"No Clear Answers" About How City Property Would End Up in a Water District's Hands, Internal City Hall Memo Says

Measure backer says City Attorney's memo is wrong.


As Portland City Hall braces itself for a May vote that could strip its authority over its water and sewer bureaus, the city's lawyers are scrambling to understand what the ballot measure could mean for Portland property and finances.The short answer: If Ballot Measure 26-156 passes, the rest of 2014 will be spent divvying up ownership of property and employees between the city and a new public water ...   More
Friday, April 18, 2014 AARON MESH

City Memo Says Water District Threatens Tens of Millions in Financial Agreements


The water and sewer bills Portlanders pay do more than cover the cost of city utilities. Every year, the City of Portland’s Water and Environmental Services bureaus divert millions of dollars into the city's budget to cover the cost of services and to help pay for the operations of other departments.Money from utility bills into is fanned out into places as far-reaching as the mayor’s ...   More
Friday, April 11, 2014 AARON MESH

21 And Over

Homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too strikes out again in its effort to find a new location.

News Stories
Six weeks ago, the Portland City Council seemed ready to buy its way out of its most prominent homelessness problem.  The city agreed Feb. 17 to give $846,000 to the leaders of homeless camp    More
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Cincinnati Learns Pros and Cons of the Streetcar Charlie Hales Sold It

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Wednesday's edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer included a rather striking guest editorial: a city official recounting Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' advice about installing a streetcar system.The editorial, written by Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann, explains how he visited Portland last weekend to examine the Portland Streetcar. It's a rare look at how Hales, who sold streetcars for a decade before ...   More
Thursday, March 27, 2014 AARON MESH

Airbnb Cuts Deal with Portland to Collect 11.5% Lodging Tax on Short-Term Rentals


Ever since Mayor Charlie Hales announced earlier this month the arrival of Airbnb operational headquarters in Portland, it's been clear the city is laying out the red carpet for the online home-rental startup.Now we know what the city's getting in return for cutting away the red tape. Fortune broke the news this afternoon that Airbnb has brokered a deal with Portland officials to automatically collect ...   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 AARON MESH

Suite Surrender

Mayor Hales welcomes Airbnb to Portland, while its clients face city fines.

News Stories
For the past four years, Sheila Baraga has been running a 21st-century black-market guest house among the soaring elms of the Buckman neighborhood. Baraga turned a 1908 apartment building on South   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 AARON MESH

City Workers Voting on Strike Today and Monday

UPDATE: Laborers Local 483 authorizes strike.


UPDATE, 6:50 pm: Members of Laborers Local 483 have authorized a strike. Erica Askin, business manager for Local 483, tells WW that 95 percent of the 580 city workers in the union voted in favor of authorizing a strike. The vote comes after the City of Portland rejected the latest contract offer from the District Council of Trade Unions earlier today. The other union making up the majority ...   More
Friday, March 14, 2014 AARON MESH

Hales: Portland Getting Airbnb Headquarters in Old Town

And other big announcements from the State of the City speech


Portland has landed a deal with short-term home rental startup Airbnb for its North American operational headquarters, Mayor Charlie Hales announced in today's State of the City speech.The Old Town location for the San Francisco-based company will bring Portland 160 jobs, Hales said. The news was first reported this morning by the Portland Business Journal.Airbnb provides an online marketplace where ...   More
Friday, March 14, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales is Pushing a Revived Trader Joe's Deal on MLK Boulevard

UPDATE: PDC pledges $20 million for affordable housing


Mayor Charlie Hales met today with North and Northeast Portland leaders to discuss reviving a deal for a Trader Joe's grocery on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, four sources tell WW."That was part of the discussion," says James Posey, the co-founder of the Portland chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors. He attended today's meeting. "It was all positive. Most of the ...   More
Monday, March 10, 2014 AARON MESH

The Gypsy Restaurant and Lounge Has Closed

Decades-old watering hole was famed for its goldfish races, noise complaints.


Food & Drink
The Gypsy Restaurant and Lounge closed suddenly on February 20, ending a run of at least two decades as a disco-balled Nob Hill dive offering fishbowls of booze.The club has posted a sign saying its owner, Concept Entertainment, has decided to sell. The Gypsy immediately deleted both its Facebook page and its website last week. The bar's cached web page still advertised Mardi Gras ...   More
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Matthew Korfhage and Aaron Mesh


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