Five Tips for Celebrating "Decemberists Day"

Portland is dedicating Jan. 20 to Colin Meloy and crew (and snubbing Sleater-Kinney).

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I believe it was Andy Warhol who said, "In the future, everyone in Portland will have a day named in their honor." Thanks largely to former Mayor Sam Adams' insatiable appetite for proclamations, our calendar is stuffed with commemorations of everything from Bill Schonely to sea otters to the Norwegian Constitution. It's amazing there are any days left which haven't yet been occupied. Luckily ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Portland's White Male Diversity Training Includes Three-Night Stay at Golf Resort

"I'm told there is some golfing between many hours of classes."

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The $56,000 spent by Mayor Charlie Hales' office and the Portland Police Bureau on a diversity training retreat for white men includes the cost of hotel rooms and food at a golf resort near Mt. Hood.Hales, three City Hall managers and 11 command staff from the Police Bureau are staying at the Resort at the Mountain, a Welches hotel that describes itself as "a premier Oregon golf, ski and meeting resort."WW ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Looking At Allowing Airbnb in Apartments and Condos

UPDATE: City Council will decide in October.

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants to amend city zoning code to allow short-term rentals like Airbnb in apartments and condominiums. "It was not in the original proposal from the [planning] bureau, but we asked the bureau to look into it," says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. "Expecting good debate today."The hearing on Airbnb and other short-term rentals—when amendments to zoning code can be proposed—is ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AARON MESH

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