September 27, 2013 |
Nearly 3,000 miles already separate Casa Diablo from Newark City Hall. But this week, Cory Booker strove mightily to increase that distance. After word leaked out that the ambitious young Newark mayor had held a brief Twitter flirtation with a comely exotic dancer here, his Senate campaign in New Jersey issued a statement downplaying the incident. "The only mildly surprising thing about this story is the news that there's a vegan strip club in Portland," Booker's campaign said, indicating that the bachelor mayor knew neither Portland nor Casa Diablo, where one kind of flesh is happily embraced and another strictly prohibited.
June 30, 2013 |
Astoria, Ore., is tucked near the mouth of the mighty Columbia River where Lewis and Clark came to a weary halt in view of the Pacific Ocean. Fortunes made from fishing and lumber mills lined the town's hilly streets with Victorian flights of fancy, thus the sobriquet "Little San Francisco. " The paint started peeling when the salmon gave out in the 1960s, but Astoria made a stunning comeback, starting with the construction of a 4-mile-long bridge that crosses the river to Washington state.
June 14, 2013 |
Portland is taking its street-foodiness to another level: It's hosting a convention for “mobile vending professionals,” said to be a U.S. first of its kind. The Roam Mobile Food Conference is scheduled for Sept. 13-15. Sadly, the organizers won't be settling regional divides over when to say “food cart” and when to say “food truck,” nor will thousands of bagel Bentleys, burger buses, croissant coupes, sherbet Chevelles and haggis wagons be converging from all over the planet.
May 22, 2013 |
Portland is the largest city in the country that doesn't have fluoridated water, and voters have resoundingly decided it's going to remain that way. A proposal to add the cavity-fighting mineral to tap water was defeated Tuesday, with more than 60% of voters saying no. "We think we were able to get our message out that these fluoridation chemicals are not effective, and that they can be harmful to human health and the environment," said Rick...
May 18, 2013 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - Proponents of fluoridating Portland's water supply had no trouble getting the local Urban League on board. Here in the biggest city in the country that still doesn't treat its water to prevent tooth decay, studies show that low-income children and kids of color have been hit hardest by untreated cavities. "Do we really want our children to be suffering from something we could prevent? Why would we not want to be involved?" said Jerome Brooks, an Urban League advocacy contractor who has helped marshal the civil rights group behind a fluoridation measure on Tuesday's municipal ballot.
April 26, 2013 |
The last time Manuel Cardenas fell ill, the 24-year-old single father had no choice but to report for work. His employer, a security contractor, doesn't offer sick pay to part-timers like Cardenas, he said, and he can't afford to lose a day's wages. "I probably shouldn't have, but I had to," said Cardenas, a security guard in San Jose. He is among California workers for whom labor groups and others are fighting to secure paid sick leave. Currently, 4.5 million workers in California, about 40% of the state's workforce, don't have sick-pay benefits.