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Sewer Office Building Investigation Says City Bureaus Should Report When Projects Get Bigger

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An outside investigation of a $11.5 million office building for sewer workers that tripled in cost recommends Portland city bureaus provide elected officials with detailed reports when the scope of a construction project changes.

City Commissioner Nick Fish aske...   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015 by AARON MESH

Convention Center Hotel Lawsuits Could Block Portland Trail Blazers' Bid to Host NBA All-Star Game, Metro Warns

"We are in danger of missing that window" for 2018 game, says Metro President Tom Hughes

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The Portland Trail Blazers want to host the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 or 2018. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the media Feb. 14 that Portland’s bid hinges on the city gaining more hotel rooms.

That could be a problem.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by AARON MESH

Independent Board Says Water Bureau Properly Handled Its Rainy-Day Fund

City Commissioner Nick Fish pledges annual review of funds.

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Last fall, WW reported how the Portland Water Bureau sat on a reserve fund that grew to $32 million over the past five years, even though Water Bureau sales to customers were in decline. In response, City Commissioner Nick Fish called for an outside review of t...   More
 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Is Building a Re-election War Chest With $21,000 in New Donations

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Mayor Charlie Hales hasn’t officially announced he’s seeking a second term in 2016—but his campaign war chest says he's made his decision. Hales has raised $21,000 in the past two months, collecting campaign donations from pillars of the city’s power structure—especially real estate developers. The mayor’s new batch of political contributions includes $5,000 from Pe...   More
 
Monday, February 16, 2015 by AARON MESH

Secretary of State Kate Brown, Next In Line as Governor, Is Rushing Back to Oregon From D.C., MSNBC Reports

She returns as Gov. John Kitzhaber faces increasing pressure and a criminal investigation over a scandal involving First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown flew back to Oregon this morning from Washington, D.C., according to MSNBC reporter Zachary Roth.Her unexpected return from an east-coast conference of secretaries of state comes as Gov. John Kitzhaber is under intense pressure over an influence-peddling ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Taxi Board Votes to Flood City Streets with 293 New Cabs

The city has just 460 cabs now

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Portland City Hall is poised to increase the number of cabs on city streets by nearly two thirds—293 new taxis to compete with the incoming "ride-sharing" company Uber.

The board that control's the Portland taxi market this afternoon voted to grant 242 new licenses to existing cab companies, and another 51 licenses to a new cab company, EcoCab, which uses Tesla...   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by AARON MESH

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Anti-vaccination ideas flourish at private and charter schools.


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Shining Star Waldorf School doesn’t look like a potential incubator for an outbreak of disease.  The small private school holds elementary and middle-school classes in a church basement   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 AARON MESH

VIDEO: Bill Walton Explains During a Ducks Game Why President Obama Should Legalize Weed

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Trail Blazers legend Bill Walton has never been shy about speaking his mind. Sometimes that means going on ESPN2 during an Oregon Ducks basketball game and calling on President Barack Obama to end the senseless prohibition of marijuana.

Last Wednesday was one of those times. "The war on drugs is an absolute failure!" said Walton, launching into a policy speech duri...   More
 
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Legislature Could Delay Marijuana Edibles Until July 2016

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Oregon lawmakers are kicking the pot cookie down the road.

The Oregon Legislature this week began tweaking the rules for legal recreational weed approved by voters in November. State officials have a tight deadline: Pot possession is legal starting July 1, and th...   More
 
Friday, February 6, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Senate Republican Leader Plans to Place Weed Witnesses Under Oath

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Oregon lawmakers have started hashing out rules for the sale of recreational marijuana that voters approved last November. That means lots of legislative hearings—but possibly with a twist.

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) wants witnesses testifying on marijuana-related bills to do so under oath, a condition state lawmakers rarely require.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by AARON MESH
 

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