Portland Chases Another Dream

By John A. Charles, Jr. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week that Portland is one of seven cities still in the running for a $50 million grant as part of DOT’s “Smart Cities” challenge. Portland is proposing to build … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Waste, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics, Progressivism, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Oregon Legislature Should Continue Open Enrollment in Public Schools

By Bobbie Jager  On Sunday the fifth-annual National School Choice Week concluded, and states across the nation have had much to celebrate. In the past decade, choice advocates across the political spectrum have worked to pass legislation including full funding for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Portland Schools, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Remember Occupy Portland in 2011?

by NW Spotlight Remember when thousands of protesters back in 2011 marched in Portland? Protesters who on the first day marched into Pioneer Courthouse Square chanting “Whose square? Our square!” The protests were joined by labor unions and were held … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Occupy Wall Street, Portland | 15 Comments

The Futility of Public Hearings

By John A. Charles, Jr. Over the past four years, TriMet and Metro have been planning something called the SW Corridor Project. Metro describes it as a multi-modal project featuring new transit capacity, local street improvements, and enhancements to trails, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Portland Worries About Homelessness, While Metro Makes Housing Less Affordable

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland City Council has decided to allocate $20 million to solve a perceived crisis with “homelessness” and another $67 million to subsidize “affordable housing.” As usual with Portland spending, these numbers were pulled out … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Housing, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

Is TriMet Better Off Than Greece?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Syndicated financial writer Malcolm Berko recently advised a small investor to stay away from Greek bonds or securities. He wrote, “Greece has morphed into a bureaucratic five-star welfare state; but in reality, Greece is a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, TriMet, Unions | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

The Extinction of Public Transit

By Emma Newman Uber and Lyft have recently gained over 50 percent of the taxi market in Portland. This is especially notable as Portland was initially hostile to ridesharing companies, to the point of filing a lawsuit against Uber late … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Environment, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Portland ‘tolerant crowd’ anything but tolerant

by Jeff Anderson Sunday afternoon we attended a local area street fair. It was billed as a celebration of local culture and diversity. First off, I really enjoy local events. We often attend festivals and events around the area or … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Portland | 32 Comments

Does PCC-Sylvania Need a Light Rail Tunnel?

By Emma Newman Metro and TriMet are jointly considering an expansion of the light rail system to PCC-Sylvania in SW Portland, by building a tunnel to the campus from Barbur Boulevard. The tunneling would have a significant impact on the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Is It Possible to Power an Export Facility Entirely by Renewable Energy?

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland Sustainability Commission recently recommended that the City Council approve a $500 million propane export facility proposed by Pembina Corporation. However, as part of its approval, the Commission is requiring that 100% of the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Portland, Portland Politics | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Time to “Uberize” the Transportation Economy

By John A. Charles, Jr. We are now two weeks into a 120-day “pilot project” by the City of Portland to allow private car-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to legally compete with cab companies. Given the consumer demand for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , | 16 Comments

Portland Set to Approve Public Shaming of Building Owners

By John A. Charles, Jr. For members of the Portland City Council, the end always justifies the means. Their current obsession is energy use in commercial buildings. On April 15 the Council likely will approve a regulation to require the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Individual Responsiblity, Portland, Portland Politics, Privacy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

TriMet’s Great Disappearing Act

By John A. Charles, Jr. During the 2003 session of the Oregon State Legislature, TriMet sought an increase in the regional payroll tax rate. In public testimony, TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen said, “TriMet’s proposed payroll tax increase will be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Spending, Government Waste, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Cascade Report Exposes $2.6 Billion in Unfunded Liabilities

By Kathryn Hickok Cascade Policy Institute has released a new report showing that Oregon public employers have more than $2.6 billion in unfunded actuarially accrued liabilities associated with non-pension benefits promised to current and future retirees. Referred to as “Other … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:14 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Government Spending, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, PERS, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, Public Transportation, State Budget, State Government, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

The toxic legacy of Neil Goldschmidt

by Dan Lucas Based on what a woman named Elizabeth told the Oregonian’s Margie Boulé, it was forty years ago this month that then Portland Mayor Neil Goldschmidt began sexually abusing her. She was 13 and Goldschmidt was 35. Elizabeth … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Ethics, Portland | 560 Comments

The Regime Trembles at the Sight of a Smartphone

By Steve Buckstein “The regime trembles at the sight of a smartphone.”* That quote comes from Portland-based independent journalist and world traveler Michael J. Totten. One might guess that he wrote it about Portland’s city government and its aversion to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Jobs, Leadership, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , | 52 Comments

No Wonder Portland Can’t Afford to Maintain Streets

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland City Council seems determined to raise taxes to pay for street maintenance. But the City doesn’t have a revenue shortage problem; it has a spending misallocation problem, which continues to grow. The latest … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Global Warming, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Portland, Portland Politics | Tagged , , , , | 27 Comments

Portland’s Streetcar Audit: What Went Wrong?

By Matthew Hayes Earlier this month, auditors released a report questioning the Portland Streetcar’s performance. Ridership counts were inflated by 19%. Several additional metrics, including hourly vehicle operating costs and on-time performance, were either unreported or deemed not suitable for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , | 561 Comments

Why Do City Leaders Keep Portland in the “Transportation Dark Ages?”

By Steve Buckstein In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. A week ago, Uber began operating in Portland without permission, in effect daring the authorities to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government reform, Government Regulation, Leadership, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , | 403 Comments

Portland Should Join the “Free World” of Ridesharing

By Steve Buckstein In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard, Oregon joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. Conspicuously absent from this list was the region’s largest city, Portland, which became virtually surrounded … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , | 45 Comments

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