Gang Mentality

Police say gang violence is exploding. A landmark report shows just the opposite.

News Stories Turn on the TV news and you'd have reason to believe Portland’s gang violence is out of control.  Terse ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH, KATE WILLSON, NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: All The News You Can Fit Into An Illegal Cab.

Murmurs One of Oregon’s most prominent African-American officials has left Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office after... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Current Trends

Can you float against the current in the Willamette?

Dr. Know I recently floated the Willamette from Oaks Park to the Sellwood Bridge. Soon after, I found myself... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 
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Gang Mentality

Police say gang violence is exploding. A landmark report shows just the opposite.

News Stories Turn on the TV news and you'd have reason to believe Portland’s gang violence is out of control.  Terse warnings from police and fallout from three recent high-profile shootings have pro ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH, KATE WILLSON, NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: All The News You Can Fit Into An Illegal Cab.

Murmurs One of Oregon’s most prominent African-American officials has left Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office after just six months on the job, and no one will say why. Nkenge Harmon Johnson is out as Kitzhab ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Current Trends

Can you float against the current in the Willamette?

Dr. Know I recently floated the Willamette from Oaks Park to the Sellwood Bridge. Soon after, I found myself in a vicious bar argument with a friend who swears I couldn’t have floated north to south, ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

All Stacked Up And No Place To Go

Psychiatric patients are being warehoused in Portland’s emergency rooms in growing numbers.

News Stories Jennifer Ann has found herself in Portland emergency rooms more than two dozen times in the past 20 years—almost always for the same reason.  “Usually I go,” she says, “because I fe ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Them’s The Brakes

Why City Hall loves home-sharing company Airbnb but not car-sharing startup Uber.

News Stories Mayor Charlie Hales says he wants Portland to stand as a leader in making room for the “sharing economy.” That’s one reason he has championed rewriting city rules to legalize the operations ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Ray Horton

A native Portlander talks about his (so far) lonely effort to recall the mayor and a city commissioner.

City Hall Ray Horton is fed up. Like a lot of Portlanders, he resents the idea that households might have to pay a $144-per-year fee to pave streets. And he’s irritated by what he views as the high-ha ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

City For Rent

Mayor Charlie Hales wants to give Airbnb something it can’t get anyplace else.

News Stories Last week, Airbnb threw a house party in Portland City Hall.  The San Francisco-based online startup laid out two tables lined with trays of bagels, brownies and blueberry muffins. It invit ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Brian Budz

Washington’s legal weed starts moving through stores this week. The owner of New Vansterdam talks price, supply and ambiance.

News Stories Brian Budz got teased about his name as a kid. This week it finally pays off. On July 11, Budz, 40, and his business partners will open New Vansterdam, one of the first retail marijuana shops ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Busted Bottles

Portland Bottling faces allegations it ripped off ratepayers while championing a measure to lower water bills.

News Stories No corporation had more at stake in the May ballot measure over control of the city’s water than Portland Bottling Co.  The soft-drink bottler contributed $100,000—more than any other don ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

America’s Best Worst Politicians

From Oregon to Florida and from California to New York, an Independence Day look at the bottom feeders of public office.

Cover Story King George III was “a Tyrant... unfit to be the ruler of a free people,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence exactly 238 years ago this week. Tommy had it right.
... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

House Of Cards

Documents suggest SAIF corp. fired its CEO based on “false and inaccurate” information.

News Stories SAIF Corp. is in the insurance business, an industry defined by the word “caution.” Yet thousands of pages of records from inside the state-owned workers’ compensation insurer suggest that ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

“Not Born That Way”

The fight over “curing” homosexuality is the front lines of upcoming gay-rights battles.

News Stories Dean Greer says he doesn’t have sex with men anymore. He is married, has a son and is devout in his faith in Jesus. But Greer says he is not cured from an affliction he calls “same-sex attra ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Harry Rinehart’s House Of Pain

A century old clinic is at the center of debate over Oregon’s prescription opiate epidemic.

Cover Story From its perch on a steep hillside in Wheeler, Ore., the Rinehart Clinic offers a view of the timeless battle between the Nehalem River and the Pacific Ocean. When the tide flows out, water ru ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Steve Novick

The City Commissioner talks about his (so far) unsuccessful fight to raise $50 million a year for streets.

City Hall Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick’s road forward is uphill. The freshman councilor has begun a goodwill tour to heal the rancor from his attempt this spring to cram a citywide “street ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Joint Venture

The corporate face of legalizing pot has arrived in Oregon.

News Stories Paul Stanford had to admit last week he was busted. For years, Stanford has been the face of the drive to legalize marijuana in Oregon, the man who may have done more to push for lawful pot than ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Seeking Redemption

Neighbors of a proposed West Burnside site for bottle and can returns pop their tops.

News Stories Every day, Rob Wolters sees a lot of the raw city life outside his condo at West Burnside Street and Southwest 18th Avenue that he says makes it interesting to live downtown: homeless people sleep ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE

Watching the Wheels

Portland’s road-paving backlog has grown in the past decade while city officials have delayed filling the hole.

City Hall This week, Portland officials are navigating a switchback trickier than the Terwilliger curves.  They’re telling residents the city needs more money to fix its roads, even as they passed ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Science and Industry

OMSI eyes becoming a real-estate developer. Its neighbors fear a Pearl District 2.0.

News Stories For more than half a century, School Specialty Co. of Oregon has operated behind green loading docks at Southeast Taylor Street and 3rd Avenue, making cheerleader pompoms. ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

When Darkness Falls

The city is considering a new permit as a hammer over problematic late-night businesses.

News Stories For years, the city of Portland and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission have worked as uneasy partners in law enforcement, playing a game of “good cop, bad cop” with bars they identify as p ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA TURLEY

Magical Mystery Tower

Where’s the evidence Rod Underhill said he had that compelled Lisa Roberts to confess to strangling her girlfriend?

News Stories Lisa Marie Roberts never wanted to admit killing Jerri Lee Williams. She was innocent, she always maintained, right up to the end when she pleaded guilty to strangling Williams, her girlfriend, ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Small Comfort

A housing advocate calls for creating neighborhoods of tiny houses to address homelessness.

News Stories Michael Withey recalls how Occupy Portland’s takeover of two downtown parks nearly three years ago was itself overrun by hundreds of homeless people. Withey came to believe that the homeless ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by CAMBRIA ROTH

For White Men Only

Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring outside help to teach diversity to white male managers.

News Stories Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring an outside consultant to host a diversity seminar—for white men only. When Hales ran for mayor in 2012, he questioned whether Portland needed an Office of ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Terry Bean’s Problem

A prominent Portlander fights for his reputation after a love affair goes wrong.

Cover Story Few people have worked harder for last month’s historic decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in Oregon than Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean. Bean, 65, is one of the founders ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON, NIGEL JAQUISS

Coal-Line Stand

Gov. Kitzhaber’s growing opposition to coal dovetails with federal policy and divestment activism.

News Stories For Gov. John Kitzhaber right now, coal is king. The debate over coal is heating up just as Kitzhaber needs an issue to energize his so-far lackluster campaign for an unprecedented fourth term a ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fee For All

The wrong turns that Steve Novick took to raise more money for Portland’s roads.

City Hall City Commissioner Steve Novick has led the parade for new road funding into a blind alley. He’s the architect of a plan to raise at least $40 million a year for transportation projects by crea ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Willamette Week’s 2014 Volunteer Guide

Advertorial Welcome to WW’s 2014 Volunteer Guide. The idea here goes something like this: You were generous financially with our 2013 Give!Guide.  Now, as the new year begins, you may want to invest ... More

Jan 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff
 

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