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Water District Backers Seeking Signatures

But ballot initative language doesn't solve East Portland problem.


The campaign to wrest Portland's water and sewer bureaus out of City Hall control can start asking for your signature this weekend.

But it may have some explaining to do to East Portland voters.

A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge on Wednesday issued a ruling (PDF) on dispu...   More
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by AARON MESH

City Club Wants You to Pick a Water-Fluoridation Alternative


On May 21, Ballot Initative 26-151, the Portland measure that would have required the fluoridation of the city's drinking water, was soundly defeated by voters—and former City Commissioner Mike Lindberg turned out to celebrate.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by AARON MESH

Air Apparent

Jefferson Smith returns progressive talk radio to Portland’s airwaves.

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Jefferson Smith wants to make news again—not as the focus of the media machine but as part of it. Smith, the former candidate for Portland mayor, has engineered a broadcast-radio deal to bri   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Rip City vs. No Pity: The Owners

A Mad Lib for knowing your moguls.

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All fans feel a symbolic ownership of their team. In Portland, this tribal pride has manifested itself in touching and bizarre displays: gathering in Pioneer Courthouse Square to honor the arr   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Rip City vs. No Pity: The Matchups

Which team has earned fan loyalty? Check the stats.

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Where they play: Blazers: East side! In the Rose Quarter, a non-neighborhood best known for bus stops. Timbers: West side! In Goose Hollow, a historic neighborhood best known for pubs.  Sta   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Rip City vs. No Pity

Blazers or Timbers: Who owns Portland?

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Kristin Leichner is driving toward the unthinkable. She’s been attending Trail Blazers basketball games since 1996, when her family used earnings from its trash-hauling company to buy season   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Elder Scammer Gets the Slammer

Michael B. Woodward, a two-time Rogue of the Week, caught in Las Vegas bilking octogenarians


Time wounds all heels. Even Michael B. Woodward.

A decade ago, WW twice named Vancouver, Wash., insurance salesman Woodward ...   More
Thursday, October 3, 2013 by AARON MESH

Can Terry Emmert Pick a Better Arena Football Name than the Forest Dragons?

We do not think so.


Terry Emmert didn't get to buy the Portland Trail Blazers. He'll settle for an Arena Football League franchise to play in the Blazers' building.

Emmert, a Clackamas-based building mover, owns the Portland Chinooks of the Inte...   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by AARON MESH

Bus Riders Say TriMet's New Fare Machines Cut Down Weekend Transfer Times


This July, TriMet debuted new fare machines on its buses—replacing driver-issued newsprint transfers with a 2-hour, computer-printed fare.
The regional transit agency celebrated the new fare printers as the end of confusion...   More
Friday, September 27, 2013 by AARON MESH

Seattle's Purchase of a Portland Loo Is Getting Flushed

UPDATE: But Seattle mayor plans to rescue public toilet with public money.


Why does Washington keep rejecting Oregon's gifts?

First, the state refused our bridge-and-light rail overture. And now Seattle is on the verge of spurning the Portland Loo.

Seattle's possible purchase of a loo for its downtown Pioneer Square got   More
Friday, September 20, 2013 by AARON MESH

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