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Head of Portland’s embattled civic life bureau to depart

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who oversees the bureau, announced the departure in a joint statement with Office of Community & Civic Life departing leader Suk Rhee. The announcement followed widespread allegations of severe workplace dysfunction and abusive management within the department.


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Firefighters with Portland Fire and Rescue demonstrate how they would apply fire retardant foam to contain and extinguish an oil train fire.

Portland police, fire bureaus paint gloomy picture in budget proposals

The city’s in a tough spot financially due to the pandemic. Funding streams that City Hall relies on from sources like lodging taxes, parking meters and permit fees have taken a nosedive. Anticipating a continued dip in revenue over the next fiscal year, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler asked most city bureaus to propose budgets that take into account a 5% cut in money from the city’s general fund.


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