Updated: Portland Teacher's Union Reaches Key Deal With District Outside of Bargaining

A three-decades-old sticking point between Portland's teacher's union and school-district administrators appears to have become unglued. But it's not clear yet who won -- teachers, students, or district officials -- and what the effect of the change will be. In advance of upcoming contract negotiations between teachers and Portland Public Schools — representatives of the Portland Association ...   More
Friday, March 14, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Almost Live from the Rose Quarter: Barack Obama Gets His Bill Richardson On

James Pitkin, Ben Waterhouse and I are live at the Memorial Coliseum where, in a matter of minutes, Bill Richardson is set to endorse Barack Obama and Obama is set to... well, accept the endorsement. Already this morning we've had sightings of Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Little Saigon Television (they probably think they're at a McCain rally) and a man in a fish costume riding a bicycle. The arena isn't ...   More
Friday, March 21, 2008 AARON MESH

Obama's $230,000 Morning with Former Gov. Barbara Roberts

While you were taking a shower at 8:30 this morning, Barack Obama had already woken up at the Benson Hotel, gone for a jog around downtown, and was collecting from deep-pocketed local supporters in a private meeting room off the hotel's main dining hall. One participant at the meeting tells WWire that the guests included former Gov. Barbara Roberts (pictured above), state Treasurer Randall ...   More
Friday, March 21, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Weapons of School Destruction

A few weeks ago, a March 4 email from Portland Public Schools consultant Bill DeJong caused a stir among close watchers of Oregon's largest school district. In that email, DeJong offered an unflattering assessment of some school-district officials' capabilities (at a time when PPS is moving closer to a possible $1 billion construction bond to remodel and rebuild some of Portland's aging schools.) Doug ...   More
Thursday, March 27, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

OFFICIAL UPDATE: Wes "The Collector" Rhodes Dodges Prison, For Now

Today was supposed to mark the start of a marathon three-day sentencing hearing for Wes Rhodes, an Oregon City investment adviser who pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering. That hearing is postponed, but there are plenty of strange twists and shenanigans to report, including anonymous letters, the revelation of a hidden $38,000 stash, and Rhodes reporting to police that he was the ...   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Look at the Big Brain on Barack!: Obama Takes Tech-Sector Questions in Beaverton

Hours after defeating reporters in a vicious game of Taboo, Barack Obama swung into Oregon for two days of stumping—and started his visit at a Beaverton tech-sector office park, where he took questions from software-designer employees. The immediate lessons? Unlike other people he could name, Barack Obama believes in science. And he's already started campaigning against John McCain. Though ...   More
Friday, May 9, 2008 AARON MESH

Homeless protesters dissatisfied with meeting with mayor

This afternoon, leaders of the homeless protesters outside of City Hall met with Mayor Tom Potter behind closed doors for a meeting they said was pre-planned and not addressing their concerns. "He already had a response to this meeting before the meeting took place," Arthur Rios, Sr. told a press conference outside of the Mayor's office. "He still feels that we are a public safety problem. ...   More
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Amanda Waldroupe

Best of Portland Poll Update: A Selection of Secrets.

Two weeks and 1,400 votes into WW's 2008 Best of Portland readers' poll, it's time to check out some of the "Best Kept Secrets" in your district. We added the category this year in response to dozens of reader requests last year. As we expected the most common answer is along the lines of "I'll never tell." Many of you, though, were generous enough to share your local secrets with us. Here are a few, ...   More
Friday, May 16, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

Axis of Weasels: The Oregon Superdelegates

You deliberated. You agonized. You argued. But as of yesterday, if you care at all about politics, you cast your ballot. You decided. Well, the real deciders — Oregon's 12 Democratic superdelegates — are under no such pressure. They have until Aug. 25 at the Democratic National Convention to choose either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. And apparently they're in no hurry. After ...   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Former Economic Hit Man John Perkins at Powell's tonight

John Perkins used to be a self-described “economic hit man,” a player in the global game of corporate kickball helping the business goliaths claim the power formerly held by governments and the people. Now, Perkins wants to find a way out of the mess that he, along with many of his peers, has been complicit in creating. Perkins, author of 2005 NY Times bestseller Confessions of an ...   More
Friday, June 6, 2008 Jason Howd


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