Working Off the Books

Contrary to state election laws, Gov. John Kitzhaber has failed to disclose the role of a key campaign consultant.

News Stories Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported all kinds of ways he’s spent money this year in pursuit... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Kevin Truong

An artist from Portland is photographing gay men everywhere.

Hot Seat You’ve probably never heard of Kevin Truong, but his face is on the move. Truong,... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by DAKOTA SMITH

Murmurs: None Of This News Was Lifted From Karl Rove.

Murmurs Ride-sharing startup Uber is pushing back against Oregon Insurance Commissioner... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Should I give money to panhandlers?

Dr. Know Whenever I give money to panhandlers, some scold comes along to grouse... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 
 

Working Off the Books

Contrary to state election laws, Gov. John Kitzhaber has failed to disclose the role of a key campaign consultant.

News Stories Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported all kinds of ways he’s spent money this year in pursuit of re-election: printing campaign literature, running his Kitzhaber 2014 website and employing a full-t ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Kevin Truong

An artist from Portland is photographing gay men everywhere.

Hot Seat You’ve probably never heard of Kevin Truong, but his face is on the move. Truong, with his blond mop and orange baseball shirt, can now be seen on TriMet buses running to Portland State Univer ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by DAKOTA SMITH

Should I give money to panhandlers?

Dr. Know Whenever I give money to panhandlers, some scold comes along to grouse that such folks already collect plenty from Social Security, plus they make $300 to $400 a day off suckers like me. And a ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: None Of This News Was Lifted From Karl Rove.

Murmurs Ride-sharing startup Uber is pushing back against Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali’s Sept. 19 warning to consumers about using the company’s services. Cali said “traditional insurance po ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Splice Of Life

An OHSU geneticist’s breakthrough could prevent horrible diseases before a baby is even born. The problem for many: The child will have the DNA of three parents.

Cover Story Daylight slices in through the wood-slat shades of Kimberli Freilinger’s bedroom. She knows she must get out of bed. She’s got to eat. She hears her teenage sons downstairs and needs to ch ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

Sunken Treasure

Why is the city sitting on $32 million that could be used to lower water rates?

News Stories It’s no secret Portland’s water rates keep going up and up and up.  Mayor Charlie Hales  promised to cut rates. (He hasn’t.) And voters this spring contemplated a ballot measur ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Let it Bee

Portland beekeepers say the county is overreaching in its enforcement of city code.

News Stories On summer evenings, Austin Bennington used to pour himself a snifter of single-malt Aberlour, light a cigar and watch his 120,000 honeybees swarm around his backyard hives and garden of blueberr ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by ALEXA ALTMAN

Murmurs: Hey, You Kids, Get Off My Property Tax Bill!

Murmurs Oregon has special taxing districts to fund libraries, transit and ports. In fact, state law gives local voters the power to create 26 different kinds of taxing districts to raise revenue and pr ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

What is with the padlocks on the Vista Bridge fence?

Dr. Know A few years ago, the city put up a chain-link fence on the Vista Bridge to deter suicides. Over time, a lot of people attached padlocks to the fence for whatever reason. Now those locks have bee ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

So Sue Us

Why the Portlandia statue failed to become an icon.

Cover Story The Statue of Liberty is a defining symbol of the United States. Her likeness appears on everything from quarters to tacky bobbleheads. She’s had a cameo role in countless films. This story ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Cold Calculation

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s “Cool Schools” plan flopped. So why is he trying to microwave it for his re-election campaign?

News Stories Four years ago, John Kitzhaber needed something—anything—to convince voters he had a plan to create jobs in Oregon, then emerging from a recession that had left as many as one in 10 people ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: The Billboard? The Mystery? The Answer?

Murmurs A Eugene firm affiliated with Seneca Jones Timber Co. is behind the mysterious billboards sprouting up across Portland (see above). The signs are an opaque attack on Gov. John Kitzhaber that requi ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Ranger Danger

Park rangers seek higher wages and better training as the city questions their worth.

City Hall It’s not the first time Dustin Meyer and Angela Wilson have caught the man drinking with his pals in the South Park Blocks. The two Army green- and khaki-clad Portland park rangers stand betwe ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE

Green Rush

Legal marijuana crops are redefining rural Washington towns—and making one-time illegal growers and their new investors rich.

Cover Story Riverside, Wash.—Apple orchards, pastures and alfalfa fields fan out from the Okanogan River along an area locals call the Flats. The land here in north central Washington is baked amber, frin ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Street Talk

Community policing has come to Hawthorne Boulevard—and it seems to be working.

News Stories After 32 years, Robert Proctor and his wife, Jocelyn, had gotten used to the “travelers”—the influx of homeless people who gathered each summer near their home next to the CD Gamexchange o ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE

Body Double Standard

How Legacy Health’s acquisition of cadavers—now under FBI investigation—escaped state scrutiny.

Politics In the spring of 2013, Portland hospital system Legacy Health launched a body donation program to obtain cadavers for surgical training.  That June, the Oregon Legislature passed a law ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH, KATE WILLSON

Truck Race

Daimler faces allegations of unchecked racial discrimination at its Portland plant.

News Stories Four African-American employees of Portland-based Daimler Trucks North America have filed state civil-rights complaints claiming they have been the targets of continuing racial intimidation by co-workers. ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: No Jokes About How Hot and Smokin’ This Story Is.

Murmurs It’s becoming clearer why Ron Jeremy’s Club Sesso was so happy when Assistant Fire Marshal Doug Jones told the sex club he’d look the other way if a party at the club violated fire regulat ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

In the Companies Of Strangers

I spent a week renting from Airbnb, Uber and other sharing-economy startups. Here's what your neighbors are up to.

Cover Story The summer wind presses Marquam Hill like the dank breath of a stranger talking too close. I’m lying on the hardwood floor of a barely furnished apartment along with two dentists, a Bronx high ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Posthumous Legacy

The FBI is investigating how Legacy Health obtained cadavers for scientific research.

News Stories The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation of a division of Legacy Health, looking into allegations that the Portland hospital system improperly obtained dead bodies for scientific research, ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Playing With Fire

A former regular at Club Sesso says the sex club’s manager spoke of a special relationship with the fire bureau.

News Stories The city of Portland’s investigation of a high-ranking officer at Portland Fire & Rescue who allegedly protected a downtown sex club from being cited for code violations may now expand into a ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Blocked Path

West Hills neighbors push back against plans to expand the Japanese Garden.

City Hall A well-trodden path nestled near the edge of Portland’s Japanese Garden winds into Forest Park, the city’s 5,167-acre urban green space. A sign reads, “Path to Wildwood Trail,” marking o ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA TURLEY

Hot Tip

A top city fire official is under investigation for turning a blind eye to safety violations at a sex club.

News Stories A senior Portland fire official is under investigation for telling a downtown sex club the city would look the other way if it violated fire safety laws. In late June, Portland Fire & Re ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Obstacle Course

Portland has 25,000 places where the city doesn't comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act

City Hall In 2011, the city of Portland and the Portland Timbers completed a $31 million renovation of the stadium now called Providence Park. The city-owned stadium added a concourse, concession stands, ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Just Say No Redux

Taxpayers will pay for an anti-drug campaign—timed to hit just before the November vote on legalizing pot.

Politics Legal weed is coming to Oregon—that’s the conventional wisdom anyway. A recent poll shows eight of 10 Oregonians believe it’s a matter of when, not if, voters erase laws against recreati ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

State of Denial

How the state of Oregon allowed insurance companies to deny treatment for children with autism.

News Stories Soon after she turned 8, Elie Riehl began punching herself in the face and slamming her knees into her head. ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

No Refuge From Cuts

The cost of dealing with undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border threatens money for refugee programs here.

Immigration Nefisa Alinur was 8½ months pregnant when she came to Portland from an Ethiopian refugee camp in 2011. Then 19, she left behind her entire family—her husband, parents and eight brothers and s ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE, SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO

Transgender At 10

Lynne’s father refused to believe his son was really a girl. What changed?

Cover Story People move to Portland for all sorts of reasons—a new job, the pace of life, the outdoors. Albert and Leigh came for an entirely different purpose. Three months ago, they left the Evergla ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

The Long Goodbye

The last African-American family on a Portland block faces losing its home.

News Stories To Helen Murray, a tour of her home is a tour of her life. Over the fireplace, Helen, 77, and her husband, Nelson, 82, display photographs of their six children. Pictures of their 12 grandchil ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO, REBECCA TURLEY

Safe at Home

Fun, sun and slides at the 29th annual lesbian softball Tournament of Choice.

Sports An LCP virgin—that’s what they call players like me. I’d never been to the Tournament of Choice, a lesbian softball competition held each year in southern Washington. It’s been going o ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

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

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
 

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