Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1393-1-.html Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Out Of Order - The Oregon Courts have so far spent $23 million on a new computer system with little to show for it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17565-out_of_order_the_oregon_courts_have_so_far_spent_%2423_million_on_a_new_computer_system_with_little_.html The state of Oregon has a long history of bungled computer and high-tech projects: DMV, the State Data Center and OWIN]]> An Unreliable Housing Audit - A city-funded housing audit misrepresented evidence, making discrimination in Portland look worse than it really is. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17889-an_unreliable_housing_audit_a_city_funded_housing_audit_misrepresented_evidence_making_discriminatio.html In May, Portland got smacked in the face with embarrassing news: Nearly two of every three times they sought]]> Not So Black & White - Why is the Fair Housing Council keeping details of its recent discrimination study secret? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17655-not_so_black_white_why_is_the_fair_housing_council_keeping_details_of_its_recent_discrimination_stud.html City Commissioner Nick Fish has been in crisis management for more than a month
Wipeout! - Jorge Guzman had an idea for a better surfboard. He says his instructor at Portland State University stole it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22561-wipeout__jorge_guzman_had_an_idea_for_a_better_surfboard_he_says_his_instructor_at_portland_state_un.html In a town filled with dazzling startups, few new businesses in Portland look as fun as Yana Surf. The company, founded last year by local entrepreneur Wilson Zehr, sells “heirloom-quality” b]]> Moving the Needle - A new law expanding the use of an anti-overdose drug is cutting the number of heroin deaths. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22428-moving_the_needle_a_new_law_expanding_the_use_of_an_anti_overdose_drug_is_cutting_the_number_of_hero.html Two months ago, a heroin user overdosed on the Southwest Salmon Street overpass across Interstate 405, about a block from the headquarters of Outside In. Someone alerted the staff at the nonpr]]> Homeless, Not Faceless - Occupy Portland forced the city to face its persistent problems with homelessness. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18209-homeless_not_faceless_occupy_portland_forced_the_city_to_face_its_persistent_problems_with_homelessn.html The homeless were back occupying the spaces under the Burnside Bridge on Monday, one day after their downtown real estate had been reclaimed by the city over the weekend. The city shut down the ]]> Hotseat: Edward Glaeser - A Harvard economist says what we think about urban life may be wrong. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17789-hotseat_edward_glaeser_a_harvard_economist_says_what_we_think_about_urban_life_may_be_wrong.html Go ahead, keep on thinking the world’s big cities are dangerous and unhealthy, that they increase alienation and poverty. Edward Glaeser wants you to know the truth. Glaeser, a Harvard economist, ]]> Voices 2013: Julie Parrish - A brash Republican survivor talks about how her party needs to change. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20089-voices_2013_julie_parrish_a_brash_republican_survivor_talks_about_how_her_party_needs_to_change.html Julie Parrish knows she’s a political misfit. As she puts it, she’s an immigrant’s kid, a first-generation American from a Lebanese father. She’s an under-40 suburban mom with kids in pu]]> Whiffs of Trouble - A fertilizer plant comes under criminal investigation after repeated ammonia leaks. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18851-whiffs_of_trouble_a_fertilizer_plant_comes_under_criminal_investigation_after_repeated_ammonia_leaks.html The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a criminal investigation into a large leak of ammonia from a Columbia County fertilizer plant in 2010 that went undetected for five days. Re]]> April 20, 1985: Portland’s first female police chief falls from grace… - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23420-april_20_1985_portlands_first_female_police_chief_falls_from_grace%E2%80%A6_.html The Ruby Dragon sells crystals, chakras, sage for smudging rituals—everything to meet your metaphysical needs. The owner of the Morro Bay, Calif., shop is a trained crystal healer, color therapi]]> Hotseat: Kim Kaminski - For the strategist behind fluoride’s defeat, the fight isn’t over. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20716-hotseat_kim_kaminski_for_the_strategist_behind_fluorides_defeat_the_fight_isnt_over.html Kim Kaminski just got done burying the Portland power machine in the May 21 election, so excuse her if she’s a bit direct. Kaminski led Clean Water Portland, the campaign against fluoridating Po]]> All Aboard! - The CRC’s backers want to use an obscure law for light rail to win approval for the freeway. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17810-all_aboard__the_crcs_backers_want_to_use_an_obscure_law_for_light_rail_to_win_approval_for_the_freew.html Backers of the $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing are working to keep the Interstate 5 bridge project from facing the same scrutiny other highway projects do under Oregon’s land-use laws. Inste]]> Pulp Nonfiction - Writer Phil Stanford turns to Dark Horse Comics to get at the truth of Portland’s secrets. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19704-pulp_nonfiction_writer_phil_stanford_turns_to_dark_horse_comics_to_get_at_the_truth_of_portlands_sec.html Phil Stanford made his name in Portland by needling the pompous and powerful with his columns for The Oregonian and the Portland Tribune. But...]]> Hotseat: Barry Lopez - The once-reclusive author comes out of the woods to embrace his inner sage. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23921-hotseat_barry_lopez_the_once_reclusive_author_comes_out_of_the_woods_to_embrace_his_inner_sage.html It’s been nearly 30 years since the publication of Arctic Dreams, the biography of the earth’s vast north by Barry Lopez. Up to that point, Lopez had a small, loyal following for his fiction]]> Richard Ford, <i>Canada</i> - One boy, two lives, and an uneven landscape. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19257-richard_ford_canada_one_boy_two_lives_and_an_uneven_landscape.html Dell Parsons, the narrator of Richard Ford’s conflicted new novel, Canada (Ecco, 432 pages, $27.99), tells us right off about the story’s major event. His parents became unlikely bank robbers.]]> Michael Orr, <i>The 1975 Portland Timbers</i> - Ouch, my groin. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18911-michael_orr_the_1975_portland_timbers_ouch_my_groin.html It seems like no one played soccer in Portland before 1975. The next year, kids crowded parks and fields to try this undiscovered sport. My middle school was unprepared for the onslaught. “We ]]> One Question: Do You Support the “Arts Tax” to Fund Schools and Cultural Organizations? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19817-one_question_do_you_support_the_%E2%80%9Carts_tax%E2%80%9D_to_fund_schools_and_cultural_organization.html Portland voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to impose an annual $35-per-adult tax on city residents (with exemptions for those living in poverty) to help fund more arts teachers in Portland Publi]]> Bluebird Not For Early Birds - A very short play. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20900-bluebird_not_for_early_birds_a_very_short_play.html A veteran news reporter and a grizzled editor are having a discussion in the Willamette Week newsroom. Reporter: So we go to this new bakery, Bluebird, at 24th and Thurman, to talk about a story. Ed]]> Not Yet Over And Out - The state’s emergency radio project is dead, but its costs keep going up. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17756-not_yet_over_and_out_the_states_emergency_radio_project_is_dead_but_its_costs_keep_going_up.html Earlier this year, Gov. John Kitzhaber made clear he wanted to halt an ugly project he’d inherited when he took office: the proposed statewide emergency radio system called the Oregon Wireless In]]> <i>Pollution In Paradise</i> - The moment Oregon began to go green. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19906-pollution_in_paradise_the_moment_oregon_began_to_go_green.html Oregon was born 50 years ago this week. Not the museum diorama of covered wagons and white missionaries, but the Oregon of modernity, a place that became a global model for protecting the enviro]]> Dec. 25, 1976: A trip home for Christmas forever alters Oregon’s economy… - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23470-dec_25_1976_a_trip_home_for_christmas_forever_alters_oregons_economy%E2%80%A6_.html No company keeps more people working in Oregon than Intel Corp. Its sprawling Hillsboro campus employs 17,500, with an annual payroll of $2.8 billion. A 2012 ECONorthwest study found that nearly o]]> July 26, 1975: A crowd gathers to watch an exotic game… - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23467-july_26_1975_a_crowd_gathers_to_watch_an_exotic_game%E2%80%A6_.html Of all Portland’s nicknames—from the Rose City to Stumptown—there’s only one that inspires passion, arguments and singing: Soccer City, USA. The nickname’s most impressive manifestat]]> April 21, 1976: Waves of refugees arrive in Portland… - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23469-april_21_1976_waves_of_refugees_arrive_in_portland%E2%80%A6_.html The refugees arrived at Portland International Airport holding their few possessions in plastic bags. Their home countries—South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos—were falling to Communist forces, and]]> Nov. 6, 1990: Voters approve Measure 5… - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23428-nov_6_1990_voters_approve_measure_5%E2%80%A6_.html Barbara Roberts should have been celebrating. She had scraped by as a single mother and raised an autistic son. She also won election to school boards, the Oregon House and eventually secretary ]]> Feb. 4, 1991: Someone finally has enough of all that crap in the Willamette… - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23429-feb_4_1991_someone_finally_has_enough_of_all_that_crap_in_the_willamette%E2%80%A6_.html Not a lot of people went swimming in the Willamette River. Portland’s century-old sewers had been designed to let rainwater running off streets mingle with what gets flushed down toilets. Even]]>