Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1470-1-.html Wed, 30 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 The Portland Index: Dead Pets Walking - Multnomah County’s animal shelter has cut its kill rate, but activists say it could do more. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20021-the_portland_index_dead_pets_walking_multnomah_countys_animal_shelter_has_cut_its_kill_rate_but_acti.html Not all lost, stray or unwanted pets end up at Multnomah County Animal Services, but when they do, its shelter is often the end of the line. “Private shelters can choose,” says Mike Oswa]]> Counting Cops - Police staffing levels will come under scrutiny as Charlie Hales pushes reforms. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19899-counting_cops_police_staffing_levels_will_come_under_scrutiny_as_charlie_hales_pushes_reforms.html Mayor-elect Charlie Hales will be returning to City Hall in January with big plans to reform the Portland Police Bureau. ]]> One Question: Would You Vote to Permit Construction of the CRC in its Current Form? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19755-one_question_would_you_vote_to_permit_construction_of_the_crc_in_its_current_form_.html The City of Portland has been a minor player in the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing—with its wide freeway bridges and light rail to Vancouver, Wash. But the mega-project will pro]]> The Portland Index: In Bondage - How much debt has Portland passed on to residents via bonds? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19818-the_portland_index_in_bondage_how_much_debt_has_portland_passed_on_to_residents_via_bonds.html Like most major cities, Portland puts the cost of many of its public essentials—sewers, parks and public safety—on the credit card. The bonds Portland has sold also paid for  urban rene]]>