Murmurs: A Columbia River... Tunnel?

Taking the CRC debate underground.

Mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith has released a 1994 settlement agreement that got him off the hook for a misdemeanor assault charge. Smith, then a University of Oregon student, injured a woman   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

One Question: A Sustainability Center Or HQ Hotel—What Gets The Money?

Last month, the Portland Development Commission resumed negotiations on two long-debated projects requiring millions in public subsidies: an office tower in Southwest Portland without a carbon f   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 AARON MESH

Smith Releases Assault Diversion Agreement

Candidate admitted conduct "wrongful"; Woman needed stitches


Mayoral candidate Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) today released to WW a 1994 diversion agreement arising from an assault charge he faced after an off-campus party Smith attended while a University of Oregon student. (A copy of the settlement is here and here.)As WW reported yesterday, Smith scuffled with a young woman who was reportedly drunk and angry at him because she thought he had tipped her ...   More
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jefferson Smith Was Cited for 1993 Misdemeanor Assault Involving a Woman

Charge was dropped after Smith's lawyer arranged for a settlement


Eugene police cited Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) in 1993 for an misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an incident with a woman at an off-campus party when he attended the University of Oregon.Police and the Lane County District Attorney's office dropped the charge after Smith, then 20 and a sophomore at UO, settled out of court with the woman. Smith spoke to WW Monday about the incident ...   More
Monday, October 1, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jefferson Smith Press Conference: The Liveblog


Jefferson Smith is holding a 3 pm press conference in Terry Schrunk Plaza, presumably in response to today's WW report that he was cited in 1993 for misdemeanor assault in an incident involving a woman. The conference was scheduled to be held in front of City Hall, but had to be moved because the TV series Portlandia is doing a shoot on the location. WW is covering the press conference ...   More
Monday, October 1, 2012 AARON MESH

One Question: Should the City End the 48-Hour Waiting Period for Police Involved in Shootings?

The city’s labor contract with police allows officers involved in a shooting or in-custody death to decline to talk to bureau investigators for 48 hours while they confer with union lawyers. O   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

One Question: Should Portland Have OK’d Fluoridation Without a Vote of the People?

The Portland City Council voted unanimously Sept. 12 to fluoridate Portland’s water by mid-2014. Foes, seeking to refer the question...   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 AARON MESH

Failure To Comply

The feds have used independent monitors to reform police agencies elsewhere. But Portland leaders don’t want one here.

News Stories
The U.S. Department of Justice last week released a damning report about the Portland Police Bureau’s use of force. The details may...   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Block Busters

The urban density Charlie Hales championed has arrived on Division Street. Why isn’t he celebrating?

Cover Story
Judah Gold-Markel has trouble parking in front of his house these days.  He’s lived in his green bungalow on Southeast Sherman Street, two...   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 AARON MESH

One Question: What are you going to do about the Moyer Hole?

In 2009, Tom Moyer abandoned work on a new 33-story office and condominium tower in the center of Portland’s downtown retail district. The development mogul’s company has left us with a gaping   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 AARON MESH


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