Willamette Week - z-Miss Dish http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-11-1-z_miss_dish.html Sat, 25 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Jeff Cogen’s Double Life - Public documents contradict the County Chairman’s account of his affair. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20947-jeff_cogens_double_life_public_documents_contradict_the_county_chairmans_account_of_his_affair.html Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen could not have seemed more sincere last week as he confessed an affair with a county employee named Sonia Manhas. “My family is hurting,” Cogen told WW o]]> Elizabeth Lynn Dunham: May 12, 1961-Jan. 16, 2011 - More Than a Victim. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16895-elizabeth_lynn_dunham_may_12_1961_jan_16_2011_more_than_a_victim.html On Jan. 23, The Sunday Oregonian published an obituary for Elizabeth Dunham, who had died a week earlier at 49.  Nothing in the five-paragraph obit indicated that when she died, Dunham]]> The 30-Year Secret - A crime, a cover-up and the way it shaped Oregon. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-3198-the_30_year_secret_a_crime_a_cover_up_and_the_way_it_shaped_oregon.html The Crucifixion of Geoff Thompson - One man’s obsession with the Viewpoint Inn left smoking ruins, stiffed creditors and angry brides. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18016-the_crucifixion_of_geoff_thompson_one_mans_obsession_with_the_viewpoint_inn_left_smoking_ruins_stiff.html Like rubberneckers at a car crash, gawkers flock to the Viewpoint Inn. Some inch close to the cliff at the edge of the property and gaze...]]> Your Teacher Is F’d - The Oregon Education Association gave Kitzhaber more than a million bucks, and now he’s giving it pay cuts and pink slips. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17246-your_teacher_is_fd_the_oregon_education_association_gave_kitzhaber_more_than_a_million_bucks_and_now.html Someday soon, Gov. John Kitzhaber will sit across a conference table from Richard Sanders, the little-known man ]]> A Bridge Too False - Turns out most of the case for the $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing Isn’t true. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17566-a_bridge_too_false_turns_out_most_of_the_case_for_the_%2436_billion_columbia_river_crossing_isnt_tru.html If anyone should love the idea of creating jobs and boosting the Oregon economy, it’s Katie Eyre Brewer.  Eyre Brewer is a freshman Republican representative from Hillsboro, as well as a form]]> Bad Neighbor - One wealthy Portlander’s tool kit for conflict resolution: tasers, chain saws and “coffee bombs.” http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17757-bad_neighbor_one_wealthy_portlanders_tool_kit_for_conflict_resolution_tasers_chain_saws_and_%E2%80%9.html On Aug. 22, the most expensive home ever sold in Southeast Portland will be auctioned on the steps of the Multnomah County Courthouse.  ]]> The Hard Truth About Oregon's Prisons: They Work - So why does Gov. John Kitzhaber want to “reform” them? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20373-the_hard_truth_about_oregons_prisons_they_work_so_why_does_gov_john_kitzhaber_want_to_%E2%80%9Crefor.html Oregon has one of America’s best prison systems.  Gov. John Kitzhaber knows that. After all, he helped build it. When Kitzhaber was governor from 1995 to 2003, he spent hundreds of millions]]> WHO KNEW - Long before Neil Goldschmidt's secret became public, many influential Oregonians knew something about it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-3935-who_knew_long_before_neil_goldschmidts_secret_became_public_many_influential_oregonians_knew_somethi.html Chief Looks Like A Lady - Commissioner Leonard takes a fire ax to the glass ceiling in choosing a chief for a troubled fire bureau. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18814-chief_looks_like_a_lady_commissioner_leonard_takes_a_fire_ax_to_the_glass_ceiling_in_choosing_a_chie.html Twenty years ago, Portland Fire & Rescue employed only four female firefighters.  Last week, City Commissioner Randy Leonard stunned...]]> Bus Boy - Jefferson Smith built a political machine. Now he’s trying to drive it to City Hall. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18963-bus_boy_jefferson_smith_built_a_political_machine_now_hes_trying_to_drive_it_to_city_hall.html On a recent Saturday morning, a sleepy-eyed retired auto-parts worker named Gavin Griffin opened the door of his Sabin-neighborhood home to find a blond giant on his doorstep.  The strang]]> It’s All in the Game - Rob Cornilles’ pursuit of tax breaks and his shrinking company challenge his campaign image as a “Job Creator.” http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18529-its_all_in_the_game_rob_cornilles_pursuit_of_tax_breaks_and_his_shrinking_company_challenge_his_camp.html Rob Cornilles hasn’t seen his campaign message that he’s a “job creator” go quite like he’d hoped.  Cornilles is the Republican nominee in the Jan. 31 special election to replace fo]]> Brown’s Labored Credibility - A legal opinion shows the Secretary of State mishandled the labor commissioner’s race. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18988-browns_labored_credibility_a_legal_opinion_shows_the_secretary_of_state_mishandled_the_labor_commiss.html State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) has cause to be irate. Starr is running for state labor commissioner, a nonpartisan race that suddenly appears partisan.]]> Burning Money - Portland loves its firefighters—and that’s allowed the fire bureau to become one of the most wasteful operations in the city. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19705-burning_money_portland_loves_its_firefighters%E2%80%94and_thats_allowed_the_fire_bureau_to_become_on.html Portland Fire & Rescue’s newest ladder truck is one of the most sophisticated machines of its kind, a 78,000-pound, gleaming red...]]> Booze Wars - Grocers think they can finally break the state’s 80-year, nearly $500 million monopoly—but at what cost? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18678-booze_wars_grocers_think_they_can_finally_break_the_states_80_year_nearly_%24500_million_monopoly%E2.html Steve Pharo has something just outside his Milwaukie office door that Joe Gilliam wants—$70 million worth of vodka, whiskey, tequila and every other distilled spirit sold in Oregon. PHARO - IM]]> Chaos to Checkmate - Mayor Adams and Occupy Portland played a game in city parks. Police Chief Reese won. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18220-chaos_to_checkmate_mayor_adams_and_occupy_portland_played_a_game_in_city_parks_police_chief_reese_wo.html Occupy Portland had countless moments of beauty, absurdity and anger. In the end, it was downright ugly. The 39 days of occupation in Lownsdale and Chapman squares began as an idealistic stateme]]> Perfectly Legal - How one lawmaker uses campaign money to subsidize his mortgage, pay his bar tabs and explore Canada. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17463-perfectly_legal_how_one_lawmaker_uses_campaign_money_to_subsidize_his_mortgage_pay_his_bar_tabs_and_.html When elected officials provided their statements of economic interest to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission last month]]> The $2.5 Billion Bribe - Oregon’s Supreme Court says light-rail politics drove plans for a new I-5 bridge. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18881-the_%2425_billion_bribe_oregons_supreme_court_says_light_rail_politics_drove_plans_for_a_new_i_5_bri.html The Oregon Supreme Court has succeeded in doing what scores of public meetings, thousands of pages of reports...]]> The Smartest Guy in the Room - What does Reed College know about John Kroger that people in Oregon politics don’t? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19275-the_smartest_guy_in_the_room_what_does_reed_college_know_about_john_kroger_that_people_in_oregon_pol.html On July 1, John Richard Kroger will become the 15th president in the 101-year history of Reed College.  He will earn...]]> Oregon’s Scariest Cops - Think the Portland Police have problems? Take a look next door. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12282-oregonrss_scariest_cops_think_the_portland_police_have_problems_take_a_look_next_door.html Adams' Admission - Mayor Sam Adams tells <i>WW</i> he lied about not having sex with Beau Breedlove. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10085-adams_admission_mayor_sam_adams_tells_ww_he_lied_about_not_having_sex_with_beau_breedlove.html Maxed Out at the Urban League - Auditors say the nonprofit group’s president used the League’s credit card for questionable spending. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18310-maxed_out_at_the_urban_league_auditors_say_the_nonprofit_groups_president_used_the_leagues_credit_ca.html The president of the Urban League of Portland is under scrutiny by county auditors for more than $44,000 of questionable spending. Over the past 2½ years, Urban League President Marcus C. Mun]]> Running Out the Meter - Who among the city hall hopefuls has best avoided the parking patrol? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18110-running_out_the_meter_who_among_the_city_hall_hopefuls_has_best_avoided_the_parking_patrol.html Public records offer clues about what politicians are really like. Do they pay their bills, vote or license their dogs? And what about parking tickets? All the major City Hall candidates have them an]]> Hot House - Strippers and union goons, fetuses and convicts—they’re all appearing in the fierce battle for control of the Oregon House. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19813-hot_house_strippers_and_union_goons_fetuses_and_convicts%E2%80%94theyre_all_appearing_in_the_fierce_.html Observers of the Portland mayor’s race have whined about campaign tactics this year. But running for City Hall is like sipping high tea...]]> The Runaway Bridge Budget - State transportation officials stood by as planning costs for the Interstate 5 Columbia River Crossing ballooned. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18141-the_runaway_bridge_budget_state_transportation_officials_stood_by_as_planning_costs_for_the_intersta.html The freeway project Oregon and Washington want to build across the Columbia River has already cost taxpayers $136 million.]]> Barred - A top Lewis & Clark law student committed a sex crime involving a 13-year-old boy. Now he wants the school to take him back. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19583-barred_a_top_lewis_clark_law_student_committed_a_sex_crime_involving_a_13_year_old_boy_now_he_wants_.html Lewis & Clark Law School Dean Robert Klonoff is in a tough spot these days. Legal jobs are disappearing across the country, and...]]> Pedaling By Her Own Rules - A 2003 police report says Eileen Brady told an officer to back off because she had ‘close friends’ at city hall. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18015-pedaling_by_her_own_rules_a_2003_police_report_says_eileen_brady_told_an_officer_to_back_off_because.html Eight years ago, Eileen Brady ignored a police officer’s order to walk her bike through Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
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Bad Teacher - Gov. Kitzhaber’s school reforms mark a decline in teachers’ union influence. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17670-bad_teacher_gov_kitzhabers_school_reforms_mark_a_decline_in_teachers_union_influence.html The state’s most powerful political force got rolled in the 2011 Legislature.  Last week, Gov. John Kitzhaber and his allies rammed a dozen education bills through roadblocks erected by the ]]> The Muck, Raked - What really happens to the food scraps you leave out on the curb. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19427-the_muck_raked_what_really_happens_to_the_food_scraps_you_leave_out_on_the_curb.html Stacy Jones rolls a green composting cart up to the Cloudburst Recycling truck he’s parked at Southeast 21st Avenue and Pine Street.  Jones latches the metal bar on the front of the bi]]> Not What the Doctors Ordered - Physicians who treat medicaid patients join forces against Kitzhaber’s health reforms. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18239-not_what_the_doctors_ordered_physicians_who_treat_medicaid_patients_join_forces_against_kitzhabers_h.html The biggest bet Gov. John Kitzhaber has placed in his third term is that he can save Oregon billions by shaking up the way the state pays for medical care. Right now, Oregon pays the medical bill]]>