Steve Novick charmed voters with his prickly brilliance, gumption and wit. The bloom is off.
Back when Steve Novick was in grade school, teachers were still allowed to spank troublesome students.
was in fifth grade when his teacher asked his mother for permission to
paddle the ... More
The Attorney General’s favorite Portland law firm is cleaning up financially. It’s also run afoul of a federal judge.
Nearly 3,000 Oregonians with disabilities have waited more
than three years for their day in federal court on a potentially
groundbreaking civil rights case.
In a sweeping class
action lawsu ... More
Elephant rights activists are getting under the not-so-thick hides of Oregon Zoo officials. Last summer, regional government Metro, which runs the zoo, quoted The Northwest Examiner
an $18,000 bill ... More
The planned teardown of a football star’s family home in Irvington raises doubts about neighborhood preservation.
From the looks of it, the house at 2602 NE 13th Ave. is nothing special.
It’s a two-story
home, white with red trim and a brick arch over the front porch. The
grass is scruffy, the shr ... More
Portland has a large and beefy bike score on
Walkscore.com. But I was stunned by our walk and transit scores. We’re
below Seattle, and even Los Angeles! What gives?
I realize we’ve ... More
There are already runaway costs for a state Capitol remodel that few people know about.
Peter Courtney usually gets what he wants.
As president of the
Oregon Senate for 12 years, Courtney, 71, has amassed more influence
than almost any other legislator in state history. The Democ ... More
The mayor’s office calls the Eastside Esplanade unsafe. Will Hales’ homeless policies make a difference?
James Noel has seen a lot of changes in his neighborhood,
which consists of a narrow sidewalk against a chain-link fence that runs
along Southeast Main Street, with the northbound ramp to Inters ... More
Two Oregon congressmen—divided over free trade—disagree about what a Trans-Pacific deal would mean.
President Barack Obama jetted to Portland
last week to use the city and the world headquarters of Nike as
backdrops in his push for a sweeping new free-trade agreement with 11
Pacific Rim coun ... More
lawmakers are in the weeds (sorry) over how to fine tune the state’s
voter-approved laws on legalized marijuana. One debate seems to be
ending: Oregon will have “dry” cities and coun ... More
What’s up with the erupting volcano
off the Oregon Coast? When will it break the surface and form an island?
Will the new land be part of Oregon, or up for grabs to whoever wants
to plant th ... More
Schools get billions from the state every year. That number is growing fast. Here’s why it’s never enough.
$7.2 billion is a lot of money.
enough to buy every Oregonian a new MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone 6. Or
enough to buy every school district in Oregon a $36 million, gently used
Gulfstr ... More
New sharing apps help you rent your driveway. Just don’t tell the city.
For two years, Steve Gutmann found a way
to make a little extra cash. His house sits in Southeast Portland’s
Richmond neighborhood, two blocks from Hawthorne Boulevard. He knows
parking is a ... More
The state allows scofflaw tanning salons to remain operating.
The thousands of Oregonians who use tanning salons to get
bronzed expect the facilities to follow the state’s health and safety
Most salons do.
However, state records show there’s ... More
The fiercest opponent of a Convention Center hotel now wants to take control of it.
Hotel financier Gordon Sondland has been
fighting for a decade to stop construction of a headquarters hotel at
the Oregon Convention Center that will compete with his business.
CEO of Pro ... More
We can euthanize animals—even
elephants—without incident. “Assisted suicide” seems to work. So why is
it so hard to execute convicted murderers that some states are reviving
firing squ ... More
An emotional neighborhood battle from 17
years ago is surfacing in a contentious fight for a Portland Public
Schools board seat. In 1998, PPS board candidate Amy Kohnstamm joined Arlington Heights ... More
The city of Portland wants to put body cameras on its cops. Good luck getting to see the video.
Mayor Charlie Hales wants Portland police to have body
cameras. He’s also fine if it’s really difficult for you to see the
video the cops record.
The city of Portland
has been the drivin ... More
The Portland School District is seeing large turnover—and increasing drama—among the heads of its schools.
On paper, Sara Gandarilla seemed the perfect fit for Rigler Elementary School.
over as Rigler principal last fall—came armed with four years of
bilingual teaching exper ... More
WW doesn’t offer endorsements in uncontested races. But here’s a glimpse at who else is running in local school board races.
Portland Public Schools
Zone 7, Southeast Portland
Mike Rose ... More
The right-wingers carried on about Obama supposedly
being ineligible for the presidency, so how can they be supporting Sen.
Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president? Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban
f ... More
Oregonians who are paranoid about large, out-of-state marijuana companies
dominating the state’s legal weed market now have more reason to worry.
State lawmakers are considering a way to keep �� ... More
How Mexican heroin dealers and Russian addicts collided in Portland: An excerpt from Sam Quinones’ new heroin saga, Dreamland.
The two worlds couldn’t be more different.
young men of Xalisco toil in the sugarcane fields outside of town,
nestled in the hills of southwestern Mexico. They dream of making enough
m ... More
Pilots say the Port of Portland’s plans to sell land for a power plant next to the Troutdale Airport include a fatal flaw.
Mike Rhodes fell in love with flying nearly 50 years ago
at the Troutdale Airport while on a school field trip, and from his
first flight, he knew he wanted to be a pilot.
Today, Rhodes, 61, a ... More
State Treasurer Wheeler finds his agenda stymied and his future at a crossroads.
Until recently, State Treasurer Ted
Wheeler’s political future looked bright. He had risen quickly from
being a reform-minded chairman of the Multnomah County Board of
Commissioners to overs ... More
The founder of legal weed’s biggest investor, Privateer Holdings, wants the door to Oregon kept open.
Brendan Kennedy has $82 million to spend on weed. He wants to make sure he can blow some cash in Oregon.
Kennedy is a Silicon
Valley veteran who launched a tech firm and ran a company to acquire ... More
Legal weed, schmegal weed: Oregon cops still want more money to go after marijuana crimes. The Oregon State Police
have recently asked state lawmakers for a $3.9 million budget increase
for 2015-1 ... More
I can have pot for my own consumption starting July 1,
but the stores to sell it to me won’t open for another year. How am I
supposed to get my hands on the green stuff?
I ... More
Washington state offers an alternative to sending parents to prison. Is Oregon willing to try it?
Michelle Newell busted up her family in
2010 with a repeat conviction for writing bad checks to cover a drug
habit. The state sent her to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in
Wilsonville, Ore ... More
The former NFL player and a local filmmaker discuss the violence in America’s Game.
Last month, Chris Borland shocked anyone who watches
football by announcing he was walking away from a career in the National
Football League—and millions of dollars—after only one year in t ... More
It’s unusual to hear about an unpaid $1.5 million tax bill with anyorganization—let alone Oregon’s medical school and research hospital. But on March 2, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien ... More
A little “Managed Service Point” sign
was affixed to our mailbox last week. What the heck is that? I asked our
postman and he said it’s to “improve efficiency.” How does that work?
�� ... More
Steve Buel is cranky, irritating, stubborn—and a surprising force for change in Portland Public Schools.
Greg Belisle demanded an answer. Steve Buel refused to give him one.
It was Jan. 27, 2014,
and Belisle was holding the gavel as co-chairman of the Portland Public
Schools board. He and the oth ... More
The OLCC may have reached too far in seeking to create a new class of police: Pot Cops.
Just when you thought it was safe to smoke marijuana in Oregon, along comes a new breed of law enforcement officer: the pot cop.
The pot cop can bust
retailers for selling buds to people under 2 ... More
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s state attorney was alarmed by a business group’s help for first lady Cylvia Hayes.
The federal investigation into allegations of influence
peddling by former Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes is
Sources tell WW
that a grand jury in Portland has be ... More
Why won’t the Portland Fire Bureau give a whistle-blower documents that have already been made public?
Rob Cruser enforces rules that save lives.
Cruser, 51, is a fire
inspector for Portland Fire & Rescue. That job takes him into
buildings where the public gathers for big events—such as n ... More
Last December, Mayor Charlie Hales exchanged sharp words with Uber executive David Plouffe when Plouffe called to tell him the ride-hailing app was
launching in Portland in defiance of city rules. T ... More
My commute entails changing MAX trains
at the Rose Quarter. Nearly every time, I arrive just in time to see
the connecting train leaving. Why can’t TriMet use Transit Tracker data
to adjust ... More
How the firing of Oregon’s pot czar exposed the OLCC’s secret talks to end medical weed as we know it.
On a sunny Thursday last month, Rob Patridge, the man who
will soon be Oregon’s top regulator of legal weed, and Anthony Johnson,
the person who gave him that power, met over iced tea at Russe ... More
More and more, credit unions look and act like banks. So why don’t they pay taxes?
Robert Stuart enjoys a paycheck most bankers would envy.
Stuart, 47, is CEO of
Oregon’s second-largest financial institution, with 26 branches, 501
employees and assets of $3.6 billion. His ... More
Portland schools boss delivers pay hikes to officials who work for her.
Last summer, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole
Smith pocketed a nearly 28 percent pay raise, bringing her annual
salary to $247,000.
the time, most Portland School Board ... More
Score one for girls’ high-school basketball. On March 30, the Portland Public Schools board voted 4-1 to hear the gender discrimination complaint that PPS dissed girls’ teams by routinely making t ... More
I moved to Portland partly because of its friendliness
to my gluten-free lifestyle. Unfortunately, my new apartment is near a
bakery, and now that it’s windows-open season, the wheat vapors ar ... More
Starting a pot business? These companies want to help.
Alexa Divett is getting a contact high.
Divett runs Maya
Media Collective, a Northeast Portland company that is part of the
commercial frenzy surrounding the legalization of marijuana in Orego ... More
County Commissioner Loretta Smith uses her office budget to benefit constituents—and her own ambitions.
No elected official in Portland spends more time with constituents than Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.
pancakes at the Hollywood Senior Center or personall ... More
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposes overhauling fees on developers to fund parks.
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is proposing a massive
increase in some of the fees the city charges developers of new homes
and commercial buildings.
Fritz is proposing an overhaul of the fees ... More
A battle between West Hills neighbors over vacation rentals shows where the sharing economy could be headed.
Policing the “sharing economy” as it evolves in Portland has been challenging for city officials.
to grapple with what to do with Uber, and short-term vacation rental
s ... More
do you give the zoo that has everything? A dead water buffalo. That’s
the unusual offer Clackamas County heavy-hauling magnate Terry Emmert made the Oregon Zoo this month. Emmert owns the P ... More
In 2006, I took the $52 incentive to disconnect my
downspouts. Nine years later, I’m still getting charged $29 for
“stormwater.” Apparently I was supposed to fill out a special form in
2 ... More