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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

Ed McNamara, Mayor Charlie Hales' Urban Renewal Advisor, is Leaving City Hall

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The advisor leading Mayor Charlie Hales' remodel of urban renewal is leaving City Hall.

Ed McNamara, the mayor's policy director overseeing the Portland Development Commission, says he will return in June to his private development company, Turtle Island Development LLC.

"I told [Hales] I wanted to do two years when I agreed to do this," McNamara tells WW...   More
 
Friday, April 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick Yanking Endorsement of Fellow Commissioner Dan Saltzman's Re-election

Saltzman criticized Novick's plan for a $12-a-month transportation fee.

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Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick is furious over comments his fellow Commissioner Dan Saltzman made to WW this week questioning whether the Portland Bureau of Transportation needs a new street maintenance fee.

How angry is he? Sou...   More
 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

NW Natural Will Spare Gas and Coke Building If Advocates Can Raise $2 Million

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Preservation advocates trying to save the decaying, 101-year-old Gas and Coke Building are making progress.

They say the building’s owner, NW Natural, has offered it a reprieve from demolition—for a price.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

Talkin’ Bull

Lies and money are flowing fast in the bitter war over Portland’s tap water. Here’s the unfiltered truth.


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Portland’s hidden treasure lies nearly 50 miles east of the city, ringed by Douglas fir and protected by gates and guards. Bull Run Lake, a rain-fed oval nestled in the shadow of Mount Hood, suppl   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 AARON MESH
 

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