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.)
• Portland Police Bureau Reinstates Officer Who Leaked False Information About Former Commissioner Hardesty
Portland cop Brian Hunzeker—who was fired for leaking false information linking then-Commissioner Hardesty to a hit-and-run—is back on the force. A labor arbitrator says the city failed to prove Hunzeker retaliated against Hardesty.
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• Hundreds of Critical Portland Operations Workers on Strike After Mediation Fails
More than 600 city maintenance and operations workers are on strike Thursday after Portland officials declined to accept the workers’ request for higher wages competitive with the private sector.
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• City of Portland Office Workers Move to Form an Independent Union
City of Portland office workers have launched an independent union drive, hoping to represent the remainder of the city's non-unionized staff. “When push comes to shove at budget time, we always take the hit first,” the organizing team said.
• Street Disco Went from a Pop-Up to a Brick-and-Mortar Success
There’s something about Foster-Powell restaurant Street Disco that makes our food critic want to shout, “I”m back, baby! I’m back!” The popular pop-up's brick-and-mortar success is a good sign for Portland's indie restaurants.
• Tobacco Retailers Sue Multnomah County Over Ban on Flavored Products
Unsurprisingly, tobacco and vape retailers have sued Multnomah County over a ban aiming to end the sale of flavored tobacco products in 2024. However, the lawsuit could soon be moot if the Oregon Legislature passes a statewide flavored tobacco ban.
In this week's hot new music column: MAITA's All-Acoustic Album, Portland's brand new Downtown Bloc Party, and A Beat Happening's chic hotel spot!
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• Despite New Leadership, Portland Officials Decline to Reconsider Zenith Energy Deal
City officials are holding steady in their decision to green light Zenith Energy’s liquid fuel operations along Portland’s waterfront.
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