Busted Bottles

Portland Bottling faces allegations it ripped off ratepayers while championing a measure to lower water bills.


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No corporation had more at stake in the May ballot measure over control of the city’s water than Portland Bottling Co.  The soft-drink bottler contributed $100,000—more than any other don   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Flushing the Ads

In the primary election fight over Portland water, which side is using the airwaves to dupe voters? As it turns out, both.


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For a while there, it looked as if the backers of a measure to take control of Portland’s water and sewer systems from City Hall were going to flood the airwaves with campaign ads. But so far    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 AARON MESH

New Voters Have Until 5 pm Today to Register for May 20 Primary

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The May 20 primary will determine who will vie for the U.S. Senate, governor of Oregon, and whether Portland's water remains in the hands of City Hall. The election could also determine who will take over as chair of Multnomah County, Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.If you want a voice in those decisions, and you're not registered to vote, you have until 5 p.m. today to register at the Multnomah ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 KATE WILLSON

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

City Memo Says Water District Threatens Tens of Millions in Financial Agreements

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The water and sewer bills Portlanders pay do more than cover the cost of city utilities. Every year, the City of Portland’s Water and Environmental Services bureaus divert millions of dollars into the city's budget to cover the cost of services and to help pay for the operations of other departments.Money from utility bills into is fanned out into places as far-reaching as the mayor’s ...   More
 
Friday, April 11, 2014 AARON MESH

Water District Backers Complain Another Hales Staffer Campaigned Against Them Using City Time

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The backers of a May ballot initiative to wrest control of Portland utilities from City Hall are accusing a second staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales' office of undermining them on the public dime.  Kent Craford and Floy Jones, co-petitioners on Measure #26-156, to create a public water district, filed a complaint today with the state Elections Division. They allege that Hales' policy director Josh ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 AARON MESH

PacifiCorp Spends $10,000 to Fight Water Ballot Measure

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Now there's electricity in Portland's water fight.PacifiCorp, the Portland-based electric power utility, has donated $10,000 to oppose the May ballot measure that would remove control of water and sewer utilities from City Hall.The donation to Stop the Bull Run Takeover PAC matches the largest contributions the "no" campaign has received so far. In the past month, the Audubon Society of Portland and ...   More
 
Monday, April 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Save the Swales!

Enviros take the water district battle to the green streets.


News Stories
Southeast Clay Street doesn’t look like a political battleground. On a rainy afternoon, workers in hardhats are digging a hole deep into the sidewalk at the corner of Southeast 9th Avenue, a b   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 AARON MESH

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