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No On 49 Campaign Defends Property Rights Reforms

Oct. 8, 2007 11:11 p.m.

This fall, state leaders and a coalition of environmental and farm groups joined with some Oregon businesses are joining to ask voters to approve Measure 49. Measure 49 limits the development allowed under property compensation initiative, Measure 37. It changes the process for reviewing claims, and addresses the measure's legal uncertainties.


Property Rights Advocate Dorothy English Dies At Age 95

April 11, 2008 3:38 p.m.

The elderly icon of Oregon's property rights movement has died. Dorothy English died yesterday at age 95, after serving as the  public face for campaigns in favor of property compensation initiatives, Measure 7 and Measure 37. Rob Manning has this brief rememberance.


Federal Judge Okays Measure 49 Ballot Title Language

Sept. 7, 2007 2:25 p.m.

The legislative referral known as Measure 49 withstood a court challenge Thursday from property rights' advocates.

Environment | Energy

Future Of Oregon LNG Terminal Could Hinge on 1957 Easement

Dec. 23, 2014 12:41 a.m.

The company behind a project to export liquefied natural gas through Oregon is suing the the federal government over property rights after a decade of seeking state and federal permits.


More Legal Action To Follow Judge's Measure 37 Ruling

Nov. 13, 2008 3:18 p.m.

Oregon property rights advocates are planning to sue the state of Oregon, following a favorable decision from a federal judge in Medford.

Technology | Business

Online Stars Feel Cheated As YouTube, Facebook Battle

Aug. 20, 2015 12:07 p.m.

Many popular videos on Facebook originated on YouTube, and YouTube stars say it means they're losing money. Facebook says it takes intellectual property rights seriously and is working on a solution.

Environment | local

Court Declines To Side With Clackamas County Landowners

Dec. 30, 2011 8:10 a.m.

An Oregon appellate court has declined to side with some Clackamas County landowners over a property rights dispute. This is one of several cases testing Measure 49's additions to land use law.


Big Look Task Force Reviewing Oregon's Land-Use Planning

Aug. 16, 2008 10:13 a.m.

A task force is reviewing Oregon’s one-of-a-kind land use planning system and hammering out the last details of its draft recommendations. The Big Look Task Force is meeting in Madras. Its initial recommendations have encouraged property rights’ advocates, and worried smart growth proponents.


Oregon Supreme Court Hears Measure 37 Arguments

Jan. 6, 2010 4:37 p.m.

The Oregon Supreme Court took up Oregon’s longest-running property-rights battle today. Lawyers for Multnomah County and for deceased County resident Dorothy English presented oral arguments to the justices in a case involving the Measure 37 land-use law.


'Certainty' Of Measure 49 Seems Uncertain At Best

Oct. 8, 2007 4:54 p.m.

This week voters’ guides will hit Oregon mailboxes. And once again, the question of property rights and land-use planning are front and center. You’ll find dozens of arguments “for” and “against” Measure 49. That’s the legislative referral to limit development allowed under property compensation initiative, Measure 37.

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Metro Measure Explained

Oct. 22, 2014 7:30 p.m.

OPB reporter Rob Manning gives us a primer on the Metro measure on Portland-area ballots.

local | NW Life

Oregon Historical Photo: Buggy On The Beach

June 23, 2014 7 a.m.

The beaches along Oregon’s coastline once served as a highway for buggies, stagecoaches and cars. But in 1967, a threat to public access for recreational use of those dry, sandy beaches mobilized Oregon’s citizens, sparking the fiercest battle of the legislative session.

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Abigail Scott Duniway May Represent Oregon In The U.S. Capitol

March 5, 2015 8:15 p.m.

Duniway — along with Chief Joseph — may replace the statues of Jason Lee and John McLoughlin in D.C.

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Right 2 Dream Too Anxiously Awaits Decision

July 22, 2013 7:25 p.m.

In October of 2011, Right 2 Dream Too, a homeless advocacy organization, set up an encampment in a vacant lot on NW 4th and Burnside in Portland. The space sleeps up to ninety people, and is enclosed with a six-foot high fence. The organization leases the space from the owners of the property. Since its establishment, the site has racked up thousands of dollars in fines for violating the city's codes prohibiting recreational camping. In December of 2012, an attorney representing both the owners of the property and Right 2 Dream Too filed a suit against the Bureau of Development Services, declaring exemption from the fines. The suit alleges that the fees are unreasonable because the site is not used for recreational camping, but provides temporary shelter for homeless persons. Attorneys for the city then filed a motion to dismiss the case. A ruling was expected on July 11th, but the presiding judge, Karin J. Immergut, delayed the final decision. That decision is now expected sometime within the next few weeks. 

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Right 2 Dream Too

Oct. 19, 2011 4:06 p.m.

Ibrahim Mubarak didn't always have a home. That's one reason he's dedicated his life to promote homeless rights in Portland. Mubarak has helped found both Dignity Village and Right 2 Survive PDX. And his newest group, Right 2 Dream Too, is currently leasing a prominent lot in Portland's Old Town/Chinatown district for homeless Portlanders to camp. The space opened earlier this month, on Oct 10th, which was designated World Homeless Action Day. The group has a one-year lease and a good relationship with the property owner, Michael Wright. Ibrahim Mubarak says he hopes to be able to stay there for the full term of the lease or — with the help of Michael Wright — find a bigger location for people who need a place to stay. Ultimately, he's hoping the city will suspend its "no camping" [pdf] ordinance. The legal status of the encampment is still not clear. On Tuesday evening, about 150 protesters at Occupy Portland marched up to 4th & West Burnside in an expression of solidarity with Right 2 Dream Too.

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Right 2 Dream Too Seeks New Home

Sept. 11, 2013 7:35 p.m.

The downtown Portland homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too may be relocating to a spot under the Broadway Bridge.

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Finding A Place For Right 2 Dream Too

Feb. 10, 2014 8:15 p.m.

We'll find out what the deal brokered by Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz means for the homeless campers at R2D2 — and for the thousands of other Portlanders without homes.

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Property Taxes for Seniors

Nov. 3, 2011 4:06 p.m.

Hundreds of senior citizens and people with disabilities in Oregon are getting some unpleasant surprises as property tax bills come due this month. For decades, Oregonians have been able to defer their property tax payments if they are either disabled or over the age of 62 and their income is less than $39,500. The property taxes are then paid, with interest, when the home is sold. The Property Tax Deferral Program changed in the 2011 legislative session, when lawmakers added more restrictions to the program. Now, seniors and people with disabilities facing thousands of dollars in property taxes fear they may not be able to stay in their homes.

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Police Video Surveillance

June 6, 2012 4:06 p.m.

Portland City Council will vote on an emergency ordinance (pdf) Wednesday that, if passed, will allow police to use video surveillance cameras on private property. The ordinance has been contested since early May over concerns that it oversteps privacy boundaries. Portland police say the new surveillance will help in the arrest and prosecution of drug dealers and gang members in Old Town/Chinatown. But opponents of the measure say the new surveillance invades privacy rights, and that the language of the ordinance is vague and gives police too much surveillance power — this is despite an effort by the Police Bureau to draft guidelines for how the camera would be used. Here's some photos from the neighborhood where video surveillance may be used: Slideshow photography credit: Luis Giraldo/OPB

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Fighting Over Grain

Sept. 9, 2011 4:25 p.m.

Hundreds of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday morning. They reportedly overpowered security guards, even holding some hostage for a short time, in order to sabotage rail cars, dumping loads of grain onto the ground. The day before, members of the union held two protests along the rail route. They gathered with picket signs in Vancouver in the morning, blocking a train carrying a large shipment of corn bound for the new grain terminal at the Port of Longview. Later in the day, after the train was allowed to go through, a smaller group of protesters stopped it in Longview. After several arrests, the train shipment made it to the port. These are just the latest battles in a long fight between the union and the company that owns the terminal. Protesters blocked another shipment earlier this summer and since then, EGT Development, which owns the grain terminal, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB challenged some of the union's other tactics in court and won a federal restraining order to keep them from blocking access to the port. It's unclear whether the Wednesday morning protest violated the restraining order, since it took place in Vancouver and not on port property. This longstanding dispute stems from EGT's stance that they're not bound by ILWU's contract with the Port of Longview to hire its members to staff the terminal. The ILWU claims it has a right to those jobs. After talks between EGT and ILWU broke down in January, the company hired a contractor to bring in workers from a different union: the International Union of Operating Engineers. The situation has garnered national interest and it's only going to get more heated, it seems, as harvest season ramps up on Washington's bumper crop of wheat.

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