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City Hall May Find Money for Road Paving in Its Own Budget, Reducing the Street Fee

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For months, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick have been adamant that they will create a "street fee" to collect $53 million a year for transportation projects. They now seem more inclined to negotiate.

In recent meetings with business leaders, WW has learned, city officials have extended an olive branch: City Hall may find part of...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland's New Street Fee Proposal Would Limit Costs for Businesses

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are considering scrapping the unpopular "street fee" that would charge businesses thousands of dollars a month and replacing it with a monthly business fee of no more than $135 a month.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by AARON MESH

Austin Wishes It Had a Light-Rail System Like Portland's

Except for the employee pensions, reduced bus service and political backlash.

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Look on our light-rail system, ye Austinites, and despair.

The city council of Austin, Texas, is trying to persuade city voters to fund a $600 million light-rail line. So the local newspaper, The Austin American-Statesman, came to Oregon to conduct an in-depth examination...   More
 
Monday, August 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

A "Food Fight" Breaks Out in the GMO Labeling Wars

What's going to happen in Oregon? Look to Vermont, and Ben & Jerry's.

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Backers of a November ballot measure seeking to label genetically modified organisms are continuing to rake in contributions, in what could become the most expensive measure fight in Oregon history. Oregon GMO Right to Know, the campaign pushing the measure, has already collected more tha...   More
 
Friday, August 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Is Selling a Vacant Lot That Could Have Gone to Homeless Camp

City Commissioner Nick Fish vetoed a possible sale of the property to Right 2 Dream Too.

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A surplus piece of property that Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish vetoed this spring as    More
 
Friday, August 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Audubon Society Conservation Director Calls City's West Side Plan "A Major Disappointment"

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Two committee members helping to craft a city plan for the next 20 years of Portland's West Side have issued a scathing criticism of the plan's environmental goals.

Bob Sallinger, conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland, has joined longtime Willam...   More
 
Thursday, August 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

The Oregonian's State Politics Desk Loses Another Reporter

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The Oregonian has lost another state politics reporter. Yuxing Zheng is leaving the paper to work as a spokeswoman for Metro.

Zheng, 29, covered the state legislature and Gov. John Kitzhaber's office. Metro, the regional planning agency, internally announced Zheng's hiring this morning as "the new content and storytelling guru for Metro’s parks, trails and natu...   More
 
Monday, August 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Republican Congressional Candidates to Perform Standup Comedy in Portland

VIDEO: Jason Yates and James Buchal host "Standup for the Constitution" on Aug. 12

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Jason Yates was so inspired by the speeches of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the U.S. government shutdown last year that he decided to challenge U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) with a plan to repeal Obamacare.

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Friday, August 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

Oregon Zoo's Three Surviving Tamarins are "Alert and Chatty"

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The Oregon Zoo garnered unwelcome attention this spring when six endangered cotton-top tamarins died in quarantine after traveling 50 hours in a van from Harvard Medical School.

News medi...   More
 
Thursday, July 31, 2014 by AARON MESH

It's Christmas in July as City Council Starts Restoring Downtown Tourism Ads

The Portland Business Alliance warned in February that cutting the ads could be a deal-breaker for the street fee.

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Few forces standing in the way of a Portland "street fee" are as powerful as the Portland Business Alliance.

Today, the business lobby came closer to getting money from City Hall for holiday advertising, including an "ugly sweater" campaign that will dress downtown statues in Christmas yarn.

The fate of the street fee and the release of money for holiday adverti...   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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