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The Oregon Legislature Gives Metro Cover Against a Public Vote on Convention Center Hyatt

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The Oregon Legislature has handed Metro extra protection against a public vote on the 600-room Hyatt hotel proposed for the Oregon Convention Center.

The state House today passed a bill assuring the project and its $78 million in taxpayer subsidies are exempt from a vote.

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Monday, April 27, 2015 by AARON MESH

Uber is Making Its Drivers Register with the City of Portland by Noon Tomorrow

UPDATE: Company will begin running cars at 2 pm Friday.

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UPDATE, 3:55 pm: Uber spokeswoman Kate Downen tells WW the company has finished its city paperwork and will begin running cars at 2 pm Friday.
ORIGINAL POST, 2:58 pm: When Portland City Council legalized Uber on Tuesday, it added a significant new piece of regulation to keep an eye on its drivers.

City Commissioner Dan Saltzman    More
 
Thursday, April 23, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon State Police Want $5 Million for Pot Enforcement

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Legal weed, schmegal weed: Oregon cops still want more money to go after marijuana crimes.

The Oregon State Police have recently asked state lawmakers for a $3.9 million budget increase for 2015-17 to pay for 11 full-...   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by AARON MESH

Sam Quinones, Dreamland: Book Review

A nation nods off.


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In March of 2013, WW ran a cover story titled “Who Wants to Save a Junkie?” It described a drug, Narcan, that could snap users out of heroin overdoses. By then, American OD deaths from opi   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 AARON MESH

Fierce Little Scratches

How Mexican heroin dealers and Russian addicts collided in Portland: An excerpt from Sam Quinones’ new heroin saga, Dreamland.


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The two worlds couldn’t be more different. The young men of Xalisco toil in the sugarcane fields outside of town, nestled in the hills of southwestern Mexico. They dream of making enough m   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Brendan Kennedy

The founder of legal weed’s biggest investor, Privateer Holdings, wants the door to Oregon kept open.


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Brendan Kennedy has $82 million to spend on weed. He wants to make sure he can blow some cash in Oregon. Kennedy is a Silicon Valley veteran who launched a tech firm and ran a company to acquire   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 AARON MESH, NIGEL JAQUISS

OLCC Asks Lawmakers for $10.5 Million to Launch Legal Pot

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How much does it cost to get some legal pot in Oregon? The latest estimate is $10.5 million.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the agency assigned the creation and regulation of a legal recreational marijuana system, took the unusual step today of publicly releasing its latest re...   More
 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland City Council Legalizes Uber and Lyft

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Uber is legal in Portland.

Five months after the San Francisco ride-hailing company started running cars in defiance of City Hall, Portland's elected officials legalized Uber and its top competitor, Lyft. Tonight's vote will allow the companies to begin operations as soon as this week.

Over the jeers and boos of taxi drivers, the City Council voted 3-2 to    More
 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by AARON MESH

Ride or Die: Six Things You Need to Know About Tuesday's Pivotal Vote on Uber

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Uber is back, baby. Lyft is almost legal. Portland's cab companies are wild with rage.

And everything hinges on a City Council vote Tuesday night.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick ended three months of waffling with a bold play    More
 
Monday, April 20, 2015 by AARON MESH

Police Protesters Starting an Activist Nonprofit, Oregon Know Your Rights

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The protest group that jammed Portland streets last year to decry police violence against unarmed black men has made little progress in City Hall.

As WW r...   More
 
Friday, April 17, 2015 by AARON MESH
 

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