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Water District Backers Ask for Criminal Investigation of Sewer Office Building

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Portland City Hall's water and sewer foes have asked the Multnomah County District Attorney to investigate  whether the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) violated government contracting laws while an office building for sewer workers tripled in cost.

Last week,    More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Nick Fish Requires Council Debate on Big Water and Sewer Spending

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City Commissioner Nick Fish says he will no longer allow the City Council to approve large water and sewer contracts without public debate, following reporting by WW about cost overruns on an office building for sewer workers.

Fish, who oversees the Water and Envir...   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

Road Worriers

City officials are pitching a new street fee by claiming Portland’s roads are getting more dangerous. Numbers show otherwise.


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To hear Mayor Charlie Hales and other city officials tell it, the streets of Portland are getting deadlier every day. Driving is more dangerous. Pedestrians face bigger risks. Bicyclists have to s   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Deborah Kafoury Files State Election Complaint Over Being Called Anti-Abortion in Voters Guide

UPDATE: State says it can't do anything about Oregon Family Council mailer.

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UPDATE, 3:20 pm: State elections officials have told Deborah Kafoury's campaign they don't have jurisdiction over the law prohibiting publishing false statements about a candidate.

"ORS 260.532 requires an aggrieved party to pursue their claim in court," writes Alicia J. Cox of the elections division. "It is not a statute enforced through our office."Jillian Schoene, Kafoury's...   More
 
Monday, May 5, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Says Crosswalk Funding Must Wait for Street Fee

Hales' budget does fund a study of light-rail to Tualatin

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales released a proposed city budget Thursday largely free of the dramatic threats to sacred cows    More
 
Friday, May 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

BlahBlahBlahGate: Watch What Really Happened When We Kicked a U.S. Senate Candidate Out of Our Offices

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It has come to our attention that a video of WW kicking Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Callahan out of a recent endorsement interview is making the digital rounds.We interview candidates running for a particular office as a group. This gives them a chance to interact, and for us to weigh one candidate's answers against the others. We record the interviews and post the video on...   More
 
Friday, May 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

Cover Oregon Ad Agency North is Not Amused by the John Oliver Parody

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Remember when comedy host John Oliver kicked off his Sunday HBO show with some pointed jokes at the expense of failed health-insurance exchange Cover Oregon and its whimsical advertising campaign?

Oliver ran a parody of   More
 
Thursday, May 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

Streetcar Money Arrives Late in Water District Ballot Fight

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has been working the after-hours phones and sending out mass emails trying to raise money to fight the ballot measure that would remove City Hall's control of water and sewer utilities.

Those pleas have now netted don...   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by AARON MESH

Space of Waste

An office building project for city sewer engineers triples in cost to $11.4 million—at the worst possible time.


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In December 2011, a coalition of angry water and sewer ratepayers sued the city of Portland. Their basic allegation: The city had squandered $127 million in ratepayers’ money on questionable p   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AARON MESH

State Board to Cover Oregon: Drop Dead

Oregon will move its health-insurance exchange to federal website

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The state of Oregon is dumping its failed health-insurance exchange Cover Oregon and joining the federal website, the Associated Press reports.

The vote by the Cover Oregon board this morning comes after the state spent $248 million on its exchange, without ever signing up a single customer through its website. Oregon becomes the first state to abandon its online h...   More
 
Friday, April 25, 2014 by AARON MESH
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