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127th and Hales

The mayor says he makes his decisions thinking about one intersection. We went there. It needs paving.


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Charlotte Hurt says she didn’t choose to move to Southeast 127th Avenue and Mill Court. And she hasn’t heard of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Hurt moved last year to a turquoise cottage fo   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 RAVLEEN KAUR, ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Million-Dollar Water Park

A visitors’ center and caretaker’s house soak ratepayers for $1.1 million at a new underground reservoir.


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Kevin Duff has a view any Portlander would envy—and one that’s warming up the already heated battle over the future of the city’s Water Bureau.   On a clear morning, Duff can sit on   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AARON MESH

Picking At The Scabs

Laborers’ Local 483 Union Workers say Multnomah County Inmates Are Stealing Their Jobs.


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Union leaders say the city of Portland’s contracts with the county jail and state prisons to perform general jobs amounts to “slave labor” and are stealing union work. “How can you have    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Appeal to the Baseline

The retail politics of the Hales budget creates winners and losers.


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Politicians don’t usually gain support by making budget cuts.But the startling thing about Mayor Charlie Hales’ first budget, released April 30, is how the mayor’s cutting of $21.5 million has b   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 AARON MESH

Precinct Zero

Residents of Madison South, once divided over the mayor’s race, say the candidates haven’t offered them much.


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Janet Wojcik grew up in the shadow of Rocky Butte, the Northeast Portland bluff once known for its jail but that now features a park with a commanding view of the city. This year...   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 LAURA FRAZIER

Chief Looks Like A Lady

Commissioner Leonard takes a fire ax to the glass ceiling in choosing a chief for a troubled fire bureau.


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Twenty years ago, Portland Fire & Rescue employed only four female firefighters.  Last week, City Commissioner Randy Leonard stunned...   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Clean and Safe Battle

A move to replace private patrols with park rangers tests the clout of the Portland Business Alliance.


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The City of Portland is moving to break the longtime hold a business group has on providing security patrols in downtown parks, setting up a potential struggle over public safety and big-money m   More
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Running Out the Meter

Who among the city hall hopefuls has best avoided the parking patrol?


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Public records offer clues about what politicians are really like. Do they pay their bills, vote or license their dogs? And what about parking tickets? All the major City Hall candidates have them an   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Jefferson Smith

The state rep. and Bus Project founder tells why he wants to be mayor.


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Jefferson Smith wants to loom large in the mayor’s race, and not just because he’s the tallest candidate so far (6 feet 4 inches), but because he sees himself as an alternative to former City C   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Hotseat: Eileen Brady

She’s running for mayor based on her business experience.


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Four years ago, Eileen Brady considered at launching her political career by challenging a two-term U.S. senator, Gordon Smith. At the time, some—including this newspaper—suggested she run for m   More
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 COREY PEIN
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