JUICY SUITS: Portland Cyclist Takes on Bike Gallery, Trek and a Dog Owner

Bike Bicycle

A Portland cyclist is suing Bike Gallery, Trek Bicycle Corp. and a dog owner over a 2009 road accident.In a suit filed June 30 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, cyclist Michael Fitzpatrick claims he bought a Trek from the Portland retail chain Bike Gallery in 2006. The suit does not specify what type of bike Fitzpatrick bought or which of the chain's three locations he patronized.Fitzpatrick's suit ...   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Officer in Shotgun Shooting Was Involved in Previous Videotaped Incident

Portland Police Badge

The Central Precinct officer cops say mistakenly fired five shotgun rounds instead of beanbags at a man disobeying police orders Thursday was involved in a 2008 incident where a video camera recorded him aggressively rousting suspected drug dealers. The officer, Dane Reister, also ticketed the cameraman, though the Multnomah County district attorney's office declined to prosecute him. Reister and ...   More
Friday, July 1, 2011 COREY PAUL

Get Ready For Your Library Tax

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Last year, Multnomah County voters approved giving county commissioners the ability creation a permanent  taxing district to support the county's 19-branch library system.The 2010 vote—which passed be a 3 to 1 margin—changed the county charter to give county commissioners the right to ask voters to tax themselves to support the library. The idea was pitched as a way of giving the library a ...   More
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Activist's Boat to Gaza Hitting Rough Political Waters

Erin DeRamus Gaza Flotilla

A boat trying to run Israel's blockade of Gaza with a Portland activist on board is hitting turbulent political weather as it prepares to set sail from Greece.Portland activist Erin DeRamus is part of a flotilla of 10 ships trying to visit Gaza in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Last year, Israeli special forces killed nine civilians trying to break the blockade.The all-American crew of DeRamus' ...   More
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Mayor Sam Adams' Delay Prompts Multnomah County Sheriff to Close the File on River Patrol Plan (Updated With Adams' Response)


After waiting more than three months to hear back from Mayor Sam Adams about Adams' own plan to have Portland take over river-patrol duties, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton on Tuesday sent Adams a stinging letter calling the matter "closed.""Unfortunately, even after numerous attempts by my staff to contact your office over the last three months, we have been unable to further the inquiry or come ...   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Douchebags Not Alllowed: Barmuda Triangle's Ankeny Car-Free Zone Is a Go

Dustin Knox Central Ankeny Barmuda

Following up on our story about business owners' efforts to clean up the nightlife in downtown Portland: The city is set turn one block of Southwest Ankeny Street into a car-free zone with outdoor tables for diners.The City Council is set June 15 to consider a proposal from the Portland Bureau of Transportation to make Ankeny car-free between 2nd and 3rd avenues starting June 21. The proposal came ...   More
Thursday, May 26, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

PR Industrial Complex: The Port of Portland


 Our ongoing investigation of government spending on public relations continues with a new local public agency added to the list: the Port of Portland.The Port is the eighth public agency we've surveyed to find out how many PR personnel they employ and how much money goes toward their salaries. Our list includes only those public employees directly involved in passing information to the press ...   More
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Fish Identifies Apartment Owners Named in Discrimination Audit

Nick Fish

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish has released the names of the owners and managers of 26 apartment buildings where a recent audit found evidence of housing discrimination. The documents list the properties where the Fair Housing Council of Oregon audit found evidence of discrimination based on race or national origin. One document (PDF) lists specific incidents discovered by investigators, and ...   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 BRENT WALTH

The Next Election: Cogen Eyes the Mayor's Office

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While ballots are still being counted in Tuesday's election, one high-profile local politician is already looking to the future.Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen told WW earlier this week that he was waiting until after the election to begin seriously exploring whether to run for Portland mayor in 2012. Besides running the county, Cogen had also been working on the campaign to pass the Portland Public ...   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Cannabis Activist Paul Stanford Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion


 Longtime Portland marijuana activist Paul Stanford today pleaded guilty in Marion County Circuit Court to one count of Oregon personal income-tax evasion. Stanford agreed to a sentence of 18 months' probation and 160 hours of community service.The charge stems from Stanford's failure to file a 2009 tax return. He was also accused of failing to file his 2008 return when he was indicted earlier ...   More
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 JAMES PITKIN


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