Why the New Grand Avenue/MLK Viaduct Feels Like a Rollercoaster

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Drivers using the newly-finished, $95 million Grand Avenue/MLK Boulevard Viaduct in Southeast Portland—two years behind schedule and about three times the cost of the original estimate—may feel a little like they're on a ride at Oaks Park.The road surface is wavy, and the sections of new sidewalk are visibly out of alignment. But an Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman says the project ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Another Black Eye for Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network


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The Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network is a project aimed at upgrading and linking together public safety radio systems that don't communicate well—or at all—with each other. The idea makes sense, at least in the abstract. But the implementation has gone anything but smoothly, as the The Oregonian has reported. Earlier this year, the Oregon Department of Transportation took ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Why The Oregon Voters' Pamphlet Is Confusing


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Oregonians received a remarkably thick Voters' Pamphlet last week, considering there are only two items on the Jan. 26 ballot—Measure 66, a personal income tax increase; and Measure 67, a corporate tax increase. The 92-page pamphlet contains 204 arguments, 136 for the measures and 68 against. But what's really unusual is the the first and last arguments against each measure were submitted ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Elections Officials Rejected Thousands of Signatures in Lottery Dollar Campaign


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One of the biggest bucks ballot measures aimed at the November ballot in Oregon is Initiative Petition 70. The measure would enshrine in the state Constitution the 15 percent allocation of Oregon Lottery proceeds to parks and natural areas. That 15-percent set-aside has been in effect for more than a decade, thanks to voter approval of a 1998 ballot measure. But the set-aside will expire in 2014, ...   More
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon's Older Voters Rule: Phil Keisling's Take on the May Primary Turnout


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Former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling (above) recently circulated a fascinating, if depressing, review of who voted in the state's May primary. His overall conclusion is that young Oregonians completely sat out the May contest. And here are two supporting bits of information from Keisling's analysis of the data released by Secretary of State Kate Brown's spokesman Don Hamilton: 1. ...   More
 
Thursday, July 1, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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