Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Calls Columbia River Crossing's September Deadline into Question


Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is calling into question the ambitious September-or-bust timeline given by backers trying to sustain the ailing Columbia River Crossing.In a terse letter (PDF) sent today to Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the project, Patricia McCaig, Wheeler says CRC staff are "going to have to make a great leap forward in a short period of time to provide legally adequate ...   More
Monday, August 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Murmurs: Did The Port and Housing Agency Get Scammed?

Two ex-employees of the Port of Portland and Home Forward, the area’s housing agency, are under criminal investigation for allegedly misappropriating tens of thousands of dollars from their em   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Where Rudy Crew Flew

Records show Oregon’s ex-education chief violated state expense and travel rules.

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Rudy Crew was supposed to be the force that shook up Oregon’s schools. Gov. John Kitzhaber christened Crew—who arrived here in June 2012 a national figure—as the state’s first education    More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS and ALEX BLUM

Gov. John Kitzhaber's Ex-Schools Chief Violated State Travel Rules

Rudy Crew's Frequent Trips Came Under Scrutiny


Rudy Crew was supposed to be the force that shook up Oregon’s schools. Gov. John Kitzhaber christened Crew—who arrived here in June 2012 a national figure—as the state’s first education reform czar, paying him $280,000 a year and a $1,000-a-month car allowance.But Crew, 62, barely lasted a year before he bolted Oregon in June to become president of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. He ...   More
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS and ALEX BLUM

Murmurs: News to Give You Hives.

After nearly two years of debate, lawmakers have approved prison reform after Gov. John Kitzhaber stepped back from his hopes of changing the state’s tough sentencing guidelines (“The Hard Truth A   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Kitzhaber's Salary Near the Bottom of Gubernatorial Scale


Gov. John Kitzhaber makes a lot less than most of his peers. This week, the Council of State Governments released salary data for all 50 governors and Stateline, part of the Pew Center loaded the numbers into an interactive map. The average governor makes $133,348. That's 42 percent more than Kitzhaber's salary of $93,600. Only Gov. Paul LePage of Maine, whose salary is $70,000 and Arkansas Gov. ...   More
Friday, June 28, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kendall Clawson Withdraws Her Name From Consideration for OLCC Post

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Gov. John Kitzhaber's difficulties with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission continue. Kitzhaber struggled last year to remove OLCC director Steve Pharo, whom the five-member commission continued to support after Kitzhaber wanted him gone. More recently, the commission voted down a 25-cent-per bottle tax increase Kitzhaber and legislative leaders wanted. Now, Kitzhaber's hand-picked successor to Pharo, ...   More
Monday, June 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Recommends Kendall Clawson To Be New OLCC Chief

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Gov. John  Kitzhaber has named Kendall Clawson, a key aide in his office, as his pick be the new director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. "The governor has recommended Kendall to the chair of OLCC," says Tim Raphael, Kitzhaber's spokesman.  "He thinks her leadership skills and vision are exactly what the agency needs." Clawson, 48, is currently Kitzhaber's executive appointments ...   More
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Rudy Crew Is a Finalist to Lead Medgar Evers College: Updated


Rudy Crew—the high-profile education czar Gov. John Kitzhaber hired last year to implement Oregon's ambitious education reforms—already has his eye on the exit.  Kitzhaber hired Crew in 2012 to be the state's first ever chief education officer. Crew's three-year contract pays him $280,000 annually. But last week, the City University of New York, which serves 269,000 students, reported ...   More
Monday, June 10, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Legislative Budget Boosts K-12, Angers Unions


There are a couple of key takeaways from a quick skim of the budget that the co-chairs of the Legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee released today. 1. There's slightly more money for K-12 education, the biggest single line item in the budget, than there was in Gov. John Kitzhaber's budget, released last November. Kitzhaber proposed $6.15 billion, plus $253 million in pension savings. The ...   More
Monday, March 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS


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