Taylor Griggs

Taylor Griggs

Taylor Griggs is Portland Mercury's news reporter. She is interested in all of your ideas, comments and concerns, but particularly those related to transportation, climate, labor and Portland city government. Send Taylor an email at tgriggs@portlandmercury.com, and find her on Twitter @taylorjgriggs

Recent Articles

With a Tentative Agreement Reached Between PPS and Teachers' Union, Students Will Return To School

If the union and school board approve the tentative agreement, the historic Portland Public Schools strike will officially come to an end.

Portland City Council Candidates: District 2

These candidates are running in the district located in North and Northeast Portland.

Portland City Council Candidates: District 1

These candidates are running in the district encompassing East Portland.

News Nov 20 7:12 PM

Disagreement About Class Size Decisions Fueling Teachers’ Strike Stalemate

Amid weeks-long strike, the teachers’ union says parents should help make decisions about how many students can be enrolled in a class. PPS board members disagree.

Teachers Strike Nov 17 4:25 PM

After the Teachers’ Strike, How Will PPS Make Up For Lost Time?

The strike is still ongoing, but concerns about students meeting educational requirements are taking hold.

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News Nov 16 2:27 PM

City Hopes Clean Energy Funds Will Help End Teachers Strike as It Surpasses the Two-Week Mark

With Thanksgiving Break days away, PPS and the teachers' union still haven't reached a contract agreement. City officials hope fast-tracked clean energy funds will help.

Holiday Guide 2023 Nov 15 3:55 AM

The (White) Elephant In the Room

Sometimes a white elephant gift exchange goes awry. Other times, you end up with a portable bidet that can put out fires.

News Nov 9 12:09 PM

"We Don't Cross Picket Lines": Benson High School Construction Workers Walk Off The Job In Solidarity With Striking Teachers

"We aren’t gonna build this thing if [PPS] doesn't meet their demands," one union electrician said.

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Teachers Strike Nov 7 4:08 PM

PPS Unions Representing Administrative, Cafeteria, and Custodial Workers Request Mediation

The PPS labor relations crisis isn't limited to the ongoing teachers' strike.

Teachers Strike Nov 6 8:01 PM

In Week Two of Teachers' Strike, State Legislators Align With Union

PPS leaders tried to petition state lawmakers for more education funding to meet teachers' demands. The strategy may have backfired.

News Nov 3 4:52 PM

Oregon Legislators to Portland Public Schools: "Take the Reins" and Handle the Strike

State lawmakers aren't jumping at the opportunity to reallocate state funds to end the teacher strike.

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News Nov 3 3:46 PM

City Council Won’t Let Go of Bureau Control as Charter Reform Transition Continues

In the race to implement government changes, commissioners break with the mayor over a timeline for bringing in deputy city administrators.

News Nov 2 12:21 PM

Amid Teachers' Strike, Other Portland Public Schools Staff File Grievance With District

Members of the Portland Federation of School Professionals say the district has asked them to perform work outside their contract.

News Nov 1 8:05 PM

Portland Teachers’ Strike: District Asks State For Money; Teachers Say “Hold The Line”

With each group pointing to a different solution for the district’s funding woes, the stalemate between teachers and Portland Public Schools won’t let up.

News Nov 1 12:20 PM

No School November? Portland Teachers Begin First-Ever Strike

All PPS schools are closed indefinitely, after teachers union and school district failed to come to an agreement in time to avoid a strike.

News Oct 30 5:03 PM

"Free, Free Palestine": Portlanders Rally for Gazans, Ask Local Politicians to Support Cease-Fire

A rally on October 28 was the latest in a string of local protests supporting Palestine.

News Oct 30 7:30 AM

With the HollywoodHUB project, TriMet Embraces a New Vision for Public Transportation

The project— a collaboration with BRIDGE Housing and Hacienda CDC— will add hundreds of affordable housing units to Portland’s Hollywood neighborhood.

Housing Oct 26 9:00 AM

Churches as Housing Developers: A North Portland Church Is Using Its Property For Affordable Housing

Portsmouth Commons offers 20 low-income units for veterans—on the same property as Portsmouth Union Church.