Housebound

Washington state offers an alternative to sending parents to prison. Is Oregon willing to try it?

News Stories Michelle Newell busted up her family in 2010 with a repeat conviction for writing bad checks... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Déjà Blue

Protesters of police violence march away from City Hall empty-handed.

City Hall The protest group that shut down Portland during the holiday season to condemn police... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Chris Borland & Todd Trigsted

The former NFL player and a local filmmaker discuss the violence in America’s Game.

Sports Last month, Chris Borland shocked anyone who watches football by announcing... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Murmurs: Get the Checkbook—Stat.

Murmurs It’s unusual to hear about an unpaid $1.5 million tax bill with anyorganization—let... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: What does a “Managed Service Point” sign on a mailbox mean?

Dr. Know A little “Managed Service Point” sign was affixed to our mailbox last week.... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 
 

Housebound

Washington state offers an alternative to sending parents to prison. Is Oregon willing to try it?

News Stories 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

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Déjà Blue

Protesters of police violence march away from City Hall empty-handed.

City Hall The protest group that shut down Portland during the holiday season to condemn police killings of unarmed black men is back on the streets.  This time, Don’t Shoot Portland protested ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Chris Borland & Todd Trigsted

The former NFL player and a local filmmaker discuss the violence in America’s Game.

Sports 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

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Murmurs: Get the Checkbook—Stat.

Murmurs 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

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: What does a “Managed Service Point” sign on a mailbox mean?

Dr. Know 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

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Bad Boy

Steve Buel is cranky, irritating, stubborn—and a surprising force for change in Portland Public Schools.

Cover Story 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

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Ganja Police

The OLCC may have reached too far in seeking to create a new class of police: Pot Cops.

Marijuana 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

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Risky Business

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s state attorney was alarmed by a business group’s help for first lady Cylvia Hayes.

Politics The federal investigation into allegations of influence peddling by former Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes is heating up. Sources tell WW that a grand jury in Portland has be ... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Smoke Screen

Why won’t the Portland Fire Bureau give a whistle-blower documents that have already been made public?

News Stories 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

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: It’s Not All About Us.

Murmurs 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

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Why can't TriMet schedule the MAX trains so that I don't just miss my connecting train?

Dr. Know 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

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Burns Notice

How the firing of Oregon’s pot czar exposed the OLCC’s secret talks to end medical weed as we know it.

Marijuana 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

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Bank Shot

More and more, credit unions look and act like banks. So why don’t they pay taxes?

News Stories 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

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Help For Her Friends

Portland schools boss delivers pay hikes to officials who work for her.

Schools Last summer, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith pocketed a nearly 28 percent pay raise, bringing her annual salary to $247,000.  At the time, most Portland School Board ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Murmurs: Dribbling Out A Little Justice.

Murmurs 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

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Can I break my lease if the bakery next door affects my gluten-free lifestyle?

Dr. Know 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

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Joint Ventures

Starting a pot business? These companies want to help.

Cover Story 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

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Spending Time

County Commissioner Loretta Smith uses her office budget to benefit constituents—and her own ambitions.

News Stories No elected official in Portland spends more time with constituents than Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.  Whether flipping pancakes at the Hollywood Senior Center or personall ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Pay to Playground

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposes overhauling fees on developers to fund parks.

City Hall 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

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

The Share Up There

A battle between West Hills neighbors over vacation rentals shows where the sharing economy could be headed.

Housing Policing the “sharing economy” as it evolves in Portland has been challenging for city officials. Rulemakers continue to grapple with what to do with Uber, and short-term vacation rental s ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Murmurs: News To Chew On.

Murmurs What 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

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: If I disconnected my downspouts, why am I getting charged for stormwater?

Dr. Know 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

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Ladies First

Why do Portland schools treat girls’ basketball as second rate?

Schools Maddy Horn had a great season as point guard for her Wilson High School girls’ varsity basketball team, winning co-MVP. The senior says she and her teammates worked just as hard as the Wilson ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Fatal Attraction Fallout

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall’s flameout amid the Kitzhaber investigation could sully the image of her patron, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.

News Stories Amanda Marshall grabbed the attention of Oregonians last month when she publicly took command of the largest government corruption case this state has seen in decades. Marshall, the chief fe ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Collene Swenson and Pat Edwards

Two East Portland secessionists explain why they want voters to sever their neighborhoods’ ties to the city.

News Stories Collene Swenson and Pat Edwards want out of the city of Portland. What they really want is the city to get out of where they live, East Portland, and leave the residents of this often overlooked ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Murmurs: Portland Schools Dispose of a Discipline Idea.

Murmurs Portland Public Schools has put a stop—for now—to the practice of forcing students at César Chávez K-8 School to clean walls, doorknobs and desks and pick up trash as discipline (“Little Janit ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those containers?

Dr. Know A few years ago, Portland switched from Styrofoam to biodegradable cups, flatware, etc. Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those conta ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

You Call This a Farm?

Urban farmers and foresters are benefiting from a gaping property tax loophole.

Cover Story Joe Angel is a real-estate developer and investor best known for once owning 28 Portland-area Burger Kings. Angel also helped develop three downtown hotels—the Westin, the deLuxe and the Luc ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Little Janitors

Portland Public Schools defends student discipline one official compares to an inmate work crew.

News Stories Domingo Martin spent three days in November and December at North Portland’s César Chávez K-8 School cleaning the gym and collecting trash in the school’s foul-smelling restrooms. It was ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dope Without Borders

Big Weed is coming—unless Salem erects a fence at the state line.

Marijuana Meghan and Matt Walstatter often argue about who should cash in on legal weed in Oregon. The Walstatters run Pure Green Gardens, a Portland medical-marijuana grow with a dispensary in the Holl ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Air Invasion

Newly available data on Airbnb shows the company’s impact on Portland.

News Stories Airbnb is all for sharing—except, of course, when it comes to its own data. The vacation-rental site has been under scrutiny in Portland and other U.S. cities for its effect on neighborhoods ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Murmurs: Dave Frohnmayer, 1940-2015.

Murmurs News reached us at deadline that former Oregon Attorney General and University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer died March 9 at the age of 74 of complications from prostate cancer. Frohnmayer, ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Why do the pigeons always crap on my head?

Dr. Know Do perching pigeons have motion detectors? Every time I walk under one, its bowels promptly explode on my bald spot or exquisitely manufactured hat. The west side of the Broadway Bridge is lik ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Mead It And Weep

Small craft brewers say the city is making them pay big-time regulatory costs.

News Stories Brooks Cooper dreamed for more than a decade of ditching his law practice to make sparkling mead, an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey. Last year, he and a friend took the plung ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Man Vs. Machine

A video poker machine dealt Justin Curzi a strange hand. Now he’s calling the Oregon Lottery’s bluff.

Cover Story Justin Curzi pecked the draw button on the Jacks or Better video poker machine. The glow from five game screens lit the maroon walls of the windowless room in the back of Northwest Portland’s ... More

Mar 5, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Another Kind Of Green

Emails show how former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s environmental principles and his friendship with a campaign contributor collided.

News Stories Scott Campbell operates on a Bunyanesque scale. He bought and expanded Banfield Pet Hospital, creating a chain of 750 veterinarian clinics, before selling the company in 2007. The Southeast Port ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

No Se Habla

A diversity training session for Spanish-speaking parents in Portland Public Schools was missing just one thing: Spanish.

Schools On the evening of Jan. 27, about 50 parents from three Southeast Portland schools gathered at Creative Science School to learn how to overcome racial barriers. The session, called “Beyond ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dr. Know: What's the low-down on LED streetlights?

Dr. Know Our street just got LED streetlights. I love the bright white light! Do they last longer than yellow sodium lights? How much power do they save? How long before we switch out all the old lights? ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: Ted vs. Charlie? A Potential 2016 Fight For City Hall.

Murmurs Portland Mayor Charlie Hales looks like a cinch for re-election next year, but some powerful constituents would like to see Hales work to keep his City Hall job. Three sources tell WW that repre ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Testing Trainwreck

Four labs return very different potency results from the same marijuana batch.

News Stories Customers at Nectar Cannabis use several methods to choose the weed that’s right for them.  Some trust the budtenders at the medical marijuana dispensary on Northeast Sandy Boulevard to ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Kitzhaber’s Secret Weapon

Newly obtained emails show ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber put his top political consultant in charge of Cover Oregon.

Politics A year ago, it looked as if then-Gov John Kitzhaber’s biggest headache was Cover Oregon, the $305 million health care website that was pitched as a national model but became a national laugh ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Portland’s Policing Of Airbnb? Into Thin Air.

Murmurs An independent analysis of Airbnb’s Portland hosts reveals only 93 of 2,006 online rentals in the city show they have a city permit to operate legally. That’s just 4.6 percent. The city of Por ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: With our snowpack dangerously low, shouldn't the city be asking us to conserve water?

Dr. Know Our snowpack is dangerously low. Can you explain why the city isn’t asking us to conserve water? Would it not be wise to start conserving now, instead of waiting for a crisis? —Better Safe ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

What He Left Behind

Emails ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office sought to destroy reveal tensions over power, money and former First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

Cover Story Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned last week amid allegations his fiancee, former first lady of Oregon Cylvia Hayes, improperly used her access to him to influence state policy while benefiting f ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hit the Delete Button

The governor’s office’s explanation for a request to delete emails doesn’t hold water.

News Stories Did Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office seek to destroy his personal emails stored on state computers? That’s what WW first reported Feb. 12, based on records obtained by the newspaper and 101.9 KINK/F ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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