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Hales Says New Taxes for Walking Safety Could Be on November Ballot

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Mayor Charlie Hales has responded to calls for increased walking safety in East Portland by saying he’s focused on finding new taxes and fees to fund streets and sidewalks.

His office says a new fee plan, pushed b...   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by AARON MESH

World of Wes

An ace critic talks Wes Anderson.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Matt Zoller Seitz never saved Latin. But he has seemingly managed to gather all other relics from the movies of Wes Anderson.  The TV reviewer for New York magazine and a pioneer of the video   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Strike Out

Friction between labor and management could have long-term consequences for Portland.


News Stories
Two of Portland’s biggest organized labor groups spent the last week girding for the latest skirmishes in a larger campaign. “I would never compare myself to a brave American soldier fighting    More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Advocates Demand City Hall Response to East Portland Walking Deaths

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The deaths of two people crossing streets in East Portland this weekend have sparked a renewed campaign pressuring City Hall to spend more money on walking safety.

Pedestrian advocacy group Oregon Walks laun...   More
 
Monday, February 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Expert: Bigfoot Researcher Bickering Has Delayed Finding Bigfoot

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Here's some weekend reading for those of you without romantic ambitions: Outside magazine has found Portland's top Bigfoot hunters.

Robert Sullivan, the expatriate Portland writer who has chronicled rats, Thoreau and whale hunts, debuted    More
 
Friday, February 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

Will You Be Able to Hear XRAY.FM on the Radio Dial? Find Out with This Map

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If you listen closely, you can hear XRAY.FM coming.

As WW reported in this week's Murmurs, the radio nonprofit has begun broadcasting onlin...   More
 
Thursday, February 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

PPS to Non-Union Employees: Get Ready to Cross Picket Lines

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Portland Public Schools today sent a letter to its non-union employees warning them that they are expected to show up to work Feb. 20, even if teachers go on strike.

"You do not have a right to strike," writes the school district's chief human resources office. "This does mean that you may need to cross a picket line of teachers."

Classified staff wh...   More
 
Thursday, February 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Tunnel Vision

Steve Novick says Portland can’t afford sidewalks, but he wants $650,000 for new light rail.


News Stories
City Commissioner Steve Novick has spent the past two months saying Portland can’t find the money for basic transportation services such as streets and sidewalks.   But Novick’s city    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 AARON MESH

1,600 City Employees Reject New Labor Contract

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Members of the District Council of Trade Unions last night rejected a new contract with the City of Portland—repudiating a bargain reached by city officials and their own leadership after a year of negotiations.

"I have not quite wrapped my head around what happened here," says Rob Wheaton, the DCTU's chief negotiator.

The DCTU represents more than 1,600 cit...   More
 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

The Belmont Goats Will Become the Lents Goats

Portland Development Commission also approves photo installation and outdoor furniture for its empty lots.

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Lents may not have the business district it's been expecting for 15 years. But Lents has gotten your goats.
The Belmont Goats, a herd of 14 goats forced to leave its urban pasture at Southeast 10th Avenue and Belmont Street by a new apartment complex, has been OK'd by...   More
 
Monday, February 10, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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