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Nohad Toulan, PSU's Urban Planner, Dies in Uruguay


Dr. Nohad Toulan—a leading figure in Portland's urban planning and Islamic worlds—died Monday with his wife, Dirce, after a car wreck in Uruguay.

Toulan was the founder and retired director of Portland State University's College of Urban and Public Affairs, a portion of which now bears his name<...   More
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by AARON MESH

Environmental Activists Split From Water District Campaign, Launch Second Ballot Initiative

UPDATE: New "public trust" would bar fluoridation, require fight against underground reservoirs.


UPDATE, 10:15 am Monday:

A look at the language of the new ballot initiative shows the "People's Water Trust" would amend city code to mandate a fight against federal regulations on burying open-air reservoirs.

It also requires city officials to refer to voters any pro...   More
Sunday, October 27, 2013 by AARON MESH

Lars Larson and Carl Wolfson Are On TV Together

It's just a commercial—for now.


Who says this country's politics are hopelessly polarized? Talk radio hosts Lars Larson and Carl Wolfson have reached across the aisle to agree on something: selling gold.

Larson is the right-wing pundit who rules Portland's talk airwaves</...   More
Friday, October 25, 2013 by AARON MESH

Boo! Both Arts Tax Lawsuits Are Undead


Here's a Halloween chill for City Hall, local schools and arts nonprofits: Both legal challenges to the Portland Arts Tax are still alive in the courts.

WW reported last week that Oregon Tax Court is weighin...   More
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by AARON MESH

Million-Dollar Water Park

A visitors’ center and caretaker’s house soak ratepayers for $1.1 million at a new underground reservoir.

City Hall
Kevin Duff has a view any Portlander would envy—and one that’s warming up the already heated battle over the future of the city’s Water Bureau.   On a clear morning, Duff can sit on   More
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AARON MESH

Elections Complaint Filed Against Water District Signature-Gathering Campaign


The ballot measure campaign to wrest control of Portland’s water and sewer bureaus away from City Hall is now living under the shadow of Big Chocolate.

The Oregon Elections Division has received a complaint that signature gatherers with Portlanders for Water Reform are falsely claiming the petition would stop Nestle Corp. from taking over the city’s water supply...   More
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by AARON MESH

Jeff Cogen Starts Work at Signature Gathering Firm


Former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen confirmed today on his Facebook page that he's begun working for the largest signature gathering firm in state Democratic politics.

WW first reported in September t...   More
Monday, October 21, 2013 by AARON MESH

Jules Bailey Launches Campaign for Deborah Kafoury's Seat


The domino effect of Jeff Cogen's downfall keeps cascading.

State Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) confirmed this morning he's running for the Multnomah County Commission seat of Deborah Kafoury, who's running to replace Cogen.

"Multnomah County is the hub at the center of the spokes and without it, the wheel doesn’t turn," says Bailey on    More
Thursday, October 17, 2013 by AARON MESH

Water Rebels Spurn City Club

They've rejected Portland Utility Review Board, too.


The backers of a ballot initiative to overthrow Portland's water and sewer bureaus aren't just fighting City Hall—they're fighting Portland City Club.

And, for that matter, the Portland Utility Review Board.

The leaders of th...   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by AARON MESH

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

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