April 30, 2012  2:00 PM

Metro in the Media: April 30, 2012



Metro Council considers hotel complex again 

The regional government for greater Portland votes to issue an RFP for a convention center hotel project. (OPB News/April 26/April Baer)

Metro Council will hear proposals for privately funding convention center hotel 

After more than a year back at the drawing board, regional leaders seem to have reached a consensus on how to get a large hotel built near the Oregon Convention Center – in a way that's palatable to all parties. (Metro News/April 26/Nick Christensen)

Oregon Convention Center hotel idea resurfaces with improved economy

The Metro Council to vote on a resolution that authorizes staffers to issue a request for proposals for development of a hotel, with at least 500 rooms, adjacent to and in support of the Oregon Convention Center. (Daily Journal of Commerce/April 25/Lee Fehrenbacher)

Latest zombie hotel pitch doesn't convince

Blogger says building a convention center hotel is a bad idea. Portland is a "crummy town for conventions" because of its "notorious weather" and "expensive and difficult" air travel, he writes. (Bojack.org/April 26/Jack Bogdanski)

Specialty coffee industry expo brings the world to Portland 

In late April, the Specialty Coffee Association of America's 24th annual exposition and symposium moved into the Oregon Convention Center, with help from almost 10,000 coffee farmers, exporters, roasters, brewers, retailers and baristas from 40 countries and five continents. (Metro News/April 25/Peggy Morrell)


Voters deserve the light-rail vote they were promised 

Editorial contends that it is wrong that the city of Vancouver can force the C-Tran board, a separate governing body with its own taxing authority, to block a public vote on light rail. (The Columbian/April 29/Michael Ennis) 

Battle over light rail continues 

Four initiative petitions were filed recently in King City, Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood that could, if approved, force a public vote on financing any new rail systems through those cities. (KOIN 6/April 29/Barbara Sherman)

Where's the West Side bypass? 

Editorial argues that the time is right for reconsidering whether to build a north-south freeway in Washington County, much like the Interstate 205 link through the metro region's east side. (The Hillsboro Argus/April 25/Walt Hellman)


Oregon PERS: About 1 in 10 pensioners are rehired, draw a second public paycheck

In 2011, there were 10,005 "double-dip" pensioners in Oregon, including Metro President and former teacher Tom Hughes, according to data from the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. (The Oregonian/April 28/Ted Sickinger)

New lawsuit planned against CRC 

Another lawsuit is threatened against the Columbia River Crossing, the bridge and freeway improvement project proposed between Portland and Vancouver. (The Portland Tribune/April 27/Jim Redden)

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