Sugar Fee Soda

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

News Stories
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.

News Stories
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

The Oregonian Loses Another Award-Winning Reporter to Government PR

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Award-winning reporter Melissa Navas will leave The Oregonian to join Multnomah County's communications staff in mid-September. She joins a long list of journalists going to work for government PR offices, as WW has shown. Newsroom cutbacks and changing priorities have sent many veteran reporters out of their newsrooms and into the arms of public agencies. Our May investigation found that eight local ...   More
Friday, August 19, 2011 COREY PAUL

Launch Pad

The Mayor plays “Will it float?” with a proposal to take control of Multnomah County’s River Patrol Unit.

City Hall
Late in Mayor Sam Adams’ third annual State of the City address last month, he proposed a change to give Multnomah County extra cash it badly    More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Extra Credit

While the county struggled, commissioners spent money on professional fees, travel and their favorite charities.

In his first “State of the County” speech, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen recently described his government’s financial woes.    More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Mayor Wants to Give $100,000 to David Douglas

Mayor Sam Adams wants to give $100,000 of city money to David Douglas High School for a new SUN School, a program managed by Multnomah County with funding from the county, local school districts, the City of Portland's parks department as well as other agencies.The David Douglas School District in Southeast Portland already has SUN Schools at its elementary and middle-school facilities but not at its ...   More
Thursday, February 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

One Final Reminder: Ballots Due Tuesday

As you're recovering from Halloween-related hangovers and corn syrup-induced stomachaches, think about this potentially distressing thought: you have only until 8 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to vote in the Oregon election. To the many of you who haven't voted yet, here are our candidate and initiative endorsements. And here's where you can drop off your ballot. One last thing—if the vitriol ...   More
Monday, November 1, 2010 Jason Slotkin

Party Time at the Multnomah County Elections Office

Although voters had more than two weeks to get their ballots in before tonight's 8 pm deadline, plenty still raced in cars, on bikes and skateboards, and by foot to the Multnomah County Elections Office in the election's final minutes. "If one person says 'I was too busy,' I'm going to shoot them. That's such bullshit," said Joel Finkelstein, 43, who said he left voting until the last minute ...   More
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Republicans Request Partial Governor's Race Recount in Multnomah County (Updated With Precinct Locations and GOP Chair Bob Tiernan's Comment)

The Oregon Republican Party has asked for a partial recount in Multnomah County for the governor's race. The request came in 15 minutes before the final deadline on Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Kate Brown's spokeswoman, Andrea Cantu-Schomus. Multnomah County spokesman David Austin says the GOP requested a recount for three precincts in Nob Hill, the Lloyd Center district and Laurelhurst. A ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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