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

The Future Of Jobs In Portland

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The city of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released an "Economic Opportunities Analysis" that, with the help of the number-crunchers at Metro, comes to some pretty interesting conclusions about the future of the local economy.In another 23 years, for instance, Metro and the city figure Portland will boast another 147,000 new jobs. Wow! That's a lot of economic opportunities. Lucky ...   More
Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Corey Pein

Progressive Groups Slam Metro Survey


A group of non-profits—including Coalition For a Liveable Future, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, The Audubon Society of Portland, The Bus Project—sent the Metro Council a nasty-gram (PDF) on Jan. 17.The letter bashes Metro for questions the regional government recently included in its December 19 survey Opt In, sent electronically to nearly 10,000 Metro constituents. Metro ...   More
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Vandalism is on the rise in Metro cemeteries

Brainard Cemetery Vandalism

Nicodemus and Emilia Snow were Oregon Trail pioneers originally from Missouri. On Sept. 13, 90 years after Nicodemus was buried at Brainard Cemetery in Northeast Portland, the couple's headstone was hit with graffiti. When Rachel Fox, manager of the pioneer cemeteries program for Metro Parks and Environmental Services, found out, she was saddened but not surprised.      Three of ...   More
Thursday, October 6, 2011 by

Portland's Taxpayer-Funded PR Industrial Complex

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We know times are tough for government agencies. They’re cutting services—and sometimes trying to raise taxes—because of the recession. But a study by WW reveals there’s one sector of government that seems to be not only surviving, but thriving: public relations. Public agencies of all kinds have communication offices that employ squadrons of spokespeople who sometimes outnumber the reporters ...   More
Thursday, May 19, 2011 JAMES PITKIN


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