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Posts in category Portland Water Bureau

November 12 is the first anniversary of 54°40’ Or Fight!

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I am proud and humbled to celebrate the first anniversary of this blog. It has evolved quite a bit in its first year. I am most proud of the contributors who have agreed to post their stories at 54°40’ Or Fight! We now have 21 active contributors from around the State of Oregon. Several veteran […]

DEQ Allows Limited Use Of Gray Water (Including Rain)

DEQ Allows Limited Use Of Gray Water (Including Rain)

The state overlords have some really great news! If you’d like to perhaps save a bit of money by recyling your graywater, by golly, you’re in luck because they’ll now allow you to buy an annual permit to allow you to do just that! Actually, sorry – it’ll cost you more. But think of how good you’ll […]

Water, Sewer, And Blood From Turnips

Water, Sewer, And Blood From Turnips

The five cities with the highest water/sewer rates in the United States in 2011: Atlanta, Georgia Seattle, Washington Newport, Rhode Island San Francisco, California Portland, Oregon Given the amount of rainfall and the huge amounts of mountain runoff available, doesn’t it seem a bit odd that two of the most expensive places for water and […]

Oregon is the most corrupt State in the Union – Portlandia version

Oregon is the most corrupt State in the Union – Portlandia version

The stories of Water Bureau ratepayer abuse at Portland Water Bureau are legend around these parts. Wait, you might be thinking, water rates? Who cares? Well, that’s kinda the point. Not too many people pay attention, and they keep on electing the people responsible for creating slush funds with our water bill receipts. And if […]

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  • Sonics | Special Session | Snow Storm April 25, 2017
    Here are five things we think are worth keeping your eye on in Washington state politics this week – from DC to Olympia to Seattle.  We’re building this Monday morning email to be a briefing of things we thing merit your attention for the week ahead. If you have suggestions on what to add, we’d […]
  • Bringing the Sonics Back to Seattle April 25, 2017
    More than five years ago, our Seattle-based partnership began the long and thorough process of developing the SODO Arena.  Our sole focus is to bring the NBA and NHL back to Seattle. We believe our proposal to build a privately funded, state-of-the-art Arena at the southern end of Seattle’s zoned Stadium District, directly south of […]
  • Event: Breakfast with the Wire, A Review of the Regular Session April 21, 2017
    As the legislative session draws to a close, we look forward to dissecting the moving parts of the 105-day Regular Legislative Session and thinking about how the impacts of this session will play out in the Washington State economy. So, we are working with our sister site www.stateofreform.com to invite some of the most quietly impactful […]
  • Reason #3 to Stop Subsidizing TransitFew Use It and Fewer Need It April 25, 2017
    In 1960, when most of the nation’s transit was private (and profitable), 7.81 million people took transit to work. By 2015, the nation’s working population had grown by nearly 130 percent, and taxpayers had spent well over a trillion dollars improving and operating urban transit systems. Yet the number of people taking transit to work […]
  • The Rail Transit Money Pit April 24, 2017
    After more than a year of shut-downs, slow-downs, and break-downs, the Washington Metro rail system still faces a huge maintenance backlog. Meanwhile, rail opponents in Hawaii placed a full-page ad in the Washington Post begging President Trump to cancel funding for that city’s increasingly expensive rail project. Click image to download a PDF of this […]
  • Reason #2 to Stop Subsidizing TransitSubsidies Haven’t Increased Ridership April 21, 2017
    In 2015, the American Public Transportation Association issued a press release whose headline claimed that transit ridership in 2014 achieved a new record. However, the story revealed that 2014 ridership was the highest since 1956. That’s no more a record than if it was the highest since 2013. The truth is that America’s urban population […]