Water Rebels Don't Like Charlie Hales Calling Them "Clowns"

Watch video of mayor saying ballot initiative is an "act of political terrorism."


The backers of a ballot initiative to wrest control of Portland's water and sewer bureaus from City Hall have read Mayor Charlie Hales' condemnation of them—and they're furious.In a wide-ranging interview with WW this week, Hales defended his choices from his first year in office, including his decision in June to yell at business executives who were plotting the ballot initiative. “These clowns ...   More
Thursday, November 7, 2013 AARON MESH

Former Water Allies Exchange Fire


The latest ballot initiative attempting to wrangle control of Portland water from City Hall has drawn fire from the backers of the first ballot initiative.The coalition of environmental activists on Monday submitted the new ballot initiative, which would create a "people's water trust" to oversee city decisions on water. They say it's designed to work with or without the first initiative—which was ...   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Environmental Activists Split From Water District Campaign, Launch Second Ballot Initiative

UPDATE: New "public trust" would bar fluoridation, require fight against underground reservoirs.


UPDATE, 10:15 am Monday:A look at the language of the new ballot initiative shows the "People's Water Trust" would amend city code to mandate a fight against federal regulations on burying open-air reservoirs. It also requires city officials to refer to voters any proposal to add new chemicals to the water supply—prohibiting another secret attempt at fluoridation.The proposed rules include strict ...   More
Sunday, October 27, 2013 AARON MESH


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