Paradise City

Take me to Vancouver, where the grass is legal and gays can marry.


Cover Story
Civilization beckons with red and orange lights. They’re faint at first, glowing brighter as you drive north. The little green sign marking the border sneaks up on you. “Entering Washington,   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Lunch Pail Tales

Adult story time, with sandwiches.


Books
Don’t worry, there aren’t any beanbag chairs, and these books of stories don’t have any pretty pictures. Lunch Pail Tales: A Story Hour for Grown-ups is exactly what it sounds like: an adult   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Light Rail Bridge to Nowhere: Clark County Voters Are Saying No to MAX Tax

A defeat would be a setback for the Columbia River Crossing Project

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News
Clark County voters are leaning against a sales tax for light rail tonight. And while a defeat may not derail the Columbia River Crossing, it would represent the start of a long, new fight.Many in the county framed the vote—a 0.1 percent sales tax increase—as a referendum on the entire $3.5 billion CRC project, and results this evening show the measure failing by 56 percent to 44 percent. The measure ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Vancouver Republican's Self-Funded Campaign Breaks Records

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News
As Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz spends her own money to stay in City Hall, and a lumber baron pumps money toward conservative candidates in Clackistan, a wealthy businessman in Clark County has combined those two techniques. He's using his fortune to sway voters north of the Columbia River.Republican David Madore, owner of U.S. Digital in East Vancouver, has shattered local elections spending ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Throw Voters From the Train

A Clark County measure to fund light rail has become a referendum on the CRC.


News Stories
The Columbia River Crossing is already in big trouble.  The proposed Interstate 5 spans between Oregon and Washington have a flawed design, the backers lack firm plans to...   More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Headout: Potty Party

Is Vancouver ready for Gender-Neutral Bathroom Week?


Headout
If Ally McBeal taught us anything, it’s that unisex public restrooms would not lead to total social degradation, but rather to zany plot twists and dance numbers. Yet for all of our societal p   More
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Portland-Vancouver Will Try Again to Host 2012 Presidential Debate

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News
It's the year before a presidential election, and supporters of bringing a presidential debate to Portland are trying again for 2012.Similar efforts have failed before. But project manager Mark Kirchmeier says debate organizers have met with officials at the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission and Oregon Convention Center to discuss details on submitting an application to the U.S. Commission ...   More
 
Friday, January 28, 2011 HANK STERN

And The Local Place Making America's List of Gayest Cities Is ...


News
Vancouver, Wash., at least according to The Advocate. The Advocate's 2011 annual gay and lesbian census lists the top 16 gayest U.S. cities and ranks Vancouver as number 6. So, why Vancouver and not Portland, which has an openly gay mayor? The LGBT mag's Mike Albo writes that it's because gay and lesbian Portlanders are moving across the river to settle down in Vancouver. The city of 165,000 ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Another Cop to Sue the City of Vancouver


News
More trouble ahead potentially for Vancouver's police department. Earlier this fall, WW reported that the City of Vancouver agreed to pay a record-breaking settlement in the wrongful discrimination case of a former Vancouver police officer, Navin Sharma. In that case, the city paid Sharma $1.65 million, the largest reported employment settlement for a single plaintiff in Northwest history. ...   More
 
Monday, December 8, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Vancouver Police Department Faces More Heat: "Publicly Defecating on Request"


News
Nobody who read WW's coverage of the Vancouver Police Department's mismanagement of former VPD officer Navin Sharma (pictured above) will be too surprised that other officers are stepping forward with complaints about being harassed. Earlier this year, former officer Chris Kershaw, who spoke up on Sharma's behalf filed [PDF] a wrongful termination lawsuit against VPD. And last month, as first ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

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