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Mayoral, City Commissioner Races

By Midge Pierce The November ballot will include two City Council positions with run-offs against Portland’s Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Eudaly. As violence, crime and houselessness rise and confidence in …

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PBOT Releases Alternatives Evaluation for Hawthorne Pave and Paint

By Kris McDowell In early September, on the heels of public input and technical analysis, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) released an alternatives evaluation for the Hawthorne Pave and …

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Measure 26-213: PP&R Operating Levy

By Ellen Spitaleri A normal summer for Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) features crowded swimming pools, alert lifeguards and plenty of outdoor activities for families and seniors. However, the summer …

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Foreseeing Future Utility Rates

By Nancy Tannler After reading an article in the June edition about the cost of water in the near future, a reader inquired about other utility rates over the next …

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PPS Charging Ahead with Electric School Buses

By Jack Rubinger Portland Public Schools (PPS) was recently awarded a grant from Portland General Electric (PGE) and PacifiCorp to purchase an electric bus and install a charging station. “We …

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Removing Regulatory Barriers to Development

By Nancy Tannler Over the past 18 months, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has been working on a project called Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing. The code change …

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Treating Portland’s Water: Filtration vs. UV and Ozone

By Nancy Tannler On December 4, 2019 City Council Commissioners Amanda Fritz, Nick Fish and Mayor Ted Wheeler voted to proceed with Portland Water Bureau’s (PWB) plans to construct a …

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PCC Reaches Agreements with Faculty and Academics

By Jack Rubinger Portland Community College (PCC) reached tentative agreements with the Federation of Classified Employees and the Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals December 13 for successor contracts covering …

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The District Office

By Jack Rubinger The District Office, at the corner of Stark and MLK, is one of Portland’s first cross-laminated timber buildings; a new and exciting innovation using decarbonized methods and …

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Solve Volunteers Clean Up

By Larissa Gordon From Astoria to Brookings, Baker City to Medford, over 5,500 dedicated volunteers came out in full swing, Saturday, September 21, to take care of Oregon as part …

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A Day of Climate Action

By Midge Pierce Greta Thunberg should take heart. The planet’s children have issued a spectacular message that climate is a ticking timebomb. As schools emptied across the globe on September …

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Cracks in Code Change Surface

By Midge Pierce The fate of the city’s Neighborhood Associations continues to shift following Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s threats to Council colleagues for their refusal to support a controversial code proposal. …

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RIP Eyes Anti-displacement

By Midge Pierce Just as Portlanders were getting used to the idea of three and four-plexes in their single family neighborhoods, a proposal surfaced to allow six-plexes. Locals leery of …

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Officer Calls for Patience

By Midge Pierce In the face of protests, car thefts, Next Door burglary reports, public drug use, “sharps” (preferred word for needles) on streets and playgrounds and a general rise …

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More and More Scooters Coming

By David Krogh Note: The Southeast Examiner discussed the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT’s) implementation of a new one-year pilot project starting next April for e-scooters in our June issue …

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Paint the Town Green

By Allen Field Approximately two hundred and fifty volunteers, young and old, fanned out from locations near 82nd Ave. and the Central Christian Church on SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. …

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Phoenix Reborn

By David Krogh An old boarded up triangular brick building on Foster Rd. is about to be reborn. Located at SE 67th St., it originally got its start as the …

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State Bills Passed in 2019

By David Krogh A stress filled and sometimes chaotic 2019 Oregon State legislative session is now over. Several bills that passed are noteworthy and will be briefly examined as follows. …

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SE Updates

By Midge Pierce RIP Gets Red Carpet It’s all over but the shouting. The passage of HB 2001, the nation’s first statewide ban on single family zoning, makes Council approval …

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Commuting by Water Taxi

By Don MacGillivray Farsighted leaders have for many years, dreamed of ferrying commuters and tourists on the rivers around the region. Water-borne commuting remains a desirable option, but it will …

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PBOT in the News

By David Krogh Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has been receiving substantial publicity lately and much of it is negative. Here is a composite detailing several media reports. Sidewalk Repairs: …

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SE Updates

By Midge Pierce Family Housing Relief Coming Some one hundred and eighty low-income families should get needed affordable housing in a five-story, Home Forward development that could break ground next …

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Franklin Teacher Awarded

By Jack Rubinger Myron Ryan, a Franklin High School metalworking and manufacturing teacher, has received the Circle of Excellence Award from OnPoint Community Credit Union. He will receive a $1,500 …

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SE Updates

By Midge Pierce The Kids Are Alright  Grade school kids are leading the way toward racial understanding and sensitivity at Buckman Elementary. This spring 19 Buckman students, under the guidance …

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Stringent Parks Budget

By Don MacGillivray This year’s budget for the City of Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau (PP&R) indicates a major disconnect between PP&R and the City’s annual budget process. Parks needs …

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Housing: Is Bigger Better?

By Midge Pierce Despite massive construction and a reported 16,000 empty units, more housing has yet to move the needle significantly on affordability. Now, with state legislation on the docket …

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SE Updates

By Midge Pierce Demolition Harms Climate Too When it comes to climate change, our ecologically-minded city is steeped in contradictions. The sustainable practice of preserving the embodied energy of existing …

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Community News May 2019

Montavilla Farmer’s Market opens Montavilla Farmers Market invites you to join us as we kick off our 13th season on May 5th! We’ll have fresh local produce, baked goods, sustainably …

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Climate Action Plan

By Midge Pierce Addressing climate change is ever more urgent as weather gets weirder, polar ice sheets melt and fires get hotter. A glimmer of good news is that Portland’s …

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Clarifying PERS Benefits

By Don MacGillivray The Public Employee Retirement System(PERS) began in 1946 and includes many types of public service employees. The employee breakdown is: public school – forty-three percent, state government …

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SE Updates

Yes, It Could Happen Here The geyser that erupted last month on NE Skidmore was caused by a break in a hundred-years plus, thirty-inch diameter water pipe and could happen …

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