The $2.5 Billion Bribe

Oregon’s Supreme Court says light-rail politics drove plans for a new I-5 bridge.

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The Oregon Supreme Court has succeeded in doing what scores of public meetings, thousands of pages of reports...   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Still Big, Still Costly

CRC backers claim the $3.5 billion project is “downsizing.” That’s not true—not even close.

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Backers of the proposed $3.5 billion freeway bridge across the Columbia River say they’ve gotten the message: The project is too big and expensive. That’s why Gov. John Kitzhaber’s chief   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

2011: The Costume Party

You didn’t need a funny outfit to make news this year, but it sure helped.

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All Images WW Photo IllustrationsDavid Wu’s tiger suit was the tip-off that 2011 was going to be a strange one. The year opened with a sitting congressman posing in a child’s orange-and-black    More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Cat’s Rights, CRC Concerns and Blazertime!

The cats haven’t asked for their own lawyer.

A Portland State University student is suing the school, claiming it violated her rights by trying to evict her cats—and then her—from student housing earlier this year. Jasmine Batiste, 24, s   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Portland Business Alliance Endorses Eileen Brady for Mayor


The city's largest business group, the Portland Business Alliance, has endorsed Eileen Brady to replace Mayor Sam Adams.J. Isaac, the chair of the PBA board of directors, said in a Tuesday press release that Brady supports the alliance’s jobs agenda and improving the economy by creating private-sector jobs.“Eileen Brady will bring a fresh perspective as well as a business perspective to City Hall,” ...   More
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Columbia River Crossing Officials Call State Land Use Ruling a Victory


Officials running the project to build a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River say they see this week's ruling by a state land use review board as a victory for the project. The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) turned back 11 out of 12 challenges brought by opponents of the project, but sent the project back to Metro, the area's regional government. The reason: Metro granted land ...   More
Friday, October 28, 2011 WW Staff

Columbia River Crossing Project is Rejected By State Land Use Board


The push to build the massive Columbia River Crossing project hit the wall Thursday when a state land use board said Metro failed to follow the law when it gave its blessing to the freeway bridge. The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) said Metro didn’t have the authority to grant its approval from the $3.5 billion freeway project when it used an obscure 1996 law aimed at siting light rail lines. Metro ...   More
Thursday, October 27, 2011 WW Staff

The Runaway Bridge Budget

State transportation officials stood by as planning costs for the Interstate 5 Columbia River Crossing ballooned.

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The freeway project Oregon and Washington want to build across the Columbia River has already cost taxpayers $136 million.   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Déjà Vu Voodoo

While recycling news about “savings,” the I-5 bridge project has hidden costs we’ll all have to pay.

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The people running the Columbia River Crossing project veered into Orwellian territory last week when they announced they had found $100 million in savings    More
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Putting the CRC on Notice

Lawmakers want more accountability on the $3.6 billion I-5 bridge project.

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For most of the 2011 legislative session, lawmakers have avoided debating the massive Columbia River Crossing, a $3.6 billion proposal to build a new bridge and widen Interstate 5 at the Oregon-Was   More
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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