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Re-Visioning - The City That Wonks

Tired of waiting on the mayor's "visioning" process? Read about WW's efforts to learn what would make Portland a better place.


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Vision. Schmizion."I don't mean this to be trite," says Michelle Winningham, a marketing consultant and neighborhood activist who lives in outer Southeast Portland. "We should stop spending so much ti ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 Ian Demsky

Cleaning Up With The PBA

Does the city's most powerful business group have the inside track on Portland's public potties and parks?


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The Portland Business Alliance has long provided security patrols at downtown parks and the cleaning of several public-park restrooms.In many ways, those services it performs for the city dovetail wit ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Ian Demsky

Myspace Invaders

Multnomah County steps up efforts to catch sex offenders who are using MySpace.com to find new victims.


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In the exploding cyberworld of MySpace.com, Jason is a moderately popular dude. He's got more than a hundred online "friends," mostly young and shirtless men.Jason advertises himself on the networking ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 Ian Demsky

Sweetheart Deal?

County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey is accused of using her position to help her husband's company.


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Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey faces a complaint before the state ethics commission that alleges she "is taking advantage of her position" to help her husband's development compan ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 Ian Demsky

Deconstructing For Fema Dollars

New Orleans gets a lesson from Portland on greening its Katrina cleaning.


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Most Portlanders consider it a mortal sin to throw away so much as a soft-drink can, and to ask for paper and plastic requires millennia of karmic recompense.But why confine such a "green" gospel to P ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Ian Demsky

Citizen Clara

How one powerful Hispanic businesswoman is getting ahead in Multnomah County, and why taxpayers should be concerned.


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In 1987, after serving as New Mexico's secretary of state, Clara Padilla Andrews moved to Portland when her husband, a lawyer, took a job."I thought we would be here two, maybe three years," the petit ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Ian Demsky

Al Gore In An Inconvenient Truth


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Don't call it a comeback—former Vice President Al Gore has been honing his presentation on global warming for years. Now, director Davis Guggenheim has brought Gore's well-researched, sometimes ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 Ian Demsky

The Sisterhood Of The Unraveling Loan

A county commissioner helped her friend borrow big from taxpayers. It's not going so well.


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From time to time, Multnomah County lends money to struggling nonprofits. It has floated cash to the Oregon Food Bank, for example, and to Port City Development Center, an outfit that teaches job skil ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 Ian Demsky

Fuel Sell

One Portland oil company's big drop in to biodiesel sales.


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When you think of a vehicle using biodiesel, the stereotype might come with a "Keep Portland Weird" bumper sticker.But Carson Oil aims to expand that vision to include mudflaps with lissome silhouette ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Ian Demsky

The Riddle At 1320 SW Broadway


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It's been three weeks since The Oregonian ran a story about math whiz Mark Provo, who went on a subsequent rampage against the paper starting with a 17-page rebuttal to the May 7 article written by re ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Ian Demsky
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