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Mayor Tells City Bureaus To Prepare For Big Cuts

Mayor Sam Adams

Citing "uncertainty surrounding the economic outlook," Portland Mayor Sam Adams told city bureau directors today to hold back on new spending requests for next year's budget, and to prepare for "significant program cuts"—between 4 and 8 percent—in the next fiscal year.“A full economic recovery has not yet happened. Unemployment is still very high, and few economists are predicting the type o...   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 by COREY PEIN

Outgreened and Uncounted

Oregon spent hundreds of millions to create “green” jobs, but it can’t say how many it got.

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It was supposed to be the New Deal of our time: billions in federal spending to create “green jobs” that would...
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 COREY PEIN

Campaign Filler From Jefferson Smith

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Wednesday's WW described Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith as "famously scattered and frenetic."Today, we got the following email—filled with gibberish—from Smith's campaign. It might seem to provide  evidence to support the above description. Then again, it was evidently not Smi...   More
Thursday, September 22, 2011 by COREY PEIN

Playing the Wired Card

Jefferson Smith starts the marathon mayor’s race half-blind and stumbling. Here’s why he could still catch up.

State Rep. Jefferson Smith’s campaign for mayor isn’t off to an awe-inspiring start.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 COREY PEIN

Groupon Backlash Inspires Forum Tonight


Tonight at 6 pm at Portland Community College's CLIMB center on Southeast Water Street will host a forum for local business owners called the "changing face of retail."The title is as dull as all-get-out, but if you're a retailer, this event may actually be worth your time. It was put together in part by Sarah Shaoul, owner of    More
Thursday, September 15, 2011 by COREY PEIN

Public Paydays

City and county workers aren’t getting rich—but they’re doing better than their neighbors.

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Mayor Sam Adams and other local leaders want to attract renewed attention to growing economic disparities across the city (“Equally Confused,” WW, Aug. 31, 2011). There’s one gap they may pr   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 COREY PEIN

The Campaign Cash Trail

Financial reports for the mayor’s race show key differences between Charlie Hales and Eileen Brady.

Even the joyless, pitiful souls who spent this summer paying attention to a City Hall election...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 COREY PEIN

Jefferson Smith Is Running For Mayor


Bus Project founder and State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) announced today that he will run for mayor. The current field of candidates to replace Mayor Sam Adams includes former City Commissioner Charlie Hales and New Seasons Market co-founder Eileen Brady.
WW previously reported that Smith wa...   More
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 by COREY PEIN

Who Are The Highest-Paid City of Portland Employees? New Salary Data For 9,000 City Workers


As promised in this week's print edition of WW, here is the compensation information for every city of Portland employee in the 2011 fiscal year.

There are approximately 9,000 names in all; the list is broken up alphabetically. Use the quick links to navigate: <...   More
Thursday, September 8, 2011 by COREY PEIN

Light During Wartime

Oregon missed the 9/11-industrial train, but one local defense contractor has thrived.

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Since 2001, the U.S. government has spent $8 trillion on defense and homeland security, but that largesse has resulted in few local jobs. Oregon receives roughly one-fifth the national average in    More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 COREY PEIN
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