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


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


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


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.

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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

Water Rebels Don't Like Charlie Hales Calling Them "Clowns"

Watch video of mayor saying ballot initiative is an "act of political terrorism."


The backers of a ballot initiative to wrest control of Portland's water and sewer bureaus from City Hall have read Mayor Charlie Hales' condemnation of them—and they're furious.In a wide-ranging interview with WW this week, Hales defended his choices from his first year in office, including his decision in June to yell at business executives who were plotting the ballot initiative. “These clowns ...   More
Thursday, November 7, 2013 AARON MESH

Former Water Allies Exchange Fire


The latest ballot initiative attempting to wrangle control of Portland water from City Hall has drawn fire from the backers of the first ballot initiative.The coalition of environmental activists on Monday submitted the new ballot initiative, which would create a "people's water trust" to oversee city decisions on water. They say it's designed to work with or without the first initiative—which was ...   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Environmental Activists Split From Water District Campaign, Launch Second Ballot Initiative

UPDATE: New "public trust" would bar fluoridation, require fight against underground reservoirs.


UPDATE, 10:15 am Monday:A look at the language of the new ballot initiative shows the "People's Water Trust" would amend city code to mandate a fight against federal regulations on burying open-air reservoirs. It also requires city officials to refer to voters any proposal to add new chemicals to the water supply—prohibiting another secret attempt at fluoridation.The proposed rules include strict ...   More
Sunday, October 27, 2013 AARON MESH


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