of the specialty grocer called Mayor Charlie Hales' office Friday to say they won't reconsider a proposal to build on a two-acre property owned by the Portland Development Commission.

“I told them it was a shame because that section of Portland is vibra...   More
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by AARON MESH

PBOT Shows Businesses Their Possible Street-Fee Bill

How much would a brewpub pay into the new transportation fee? $604 a month.

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Portland businesses could pay bills ranging from $6 a month to $2,241 a month if the city creates a new "street maintenance fee" to fund the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

City Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT director Leah Treat debuted the commercial side of the fee plan to a meeting of business owners on Wednesday morning.

The business fees would ...   More
Friday, April 18, 2014 by AARON MESH

"No Clear Answers" About How City Property Would End Up in a Water District's Hands, Internal City Hall Memo Says

Measure backer says City Attorney's memo is wrong.


As Portland City Hall braces itself for a May vote that could strip its authority over its water and sewer bureaus, the city's lawyers are scrambling to understand what the ballot measure could mean for Portland property and finances.

The sh...   More
Friday, April 18, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Streetcar Audit Says City Violated State Law


A new city audit of Portland Streetcar says City Hall is breaking state law in how it allows the streetcar's private operator to control public money. City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade also says the city has never made a strategic plan to fit the streetcar into its larger transportation spending, since creating the streetcar system in 1995.

"The City’s decisions have ...   More
Thursday, April 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Both Sides of Portland Water Fight Pick Up $20,000 Checks

New water district donors include Andrew Miller and CH2M Hill


The war over the future government of Portland's water supply is getting even more money.

Both sides of the campaign on Ballot Measure 26-156, which would remove Portland's water and environmental services bureaus from City Hall control, reported $20,000 contributions today.

And both sides also got money from allies sure to inflame the other side.

The "yes" camp...   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by AARON MESH

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