Category Archives: Willamette Week

Portlanders Mourn Vera Katz, the Rose City’s Last Successful Mayor

“She was sweet, she was kind; she was wonderful. But ‘polite’ doesn’t come to mind. She was fun, entertaining, loved a good joke. But if she was pissed off, look out.” Source: Portlanders Mourn Vera Katz, the Rose City’s Last Successful Mayor

A New Bi-State Columbia River Crossing Legislative Task Force May Be on Horizon

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) says a new effort to restart bi-state talks on a proposed new Columbia River Crossing project may not be far off. A bill introduced in the Washington House earlier this year established a Dec. 15 deadline for legislative leaders in both states to name lawmakers to a bi-state panel […]
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Former Mayor Vera Katz Dies at Age 84

Vera Katz was the first woman to serve as Speaker of the Oregon House and later served as Portland’s mayor for three terms. Former Portland Mayor Vera Katz has died at age 84, WW has learned from multiple sources. Katz had battled cancer since leaving office. Katz served as Portland mayor from 1993 to 2005. […]
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These 6 Cities Are Smarter Than Portland About Housing

If Portland wants to fix its housing crisis, these towns show the way. In Portland, housing costs are like the weather: Everybody complains, but nobody does anything about it. Nearly a year ago, Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly entered City Hall on platforms promising to tackle Portland’s affordable housing shortage. Soon, the […]
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Investigation of NORCOR Juvenile Jail Finds Children Held in Conditions “Harsher and More Restrictive” Than Adult Jail

An investigation of the NORCOR regional jail in The Dalles finds juveniles are held in appalling conditions. Source: Investigation of NORCOR Juvenile Jail Finds Children Held in Conditions “Harsher and More Restrictive” Than Adult Jail

New Figures Show that Oregon’s Graduation Rate Is the Third Lowest in the Nation

New statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics show that Oregon’s graduation rates are the third worst in the nation. Source: New Figures Show that Oregon’s Graduation Rate Is the Third Lowest in the Nation

Former Oregon Secretary of State Files Elections Complaint Against Current Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

Complaint from Jeanne Atkins accuses her successor, Dennis Richardson, of misusing public resources in an attempt to influence January tax measure. Former Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins today filed an elections complaint against the man who succeeded her as the state’s top elections officer, the current Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. Source: Former Oregon Secretary […]
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Report Spotlights Oregon’s Extraordinarily High Rate of Teen Suicide

An annual yearbook on children and families highlights large gaps in Oregon’s social welfare net. Source: Report Spotlights Oregon’s Extraordinarily High Rate of Teen Suicide

In Portland, You Can Steal Cars Over and Over—and Get Away With It. Here’s How.

Portland now ranks third among the nation’s major cities for car thefts per capita. And the number keeps rising. Source: In Portland, You Can Steal Cars Over and Over—and Get Away With It. Here’s How.

Timber Towers or Clean Air? Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s Big Priorities Don’t Go Together

Two of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s top priorities are on a collision course. Source: Timber Towers or Clean Air? Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s Big Priorities Don’t Go Together