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Uber Uses Its App To Lobby Against a Bill Requiring Commercial Insurance for Its Drivers

The ride-sharing giant claims a bill before state legislators would make it "impossible" to operate in Oregon.

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Portland customers who open the Uber ride-hailing app are getting a scare.

The company has installed a pop-up screen urging its riders to lobby against a bill by state lawmakers "that could shut down Uber in Oregon."

In fact, the bill in the Oregon House would require transportation companies like Uber and Lyft to carry commercial insurance at all times.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea Will Debate Body Cameras with Activists Tonight

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Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea tonight will debate a plan for police body cameras with one of the idea's harshest critics.

O'Dea will appear at a Southeast 122nd Avenue pizza parlor for an East Portland Forum—an event hosted by Jo Ann Hardesty, a longtime police accountability activist.

Hardesty opposes a plan by Mayor Charlie Hales to outfit ...   More
 
Thursday, May 7, 2015 by AARON MESH

Multnomah County Republican Party Chairman Becomes an Uber Driver

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Last week, Uber vice president David Plouffe declared at a TechFestNW panel that the ride-sharing company had already recruited 500 drivers in Portland.
Among them: Eric Fruits, an economist and ch...   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by AARON MESH

Hijacked Hyatt

The fiercest opponent of a Convention Center hotel now wants to take control of it.


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Hotel financier Gordon Sondland has been fighting for a decade to stop construction of a headquarters hotel at the Oregon Convention Center that will compete with his business. As CEO of Pro   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 AARON MESH

Show Preview: Stephin Merritt, Darren Hanlon


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[ABECEDARIAN LOVE SONGS] While some avant-garde karaoke nights (cue Baby Ketten) would make a killing with Magnetic Fields songs, the recent audiences for the band and its glum, glam tunesmith Ste   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 AARON MESH

Oregonian Chairman N. Christian Anderson III is Leaving for The Eugene Register-Guard

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The Oregonian announced this morning that its chairman, N. Christian Anderson III, is leaving the newspaper to become editor and publisher of The Eugene Register-Guard.

Anderson became The Oregonian's publisher in late...   More
 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by AARON MESH

David Plouffe Tells Mayor Charlie Hales: Uber Will Help East Portland

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Five months after cutting a deal that brought ride-hailing app Uber to Portland, company vice president David Plouffe and Mayor Charlie Hales faced off at a TechFestNW forum last night.

Their conversation traveled to a surprising destination: East Portland.   More
 
Friday, May 1, 2015 by AARON MESH

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The city of Portland wants to put body cameras on its cops. Good luck getting to see the video.


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Mayor Charlie Hales wants Portland police to have body cameras. He’s also fine if it’s really difficult for you to see the video the cops record. The city of Portland has been the drivin   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 AARON MESH

The Oregon Legislature Gives Metro Cover Against a Public Vote on Convention Center Hyatt

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The Oregon Legislature has handed Metro extra protection against a public vote on the 600-room Hyatt hotel proposed for the Oregon Convention Center.

The state House today passed a bill assuring the project and its $78 million in taxpayer subsidies are exempt from a vote.

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Monday, April 27, 2015 by AARON MESH

Uber is Making Its Drivers Register with the City of Portland by Noon Tomorrow

UPDATE: Company will begin running cars at 2 pm Friday.

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UPDATE, 3:55 pm: Uber spokeswoman Kate Downen tells WW the company has finished its city paperwork and will begin running cars at 2 pm Friday.
ORIGINAL POST, 2:58 pm: When Portland City Council legalized Uber on Tuesday, it added a significant new piece of regulation to keep an eye on its drivers.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 by AARON MESH
 

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