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One Thing Missing From Hood River Wakeboarding Debate: A Highlight Reel

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This Associated Press story on Portland developer Bob Naito's battle with environmentalists over a wakeboarding park he wants to build in Hood River is a good read on an under-the-radar political fight.So maybe the bit about the "battle for the soul of Hood River" is a little hyperbolic. That's OK.More problem...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by COREY PEIN

Hales Repays Campaign Debts, Including His Own


Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales picked an unusual time to start paying back his campaign debts: immediately after he'd set limits on how much money he could raise for the November election. Among Hales' biggest backers has been Rejuvination, Inc. chief executive James Kelly, who loaned $25,000 to the campaign—and donated another $25,000—before the May 15 primary. On June 21, Hales an...   More
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by COREY PEIN

Local Birds Prefer Foliage To Concrete 20 To 1, City of Portland Study Finds

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Results are in from the city of Portland's spring 2012 Ecoroof Bird Monitoring assessment report (pdf).That's right. You can breathe now.Two Bureau of Environmental Services workers, along with an Audobon Society employee and 10 volunteers, kept tabs on nine locations around the city this spring.&n...   More
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by COREY PEIN

Report Shows New Top Spender Among City Hall Lobbyists

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There's a new big spender among the groups that regularly lobby four mayor and four city commissioners in Portland City Hall: a national union-backed group called Working America. Unlike Walmart, the Portland Business Alliance, the Port of Portland and other regulars on the City Auditor's lobbying reports, Working America uses an...   More
Monday, July 30, 2012 by COREY PEIN

Atlanta Looks To Portland Before Streetcar Vote, Finds... Streetcar Commuters?

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Next Tuesday, people living in and around Atlanta, Georgia will vote on a tax increase to fund a $602 million transportation package that includes a streetcar line. The Atlanta project is closely linked to Portland. As a vice president at the engineering firm HDR, Inc. after leaving Portland's City Council in 2002, current Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales had a hand in shaping the Atl...   More
Friday, July 27, 2012 by COREY PEIN

Jaw-Droppingly Tawdry Federal Corruption Case Involves Oregon Contractor

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An Associated Press story making the rounds today follows up on a stunning corruption case first reported by the Eugene Reigster-G...   More
Thursday, July 26, 2012 by COREY PEIN

More Hales Backers Gave Big Just Before Pledge To Cap Contributions


Last week, WW reported that mayoral candidate Charlie Hales kept taking big checks from influential supporters in the days before he announced that he'd limit contributions to $600 and would not take any out of state money in his bid for the Nov. 6 general election.

The timing wasn't immediately...   More
Monday, July 23, 2012 by COREY PEIN

A is for Adams

From ax-wielding to zemblanity, the things Portland’s controversial mayor has done right.

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Give Mayor Sam Adams some credit.  We are. Finally. Perhaps no media organization has been tougher on Adams during his term as Portland’s mayor than WW—and for good reason. Weeks afte   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 COREY PEIN

Groupon Update: Now It Wants To Be Your Cash Register


Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that Groupon chief executive Andrew Mason has been working as a maitre d’ in order to learn more about the restaurant business.Critics of the daily deals company—whose prescient arguments got an airing in a    More
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by COREY PEIN

City Slackers

Voters who will decide the mayor’s race in November didn’t cast a ballot in May. That’s good news for Jefferson Smith.

Numbers may not lie, but they don’t always tell the whole story, either. When former City Commissioner Charlie Hales finished...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 COREY PEIN
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