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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

protest bike cops by sam stites

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

Cathedral Park Neighbors Crowdfunding to Save 150-Year-Old Oak Tree


We thought that we would never see / a web campaign to save a tree.Now we have—thanks to a group of residents in the Cathedral Park neighborhood who have taken to the website GoFundMe to raise $3,000 and save a 150-year-old Oregon oak from being chopped down.

The oak sits on city property. But...   More
Monday, March 9, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales Will Seek Re-election in 2016


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has made it official: He's running for re-election in 2016.

Hales announced his decision to The Portland Tribune editorial board this afternoon. Hales' announcement comes after two months of fending off potenti...   More
Friday, March 6, 2015 by AARON MESH

OLCC Tells Oregon Legislature: Track Medical Weed, or Keep it Away from Recreational Pot


In a strongly worded letter to the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says medical marijuana threatens to destabilize the recreational weed market which state voters approved last November.

The OLCC's memo, deli...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Legislature Considering Bills to Mandate Insurance for Uber and Lyft

Cab companies backing the legislation; Uber wants lawmakers to wait


The Portland cab industry’s fight with ride app Uber is driving to Salem.

An alliance of taxi companies is backing a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would require transportation companies like Ube...   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by AARON MESH

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