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Space of Waste

An office building project for city sewer engineers triples in cost to $11.4 million—at the worst possible time.


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In December 2011, a coalition of angry water and sewer ratepayers sued the city of Portland. Their basic allegation: The city had squandered $127 million in ratepayers’ money on questionable p   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AARON MESH

State Board to Cover Oregon: Drop Dead

Oregon will move its health-insurance exchange to federal website

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The state of Oregon is dumping its failed health-insurance exchange Cover Oregon and joining the federal website, the Associated Press reports.

The vote by the Cover Oregon board this morning comes after the state spent $248 million on its exchange, without ever signing up a single customer through its website. Oregon becomes the first state to abandon its online h...   More
 
Friday, April 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

Ed McNamara, Mayor Charlie Hales' Urban Renewal Advisor, is Leaving City Hall

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The advisor leading Mayor Charlie Hales' remodel of urban renewal is leaving City Hall.

Ed McNamara, the mayor's policy director overseeing the Portland Development Commission, says he will return in June to his private development company, Turtle Island Development LLC.

"I told [Hales] I wanted to do two years when I agreed to do this," McNamara tells WW...   More
 
Friday, April 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick Yanking Endorsement of Fellow Commissioner Dan Saltzman's Re-election

Saltzman criticized Novick's plan for a $12-a-month transportation fee.

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Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick is furious over comments his fellow Commissioner Dan Saltzman made to WW this week questioning whether the Portland Bureau of Transportation needs a new street maintenance fee.

How angry is he? Sou...   More
 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

NW Natural Will Spare Gas and Coke Building If Advocates Can Raise $2 Million

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Preservation advocates trying to save the decaying, 101-year-old Gas and Coke Building are making progress.

They say the building’s owner, NW Natural, has offered it a reprieve from demolition—for a price.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

Talkin’ Bull

Lies and money are flowing fast in the bitter war over Portland’s tap water. Here’s the unfiltered truth.


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Portland’s hidden treasure lies nearly 50 miles east of the city, ringed by Douglas fir and protected by gates and guards. Bull Run Lake, a rain-fed oval nestled in the shadow of Mount Hood, suppl   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 AARON MESH

Rep. Shemia Fagan Secures $1.9 Million for East Portland Crosswalks

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Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-East Portland) keeps finding money to help people walk safely at the eastern edge of the city.

Fagan and Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson (D-East Portland) announced this morning they have secured $1.9 million in state funding to install flashing beacons at 18 crosswalks. They urged Portland City Council to contribute its own funding.

“We ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by AARON MESH

Trader Joe's Turns Down Mayor Charlie Hales' Offer for Revived Project on MLK Boulevard

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The plan to bring a Trader Joe's to Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is dead again.

Representatives of the specialty grocer called Mayor Charlie Hales' office Friday to say they won't reconsider a proposal to build on a two-acre property owned by the Portland Development Commission.

“I told them it was a shame because that section of Portland is vibra...   More
 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by AARON MESH

PBOT Shows Businesses Their Possible Street-Fee Bill

How much would a brewpub pay into the new transportation fee? $604 a month.

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Portland businesses could pay bills ranging from $6 a month to $2,241 a month if the city creates a new "street maintenance fee" to fund the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

City Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT director Leah Treat debuted the commercial side of the fee plan to a meeting of business owners on Wednesday morning.

The business fees would ...   More
 
Friday, April 18, 2014 by AARON MESH

"No Clear Answers" About How City Property Would End Up in a Water District's Hands, Internal City Hall Memo Says

Measure backer says City Attorney's memo is wrong.

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As Portland City Hall braces itself for a May vote that could strip its authority over its water and sewer bureaus, the city's lawyers are scrambling to understand what the ballot measure could mean for Portland property and finances.

The sh...   More
 
Friday, April 18, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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