GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY! It's the perfect time to catch up on some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)

A Tenant Enrolled in a City Affordable Housing Program Just Received a 50 Percent Rent Increase. How is That Possible?

In August, a tenant living in an apartment protected by Portland's affordable housing policy was given a 50% rent increase. It's completely legal. How?

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Candidate Rene Gonzalez Faces Historic Fine for Violating Election Law

City council candidate Rene Gonzalez may have to pay $77,140 in fines for violating Portland’s small donor election laws after he accepted and failed to disclose a sweetheart rental deal from Jordan Schnitzer.

Suzette Smith


Calling all trash lovers!🗑️ It's time for the latest TRASH REPORT from Elinor Jones. This week: cat financial advisors, Pink Martini's *very* expensive hoodie, and our newest feature, "What Does Grimes Have to Say?" 🤔


Climate Advocates Object to Governor's Nominee for Powerful Transportation Commission

Climate advocates are calling on Governor Brown to pause the nomination of a longtime state Senator to Oregon's powerful transportation commission.

Isabella Garcia


Hey brainy pants! 🤓 Let's see how you score on this week's sassy-ass POP QUIZ PDX, featuring loudmouth frat boys, idiot TV hosts, and local rich dudes using their money for EEEEVIL! 😡 (Oh, and you can also win free pizza.😃)


Wheeler Moves Forward with Controversial Gunshot Detection Technology

Mayor Wheeler is moving forward with a plan to introduce the controversial gunshot-detection technology ShotSpotter to Portland.



This week in Portland music news: Dame D.O.L.L.A. jumps on a track to talk Fatherhood. Jenni Moore has her eye on indie folk shows, back patio hip hop dance parties, and a very Harry Styles Harryween in this week's Hear in Portland.

From TOBE NWIGWE's "Mini Me"

A Decade of the Portland Film Festival

Celebrating a decade of supporting small budget films and fledgling filmmakers, Portland Film Festival has been looking for a theater. Now, they think the best path forward is building one of their own.

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• SAVAGE LOVE: Quickies

This week in SAVAGE LOVE: Quickie Qs about kids watching porn, indecent exposures, and... answering quiz show questions during sex?

Joe Newton

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