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The Prostitution Report

A sex-worker treatment program fails key benchmarks and raises privacy questions.

News Stories
Three years ago, prostitution was engulfing 82nd Avenue. Arrests were up 43 percent. Sex workers stalked the avenue day and night. Shady johns trolled the street   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Another Portland Reporter Flees Journalism for a Government PR Job (Updated with Neves Comment)


One of the only TV reporters who consistently covered Portland City Hall has jumped ship to take a job at City Hall.The Portland Office of Emergency Management today announced hiring Randy Neves, a reporter for KGW News, as the bureau's new public information officer. “I’m excited that he’s joining our team and bringing his ideas, energy and media experience to the public sector," the burea...   More
Monday, July 11, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Rainbow Gathering in Washington Was a Bum Trip for Some

Rainbow Gathering

In case you missed it, about 19,000 hippies gathered outside Trout Lake, Wash., over the July 4 weekend for the Annual Rainbow Gathering. The countercultural "intentional community" has been going on each year since 1972. This year's event took place in a    More
Thursday, July 7, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

JUICY SUITS: Portland Cyclist Takes on Bike Gallery, Trek and a Dog Owner

Bike Bicycle

A Portland cyclist is suing Bike Gallery, Trek Bicycle Corp. and a dog owner over a 2009 road accident.In a suit filed June 30 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, cyclist Michael Fitzpatrick claims he bought a Trek from the Portland retail chain Bike Gallery in 2006. The suit does not specify what type of bike Fitzpatrick bought or which of the chain's three locations he patronized.
Fitzpatrick'...   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Randy’s To-Do List

Five tasks for Portland’s toughest commissioner before he retires from City Hall.

City Hall
Love him or hate him, Portland will be a more boring place without City Commissioner Randy Leonard. Leonard’s face would turn scarlet at the comparison, but in his nine-plus years on the City Cou   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Randy Leonard Endorses Adams for Mayor, Fires Warning Shot at Cogen


City Commissioner Randy Leonard may be exiting City Hall, but he's not yet giving up his influence over Portland politics.
Fresh off his announcement Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in 2012, Leonard tells WW he will endorse Mayor Sam Adams if Adams chooses to run for a second term next year. The two men have been close allies on the City Council.
"If Sam runs, I will endorse him,...   More
Thursday, June 30, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

City Selects Two Sites for New Portland Loos

Randy Leonard loo

Visitors to the North Park Blocks and South Park Blocks in downtown Portland will soon have a new place to relieve themselves. City officials have selected those sites for two new Portland loos.Commissioner Randy Leonard, who heads the  Water Bureau, says the sites were chosen after   More
Thursday, June 30, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Novick Hires Political Team, But is Mum on When Randy Leonard Decided to Retire

Steve Novick

Today, on the same day Commissioner Randy Leonard announced he would not seek re-election in 2012, candidate Steve Novick went live with his own campaign website in a bid to take over Leonard's seat on Portland City Council.Novick and Leonard are longtime friends (Leonard endorsed Novick in the 2008 U.S. Senate ra...   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Trash Cop

Bobby Heaukulani is the only detective in the nation investigating illegal dumps.

Cover Story
Growing up on Army bases in the South, Bobby Heaukulani’s favorite TV show was Hill Street Blues. He liked to play with BB guns. When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he always said polic   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Activist's Boat to Gaza Hitting Rough Political Waters

Erin DeRamus Gaza Flotilla

A boat trying to run Israel's blockade of Gaza with a Portland activist on board is hitting turbulent political weather as it prepares to set sail from Greece.
Portl...   More
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN
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