Service With a Smile

A senior fire official went to bat for an embattled club owner, who offered what three officials saw as a bribe.

News Stories Maria Toth Brown had some explaining to do. Toth Brown runs Refuge PDX, a club in the Central... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Waiting to Inhale

We ask Oregon’s new pot overlords: What’s your experience with marijuana?

News Stories These are high times for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Voters have approved Measure... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Off-Field Pursuits

A Central Catholic football coach was previously fired over sexual misconduct allegations.

Schools Seventeen years ago, David Douglas High School fired its varsity girls’ softball... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Murmurs: We’ll Skip The Jokes About Banana Daiquiris.

Murmurs Alcohol and monkeys don’t mix. That’s the warning from a former Oregon... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: What's driving all the growth in Portland?

Dr. Know I’ve been out of town for a while. Now that I’m back, I see... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 
 

Service With a Smile

A senior fire official went to bat for an embattled club owner, who offered what three officials saw as a bribe.

News Stories Maria Toth Brown had some explaining to do. Toth Brown runs Refuge PDX, a club in the Central Eastside Industrial District. On Nov. 23, 2013, records show, Refuge PDX jammed 1,000 people into ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Waiting to Inhale

We ask Oregon’s new pot overlords: What’s your experience with marijuana?

News Stories These are high times for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Voters have approved Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana, and in doing so handed the details of regulating weed to the ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: We’ll Skip The Jokes About Banana Daiquiris.

Murmurs Alcohol and monkeys don’t mix. That’s the warning from a former Oregon National Primate Research Center employee, who says she was fired in June after reporting that her boss was getting a fel ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Off-Field Pursuits

A Central Catholic football coach was previously fired over sexual misconduct allegations.

Schools Seventeen years ago, David Douglas High School fired its varsity girls’ softball coach after a 16-year-old player accused him of sexually assaulting her during a trip to a summer tournament in ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dr. Know: What's driving all the growth in Portland?

Dr. Know I’ve been out of town for a while. Now that I’m back, I see change everywhere. New light rail and construction all over. What gives? Is the economy better? Is everyone moving here because of ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Saki’s Big Bet

The city says Saki Tzantarmas is holding his East Portland neighborhood hostage.

Cover Story Saki Tzantarmas turns on the lights in the kingdom he built, leans against a table, and starts to cry. The ultraviolet fluorescent beams illuminate an expansive banquet hall he’s named the P ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Blurred Lines

How Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign secretly shaped state policy around Cover Oregon.

News Stories Gov. John Kitzhaber used campaign advisers to secretly direct his administration’s response to Cover Oregon, the state’s failed $250 million health insurance exchange. Previously undiscl ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Smoke Signals

Four things you should know about legal weed.

News Stories U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is greeting legal recreational pot with a bold prediction. “You are going to change national policy,” Blumenauer declared Nov. 4, less than an hour after t ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Hotseat: Ann Sanderson

A Woodstock hair stylist is leading the fight for Portlanders to vote on the street fee.

City Hall Since May, Ann Sanderson has been battling the Portland street fee. She also helped design it. Sanderson, 50, owns Odango Hair Studio in the Woodstock neighborhood. When she spoke out against ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Why are temperatures on public transit so extreme when we live in such a moderate climate?

Dr. Know It’s fall, and my streetcar is becoming a sweaty, muggy mess again. Whenever the outdoor temperature drops below 80, they start blasting the heat. Why are temperatures on public transit so ext ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Uber: The Fastest Way Out of Gresham!

Murmurs On Nov. 7, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that the Oct. 14 death of Cougar Burleigh—a 38-year-old Olympia, Wash., man who was found at about 3:30 am Oct. 12 on the west s ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

40 Years In 40 Days

Moments that made Portland.

Cover Story Portland was a very different place in 1974. Pioneer Courthouse Square was a parking lot, hookers prowled the South Park Blocks, and storefronts stood deserted as shoppers flocked to swanky new ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Safety Last

The city has no system to ensure Airbnb rentals undergo inspections.

News Stories You can go on Airbnb right now and rent a basement room with wall murals in a house in Southeast Portland. Or you can rent one in Southwest that looks like a hotel suite. You can even check into a ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by GABRIELLA DUNN

Murmurs: At Least East Portland Has Enough Parking.

Murmurs The next stop for Portland’s apartment boom? Neighborhoods east of 82nd Avenue. A new report from the city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability predicts commercial districts in East Portland wi ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Publisher’s Report 2014

To our readers:

News Stories This issue of Willamette Week marks birthday No. 40 for our newspaper. It provides a moment to reflect on where this journalistic ship has been and where it’s headed. But let’s start with ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD H. MEEKER

Dr. Know: Why is there an optional ballot-secrecy envelope in Oregon?

Dr. Know Why is there an optional ballot-secrecy envelope in Oregon? Was there some nefarious tampering or spying in the past that warranted its development? —Enveloped in Curiosity I don’t mean to ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Howling

The return of wolves stirs up old hostilities between rural and urban Oregonians.

Cover Story In March, Rob Klavins and his wife, Emily, picked up their life in Southwest Portland and moved to Enterprise, a town with 1,888 people and zero stoplights in the northeastern corner of Oregon. Ro ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by JORDAN GREEN

Mailing It In

When political campaigns try to win your vote, the truth often gets lost in the mail.

News Stories If you haven’t voted yet, you’ve brought this on yourself. The sophisticated campaigns of today know you haven’t sent in your ballot. That’s why they’re flooding your mailbox with polit ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Megabucks Megaphone

Rich white men alter the campaign finance landscape in Oregon’s 2014 campaign.

Elections What name sends chills down the backs of liberal Portland politicos? We don’t need a poll to tell us it’s Koch. Billionaires Charles and David Koch are at the top of the list of conservative, ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Mark Ferdig

A Mercy Corps team leader talks about dealing with the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

News Stories On Sept. 18, Mark Ferdig kissed his wife goodbye, dropped his two kids at school in Woodstock and boarded a plane for Monrovia, Liberia, the Ebola outbreak epicenter. FERDIGFerdig, 43, is a le ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MILLER RESOR

Endorsements 2014

Politics For the full Endorsement Guide, go here.CONGRESS U.S. Senate: Jeff Merkley (D) U.S. Rep. 1st District: Suzanne Bonamici (D) U.S. Rep. 3rd District: Earl Blumenauer (D) U.S. Rep. 5th District: Ku ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News That Tells Us How You Really Feel.

Murmurs It’s not just your imagination: Portlanders are hot under the collar about City Hall. City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade has released the annual survey gauging how well citizens feel the city o ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

One Thing We Can All Agree On.

Willamette Week’s 2014 Voters’ Guide

Cover Story Voter’s Guide 2014: Kind of BlueWhat’s a free-thinking voter to do in a one-party state?At the start of every election season, we always get our hopes up for at least one good campaign. It doe ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Testing Their Patience

A group of students is dragging down ratings of a school in a historically black neighborhood. They’re white.

News Stories Kim Wilson considers herself a conscientious objector. It’s not war she is opposing, although she does feel children today are under attack. She objects to standardized tests. Last year, Wilson, ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dr. Know: There should be a law against getting a table before ordering from the counter.

Dr. Know In many Portland restaurants, you order at the counter, then get a number to take to your table. But some folks get a table before they order—when I go to find a table, they’ve all been snak ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: It Hits the Fan at the City’s Sewer Bureau.

Murmurs A longtime Portland bureaucrat has been put on paid administrative leave as the result of a city audit into a Bureau of Environmental Services building project that went out of control. BES director D ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

A Betsy-Proof Margin?

More than just defeating Republicans, Democrats are seeking to neutralize one of their own senators.

News Stories On Nov. 4, Oregonians will make important choices in the races for U.S. Senate, governor and contentious ballot measures that cover everything from marijuana to labeling of GMO-based foods. But ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Canned Heat

Here’s the GMO labeling that corporations are shelling out millions to kill.

News Stories Four little words. That’s what’s at stake in the battle over November’s Measure 92—what appears to be the second-most expensive ballot-measure fight in Oregon history. The words are �� ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Green Machine

An ex-Portland cabbie and candidate develops the first marijuana vending machine.

News Stories The 1,000-pound green vending machine towers in the lobby of a Denver dispensary, with bright LED lights illuminating the treats inside: lollipops, cereal bars and chewy chocolate candy rolls. ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by DAKOTA SMITH

Murmurs: Tired Of All The Campaigns? The Street Fee Is Next.

Murmurs Will voters get a say on the Portland street fee? That’s been a lingering question ever since Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick said this spring they opposed a public vote. Now i ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Why can't my Portland water bill be monthly instead of quarterly?

Dr. Know Can you explain why, unlike every other bill I pay, my city of Portland water bill can’t manage to come in once a month? I’m going along, minding my own business, when, wham!, I’m blindsid ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Black. Special Ed. Punished.

The Portland schools’ discipline rate against black students in special education brings sanctions from the state.

Schools J.’s mother is the first to tell you her fifth-grader isn’t perfect. He entered pre-kindergarten at Irvington Elementary School with a host of troubles that made it hard for him to express ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

First Lady Inc.

Cylvia Hayes has two careers. She pursues both out of the governor’s office.

Cover Story Cylvia Hayes may be the most influential first lady in Oregon history. Since Gov. John Kitzhaber took office in January 2011, Hayes, 47, has played a central role in his administration. She ke ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: All The News That Isn’t Seeking Our Endorsement.

Murmurs Mayor Charlie Hales’ promotion of Larry O’Dea to chief of the Portland Police Bureau on Oct. 7 signals he’s doubling down on his promise to return to community policing. As first reported ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Post Time

Some Republicans wince as a controversial radio host seeks election to the Oregon House.

Politics Tina Kotek made history Jan. 14, 2013, when she was sworn in as speaker of the Oregon House to become the first openly lesbian leader of a state legislature in the U.S. In the Capitol that day ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by MILLER RESOR

Dr. Know: The pronunciation of Willamette seems wrong to me.

Dr. Know Thanks for the pronunciation info on “Glisan,” but surely the real linguistic elephant in the room is the pronunciation of “Willamette.” It’s always seemed wrong to me. Who dropped the ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Driving Her Loco

Cynthia Kendoll runs a group that some say is fueled by racism. She’s also about to score a major political victory in Oregon.

Cover Story Cynthia Kendoll has issues with her neighbors. The people next door to her Salem home trim their bushes with machetes. They have turned their garage into a dormitory and unlicensed day care wi ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Not Clicking

Sen. Jeff Merkley’s position on Internet taxes puts him at odds with many liberals.

News Stories U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have a lot in common: blue-collar roots, Ivy League pedigrees and adoring supporters among the nation’s left-wing voters. They ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Coat Of Arms

Conservatives want to know why an Oregon National Guard jacket with Gov. John Kitzhaber’s name on it ended up at Goodwill.

News Stories It’s a size medium military jacket, with an Oregon National Guard emblem and a camouflage pattern that’s no longer used. Over the left front pocket is an embroidered patch that says Governor, ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Pot Of Gold

Portland joins a growing list of cities ready to tax legal weed.

News Stories If Oregonians vote in November to make recreational marijuana legal, Portland City Hall will be waiting to take its cut. A marijuana advisory committee formed by Mayor Charlie Hales in June will ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: Classes in Tattooing and Taxidermy Could Be Next.

Murmurs State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has filed a civil rights complaint on behalf of minority employees of Daimler Trucks North America, saying the company ignored years of racial intimidation at the ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: How do you pronounce "Glisan"?

Dr. Know My roommate and I got into a bar fight over the pronunciation of “Glisan,” as in Glisan Street. My understanding is that the street’s namesake pronounced it “Glisten.” Why must Portlan ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 

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