Category Archives: The Portland Mercury

Despite State Intervention, Oregon’s Unvaccinated Rates Keep Climbing

When Nadine Gartner was pregnant with her daughter six years ago, she was surprised by the number of Portlanders who refused to give their kids early childhood vaccines. “So many smart, educated parents in my social circles weren’t vaccinating their kids,” said Gartner, who at the time worked as a class-action lawyer. “I thought, these […]
Read More »

Governor Brown Proposes $2 Million to Cover Immigrant Legal Fees

Governor Kate Brown unveiled a $23.6 billion state budget proposal for the next two years this morning, prioritizing the hot-button issues addressed during her recent re-election campaign. While the plan outlines major spending on those top items, like $2 billion to help Oregon’s floundering school system and $54 million in permanent supportive housing programs, the […]
Read More »

Outgoing Energy Trust of Oregon Board Member Cites Racism in Resignation Letter

  One of the few people of color on the Energy Trust of Oregon’s board of directors resigned this week—and issued a letter accusing the board of longtime internal racism and general exclusion of minorities in the process. Source: Outgoing Energy Trust of Oregon Board Member Cites Racism in Resignation Letter – Blogtown – Portland […]
Read More »

OLCC Vastly Reduces Daily Purchase Limits for Medical Cannabis – Blogtown – Portland Mercury

On Thursday, the OLCC passed a temporary rule which radically changed, without warning, the amount of flower that an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patient may purchase. Previously, an OMMP patient or caregiver could purchase up to 24 ounces per day from a dispensary. Beginning today, Friday, August 24, that amount is reduced to one […]
Read More »

Tenants’ Advocates and Landlord Groups Prepare for Another Legislative Showdown

The newest fight for state-level tenant protections was ignited by an old pamphlet. Oregonian reporter Gordon Friedman discovered the fundraising pamphlet, created by the local landlord lobby group More Housing Now (MHN), circulating City Hall offices earlier this month. In an August 3 story, Friedman unpacked the plans outlined in the document—plans that derail tenant protection policies […]
Read More »

A New Report on Oregon Cannabis Gets a Failing Grade

The report was prepared by city, state, and federal agencies. Last week, the cannabis community reacted to a new report that examines how Oregon is doing with its recreational program. Source: A New Report on Oregon Cannabis Gets a Failing Grade – Cannabuzz – Portland Mercury

What Happens When Portland’s Hub for Mental Health Care Unexpectedly Closes?

Source: What Happens When Portland’s Hub for Mental Health Care Unexpectedly Closes?

Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency for 3 Counties

Governor Kate Brown has announced a state of emergency for three Oregon counties—Marion, Polk, and Lake—all for water-related issues. Source: Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency for 3 Counties

Did Multnomah County Violate an Employee’s First Amendment Rights?

The county may have wrongfully fired an employee for sharing public, albeit controversial, data Source: Did Multnomah County Violate an Employee’s First Amendment Rights?

You Still Shouldn’t Be Eating Willamette River Fish

It’s now considered even more unsafe to consume fish caught from the Willamette River. While the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has warned against eating Willamette River fish since 2004, it only just expanded its no-fish-eating zone to span the distance between the Sellwood Bridge and the river’s northern confluence with the Columbia River. Source: You […]
Read More »