Engineer says Portland suburb’s red light cameras violate state law

By   /  March 14, 2014  /  Northwest  /  No Comments

TRAFFIC CAMERAS AND PUBLIC PENSIONS: Sioux City has been using revenue from it traffic cameras to funding pension for police and firefighters. New state regulations may dry up that money stream.

A Beaverton resident who works as an engineer says the Portland suburb is violating state law with its red light cameras.

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OR increasing its appetite for federal money

By   /  March 11, 2014  /  News, Northwest  /  No Comments

RELYING TOO MUCH ON UNCLE SAM: A study shows that New Mexico owns the highest percentage of public sector and government contract jobs in the country.

Oregon is gorging itself on the the federal pie.

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Blazers pick up tab for new Moda Center signs

By   /  March 5, 2014  /  Northwest  /  No Comments

SIGN OF RELIEF: Taxpayers won't foot the bill for new Moda Center traffic signs.

Drivers who head toward Portland’s Rose Quarter District on the east side of the Willamette River will see new signs directing them toward the city’s arena.

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Oregon keeps more public records secret in the name of privacy

By   /  February 27, 2014  /  Northwest, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

PRIVACY VS TRANSPARENCY: Oregon lawmakers keep records secret in the name of privacy.

By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog

Oregon’s public records law already includes a long list of exemptions, yet the state’s Legislature wants to add more.

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Oregon college to teach drone piloting, raising privacy concerns

By   /  February 21, 2014  /  News, Northwest  /  No Comments

DRONE PILOTS: Central Oregon Community College plans to teach students how to pilot drones.

By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog
Students in central Oregon could be among the first in the nation to get hands-on training — even a degree — in drone use.
The drone piloting courses, which would be part of a new two-year degree program in unmanned and traditional piloting, is awaiting state approval to be held this fall at Central Oregon […]

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Eugene residents sue to stop $95 million bus rapid transit line

By   /  February 18, 2014  /  News, Northwest  /  No Comments

BOARDING: Passengers get off an EmX bus in Eugene, part of the city's newest bus rapid transit program.

By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog
Some Eugene residents are hopeful a pending lawsuit against the local transit district and Federal Transit Administration will put the brakes on a multi-million dollar bus rapid transit project.
Our Money Our Transit, a local watchdog group, contends the FTA was wrong in finding there was no significant impact from the route the […]

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