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New Poll Says Portlanders Want to Vote on the Street Fee

Hales' spokesman: "We could have saved them a whole lot of money and told them that."


A poll coordinated by the Portland Business Alliance shows 77 percent of Portlanders want to vote on the street fee.

Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have fiercely ...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

Petroleum Lobbyist Rejects Meeting with Mayor Charlie Hales Over Street Fee


In the past two weeks, the rift between Portland City Hall and the business lobby over a $46 million street fee has grown increasingly antagonistic, as the two sides prepare for a ballot battle.

Mayor Charlie Hale...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

GMO Labeling Measure 92 Now Trails by 809 Votes, Triggering a Recount


Don't label Measure 92 dead yet. The ballot fight over labeling genetically modified foods—the most expensive campaign in Oregon history—is officially headed to a recount.

The state elections division confirmed this afternoon that it had finished counting ballots on Measure 92, and it now trails by only 809 votes out of 1.5 million cast. That's well within the 3,00...   More
Monday, November 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

Activist Groups: We'll Campaign for Street Fee, if It's Progressive Enough


In a Wednesday appearance on Oregon Public Broadcasting, Mayor Charlie Hales robustly maintained his stanc...   More
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Will Pay $65,800 a Year to Hire a Legal Weed Regulator


What does $65,800 buy in the legal-weed market?
Right now, a little more than 7 pounds of pot in Washington state. Legal-marijuana prices haven’t yet been set in Oregon, but the same money will pay the annual salary of Portland’s first government weed regulator.
As first reported in Wednesday's    More
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Fired OHSU Primate Research Center Employee Says Her Boss Got Co-Worker Drunk on the Job


Alcohol and monkeys don’t mix.

That’s the warning from a former Oregon National Primate Research Center employee, who says she was fired in June after reporting that her boss was getting a fellow employee drunk on the job.

As first reported in this morning's   More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by AARON MESH

Waiting to Inhale

We ask Oregon’s new pot overlords: What’s your experience with marijuana?

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These are high times for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Voters have approved Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana, and in doing so handed the details of regulating weed to the    More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Why Did Measure 88 Lose So Badly?

A new report blames national "Tea Party nativists."


This month's election results suggest Oregon remains a blue oasis in a red political tide. So how to explain voters overwhelmingly rejecting Measure 88, which would have given drivers cards to undocumented immigrants?Salem political insiders had warned for months the mea...   More
Monday, November 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Business Alliance Says if Street Fee Includes Income Tax, They'll Likely Refer It to Voters

UPDATE: Advocates say business groups trying to "hold the process hostage."


Portland Business Alliance president Sandra McDonough tells WW that unless Portland City Hall removes a personal income tax from the street fee, the business lobby will probably help refer the $46 million proposal to voters.

"It's down to this one detail—and we don't understand why they won't move on that," says McDonough. "We are talking to the folks who are l...   More
Friday, November 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

Uber Launches in Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard


The ride-sharing startup Uber keeps driving closer to Portland.

The San Francisco company, which enlists drivers to use their own cars as de facto taxis, says it’s launching its service this afternoon in Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton and Tigard. WW reported the launch in this morning's   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by AARON MESH

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