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- Portland street fee: Top earners would pay $2,400 per year under new income tax proposal from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland wants public feedback as it tries to move beyond bribe-tainted parking meter contract: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Black Sabbatical from Dingleberry Gazette
- City financial controller wanted $450,000 to resign; settled for $45,000: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland has $20 million to spend on affordable housing in wake of Trader Joe's dustup: Now what? from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Pushing Portland street fee, mayor's aide cites unpaved roads, a problem the fee won't fix from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Among Portland's many chiefs, city mulls new job: Chief Resilience Officer. Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland street fee: Leah Treat says time to 'move forward' as City Council vote looms from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Jury awards $226,000 to Portland employee who said he didn't receive veterans' hiring preference from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- What Commissioner Nick Fish, Amanda Fritz have to say about street fee: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Earthquake preparedness in Portland: What can you do to plan for a major seismic event? from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Jury awards $226,000 to ex-Portland employee who said he didn't receive veterans' hiring preference from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland's top administrator, Fred Miller, forced out controller Jane Kingston: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland street fee: Transportation officials don't expect consensus from working groups ahead of City Council vote from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland parks bond supporters include downtown developers, KGW: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland street fee: A few takeaways on how the controversial funding plan is changing from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Seattle is building micro parks. Why not Portland? Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Gerding Edlen buys property from Portland in Old Town Chinatown for $37 million development from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland signs off on second loan forgiveness for Gerding Theater at the Armory project from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Development deja vu: Portland considers forgiving second loan in three months for Armory project from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Developer Mark Edlen finalizing $2.6 million land deal with Portland Development Commission weeks before joining it from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Which Portland bureaucracy has the city's best logo? (Poll) from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Bitches… from Dingleberry Gazette
- The New Special Olympics from Dingleberry Gazette
- The Great Race War Detente of 2014 from Dingleberry Gazette
- Steve Duin blog: About that Taser, and those videos, in North Portland from Steve Duin
- UO faculty salaries $20K below AAU averages, while senior admins cash in from UO Matters
- Hopes for fall in the dollar cost of Laphroaig plummet from UO Matters
- Corrupt Board of Trustees and President dissolve Faculty Senate from UO Matters
- Hubin’s public records office uses fees and delays to hide docs from UO Matters
- Great news for UO fundraising from UO Matters
- Dana Altman’s lax recruiting practices continue, where’s Lorraine Davis? from UO Matters
- (Updated with DA’s response) Interim GC Doug Park says it’s harassment to cc him on a public records request from UO Matters
- KATU interview with Schuman confirms Coltrane’s panel won’t look into rape allegations from UO Matters
- Steve Duin: A painful night for foster parents from Steve Duin
- Marcus to lead CAS department head’s retreat from UO Matters
- Faculty union VP Ron Bramhall in the AAUP’s Academe, on contigent faculty from UO Matters
- Oregonian column treated escrow officer unjustly: Guest opinion from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Wilson High football player expelled after confrontation with teacher from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: A paper flower, forever at Arnold World's fingertips from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: At Literary Arts' 30th anniversary party, young writers in the wings from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Escrow officers turn a blind eye to elder financial abuse from Steve Duin
- Session two: Exploring Phandalin from beerdrinker.org is a beer drinker
- Acceptance, body love, and self compassion. Also, I climbed a $%$&#* mountain. from Lelo in Nopo
- Steve Duin: The catharsis in the bonfire from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin - At long last, justice: Two acres returned to Elmo and Meliitta Marquette from Steve Duin
- The Hardy Hibiscus That Could from Lelo in Nopo
- Steve Duin blog: Michael Leland and Sandra Bittler reach out to Marquettes, area realtors from Steve Duin
- How you doin'? from Lelo in Nopo
- Steve Duin blog: Oregon First terminates Sandra Bittler, Realtor who bought Elmo and Meliitta's Garden Home property from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: That Garden Home deal leads to Oregon AG investigation and questions about elder abuse from Steve Duin
- Our Annual Camping Trip from Evidently
- Steve Duin: Two acres, two neighboring couples and a $200,000 misunderstanding from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: At Cleveland High, soccer fans and Portland Public Schools have turf issues from Steve Duin
- Words I’ve Stopped Saying from Evidently
- Steve Duin: Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's 'special' relationship with the Markowitz firm from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Morning at the Alex Rovello Memorial Courts -- a Portland parable from Steve Duin
- Lost Mines of Phandelver – Session One from beerdrinker.org is a beer drinker
- Steve Duin: Sunset at the Elderberry Inn, on the long and winding road to the Oregon Coast from Steve Duin
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If You See Kay, Red 2011
Turnbull, Old Bull Red 2010
Cherry Tart, Cherry Pie Pinot Noir 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Cabernet, Oakville 2012
Benton Lane, Pinot Gris 2012
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Reserva 2008
Haden Fig, Pinot Noir 2012
Pendulum Red 2011
Vina Real, Plata, Crianza Rioja 2009
Edmunds St. John, Bone/Jolly, Gamay Noir Rose 2013
Bookwalter, Subplot No. 26
Ayna, Tempranillo 2011
Pete's Mountain, Pinot Noir, Haley's Block 2010
Apaltagua, Reserva Camenere 2012
Lugana, San Benedetto 2012
Argyle Brut 2007
Wildewood Pinot Gris 2012
Anciano, Tempranillo Reserva 2007
Santa Rita, Reserva Cabernet 2009
Casone, Toscana 2008
Fonseca Porto, Bin No. 27
Louis Jadot, Pouilly-Fuissé 2011
Trader Joe's, Grower's Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
Zenato, Lugana San Benedetto 2012
Vintjs, Cabernet 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White 2012
Rainstorm, Oregon Pinot Gris 2012
Silver Palm, North Coast Cabernet 2011
Andrew Rich, Gewurtztraminer 2008
Rodney Strong, Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Canoe Ridge, Pinot Gris, Expedition 2012
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir Rose 2012
Dark Horse, Big Red Blend No. 01A
Elk Cove, Pinot Noir Rose 2012
Fletcher, Shiraz 2010
Picollo, Gavi 2011
Domaine Eugene Carrel, Jongieux 2012
Eyrie, Pinot Blanc 2010
Atticus, Pinot Noir 2010
Walter Scott, Pinot Noir, Holstein 2011
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
Coppola, Sofia Rose 2012
Joel Gott, 851 Cabernet 2010
Pol Roget Reserve Sparkling Wine
Mount Eden Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2009
Rombauer Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2011
Beringer, Chardonnay, Napa Reserve 2011
Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Schloss Vollrads, Spaetlese Rheingau 2010
Belle Glos, Pinot Noir, Clark & Telephone 2010
WillaKenzie, Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvee 2010
Blackbird Vineyards, Arise, Red 2010
Chauteau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Northstar, Merlot 2008
Feather, Cabernet 2007
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Alexander Valley 2002
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2002
Trader Joe's, Chardonnay, Grower's Reserve 2012
Silver Palm, Cabernet, North Coast 2010
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
E. Guigal, Cotes du Rhone 2009
Santa Margherita, Pinot Grigio 2011
Alamos, Cabernet 2011
Cousino Macul, Cabernet, Anitguas Reservas 2009
Dreaming Tree Cabernet 2010
1967, Toscana 2009
Charamba, Douro 2008
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend No. 12
Opula Red Blend 2010
Liberte, Pinot Noir 2010
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red Blend 2010
Woodbridge, Chardonnay 2011
King Estate, Pinot Noir 2011
Famille Perrin, Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010
Columbia Crest, Les Chevaux Red 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White Blend
Familia Bianchi, Malbec 2009
Terrapin Cellars, Pinot Gris 2011
Columbia Crest, Walter Clore Private Reserve 2009
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Termpranillo 2010
Ravenswood, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Quinta das Amoras, Vinho Tinto 2010
Waterbrook, Reserve Merlot 2009
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills, Pinot Grigio 2011
Tarantas, Rose
Chateau Lajarre, Bordeaux 2009
La Vielle Ferme, Rose 2011
Benvolio, Pinot Grigio 2011
Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir 2009

The Occasional Book

Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 280
At this date last year: 129
Total run in 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269

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