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Water Bureau Finds Two Dead Birds While Draining Mount Tabor Reservoir

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The Portland Water Bureau says it discovered two dead birds in a Mount Tabor reservoir while draining it in the wake of last month's boil-water notice.

A Water Bureau spokesman says the decaying carcasses may or may not have contributed to the positive E. coli test results that sparked    More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Fee For All

The wrong turns that Steve Novick took to raise more money for Portland’s roads.


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City Commissioner Steve Novick has led the parade for new road funding into a blind alley. He’s the architect of a plan to raise at least $40 million a year for transportation projects by crea   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Postpone Vote on Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick says he's open to reconsidering a sales tax or income tax.

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick are putting their proposed street fee on hold.

Sources at City Hall tell WW that Hales and Novick are postponing a City Council vote on a residential fee charging households $144 a year.

The vote was planned for Wednesday, but will be delayed until November.
Word of the d...   More
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Street Fee Didn't Have Crucial Third Vote: City Commissioner Amanda Fritz

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Here's one of the reasons Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick today announced a five-month delay in passing a street fee: Commissioner Amanda Fritz, their crucial third vote, told them she...   More
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Calls Nick Fish "Captain Renault," Answers His Questions on the Portland Street Fee

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Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick has responded to his colleague Nick Fish's 11 questions about the Portland street fee.

Judging from the tone of the email, this is not the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Novick starts the letter with "Dear Captain Renault"—a reference to the corrupt military police officer in Casablanca who was    More
 
Monday, June 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

Here Are Nick Fish's 11 Unanswered Questions on the Portland Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick suggests Fish should lower water and sewer bills for the poor.

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City Commissioner Nick Fish has a lot of questions about the Portland street fee.

He tried to raise those questions at last night's public hearing, but was rebuffed by Mayor Charlie Hales and Co...   More
 
Friday, May 30, 2014 by AARON MESH

Commissioner Steve Novick: Pass the Business Fee by November, or Lose the Whole Street Fee

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City Commissioner Steve Novick has confirmed the plan to split his proposed Portland street fee into two parts—and pass the household fee first, while delaying the charge on b...   More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by AARON MESH

Rev. Chuck Currie: Don't Put the Street Fee Burden on the Poor

UPDATE: Low-income housing managers say fee would harm the vulnerable.

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A Portland minister is warning City Hall that passing a residential street fee and delaying a vote on charging businesses threatens to offload the tax burden onto the poor.

The letter from the Rev. Chuck Currie to the City Council hints at how today's 2 pm hearing on Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick's street fee plan could turn into a donnybrook.

Opposition to the proposal—which would charge Portlanders $138 a year to fund transportation projects, and charge businesses and nonprofits much more—has grown deafening in the week since Hales and Novick announced they would try to pass the fee without a public vote.

The backlash caused Hales and Novick to split the proposal in two, delaying the business side of the fee for at least a few weeks but perhaps as long as November.

Currie, a United Church of Christ minister, warns the City Council not to rush ahead with a fee that would charge low-income families up to $97 a year.

"Residents, particularly those who are low-income and on fixed incomes, need to know that they are not going to shoulder the burden alone on this," Currie writes. "The council should only adopt a full package that is well thought out, debated, and that has community buy-in."The full text of Currie's letter is More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by AARON MESH

Six Monkeys Die At Embattled Oregon Zoo

Spokesman cites "unknown causes"

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More bad news for the Oregon Zoo, which recently fired its director and chief veterinarian after "sloppy" medical treatment led to the death of Kutai, a 230-pound orangutan. 

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newly-acquired monkeys were found dead in quarantine at the zoo's $8.8 million veterinary medical facility on May 25, three days after arriving at the zoo on loan from Harvard University....   More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by AARON MESH

Churches Worried by Portland Street Fee Plan

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Add another voice to the growing choir of doubt over the proposed Portland street fee: churches.

As first reported in today's    More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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