TriMet Violates Clean Air Act While “Regulators” Stay Silent

By John A. Charles, Jr. In previous decades the Portland region failed to meet national air quality standards for carbon monoxide pollution and was designated a “non-attainment” area under the federal Clean Air Act. As a result, the region was … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:51 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Environment, Federal Government, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 26 Comments

The Portland Streetcar: Time to Reset the Vision

By John A. Charles, Jr. If some Portlanders are confused about why we have a 19th century trolley operating in a 21st century city, they are not alone. City leaders are confused as well. According to the Streetcar Concept Plan … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Local Taxes, Metro, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Budget, State Government, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , , | 446 Comments

What Does Metro Have Against Single-Family Homes?

By John A. Charles, Jr. For more than a decade, the regional government, Metro, has been quietly herding people into high-density neighborhoods. For those unaware of this policy, the recently announced plans for 80 acres of development near the light … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Housing, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland | Tagged , , , , | 448 Comments

Oregon Convention Center hotel to be 40% subsidized

by Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog With as much money as Oregon taxpayers could be putting into a convention center hotel in Portland, perhaps they should get some free night stays. Do the math on the Oregon Convention Center Hotel. If all goes as planned, taxpayers … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:39 | Posted in Government Spending, Metro, Portland | 168 Comments

Metro’s local option levy loses in 2 of 3 counties

by Bob Clark Measure 26-152, Metro government’s local option levy for natural areas, passed overwhelmingly in Multnomah County but narrowly failed in both Washington County and Clackamas County (as of last count yesterday, which is likely to hold).  The overwhelming … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:08 | Posted in Metro | 48 Comments

Metro: Regulations for thee, not for me

by NW Spotlight Government regulations are great for businesses, but apparently they’re not necessary for the government itself. After all, if you can’t trust the government – who can you trust? Willamette Week (WW) is reporting that a norovirus outbreak … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:47 | Posted in Government Regulation, Metro | 83 Comments

Money for Nothing

On December 18 Metro referred a five-year local option levy of 9.6 cents per $1,000 of taxable assessed value to the voters for consideration in the May election. If passed, the measure would raise about $10 million annually for maintenance … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Land Use Laws, Metro, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

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