Metro Says Headquarters Hotel Deal Slipping Again

Oregon Convention Center

The decades-in-discussion Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel is sliding into the future, Metro  says in an internal report."Negotiations between Metro and a developer proposing to build a hotel near the Oregon Convention Center are likely to carry into 2014, pushing back the project's timeline by a few months," Metro's in-house news editor Nick Christensen writes. All three branches of ...   More
Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss

Circular Logic

Metro’s $1.4 million study yields another committee.

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When Tom Hughes took over as Metro president three years ago, he promised to put the regional government to work creating jobs for the Portland area. To be sure, Hughes has pushed major constr   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 BENJAMIN RICKER

Dr. Know: Metro Contextual

What the heck does Metro do anyway?

Dr. Know
I’m running for Metro president, but there seems to be a general ignorance as to what Metro is. Before campaign season kicks off, can you explain to folks what it does? This way I can talk more    More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Charlie Hales Says He's "Leaning Toward Supporting" Convention Center Hotel

Multnomah County has three votes, placing onus on City Hall


Metro's proposed $198 million Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel now hinges on the approval of Portland City Council—and Mayor Charlie Hales tells WW he's "leaning toward supporting it."Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith told Metro reporter Nick Christensen last night that the county board has three votes to pass the Hyatt hotel plan. If she's correct, that means two of three regional ...   More
Thursday, September 12, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Tax Measures For Kids and Greenspaces Pass Easily: Updated


Portlanders love taxes. That's the tax-away from tonight's results in which bluer-than-blue Multnomah County provided enough "yes" votes to pass Measure 26-152, Metro's five-year operating levy to support greenspaces and natural areas. Portland voters did just enough to overcome tepid support in Washington County and outright hostility in Clackamas County. The measure was passing 57 percent to 43 percent. ...   More
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 WW Staff

Hotseat: Neil McFarlane

TriMet’s GM on the agency’s union costs, big penalties for fare dodgers, and why service cuts won’t be restored anytime soon.

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Neil McFarlane built his career on expanding TriMet. But he has become the face of cutbacks.  TriMet’s general manager since 2010, McFarlane has been locked in a bitter struggle with the    More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Stacey: Toll I-205 for Columbia River Crossing


Washington is setting up its southern neighbors to hold the funding bag when money for the Columbia River Crossing falls short, incoming Metro Councilor Bob Stacey says.In a four-page memo to his soon-to-be fellow council members obtained by WW, Stacey blasts funding plans for the controversial $3.5 billion megaproject to replace Interstate 5's bridges, add light rail to Vancouver and expand freeways ...   More
Thursday, December 27, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Will Metro Use the Elephant Reserve to Breed More Elephants?


 Yesterday afternoon, Metro officials unanimously approved buying a 240-acre dry lake bed for the Oregon Zoo to use as an off-site elephant reserve.But at least one member of Metro council has voiced reservations about the zoo using the land for breeding a second herd of elephants.The land purchase was rubber-stamped over the objections of animal-rights activists, who were alarmed by last week's ...   More
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Mayors Urge Metro to Delay Planned May Bond Measure


The Metro Council met earlier this week to decide on the level of funding they'd like a proposed May 2013 levy to provide for operating and maintenance funds for open space the regional government owns. The council voted unanimously on Tuesday set the rate at 9.6 cents per $1,000 of valuation. The levy would raise $10 million annually for five years. The owner of a $200,000 house, for example, would ...   More
Thursday, December 6, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro À Go-Go

Metro Council President Tom Hughes’ job has allowed him to see the world.

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At the rate he’s going, Metro Council President Tom Hughes will need to add new pages to his passport faster than you can say “Oregon-Japan Friendship Week.” Since taking office in Janua   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 FIONA NOONAN


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