A Portland radical gets banished by the group he once led.
Byrd Jasper sat at the center of concentric circles of
folding chairs in the Musicians Local 99 Union Hall. More than 50
people—most of them part of the Portland activist community—gathered ... More
A former county land-use inspector says Commissioner Diane McKeel retaliated against him on behalf of her allies.
A former Multnomah County employee says Commissioner Diane
McKeel had him fired last fall after he tried to stop her political
friends from breaking land-use rules in violation of federal law.
Why are the Jefferson Dancers—from Portland’s majority-black high school—mostly white?
The Jan. 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at
Northeast Portland’s Highland Christian Center had all the trappings of a
typical commemoration for the civil rights leader.
Crowds fil ... More
The spokesman for a new coalition of Portland cab companies worries about Uber and what dumbed-down taxi rules will mean for Portland.
Noah Ernst is hacked off.
He’s been in the taxi business four years—first as a driver and now as a superintendent with employee-owned Radio Cab.
He’s also the
spokesman for a new lobbyin ... More
Dave’s Killer Bread co-founder Dave Dahl is giving his first interview since being found guilty except for insanity in November of ramming two Washington County sheriff’s patrol cars with his Cadi ... More
I’ve tried to persuade countless business owners that
their ceiling fans are going in the wrong direction. They all say, “It’s
blowing the hot air down.” Is ignorantly suffering through ... More
Portland schools chief Carole Smith wants to reinvent the neighborhood school. Can she do it?
Carole Smith is the most powerful woman in Oregon education.
As superintendent of
Portland Public Schools, she makes tough decisions every day regarding
the district’s $535 million annual budg ... More
Two dancers sue strip club Casa Diablo for unpaid wages and harassment.
Last July, Matilda Bickers decided she’d
had enough of Casa Diablo. She had danced at the Northwest Portland
strip club for more than 2½ years and was tired of grab-ass bouncers and
uncheck ... More
These are the images cartoonists and others at Charlie Hebdo died to publish.
The French satirical
weekly had for three decades poked a finger in the eye of the powerful
and the pious with sca ... More
Hold your wallets. Oregon Democrats ruling Salem want to raise your taxes.
Lawmakers convened in Salem on Jan. 12 to attend Gov. John
Kitzhaber’s inaugural address and start the business of making new
Many states saw
Democrats wiped out in the 2014 election ... More
As first reported on wweek.com, multiple sources have told WW that the FBI is investigating Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes.
An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment; the governor’s office says
nei ... More
Wow, WW readers, you just blew the socks (and the shoes, pants and shirt) off the goals we set for our 2014 Give!Guide.
We had hoped as many
as 7,500 of you would give as much as $2.6 mill ... More
Like a lot of folks, I have the flu. The news says
Oregon poultry is also having a flu epidemic. I recall a fuss about
deadly “bird flu” a few years ago, so I assumed that’s what I have. M ... More
Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes used a taxpayer-funded trip to Seattle to work for her private consulting clients.
Gov. John Kitzhaber probably never imagined he would be heading into a historic fourth term as Oregon chief executive with a major daily newspaper calling for a criminal investigation into the actio ... More
Oregon can avoid the bad trips other states took on legal pot.
Ann Lininger has a lot of reading to inhale.
After only a year in
the Oregon House, Lininger, a Lake Oswego Democrat, heads into a new
legislative session Jan. 12 with a doozy of an assignment: ... More
When Uber returns to Portland in April, it could face new competition (“Drive,” WW, Dec. 31, 2014). Commissioner Steve Novick has
told the city’s taxi board to tackle its backlog of 377 permit ... More
Your piece on flushable wipes in the sewers omitted the
scariest scenario of all: Wipes + cooking grease = “Fatbergs.” A 15-ton
fatberg threatened London in 2013; it took crews with high-pow ... More
Portland tried to run from Uber. Then the mayor grabbed the wheel.
Brooke Steger had never met Steve Novick before they attended a September event at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center.
Steger is the
regional general manager of Uber, the $41 billion company whose ... More
Two public schools in Portland find the city has cut them out of arts-tax money.
Leah Maurer is a Portland mother of three, ages 3, 7 and 9. That means she knows a lot about teaching how to share.
The city of Portland? Less so.
voters approved the city’s arts ta ... More
A Reed College expert says the debate over U.S.-Sponsored torture overlooks its toll on those who carry it out.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee
published a scathing report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of
torture after 9/11. The report found that, contrary to CIA cl ... More
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown
is finally fulfilling her long-delayed promise to tackle campaign
finance reform. Oregon is one of only four states that places no limits
on political contri ... More
In the never-ending quest for better hygiene, I
recently purchased some “flushable wipes,” the better to keep my nether
regions shower-fresh all day. However, I now hear rumorsthat such wipe ... More
Yes, dear readers, there is an Easter Bunny.
We’re exhausted from
trying week after week to convince you climate change is real, city taxi
regulations are written in blood and public docks o ... More
A union boss’s criminal past and allegations of nepotism roil one of Oregon’s biggest labor groups.
From its name, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290 sounds
like an old-fashioned, low-tech kind of labor union. Even its logo
consists of pipes and valves.
Yet the union’s 4,000
members per ... More
It doesn’t seem very likely that Portland will have a “white Christmas” this year. But does it ever happen?
—Bing Crosby, Stills and Nash
Before I answer your question, Bing, I feel I should ... More
seems to be coming to terms with the so-called “sharing
economy”—witness the deal, first reported by wweek.com, that Mayor Charlie Hales cut with Uber
to have the ride-sharing com ... More
Central Catholic questions its hiring practices as sexual misconduct allegations surface about another football coach.
When it comes to football, Central Catholic High School has a lot to cheer about.
Rams—with a long tradition of winning—finished the season with 12 wins
and just one loss while outscor ... More
New documents show why first lady Cylvia Hayes is subject to Oregon’s ethics laws.
Cylvia Hayes has garnered many titles in her career. She
is CEO of her consulting business, 3E Strategies. She has carried the
designation of adviser to her fiance, Gov. John Kitzhaber. And she� ... More
The city can’t back up its tough talk about cracking down on Uber.
It’s been nearly two weeks since Uber invaded Portland with a ride-sharing service that defies the city’s taxi rules.
Portland officials pledged to take Uber to court, levy hefty fines and imp ... More
The city’s Independent Police Review
has published the results of its investigation of the Portland Police
Bureau’s handling of local hip-hop shows—and finds that city regulators,
police o ... More
I’ve been noticing the same two
houseboats anchored on the Willamette south of the Hawthorne Bridge
since summer. Do they require any permits to reside there, or is it
Young African-Americans are leading the Portland protests against police violence. But can they make a real difference?
Glenn Waco had just shut down Pioneer Place.
He marched 500
protesters into the downtown mall, pressed through groups of holiday
shoppers and led them in a chant of “I can’t breathe! I can ... More
Ocean acidification, torture by U.S. allies and the other top stories ignored by the mainstream media.
Our oceans are acidifying—even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet.
As humanity continues
to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less
hospitable to life as t ... More
Oregon is cutting an effective program to help mothers in prison stay close to their kids.
2008, Eva Guzman arrived at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in
Wilsonville, to begin a sentence for robbery. Eleven days later, she
“I had my daughter,” says Guzman, no ... More
Moda’s president was caught cheating on a recertification exam for surgeons.
\Moda Health made a big splash last year
when it shelled out a reported $40 million for naming rights to the
Portland Trail Blazers’ arena.
Moda Center, formerly the Rose Garden, is t ... More
Are there still spent fuel rods stored at the site of
the former Trojan nuclear plant, or were they moved to Hanford when the
cooling tower was dynamited by PGE? Also, would it be legal for a ne ... More
Portland, your Uber is arriving—in court. The city
of Portland on Dec. 8 sued the ride-sharing company and is asking a
federal judge to block Uber from operating here until it’s willing to
f ... More