Candidates for Oregon governor sound off on freeway expansion projects

We have several elections here in Oregon that are being closely-watched across the country, but none more so than the race for governor, in which unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson and Republican candidate Christine Drazan both stand a chance at beating Democrat Tina Kotek and ending Oregon’s decades-long streak of blue leadership. Drazan, Johnson and Kotek’s … Read more

State faces more pressure to conduct full environmental review of I-5 Rose Quarter project

The Oregon Transportation Commission has reached a crossroads when it comes to the I-5 Rose Quarter megaproject. The governing body of the Oregon Department of Transportation is poised to make a decision later this month about whether to drive ahead with the estimated $500 million project or whether to hit the brakes and perform a … Read more

Democrats in state Senate join Republicans to kill neighborhood income diversity bill

Though the bill would have affected only condos and other owner-occupied homes, some rallied around it as a seemingly achievable way to preserve income diversity in bike-friendly areas like Southeast Division Street.(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland) A bill that would have let Oregon cities require some condominiums in some new housing projects to be sold for below-market prices … Read more