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... 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,... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

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... More

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

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... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 
 

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

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

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

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

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
 

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