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Another Delay in Portland City Hall's Vote On a Street Fee—And This One Could Last Months


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick said late Thursday they are yet again delaying action on a street fee to pay for road repairs and maintenance.
This time, they want to see if the 2015 Legislature first will, as Hales puts it, "give communities the tools to build and maintain critical infrastructure."In other words: a gas tax.Hales and Novick propo...   More
Thursday, January 15, 2015 by AARON MESH

Rep. Lew Frederick Introduces 11 Police Reform Bills in Salem


Rumblings of police reform are making their way from the streets of Portland to the halls of the Oregon Legislature.

Protests against police violence jammed Portland streets this winter as young African-American activists call for stricter cop oversight in th...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by AARON MESH

Nous Sommes Tous Charlie

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These are the images cartoonists and others at Charlie Hebdo died to publish. The French satirical weekly had for three decades poked a finger in the eye of the powerful and the pious with sca   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 AARON MESH

City Club Hosts Lents Forum Tonight at the New Copper Penny


The last time Portland city officials sat down with the owners of the New Copper Penny Bar & Grill, their meeting didn't go well.

Last summer's negotiations between the Portland Development Commission and representatives of the Lents nightclub resu...   More
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by AARON MESH

Pink Martini Bandleader Thomas Lauderdale Trashes Arts Tax, Mulls Running for Mayor


Every so often, Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale talks about running for Portland mayor.

It's less common for him to describe the Portland Arts Tax as "a fucking disaster."

Lauderdale does both in a new interview in the magazine Artslandia, w...   More
Monday, January 12, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Cab Companies Prepare to Fight Uber with the "Transportation Fairness Alliance"


Mayor Charlie Hales is hoping to solve the dilemma posed by ride-sharing giant Uber with two months of deregulating the cab industry—an era nicknamed "Taxis Gone Wild."

Instead, the cab companies have gotten organized.

Five taxi companies announced today they've f...   More
Thursday, January 8, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Considering Permits for 377 New Taxis

Competition for Uber could include EcoCab and Rainbow Cab


When Uber returns to Portland in April, it could face new competition.

City Commissioner Steve Novick has told the city’s taxi board to tackle its backlog of 377 permit applications from 10 cab companies. (Portland now has just 460 licensed cabs.)

The Private-for-Hire Transportation Board of Review    More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Will Ask Portland Voters to Pick Their Favorite Street Fee in May Advisory Vote


Unable to find a workable version of the Portland street fee after a year of trying, Mayor Charlie Hales is asking Portland voters to recommend one.

The mayor's office this afternoon announced it will place three to six transportation funding options on the May 2015 ballot for a public advisory vote.

"We will ask the voters to pick from the array of funding optio...   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Dan Saltzman Concedes Defeat (For Now) on Permanent Children's Taxing District


City Commissioner Dan Saltzman is mothballing his effort to make the Portland Children's Levy a permanent feature of local property-tax bills.

WW first reported in September that Saltzma...   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by AARON MESH

Into the Weeds

Oregon can avoid the bad trips other states took on legal pot.

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Ann Lininger has a lot of reading to inhale. After only a year in the Oregon House, Lininger, a Lake Oswego Democrat, heads into a new legislative session Jan. 12 with a doozy of an assignment:    More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AARON MESH

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