A legendary and controversial timber executive is funding the attack on the Portland Water Bureau.
It’s been a long time since Harry Merlo wielded any real power in this town.
For more than 20
years, Merlo, the CEO of timber giant Louisiana-Pacific, lived the kind
of imperial lifestyle Port
When Mayor Charlie Hales last invited the city's largest industrial water users to City Hall, the meeting did not go smoothly."The mayor has called us political terrorists," said Tom Keenan of the June meeting where multiple attendees say Hales yelled at large water ratepayers about plotting a "hostile takeover" to remove Portland's water and sewer bureaus from City Council control. That coup has grown ...