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Why Name the Reynolds High School Shooter?

Recent shootings in Canada reveal a different approach by the news media.

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A day after a freshman at Reynolds High School shot and killed fellow student Emilio Hoffman in the gymnasium boy's locker room, Troutdale police began releasing new information about the school shooting.

Among the new details: Police named the 15-ye...   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

For White Men Only

Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring outside help to teach diversity to white male managers.


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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring an outside consultant to host a diversity seminar—for white men only. When Hales ran for mayor in 2012, he questioned whether Portland needed an Office of    More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick Asks Metro to Slow Down on MAX Tunnel Under OHSU

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Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick has for weeks been besieged by outrage over his plan to create a street fee changing Portland households up to $144 a year, as he tries to solve a road-paving backlog partly caused by big spending on capital projects. ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

The 10 Most Ridiculous Calls to City Hotline During Boil-Water Scare

"I’m not going to boil the water," one caller said. "My maid is out today."

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At least one Portland city worker found some levity while last month's boil-water warning was in effect.

Documents obtained by WW under Oregon public records law show that a Water Bureau engineer filling in at the call center compiled a list of the 10 most absurd questions he received after city officials warned Portlanders to boil their water May 23.

The email titled...   More
 
Thursday, June 5, 2014 by AARON MESH

Water Bureau Finds Two Dead Birds While Draining Mount Tabor Reservoir

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The Portland Water Bureau says it discovered two dead birds in a Mount Tabor reservoir while draining it in the wake of last month's boil-water notice.

A Water Bureau spokesman says the decaying carcasses may or may not have contributed to the positive E. coli test results that sparked    More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Fee For All

The wrong turns that Steve Novick took to raise more money for Portland’s roads.


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City Commissioner Steve Novick has led the parade for new road funding into a blind alley. He’s the architect of a plan to raise at least $40 million a year for transportation projects by crea   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Postpone Vote on Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick says he's open to reconsidering a sales tax or income tax.

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick are putting their proposed street fee on hold.

Sources at City Hall tell WW that Hales and Novick are postponing a City Council vote on a residential fee charging households $144 a year.

The vote was planned for Wednesday, but will be delayed until November.
Word of the d...   More
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Street Fee Didn't Have Crucial Third Vote: City Commissioner Amanda Fritz

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Here's one of the reasons Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick today announced a five-month delay in passing a street fee: Commissioner Amanda Fritz, their crucial third vote, told them she...   More
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Calls Nick Fish "Captain Renault," Answers His Questions on the Portland Street Fee

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Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick has responded to his colleague Nick Fish's 11 questions about the Portland street fee.

Judging from the tone of the email, this is not the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Novick starts the letter with "Dear Captain Renault"—a reference to the corrupt military police officer in Casablanca who was    More
 
Monday, June 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

Here Are Nick Fish's 11 Unanswered Questions on the Portland Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick suggests Fish should lower water and sewer bills for the poor.

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City Commissioner Nick Fish has a lot of questions about the Portland street fee.

He tried to raise those questions at last night's public hearing, but was rebuffed by Mayor Charlie Hales and Co...   More
 
Friday, May 30, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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