Strike Out

Friction between labor and management could have long-term consequences for Portland.

News Stories
Two of Portland’s biggest organized labor groups spent the last week girding for the latest skirmishes in a larger campaign. “I would never compare myself to a brave American soldier fighting    More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

1,600 City Employees Reject New Labor Contract


Members of the District Council of Trade Unions last night rejected a new contract with the City of Portland—repudiating a bargain reached by city officials and their own leadership after a year of negotiations."I have not quite wrapped my head around what happened here," says Rob Wheaton, the DCTU's chief negotiator.The DCTU represents more than 1,600 city workers, ranging from janitorial employees ...   More
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 AARON MESH

Paying the Piper

Voters approved a tax to fund the arts. Now the city faces the high price of collecting it.

News Stories
More than 61 percent of Portland voters checked “yes” on a Nov. 6 ballot measure to raise millions in new taxes to hire more art and music teachers and help bankroll arts organizations. They   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Retired Parks Bureau Plumber Challenges Occupy Portland’s Clean-Up Tab

The real pests occupying city buildings.

Occupy Portland reportedly did $85,000 in damage during its 39-day stay in Lownsdale and Chapman squares-—this according to the Parks & Recreation Bureau. But a retired Parks Bureau plumbe   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Hollywood-Friendly Bargains

Does the City of Portland receive remuneration from NBC for shooting Grimm here?

Dr. Know
Shooting for the new NBC [TV] series Grimm seems to be everywhere I turn. Does the City of Portland receive remuneration   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Portland Aerial Tram Hires Goats


The Portland Aerial Tram's temporary ground crew will work on all fours this weekend. It turns out that OHSU Tram is hiring six Angora, Boer and Alpine goats named Mo, Ella, Brunhilda, Olivia, Cecelia and Clarence to "mow" the Lower Station lawn this weekend, June 25 and 26.“With summer finally here, the Lower Station lawn is ready for its first trim of the season, goats are not only an environmentally ...   More
Thursday, June 23, 2011 KAREN LOCKE

City Hall: Bureaucrats Urge Caution Over Randy Leonard's Computer Plan

The final item on tomorrow's City Council agenda likely will produce the most contentious debate among commissioners. That item concerns the Bureau of Development Services' recent request for money to implement a new computerized permit-tracking system. BDS, which Commissioner Randy Leonard oversees, issues building permits. Amid the recession, revenue has fallen precipitously, prompting massive ...   More
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Bike Count 2010: City Says Bike Trips Back on the Upswing

The number of bike trips in Portland showed an increase in 2010 compared with 2009, when the number of bike trips in Portland dropped for the first time since 1995 amid the recession. By how much and where won't be known until next week, when the Portland Bureau of Transportation releases its annual bicycle-count report for 2010, which measured bike commuting between July 20 and Sept. 30. An ...   More
Saturday, November 20, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

There's No Such Thing as Free Lunch or Free Parking Today

Fair warning: While most non-emergency City of Portland employees have the day off today, parking-meter attendants do not. They're working overtime, which means there is NO free parking in Portland today. And now that Thanksgiving is over, you're free to complain about this situation. Just make sure to leave Commissioner Randy Leonard out of your kvetch-fest. When city commissioners approved ...   More
Friday, November 26, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mental Health Funding and the Mayor's 2011 State of the City Speech

Mental Health

Mayor Sam Adams' annual state-of-the-city address takes place on Feb. 18, less than a month from now. And if you're wondering what the mayor may highlight at the City Club of Portland event, let us help narrow the field. Mental health won't be the only topic the mayor discusses, but it will be on his list. Last year, Portland's 2010-11 budget offered a relatively modest allocation of $540,000 ...   More
Friday, January 21, 2011 BETH SLOVIC


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