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

Burkholder Cleared of Elections Violation


Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder won't have to pay a fine for a false statement in his 2010 Voters' Pamphlet statement.That's because Burkholder prevailed recently in his arguments before an administrative law judge that the statement appeared without his knowledge.The issue arose during the 2010 primary election for the Metro council president's position. During that race, in which Burkholder ultimately ...   More
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Picks Ex-Gov. Barbara Roberts: Updated


 The Metro Council today selected former Gov. Barbara Roberts, 74,  to replace resigned councilor Robert Liberty, ending a whirlwind process. She does not plan to seek election next year to a full term (Bob Stacey, who withdrew from consideration for appointment to this seat, already has said he will run in next year's election.)Updated at 4:06 pm: In the first round of voting, Metro Council ...   More
Thursday, February 17, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Stacey Withdraws From Metro Contest

Bob Stacey

 Bob Stacey, the former 1000 Friends of Oregon executive director, this morning notified supporters and reporters that he's dropping out of the field of candidates vying to replace resigned Metro councilor Robert Liberty. Stacey's announcement comes six days after his one-time boss, former Gov. Barbara Roberts announced she also would seek to replace Liberty. Here's the brief email sent out by ...   More
Monday, February 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Councilors Recruited Ex-Gov. Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts

 Former Gov. Barbara Roberts was enjoying a quiet day at home this past Wednesday morning, when the phone rang.It was a Metro councilor (Roberts prefers not to say which one) calling. Would Roberts, 74, who served as secretary of state from 1985 to 1991 and governor from 1991 to 1995 (she remains the only woman ever to hold that job in Oregon) be willing to help Metro out of a jam?Councilors trying ...   More
Friday, February 11, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Gov. Barbara Roberts Applies For Metro Council Vacancy

Barbara Roberts

Here's a late-breaker: Former Gov. Barbara Roberts is among the eight applicants looking to fill the vacancy on the Metro Council.That's an intriguing wild card in the mix to replace Councilor Robert Liberty, who stepped down last month to take a job at the University of Oregon. Roberts is a Democrat who was governor from 1991 until 1995, and remains a go-to ex-pol when it comes to candidates for other ...   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 by

The Metro President's Race: Bob Stacey vs. Tom Hughes

After combining to raise more than $1 million in their bids to be the next president of Metro, Bob Stacey and Tom Hughes will learn tonight who's the winner. And what are Stacey (top photo) and Hughes (bottom photo) trying to win? The chance to be president of the only elected regional government in the country—a government whose purview covers about 1.5 million people in Multnomah, ...   More
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Patrick Guild


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