Portland City Hall

Portland City Hall

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  • A recent audit conducted by the city of Portland estimates nearly 80 percent of Portland’s short-term rentals are operating illegally. City officials say they’ve had difficulties enforcing city regulations because they don’t have access to user data that shows how many short-term rentals are operating in the city. We sit down with Marshall Runkel, Chief of Staff for Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, and Christopher Nulty, the head of public affairs for Airbnb, Americas.



  • Two Oregon high schoolers have been selected to participate in a regional emergency preparedness council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). We talk to Gokul Srinivasan of Salem, about what he thinks young people can do to help us be better prepared for natural disasters.

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