Multnomah County District Attorney Won't Investigate Sewer Building

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Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill will not investigate allegations of contracting violations on a $12.6 million Bureau of Environmental Services office that tripled in cost.Underhill's office sent a letter this afternoon to backers of a ballot initiative that would remove control of Portland's water and sewer utilities from City Hall.It says his office will wait to see the outcome ...   More
 
Monday, May 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Orders All Big Spending Changes Debated by City Council

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants to reform city code to force debate on big-ticket contracts like the Bureau of Environmental Services office building that tripled in cost without City Council discussion.Hales sent a memo to all city bureau directors on Tuesday that orders all contract increases over $1 million to be immediately taken off the City Council's consent agenda, where items considered ...   More
 
Thursday, May 8, 2014 AARON MESH

Streetcar Money Arrives Late in Water District Ballot Fight

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has been working the after-hours phones and sending out mass emails trying to raise money to fight the ballot measure that would remove City Hall's control of water and sewer utilities.Those pleas have now netted donations from Hales' longtime allies in streetcar construction—including his former employer. HDR, Inc., the engineering company where Hales worked for a decade ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Fish Flushes $4,200 Sewer Calendar

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Facing a ballot-initiative battle over control of Portland utilities, City Commissioner Nick Fish is trying to show he's cutting costs at the water and sewer bureaus.The latest casualty? The Bureau of Environmental Services' 2014 wall calendar. Fish has instructed the bureau not to print next year's calendar, which costs $4,200. "Commissioner Fish is looking for any opportunity to show that we're good ...   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 AARON MESH

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The City Auditor says spending on unrelated programs may be soaking water and sewer ratepayers.


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A new audit questions recent decisions by the Portland City Council to spend funds collected from water and sewer users on city programs    More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

What to Do About All the Damn Puddles


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The season of soggy socks is upon us, as leaf-clogged storm drains spawn treacherous pools across Portland. They lie in wait, dark and still and nearly indistinguishable from the pavement beneath, until an inattentive pedestrian plunges in, calf-deep. Even the alert walker must hike 'round the lake, which sometimes covers half an intersection. So don't just pass a flooded drain by with a ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

What to Do About All the Damn Puddles


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The season of soggy socks is upon us, as leaf-clogged storm drains spawn treacherous pools across Portland. They lie in wait, dark and still and nearly indistinguishable from the pavement beneath, until an inattentive pedestrian plunges in, calf-deep. Even the alert walker must hike ’round the lake, which sometimes covers half an intersection. So don’t just pass a flooded drain ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

City Hall: Fritz and Saltzman Push Sewer-Rate Compromise


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Mayor Sam Adams is expected to release a "recalibrated" 2010-11 budget very soon. Meantime, Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Amanda Fritz are pushing ahead with a compromise on next year's sewer rates, an as-yet unresolved element of the mayor's proposed budget. This year, as part of a regularly scheduled rate review, the Bureau of Environmental Services asked the mayor to increase ratepayers' ...   More
 
Monday, May 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Invasive Plant Warning: Pokeweed


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The City of Portland is calling for vigilance in preventing the spread of pokeweed—an invasive and toxic plant (with a great name). Pokeweed, a perennial berry-producing plant, has been spotted by more than one Portland resident, according to the Bureau of Environmental Services. The plant's berries are poisonous to humans. Birds spread the plant's seeds after eating and digesting the ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Jason Slotkin

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