CRC: ODOT Trying to Build Tolling System From Scratch

Oregon wants to spend tens of millions to replicate Washington's expertise


The Oregon Department of Transportation is still hard at work trying to figure out how to pursue an Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing Project. In a Nov. 4 memo (PDF) to State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, ODOT executive director Matthew Garrett introduced another level of complexity to his agency's task: ODOT, which doesn't currently operate any major tolling operations, would have to build ...   More
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss

Former Multnomah County Chair Diane Linn Returning to Portland


Former Multnomah County Chairwoman Diane Linn is coming home to Portland after a five-year exile in California. Linn served on the county commission from 1999 to 2007 and as chair from 2001 to 2007. She was seen as a rising political star, but the county's ill-fated decision to begin marrying same-sex couples in 2004 sent her career into a tailspin. She lost a 2006 re-election bid to current state ...   More
Monday, November 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

To Democrats in Sunriver, Ted Wheeler and Val Hoyle Look Good


The Democratic Party of Oregon gathered in Sunriver over the weekend for their biennial confab. In addition to boozing and kibitzing about the just-completed special session, the party faithful conducted straw polls for governor and secretary of state at a private party not sanctioned by the DPO. Most people's presumption is that incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber will soon announce he's seeking a fourth ...   More
Monday, October 7, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Wheeler Kicks CRC Can Down the Road

Citing risks, Treasurer's letter to lawmakers says it's "premature" to conclude deal can work


State Treasurer Ted Wheeler today released a three-page letter (PDF) to legislative leaders assessing the viability of the revised $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing project. Wheeler's letter is a finalized version of a memo WW first reported a couple of weeks ago. As with the draft memo, the letter Wheeler released today makes it clear project sponsors will have to thread a rope large enough to ...   More
Thursday, September 26, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Confidential Treasury Memo Shows CRC Still Faces Major Hurdles

Oregon-only project is political and legal challenge


Gov. John Kitzhaber handed state Treasurer Ted Wheeler a difficult assignment last month: the governor asked Wheeler to perform a quick financial analysis of whether Oregon could go it alone on the Columbia River Crossing project. Kitzhaber chose that path after Washington lawmakers this summer refused to provide $450 million to help fund the proposed $3.4 billion effort to build a new interstate bridge, ...   More
Friday, September 6, 2013 Andrea Damewood and Nigel Jaquiss

Mining Fool’s Gold

State treasurer Ted Wheeler wants to borrow $500 million to buy stocks and invest the profits in college scholarships.

As Multnomah County chairman, Ted Wheeler killed a risky proposal for an Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel. As state treasurer, he’s been a voice of caution on excessive borrowing and    More
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Calls Columbia River Crossing's September Deadline into Question


Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is calling into question the ambitious September-or-bust timeline given by backers trying to sustain the ailing Columbia River Crossing.In a terse letter (PDF) sent today to Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the project, Patricia McCaig, Wheeler says CRC staff are "going to have to make a great leap forward in a short period of time to provide legally adequate ...   More
Monday, August 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

New Anti-Columbia River Crossing Flyer Adds to Pressure on Wheeler


A new flyer is out, urging Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler to reject the Columbia River Crossing.The mailer asks "Whose responsibility is it to tell the truth about the Columbia River Crossing?" and then features Wheeler on the back.In some ways, the $3.5 billion CRC in Wheeler's hands. When the legislature approved $450 million for the controversial megaproject last month, it stipulated that Wheeler ...   More
Friday, April 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Ted Wheeler Calls Jefferson Smith's Behavior "Unacceptable"

In A Video Interview, Oregon's State Treasurer "Concerned" By Smith Supporters' Online Comments


State Treasurer Ted Wheeler earlier this week weighed in on Facebook about the recent reports that mayoral candidate Rep. Jefferson Smith was charged with a misdemeanor assault in 1993 for punching a woman at a college party.In an interview today with WW, Wheeler explained what prompted him to post his message.Prior to his election as state treasurer, Wheeler said, he served as chair of Multnomah ...   More
Thursday, October 11, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Where Eagles Won’t Dare

Some Eagle Scouts protest the Boy Scouts’ gay ban by returning their badges. Not these Oregon leaders.

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A Boy Scout must be trustworthy, loyal, helpful and the like. But to obtain the highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout must also prove his service has had an impact on his community. Th   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 SAM STITES


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