Why Music Venues May Soon Sing The Legislature's Praises

Remember the squawking by music venues in 2007 when Oregon's Employment Department interpreted state law so that musicians were considered employees of the venues, thus putting the businesses on the hook for employment taxes. The Legislature looks well on its way to undoing that interpretation. A bill repealing the interpretation of the law has won unanimous approval from the Oregon House ...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2009 Dan Green

Mercy Corps Gets $10 Million For Work in Gaza Strip

At the risk of inflaming readers poised to scream whenever we write about the Gaza Strip, it's worth noting that Portland-based Mercy Corps announced this morning that it received a $10 million grant from Qatar Charity to help rebuild the war-torn area. The two organizations describe the grant as a "kind of economic stimulus package" designed to help an estimated 28,000 people over the next ...   More
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 HANK STERN

This Doctor Is Waiting

Uninsured parents aren't the only people waiting to see if Gov. Ted Kulongoski's plan to provide medical coverage for children passes. Last July, the Portland City Council voted unanimously on a resolution to form a working group that would look into providing healthcare for children enrolled in Portland's public schools. The group was originally headed up by then-Commissioner Sam Adams, and their ...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2009 Joshua Bolkan

Watch Out "Made in Oregon": City Proposes Neon Rose for Waterfront Landmark

In a City Council discussion this morning about Portland's effort to transfer management of McCall's Waterfront Cafe from Portland Parks and Recreation to the city's Water Bureau, an interesting thing happened. City officials revealed a proposal to put a giant neon rose atop the landmark, which was recently given to the Portland Rose Festival for $1 a year. [Click on the link to read the story ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Lights, Camera, Commies: Soderbergh Headed to PDX, Paranoid Park Star Heading Behind the Camera

It's been rumored for weeks that Steven Soderbergh would add Little Beruit to his whistle-stop tour introducing his four-hour roadshow edition of Che. Now it's confirmed by Cinema 21 honcho Tom Ranieri: AND we learned today that Steve Soderbergh is available for a personal appearance here for the opening weekend. We aren't sure whether that's for Friday, Saturday or both days. We'll be sending ...   More
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 AARON MESH

UPDATED: As Iran Celebrates a Revolution, Feds Still Mum on Portland Charity Raid

As Iran this month celebrates the 30th anniversary of its 1979 Islamic revolution, federal authorities in Portland remain mum on the reasons they raided Oregon's largest Iranian charity last summer. Navid Sehedali, a member of the board of Child Foundation, says he still has no idea why FBI agents seized computers and fax machines in a July 15 raid on the charity's downtown Portland office. The ...   More
Monday, February 23, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Darius Goes Hollywood

[youtube t2yoOlicmww] After 19,000 miles and nearly five months on the road, the cast and crew of Darius Goes West joined about 65 people at the Hollywood Theatre on Saturday for one of two special screenings in Portland of the film. This impressive group of a dozen young men — including the documentary's title character, now-19-year-old Darius Weems — has high ambitions. They want to ...   More
Monday, February 23, 2009 Sarah Jennings

The Latest Economic Forecast For Oregon

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Friday, February 20, 2009 HANK STERN

Update On Cuts To TriMet Lines

TriMet announced today that it has tweaked last month's list of budget cuts that proposed eliminating 12 bus lines to save money. The new proposal, which TriMet says is a response to 1,500-plus public comments over the last six weeks, would instead eliminate five lines, modify four and combine three lines. The five bus lines still proposed for elimination: 41-Tacoma, 74-Lloyd District/Southeast, ...   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 HANK STERN


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