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Oregon Pot Czar Tom Burns Fired Three Months into Job


Oregon Liquor Control Commission executive director Steven Marks today fired the agency's recreational marijuana director, Tom Burns.

Burns, who oversaw the creation of the state's medical marijuana program, was hired by the OLCC in December as the ...   More
Thursday, March 26, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Thunder Owner Terry Emmert Sells the Oregon Zoo a Dead Water Buffalo

It was a $2,800 lunch for the zoo's African lions.


What do you give the zoo that has everything? A dead water buffalo.

That’s the unusual offer Clackamas County heavy-hauling magnate Terry Emmert made the Oregon Zoo this month.

Emmert owns the Portland Thunder arena football team and a...   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by AARON MESH

Pay to Playground

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposes overhauling fees on developers to fund parks.

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is proposing a massive increase in some of the fees the city charges developers of new homes and commercial buildings. Fritz is proposing an overhaul of the fees   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Joint Ventures

Starting a pot business? These companies want to help.

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Alexa Divett is getting a contact high. Divett runs Maya Media Collective, a Northeast Portland company that is part of the commercial frenzy surrounding the legalization of marijuana in Orego   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Metro Takes Headquarters Hotel to Oregon Legislature, Seeking a Shield from Voter Referral


Opponents of a proposed 600-room Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center want voters to have a chance to weigh in on the project and its $78 million in taxpayer subsidies. They are currently in court battling Metro, the regional government that’s backing the hotel and wants to avoid a vote.

Metro is now trying to sidestep the court battle by asking state lawmakers for a...   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Water Bureau Chief David Shaff is Retiring


Portland Water Bureau director David Shaff, who oversaw controversial spending and successfully defended the city's utilities from a coup by business customers, is retiring.

Shaff announced his departure, planned for this summer, in an email to Portland City Council this morning.

"I cannot describe how proud I am to have worked for the Portland Water Bureau these past ...   More
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by AARON MESH

Police Body Cameras Could Cost Far More Than Expected, City Budget Officials Warn

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Amid recent protests of police violence, political momentum is increasing to require Portland Police Bureau officers to wear body cameras.

Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) has made body cameras part of    More
Monday, March 16, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Man Sues Uber for Driver Data Breach


A Portland man who used to drive for Uber has sued the ride-app company in a San Francisco federal court for failing to inform him and other contractors their personal information was exposed in a data breach.

Uber announced last month   More
Friday, March 13, 2015 by AARON MESH

OHSU Poised to Get Permanent Exemption to Records Law for Animal Researchers


Oregon Health and Science University lawyers just can’t keep their paws off the state’s public records law.

In 2003, the hospital got the Legislature to pass a special, temporary exemption to the law, to keep secret the identities of OHSU researchers who conduct medical experiments on animals (other than rodents), as well as the identities of companies supplying the equip...   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by AARON MESH

Dope Without Borders

Big Weed is coming—unless Salem erects a fence at the state line.

Meghan and Matt Walstatter often argue about who should cash in on legal weed in Oregon. The Walstatters run Pure Green Gardens, a Portland medical-marijuana grow with a dispensary in the Holl   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 AARON MESH

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