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Lobbying Group Including Airbnb Pushes Back on Portland's Plan to Toughen Short-Term Rental Rules

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Airbnb is marshaling other home-sharing sites to fight Portland City Hall plans to crack down on unlicensed hosts.

City Council is scheduled to vote Dec. 18 on an ordinance that would fine online rental market...   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Street Fee Opponents Begin Campaigning, But City Council is Still Undecided on Its Tax Plan

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Portland City Council still doesn't know what its "street fee" is going to look like. But that hasn't stopped opponents from launching their political campaign against it.

A mailer arriving at Portland homes this week demands a public vote on Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner St...   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Drivers, Wanted

The city can’t back up its tough talk about cracking down on Uber.


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It’s been nearly two weeks since Uber invaded Portland with a ride-sharing service that defies the city’s taxi rules. Portland officials pledged to take Uber to court, levy hefty fines and imp   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Uber Has Been Hit With $67,750 In Fines by the City of Portland After 10 Days of Operating Here

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City of Portland transportation officials have issued $67,750 in fines to the ride-sharing company Uber, but have yet to penalize a single driver.

Uber has been operating its service in Portland for 10 days, defyin...   More
 
Monday, December 15, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales is Probably Not Going Undercover as a Homeless Man

"That was a topic discussed. And nothing more."

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales met for nearly three hours Tuesday with protesters against police violence. His office then released a written list of the "action items" Hal...   More
 
Friday, December 12, 2014 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Portland Protesters Explain Why They're Marching Against Police Violence

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Nearly three weeks after a St. Louis County, Mo., grand jury’s refusal to indict a white police officer in the August shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, the Portland marches against police violence show no signs of waning.

A story in ...   More
 
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

New Web App Tracks When Government Agencies In Oregon Have to Turn Over Public Records

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Want to know when government agencies can deny your public-records request, and when they have to turn the documents over?

There's an app for that.

The journalism nonprofit InvestigateWest has debuted a searchable web app that tracks exemptions to Oregon public records law.    More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

Bring the Noise

Young African-Americans are leading the Portland protests against police violence. But can they make a real difference?


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Glenn Waco had just shut down Pioneer Place. He marched 500 protesters into the downtown mall, pressed through groups of holiday shoppers and led them in a chant of “I can’t breathe! I can   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 AARON MESH

The City of Portland Sues Uber

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Portland city officials aren't taking Uber's invasion lying down. Instead, they're taking the ride-sharing company to court.

Portland officials today filed an injunctive lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court, asking a judge to order the company to stop operating until Cit...   More
 
Monday, December 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

10 Things You Need to Know About Uber in Portland

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Portland is now an Uber town—whether city officials like it or not. The San Francisco-based ride-sharing company launched a surprise invasion of Portland on Friday, bringing its service to the only city on the West Coast wh...   More
 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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