City Finds E. Coli in Reservoirs, Tells Portlanders to Boil Water

SATURDAY UPDATE: Water safe to drink again, city says.

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UPDATE, SATURDAY, MAY 24: The Water Bureau lifted the boil-water notice at 11 am, saying tap water is again safe to drink."Follow-up testing of drinking water has shown the absence of bacterial contamination," Water Bureau officials write. "The Portland Water Bureau recommends flushing all taps for two minutes or until the water runs cold before consuming for the first time. This ...   More
 
Saturday, May 24, 2014 AARON MESH

Streetcar Money Arrives Late in Water District Ballot Fight

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has been working the after-hours phones and sending out mass emails trying to raise money to fight the ballot measure that would remove City Hall's control of water and sewer utilities.Those pleas have now netted donations from Hales' longtime allies in streetcar construction—including his former employer. HDR, Inc., the engineering company where Hales worked for a decade ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Talkin’ Bull

Lies and money are flowing fast in the bitter war over Portland’s tap water. Here’s the unfiltered truth.


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Portland’s hidden treasure lies nearly 50 miles east of the city, ringed by Douglas fir and protected by gates and guards. Bull Run Lake, a rain-fed oval nestled in the shadow of Mount Hood, suppl   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 AARON MESH

"No Clear Answers" About How City Property Would End Up in a Water District's Hands, Internal City Hall Memo Says

Measure backer says City Attorney's memo is wrong.

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As Portland City Hall braces itself for a May vote that could strip its authority over its water and sewer bureaus, the city's lawyers are scrambling to understand what the ballot measure could mean for Portland property and finances.The short answer: If Ballot Measure 26-156 passes, the rest of 2014 will be spent divvying up ownership of property and employees between the city and a new public water ...   More
 
Friday, April 18, 2014 AARON MESH

City Hall Study Says Portland Utilities Crowded with Managers

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Portland commissioners have released a study showing which city bureaus have the lowest ratio of employees to managers—and two of the three worst offenders are the water and sewer utilities that could be removed from City Hall in a May vote.The study, conducted by City Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick, examines how many bureaus have managers who oversee three or fewer employees. The recommendations ...   More
 
Friday, March 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Charlie Hales

The mayor defends his first year in office.


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Mayor Charlie Hales drove himself to WW’s offices this week in a city-owned Prius. He admitted he was still a bit woozy from jet lag: He’d just returned from a weeklong trip to China. But Ha   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Water Rebels Spurn City Club

They've rejected Portland Utility Review Board, too.

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The backers of a ballot initiative to overthrow Portland's water and sewer bureaus aren't just fighting City Hall—they're fighting Portland City Club. And, for that matter, the Portland Utility Review Board.The leaders of the campaign, lawyer Kent Craford and activist Floy Jones, announced in a public letter this morning that they've declined former Mayor Sam Adams' invitation to make their case ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Mystery Man Revealed

A legendary and controversial timber executive is funding the attack on the Portland Water Bureau.


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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   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Neighbors Question Whether City Got Market Value for Water Bureau Land

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Multnomah Village homeowners who want the Portland Water Bureau to cancel the sale of land around a decommissioned water tank are now questioning whether the city got fair market value when it sold the property to infill developer Renaissance Homes last year. The coalition of neighbors has sent a letter asking the Water Bureau—and City Commissioner Nick Fish, who oversees it—to show them the process ...   More
 
Monday, September 30, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Water District Campaign Announces Ballot Initiative, Targets Nick Fish

UPDATE: Fritz, Novick trash plan for independently elected board

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City Commissioner Nick Fish will have to run two races in May 2014. And they'll both be about water.A coalition of water activists and large ratepayers confirmed this morning it is filing a ballot initiative for the May 17, 2014 election to create an independently elected board called the Portland Public Water District, to grab political control of the city's water and sewer bureaus in an effort to ...   More
 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 AARON MESH

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