PR Industrial Complex: The List for Portland State University

Portland State University PSU

 Our post yesterday detailing WW's survey of PR staffs at public agencies in Portland lacked a complete list for one entity: Portland State University.PSU today sent the names and salaries for 16 communications staffers at the school (an official there had previously put the number at 14). Based on job descriptions the school provided, we determined six of those staffers fit our definition of ...   More
Friday, May 20, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

The Oregon Idea—Minus One Big Player

Oregon State Capitol.

 OHSU, Portland State University, Oregon State University and Portland Community College are taking an unusually pro-active political stance to push a concept called "The Oregon Idea." The four academic institutions have set up a slick website and are encouraging supporters to employ social media to spread the word.Effectively, their "Idea" is aimed at pressuring lawmakers and Gov. John Kitzhaber ...   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Read the Document: Adams' Proposed New Urban Renewal Boundaries and Costs


 WW has obtained a copy of a three-page information sheet detailing a new urban-renewal district proposed by Portland Mayor Sam Adams at his State of the City speech last Friday.The information sheet (PDF) includes a map of the proposed 31-year, 130-acre district centered around Portland State University. Unlike a much larger and highly gerrymandered new district previously floated by Adams, the ...   More
Thursday, February 24, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

State of the City: Long and Confusing

Sam Adams

 Mayor Sam Adams broke some news in his third state of the city address today at Portland City Club.In order of importance, Adams proposed a new urban renewal district centered on Portland State University; announced the hiring of Patrick Quinton as the new executive director of the Portland Development Commission; and offered for the city to take the duty of patrolling the rivers off Multnomah ...   More
Friday, February 18, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Avakian Sticks Up for Unions, Slams Kroger

Brad Avakia.

 On Feb. 15, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian filed an unusual and contentious legal brief [PDF]. Although Avakian is an experienced  lawyer, it's unusual that a bureau head would write the document himself rather than employing a lawyer from the Oregon Department of Justice, as state agencies normally do. The brief is contentious because Avakian minces no words ...   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Finding the Links Between Sustainability and Music


Arts & Books
In those lists of buzzwords that should be banned every year, “sustainability” should be at the top. Not because the concept isn’t vital; certainly the idea of an economy and way of life that pays attention to the future has been neglected by our greed-is-good, I-want-it-now, consumer/casino economy for the last , oh, millennium or so. But the term has gotten so overused, folded, spindled, mutilated, ...   More
Friday, February 11, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Public Forum Addresses Potential Impact of Higher Education Legislation


Oregon’s state per-student funding ranks 45th in the country. But as Portland State University president Wim Wiewel put it at a forum Tuesday afternoon, the state ranks #1 in another area: micromanagement of its higher education system. Wiewel’s comments came at a public forum about the impact of legislative proposals to restructure Oregon’s higher education system. “There’s this incredible ...   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Queer Resource Center's Plans for Trans Day of Rememberance

Portland State University's Queer Resource Center this Saturday will mark the Trans Day of Remembrance, held in honor of a Boston transgender woman killed in 1998. The Nov. 20 observance will feature performances by the strumming, puppeteering queer artist Geppetta and the Collective of Geniuses Acrobatic Troupe from Portland, as well as a presentation and film by Tobi Hill-Meyer about being ...   More
Monday, November 15, 2010 Jacob Pierce

Why In Other Words is Asking For Donations

In Other Words is asking its supporters for up to $10,000 a month so it can stay in business as a feminist book store and community center. The shop lost the source of nearly half its income earlier this year—selling textbooks to Portland State University students for PSU's gender studies program. Many independent bookstores are facing a similar dilemma, thanks to a change in federal law ...   More
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Portlanders Sound Off on Joint Terrorism Task Force at Town Hall Meeting

Portland City Council held its "good ol' fashioned town hall" meeting, as Mayor Sam Adams put it, last night to discuss the possibility of Portland renewing its membership with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. "Tonight is not about making decisions," Adams said. "Tonight is about making sure we're asking the right questions." The discussion whether to rejoin was prompted by the alleged ...   More
Friday, January 14, 2011 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER


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