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Busted Bottles

Portland Bottling faces allegations it ripped off ratepayers while championing a measure to lower water bills.


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No corporation had more at stake in the May ballot measure over control of the city’s water than Portland Bottling Co.  The soft-drink bottler contributed $100,000—more than any other don   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Water Activists Gather Just 1,000 Signatures, Won't Seek November Ballot

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There won't be another public vote on reforming Portland's water system anytime soon.

The coalition of environmental activists campaigning for a People's Water Trust—a proposed a...   More
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Meets with Gas Lobby and Other Street Fee Opponents

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick have been holding high-profile public meetings to talk with residents and businesses about reworking their plan for a "street fee" to fund transportation projects.

This morning, however, Hales met privately with some of the business lobbyists who first raised the specter of placing the street fee on the ballot, ...   More
 
Monday, June 30, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Issues Just Three Noise Citations to Last Thursday Musicians

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The drum circles pounded quieter. The guitarists turned down their microphones. And most of the DJs didn't show up.

Mayor Charlie Hales' latest effort to tamp down the revelry at Last Thursday—enforcing noise code on street music...   More
 
Friday, June 27, 2014 by AARON MESH

Dwight Holton Will Chair Utility Reform Commission

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Nick Fish promised that if voters rejected a ballot measure removing the water and environmental services bureaus from City Hall control, they would appoint a "blue-ribbon commission" to make reforms.

Today, Hal...   More
 
Thursday, June 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

Can Urban Renewal Money Help Fill Portland's Street-Paving Backlog?

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As Mayor Charlie Hales continues his street-fee roadshow this week, he's challenged citizens to suggest alternative ways to fill the city's $910 million paving backlog.

One idea that keeps resurfaci...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

Watching the Wheels

Portland’s road-paving backlog has grown in the past decade while city officials have delayed filling the hole.


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This week, Portland officials are navigating a switchback trickier than the Terwilliger curves.  They’re telling residents the city needs more money to fix its roads, even as they passed    More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Challenges Portlanders to Find a Wasted Dollar in His Budget

"I'll show up on your doorstep with $10 & a TV reporter"

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales concluded a heated hearing on his proposed "street fee" by challenging angry business owners and anti-tax activists to find a single wasted dollar in his city budgets.

The mayor then took to social media and repeated his challenge—which includes a cash reward.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Will Begin Citing Last Thursday Street Musicians for Playing Too Loud

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Turn down the banjo and put a muffler on that didgeridoo: Mayor Charlie Hales' office will this week begin citing street musicians for noise violations at Last Thursday.

"We're going to start enforcing the noise this month," says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. "We're going start having [noise officer] Paul Van Orden going out and telling people, 'Here's how loud your ...   More
 
Monday, June 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

City of Portland Will Pay Someone $72,000 a Year to Manage Its Racetrack

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Attention, grease monkeys: The City of Portland needs a new racetrack manager.

Portland Parks & Recreation is    More
 
Friday, June 20, 2014 by AARON MESH
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