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OMSI eyes becoming a real-estate developer. Its neighbors fear a Pearl District 2.0.


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For more than half a century, School Specialty Co. of Oregon has operated behind green loading docks at Southeast Taylor Street and 3rd Avenue, making cheerleader pompoms.    More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 AARON MESH

For White Men Only

Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring outside help to teach diversity to white male managers.


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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring an outside consultant to host a diversity seminar—for white men only. When Hales ran for mayor in 2012, he questioned whether Portland needed an Office of    More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Postpone Vote on Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick says he's open to reconsidering a sales tax or income tax.

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick are putting their proposed street fee on hold. Sources at City Hall tell WW that Hales and Novick are postponing a City Council vote on a residential fee charging households $144 a year. The vote was planned for Wednesday, but will be delayed until November. Word of the decision was first reported last night by The Oregonian. Novick confirmed ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 AARON MESH

Here Are Nick Fish's 11 Unanswered Questions on the Portland Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick suggests Fish should lower water and sewer bills for the poor.

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City Commissioner Nick Fish has a lot of questions about the Portland street fee.He tried to raise those questions at last night's public hearing, but was rebuffed by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. Today, he sent them by email to all City Council offices. The fee, which would eventually charge most households $144 a year, is being pushed to rapid approval by Hales and Novick, ...   More
 
Friday, May 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Petroleum Lobbyist: Street Fee Will Be Referred to the Ballot

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A heated public hearing over Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed Portland street fee turned to open electoral warfare this afternoon, as the head of the state gasoline lobby told city commissioners opponents would refer the proposed fee to voters."It will go to the ballot," said Paul Romain a lobbyist for the Oregon Petroleum Association. "Don't make us refer it."The group ...   More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Are Hitting the Brakes on Street Fee for Businesses

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With hours left before the first public hearing on the Portland street fee, Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are preparing major changes to the proposal. Hales' office confirms the mayor and Novick are considering passing the street fee for households only—and removing for now the side that charges businesses and commercial property, as well as churches, government agencies ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Boil This News Before Reading.


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Not just any proposal can alarm both churches and the purveyors of lottery tickets and cigarettes. But places of worship and convenience stores are the groups expressing the loudest opposition t   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

City Commissioner Nick Fish: I Won't Stand For Using Water, Sewer Bills To Collect the Mayor's Street Fee

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If Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are going to collect a $138-a-year street fee from Portland households, the most obvious place to charge residents is on their water and sewer bills.Hales said at today's press conference debuting the street fee that he and Novick were considering utility bills as a possible means of collection. "Another reason for the yearlong buildup here ...   More
 
Thursday, May 22, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland Street Fee Would Create Big Bills for Other Local Governments

UPDATE: Mayor Charlie Hales says city won't collect fee until July 2015

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Local government agencies are discovering the City of Portland plans to charge them what could be hundreds of thousands of dollars a year under Mayor Charlie Hales' proposed "street fee" plan.Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have for months been showing citizens the structure of the fee, which would charge households up to $12 a month and businesses much more. They've been less vocal about ...   More
 
Thursday, May 15, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Orders All Big Spending Changes Debated by City Council

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants to reform city code to force debate on big-ticket contracts like the Bureau of Environmental Services office building that tripled in cost without City Council discussion.Hales sent a memo to all city bureau directors on Tuesday that orders all contract increases over $1 million to be immediately taken off the City Council's consent agenda, where items considered ...   More
 
Thursday, May 8, 2014 AARON MESH

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