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City Hall: Water Bureau to Accept Responsibility for New Fountains

Teachers Fountain at Director Park in Portland

Among the small-ticket items in the Portland Water Bureau's budget that tick off grumpy ratepayers are the city's many decorative fountains, which the Water Bureau has maintained under a longstanding agreement with city parks officials.
That cost to ratepayers is such a frequent source of grumbling, it rated a mention in Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade's    More
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Ten For Your Money

What earmarks might Portland’s 2011-12 budget include?


City Hall
Mayor Sam Adams is supposed to introduce his proposed city budget this week for the fiscal year that starts July 1.  The majority of Portland’s $391 million discretionary general-fund budget,   More
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

A Sneak Peek at Our Schools Bond Endorsement

Portlanders for Schools vs Learn Now, Build Later

Tomorrow, WW issues its endorsements for the two money measures from Portland Public Schools on the May ballot. The first is a $548 million construction bond to rebuild nine schools and update all of the remaining 76 schools in the district, Oregon's largest. The second measure renews and expands an existing operating levy that currently generates about $40 million a year to support PPS. If voters...   More
 
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Schools Superintendent Prepares Two Budgets

Portland Public Schools

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith this evening introduces two versions of next year's budget. Both versions of the budget will include significant cuts owing to the $40 million decline in state revenue for PPS. But one budget—the one based on the possibility that voters will reject the local option levy in May—will make far deeper cuts. If the levy passes, PPS will have to ma...   More
 
Monday, April 25, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Watchdog Proposes Independent Utility Rate Committee

Randy Leonard public toilet

A proposal to strengthen independent oversight of water and sewer rates is circulating in Portland City Hall, but at least one city commissioner is deeply skeptical.
The proposal comes from Dave Johnson, a former member of the Portland Utility Review Board, the existing city-sanctioned volunteer panel that is supposed to offer independent oversight of Portland's water and sewer rates. PURB, the...   More
 
Friday, April 22, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Human Rights Commission Asks for Charter Change

Maria Lisa Johnson

Portland's volunteer-led Human Rights Commission has asked for more independence from City Hall.
The request comes amid changes at Portland's Office of Human Relations, which formed in 2008 under then-Mayor Tom Potter. It oversees the Human Rights Commission, which "advocates for and ta...   More
 
Thursday, April 21, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

David Wu Continues Fundraising Trend with Out-of-State Donors

David Wu

Long before U.S. Rep. David Wu donned a tiger suit and emailed photographs of himself in the Halloween costume to staffers just days before the November 2010 electio...   More
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

High School Redesign: Benson to Get a New Principal

Steve Olczak

The Benson Polytechnic High School principal who played the awkward role of leading Benson even as his boss, Superintendent Carole Smith, worked to strip the career-focused school of many of its programs, will retire at the end of the school year.Now advocates for Benson are scrambling to make sure their voices are heard as Smith searches for Steve Olczak's replacement as the storied school's next...   More
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portlanders for Schools Launch Television Ads

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Portlanders for Schools, flush with cash for two campaigns to increase property taxes for schools, today launched two TV ads designed to provoke maximum sympathy for the multimillion-dollar measures. (Sidenote: The ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Teachers Meet to Discuss Critical High School Question


One part of Portland Public Schools' new two-year contract with its teachers union is supposed to save the financially starved district $4 million a year by increasing high-school teachers' workload.But that fea...   More
 
Monday, April 18, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC
 

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