A senior fire official went to bat for an embattled club owner, who offered what three officials saw as a bribe.
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
We ask Oregon’s new pot overlords: What’s your experience with marijuana?
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
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
A Central Catholic football coach was previously fired over sexual misconduct allegations.
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
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
The city says Saki Tzantarmas is holding his East Portland neighborhood hostage.
Saki Tzantarmas turns on the lights in the kingdom he built, leans against a table, and starts to cry.
fluorescent beams illuminate an expansive banquet hall he’s named the
P ... More
How Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign secretly shaped state policy around Cover Oregon.
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.
undiscl ... More
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
A Woodstock hair stylist is leading the fight for Portlanders to vote on the street fee.
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
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
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
Portland was a very different place in 1974.
Square was a parking lot, hookers prowled the South Park Blocks, and
storefronts stood deserted as shoppers flocked to swanky new ... More
The city has no system to ensure Airbnb rentals undergo inspections.
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
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
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
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
The return of wolves stirs up old hostilities between rural and urban Oregonians.
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
When political campaigns try to win your vote, the truth often gets lost in the mail.
If you haven’t voted yet, you’ve brought this on yourself.
sophisticated campaigns of today know you haven’t sent in your ballot.
That’s why they’re flooding your mailbox with polit ... More
Rich white men alter the campaign finance landscape in Oregon’s 2014 campaign.
What name sends chills down the backs of liberal Portland politicos? We don’t need a poll to tell us it’s Koch.
and David Koch are at the top of the list of conservative, ... More
A Mercy Corps team leader talks about dealing with the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.
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
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
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
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.
doe ... More
A group of students is dragging down ratings of a school in a historically black neighborhood. They’re white.
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
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
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
More than just defeating Republicans, Democrats are seeking to neutralize one of their own senators.
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
Here’s the GMO labeling that corporations are shelling out millions to kill.
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
An ex-Portland cabbie and candidate develops the first marijuana vending machine.
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.
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
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
The Portland schools’ discipline rate against black students in special education brings sanctions from the state.
J.’s mother is the first to tell you her fifth-grader isn’t perfect.
pre-kindergarten at Irvington Elementary School with a host of troubles
that made it hard for him to express ... More
Cylvia Hayes has two careers. She pursues both out of the governor’s office.
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
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
Some Republicans wince as a controversial radio host seeks election to the Oregon House.
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
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
Cynthia Kendoll runs a group that some say is fueled by racism. She’s also about to score a major political victory in Oregon.
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
Sen. Jeff Merkley’s position on Internet taxes puts him at odds with many liberals.
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
Conservatives want to know why an Oregon National Guard jacket with Gov. John Kitzhaber’s name on it ended up at Goodwill.
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
Portland joins a growing list of cities ready to tax legal weed.
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
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
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