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JUICY SUITS: Former Teamsters Worker Says Union Fired Her for Resisting Sex, Trying to Unionize

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A former bookkeeper for Teamsters Local 162 in Portland is suing the union, claiming her boss fired her for denying his sexual advances and, ironically enough, for trying to unionize her fellow office workers.In the lawsuit filed Feb. 18 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Laurie Padden says the union hired her in June 2002. Under her most recent contract, signed in 2006, she was making $23.44 an h...   More
 
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Blumenauer Dodges City Club Question on Whether He'll Run for Mayor

Earl Blumenauer

 U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), often mentioned as a possible candidate to challenge Portland Mayor Sam Adams in 2012, dodged a question today at the City Club of Portland on whether he plans to run.
Instead of answering the question from a City Club member on whether he's considering a mayoral run, Blumenauer launched into a diatribe against the "corrosive" effects of nonstop politi...   More
 
Friday, February 25, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Read the Document: Adams' Proposed New Urban Renewal Boundaries and Costs

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 WW has obtained a copy of a three-page information sheet detailing a new urban-renewal district proposed by Portland Mayor Sam Adams at his State of the City speech last Friday.The    More
 
Thursday, February 24, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Progressive Groups Rally Tomorrow to Oppose Rejoining Terrorism Task Force (UPDATED)

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 The Oregon Progressive Party and other lefty groups are staging a rally tomorrow at City Hall to oppose Portland rejoining the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.(UPDATE at 1:40 PM: The City Council's Feb. 24 hearing has been rescheduled to March 10...   More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Head To Head

Two powerful Portland clans compete to develop a key downtown site.


Multnomah County
Multnomah County’s drive to sell some prime downtown Portland real estate has pitted two of the city’s wealthiest and most influential families in competition to    More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Activist: Feds' Statements on JTTF May Help Mohamud Defense

Mohamed Mohamud

 As City Hall gears up for another hearing this Thursday on the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, a longtime Portland progressive activist point...   More
 
Monday, February 21, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Obama at Intel: A Lone Politician Takes the Oregon Stage to Promote Industry, Education

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 President Barack Obama was the lone politician to take the stage at Hillsboro's Intel campus today to advance his education and economic initiatives, while Oregon pols were left to watch on from the crowd."Basically, if we want to win the future, America has got to outbuild, out-innovate, out-educate and out-hustle the rest of the world," Obama told the crowd of about 400 people, plus dozens...   More
 
Friday, February 18, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Three Very Different Candidates up for Police Union Leadership

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 Members of the Portland Police Association last week nominated three cops to run for two open positions in the powerful 900-member union's leadership.
Sgt. Tom Perkins and Officer John Grable are running for secretary-treasurer, the union's No. 2 job. The position h...   More
 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Goodman and Mark Families Compete to Develop the Morrison Bridgehead

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 Two of Portland's wealthiest and most powerful families are competing to buy and develop a potentially iconic property on the downtown Willamette River waterfront.Multnomah County is selling off the four-block parcel at the west end of the Morrison Bridge. The four blocks are currently occupied by surface parking lots.The county and the Portland Development Commission put out a    More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Extra Credit

While the county struggled, commissioners spent money on professional fees, travel and their favorite charities.


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In his first “State of the County” speech, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen recently described his government’s financial woes.    More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN
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