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Why Are Portland's Leaders Opposing Proposed Charter Reforms?

Portland's charter reform proposes many things, including reducing the power of elected officials. So it’s no surprise that some elected officials—and those who rely on those officials to retain power—have mounted a well-financed campaign against it.

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HEAR IN PORTLAND

A summer-closing show by the Summer Cannibals, new music from Snugworth, and info on an upcoming visit from the Dave Matthews Band—it's all in Jenni Moore's HEAR IN PORTLAND!

Courtesy of the artists

New Seasons Workers at Southeast Portland's Seven Corners Market Vote to Unionize

Workers at New Seasons' SE Division store (aka Seven Corners) have voted to unionize, effectively forcing management to recognize their existence.

Courtesy New Seasons Market

POP QUIZ PDX

Thinking caps on!🧠 It's time for another super fun POP QUIZ PDX. This week: Sassy-ass trivia Qs about crybaby cops, movies made in Oregon, and Portland's coming Chick-fil-A invasion! 🤯

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Updated COVID-19 Booster Shots are Available in Oregon—Here’s Where You Can Get One

Omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are now available in Oregon for anyone ages 12 and up. Sooooo... what are you waiting for?

MOTOYA NAKAMURA / MULTNOMAH COUNTY

Start Your Time-Based Art Festival Engines

Every September, TBA kicks off what many think of as the start of “art season” in Portland. This year is the festival's 20th celebration and the most IRL one we’ve had since pre-pandemic times.

MIRIAM PÄNNENBCKER (NEE WENZEL)

You're Wrong About Is the Podcast That Gets It Right

On wry, revisionist podcast "You're Wrong About," Portland Journalist Sarah Marshall works to unscramble our modern collective memory. "America has a real pattern of deep fondness for con artists and demagogues," she told the Mercury.

CHRISTINA BODZNICK

THE TRASH REPORT

Leo DiCaprio’s very young gal pals, a Chick-fil-A plans to move into a Portland strip club, and Seth Cohen’s girlfriend Anna is a… terrible Republican?!? Line up, trash pandas, for this week’s messy gossip in... THE TRASH REPORT. 🦝 🗑️

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Portland Playhouse Returns to the Short, Local Films of Wonderland

Critic Chase Hutchinson puts the spotlight on Portland Playhouse—which usually produces theater, but are dipping their toes into cinema with their new short film showcase.

HAYLEY DURELLE, COURTESY OF PORTLAND PLAYHOUSE

Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Portland of Violating Americans with Disabilities Act By Allowing Tents on Sidewalks

A group of 10 Portlanders with disabilities are demanding the city sweep all tents from city sidewalks to adhere to the ADA. Their lawyer also has a history with homeless sweeps.

COURT FILING BY DAVID WRIGHT TREMAINE

SAVAGE LOVE: School Me Once

SCHOOL'S IN! 🔔 And in this week's SAVAGE LOVE, Dan schools a teacher on getting laid (outside of school) without getting fired (from school). 🍎👩‍🏫

Joe Newton

Photo Essay: Organizers Call Inaugural Native and Indigenous Bike Ride a Success

The first-ever Pedalpalooza Indigenous bike ride was deemed a great success with riders coming from as far away as Arizona. Check out this sweet photo essay from Jarrett Werk.

Jarrette Werk

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