Category Archives: Willamette Week

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian Announces $1.25 Million Settlement in Stars Cabaret Case

Strip joint owners will pay for allowing 13-year-old to be raped and forced into prostitution at Beaverton location. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries today announced the largest settlement for an individual in the agency’s history—$1.25 million for a young woman forced to dance and work as a prostitute at Stars Cabaret in Beaverton […]
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Why Don’t Homeless People Just Get Jobs?

The refrain of “Get a job!” is as old as poverty and panhandling. But one of the hard truths of homelessness is that many people who qualify as homeless work hard and still can’t afford rent. There’s Shorty, camping along the I-205 bicycle path, who last month showed a reporter a cellphone image of his […]
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Portland’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood Fights to Keep the Housing Crisis Out

On the leafy streets of the Laurelhurst neighborhood, the natives are very, very restless. At the end of last month, residents of Laurelhurst turned out in record numbers to vote in their neighborhood association election for one reason: to get protection from developers. Source: Portland’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood Fights to Keep the Housing Crisis Out – […]
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Oregon Government Ethics Commission Will Resume Probe of Complaints Against Kitzhaber and Hayes

Watchdog agency suspended its inquiry in lieu of federal investigation, which is now complete. The Oregon Government Ethics Commission today announced it will restart an inquiry into complaints filed against former Gov. John Kitzhaber and former first Lady Cylvia Hayes. Source: Oregon Government Ethics Commission Will Resume Probe of Complaints Against Kitzhaber and Hayes – […]
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Could We Restructure PERS Under Bankruptcy Without Affecting Other State Services?

Oregon’s Public Employee Retirement System is $22 billion short. Source: Could We Restructure PERS Under Bankruptcy Without Affecting Other State Services? – Willamette Week

Kitzhaber, Hayes’ Statements May Not Be the Last Word on Federal Investigation

The news on Friday that the U.S. Department of Justice would not bring charges against former Gov. John Kitzhaber or first lady Cylvia Hayes brought some closure for the couple, and for Oregonians who have wondered about the more than two year-old federal investigation. Source: Kitzhaber, Hayes’ Statements May Not Be the Last Word on […]
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Secretary of State Says Russia Did Not Hack Oregon’s Election Systems

New report says 39 states experienced invasions of voting systems. Dennis Richardson says Oregon was among the lucky 11 to escape the cyber-attack. Last week, the news agency Bloomberg reported that Russian hacking of U.S. voting systems  before the presidential election was far more widespread than previously reported—39 states experienced invasions of their voter databases […]
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Uber Offers Oregon Legislature a Deal: Get Portland Regulators Off Our Backs, and We’ll Help Fund Your Transportation Package

Company would levy tax of 50 cents per ride, and send that money to Salem for electric cars. Critics blast the idea. Uber, the controversial ride-hailing company, is making a last-minute push to get what it wants in Salem this session. Source: Uber Offers Oregon Legislature a Deal: Get Portland Regulators Off Our Backs, and […]
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Lawmakers Want Medicaid Dollars Out of Politics. Here’s Where the Money is Coming From

Rep. Mitch Greenlick is sick of this practice. On May 23, state Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) and four co-sponsors from his Democratic caucus took a first step toward cutting off a large and confounding source of political cash. The legislation Greenlick is pushing, House Joint Resolution 32, would prohibit companies that get more than half […]
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A Lucrative Deal for Oregon’s Top Hospital Lobbyist and His Organization Comes Under Scrutiny

Andy Davidson may be the highest-paid lobbyist in Salem. He earned $1.24 million last year. Until now, the reason for his big paycheck has been a secret. Source: A Lucrative Deal for Oregon’s Top Hospital Lobbyist and His Organization Comes Under Scrutiny – Willamette Week