A Sheriff on Probation

The Multnomah County board prepares to crack down on Staton’s overtime spending.


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Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is about to see his runaway overtime spending put into lockdown. Staton routinely spends nearly twice the money he budgets for overtime, and he’s on pace to   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Director of Multnomah County Health Department Arrested for Assault: Updated

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Lillian Shirley, the director of the Multnomah County Health Department, was arrested on Monday for alleged domestic violence.Shirley was booked at the Justice Center but her husband, the alleged victim, declined to press charges.Shirley, 65, is one of the highest ranking officials in county government. Her department employs just under 1,000 people, which is more than any other county department. ...   More
 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

UPDATED: Tanuki Registered as Store, Not Restaurant

So Stop Buying so Much Food There!

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Tanuki owner and chef Janice "Janis" Martin has always insisted her shop is not a restaurant.Now we know why.The Montavilla izakaya closed Wednesday, March 20, one day before an anticipated positive Oregonian review. Owner and chef Janis Martin said she didn't want the additional restaurant business. "As I begged a prominent local paper," wrote Martin on her Facebook page, "to not review ...   More
 
Friday, March 22, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

African-American Students Face Big Disparity in How Often They're Disciplined in Multnomah County Schools


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African-American students across Multnomah County are being suspended and expelled from middle and high schools at nearly 3.5 times the rate of white students, according to a report released Jan. 10 by the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families & Community.The report finds disparity among the treatment of Hispanic and Native American students as well—a trend that's been also been found ...   More
 
Thursday, January 26, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Study Suggests Soda Tax Won't Solve Obesity Crisis

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Proponents of a potential ballot measure to put a once-cent-per-ounce wholesale tax on sugared soft drinks in Multnomah County say the tax will help curb childhood obesity, since studies have conclusively shown drinking sugared beverages increases a child’s likelihood of being fat.But the most recent study to come out of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity suggests the tax ...   More
 
Friday, January 20, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Metro's Burkholder Signs On To Soda Tax Campaign, Proposes Another Use Of Funds

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Supporters of a proposed ballot measure that would place a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-added drinks sold in Multnomah County have added another use for the expected $35 million in revenue: Outdoor School.The proposed measure, spearheaded by Portland physician Gregg Coodley, would funnel tax proceeds through Multnomah County to pay for after-school and P.E. programs administered by school districts, ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Sugar Fee Soda

A proposed tax on sweetened drinks could raise $35 million for Multnomah County.


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Soda pop, energy drinks and even some juice mixes will get more expensive in Multnomah County if voters approve a new tax proposal bound for the November ballot. As first reported Jan. 9 at ww   More
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

UPDATED: Local Citizens Propose Soda Tax To Appear on November Ballot for County Voters

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Multnomah County voters could see a measure to tax soda pop, energy drinks and other sugar-added beverages at one cent per ounce on their November ballots. The measure is an effort spearheaded by Portland doctor Gregg Coodley to raise money for kids' health programs. About half of the estimated $35 million per year the tax would raise for Multnomah County government would be set aside for to after-school ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Public Paydays

City and county workers aren’t getting rich—but they’re doing better than their neighbors.


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Mayor Sam Adams and other local leaders want to attract renewed attention to growing economic disparities across the city (“Equally Confused,” WW, Aug. 31, 2011). There’s one gap they may pr   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 COREY PEIN

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