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Activists Show Path to Increasing Minimum Wage; City Council Stands Still

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June 16, 2014
Activists Show Path to Increasing Minimum Wage; City Council Stands Still

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Just how unpalatable the Portland City Council finds 15 Now PDX, the activist group working to raise Portland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, was made known about a half hour prior to the council session on June 11. One City Hall official approached about 20 of the...
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Caleb or Saltzman?

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May 19, 2014
Caleb or Saltzman?

By Pete Hybertsen For the first time in too long, Portland voters have a viable, independent candidate to support in this election. Nicholas Caleb’s campaign has tapped into a well of discontent with Portland’s current leadership. In just a few weeks, his campaign has turned a few thousand dollars and the energy of volunteers...
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Populist Newcomer in Commissioner Race Insists City Work for Its Citizens

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May 9, 2014
Populist Newcomer in Commissioner Race Insists City Work for Its Citizens

Story by Pete Shaw With Election Day less than two weeks away, one of Portland’s most interesting races is City Commissioner Position 3 featuring Nick Caleb and incumbent Dan Saltzman. Caleb, a Concordia University professor of law and government, is running an upstart campaign against Saltzman, who is seeking a fifth term. Caleb’s campaign...
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Cops Police Their Own, Hales Hails

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April 1, 2014
Cops Police Their Own, Hales Hails

Article by Euripides Q. Steinfelt In an unforeseen move, Mayor Charlie Hales, who oversees the Portland police, announced this morning that all officers will have a video camera on their persons that records their every move while in uniform. The move was inspired by Rialto, California whose 66 police all wear cameras mounted on...
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The Fight for $15 Finally Comes to Portland

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March 27, 2014
The Fight for $15 Finally Comes to Portland

By Shamus Cooke Like the Occupy movement before it, the “fight for $15” came to Portland as a transplant. Portland activists watched events in Seattle with a skeptical eye, but Seattle’s “fantasy” of $15 was transformed into an emerging reality, now replete with the support of the Mayor and City Council who are working on a plan...
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Portland Houseless Storms Show No Sign of Abating

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March 7, 2014
Portland Houseless Storms Show No Sign of Abating

Story by Pete Shaw Troy, a person without housing who sleeps outside near St. Francis Church on SE 12th Avenue, was assaulted on the night of March 2. “Last night I was sleeping in my sleeping bag. Had been there for a few hours when suddenly I hear someone say, ‘Hey, wake up. Get...
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Justice For All? Public Demands Police Accountability

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February 26, 2014
Justice For All?  Public Demands Police Accountability

  Story by Pete Shaw A TALE OF TWO PORTLANDS TAKE ONE On Tuesday February 18th Federal Judge Michael Simon began hearing testimony regarding the proposed settlement agreement between the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the City of Portland. The agreement concerns the DOJ finding that the Police Bureau (PPB) “engaged in an unconstitutional...
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Will R2DToo Come in from the Cold? City Council Deliberates Financial Option

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February 18, 2014
Will R2DToo Come in from the Cold? City Council Deliberates Financial Option

Story and photo by Pete Shaw A few steps forward, one back. That was again the story for Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo), the rest area for people without housing that has been located at the corner of Burnside and NW 4th  for over two years. At a City Council meeting on February 12,...
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Portland Trade Union Nixes City Proposal; Holding Out for Deal That Works

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February 14, 2014
Portland Trade Union Nixes City Proposal; Holding Out for Deal That Works

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The members of the unions making up Portland’s District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) have soundly rejected the contract tentatively agreed to between the City of Portland and the DCTU bargaining team. In doing so, they have sent a message to both the City as well as the...
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Court to Judge “Fairness” of Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with City of Portland

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February 3, 2014
Court to Judge “Fairness” of Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with City of Portland

Story by Pete Shaw • Photos by Bette Lee A “Fairness Hearing” about the Settlement Agreement resolving the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) lawsuit against the City of Portland is scheduled for February 18th. The agreement arose out the the DOJ’s yearlong investigation that found the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) had “engaged in an unconstitutional...
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