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State Court Throws Out Jack Bogdanski's Art Tax Lawsuit, Again

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The Oregon Tax Court has for a second time dismissed a lawsuit by Lewis & Clark Law School professor Jack Bogdanski against the Portland Arts Tax, upholding an earlier ruling that the court lacks jurisdiction.

Tax Court Judge Henry C. Breithaupt yesterday    More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by AARON MESH

New Allegations of Harassment in City Hall

Mayor's chief of staff subject of civil rights complaint.

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A staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has filed a state civil rights complaint alleging that the mayor’s chief of staff, Gail Shibley, pressured him into revealing that he is HIV-positive and then verbally harassed him because of his illness. In a complaint filed Jan. 14 with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, the staffer says Shibley called him a “skank�...   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by AARON MESH

The Belmont Goats Look to Lents for New Pasture

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The Portland Development Commission is considering a proposal to move the Belmont Goats to a vacant lot in Lents.

WW first reported in last week's cover story that the PDC, which owns 12 acres of vacant property in the Lents business dis...   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by AARON MESH

More Harassment In City Hall?

An aide to Mayor Charlie Hales says chief of staff Gail Shibley discriminated against him for being HIV-positive.


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A staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has filed a state civil rights complaint alleging that the mayor’s chief of staff, Gail Shibley, pressured him into revealing that he is HIV-positive a   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Somebody Made a Papier-Mâché Memorial to Working Kirk Reeves on the Hawthorne Bridge

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Over the past week, TriMet has been explaining why "Working" Kirk Reeves, the    More
 
Monday, January 27, 2014 by AARON MESH

Jim Francesconi Challenges Deborah Kafoury to Five Public Forums

Kafoury campaign: "This is just a stunt"

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The race for Multnomah County Chair just got a little louder.

Former Portland City Commissioner Jim Francesconi this morning challenged former Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury to five public forums over two months.

"Let's both put our cards on the table," Francesconi wrote Kafoury this morning, "and have a candid discussion about the county."...   More
 
Monday, January 27, 2014 by AARON MESH

Novick Using Committee, Phone Survey to Decide What Transportation to Fund

UPDATE: Phone survey costs $28,000

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UPDATE, 2:03 pm Friday, Jan. 24: The Portland Bureau of Transportation's phone survey, designed to decide how much money the city will seek to raise for the cash-strapped bureau, will cost the city $28,000.As WW previously reported, PBOT is paying for the poll, which is being conducted by Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall.PBOT released the cost estimate today in response to a req...   More
 
Friday, January 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

TriMet Bridge-Naming Chairman: Kirk Reeves Lacks Historical and Regional Significance

"This has never been a popularity contest."

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TriMet is dealing with public outcry over the revelation that it bypassed the most popular name suggestion for its new transit bridge, longtime street musician "Working" Kirk Reeves.

WW first reported Friday that...   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by AARON MESH

Razed & Confused

The city poured $96 million into reviving Lents. Where’s the rebirth of this East Portland neighborhood?


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In the past few months, Mayor Charlie Hales has talked about changing the way the city of Portland tries to bring struggling, rundown neighborhoods back to life. He calls it “place-making.”   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 AARON MESH

Steve Novick Trash-Talks The Oregonian, Dubs City Hall the "Council of Boom"

City commissioner goes Richard Sherman on the daily paper.

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Don't you open your mouth about the Novick.

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick today struck back at The Oregonian and its recent criticism of City Hall. His response<...   More
 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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