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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A smarter way to create more housing

Written February 9th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

In Oregon’s quest for more affordable housing, building on vacant or underused land inside cities makes far more sense that expanding urban growth boundaries to gobble up farmland.


Preventing bad laws is part of the job

Written May 29th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

You may have been reading that Oregon senators who have kept the Senate from meeting were “not doing their jobs.” That’s the wrong way of looking at it.


Oregon bill on housing and homeless falls short

Written March 11th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Leaders in the Oregon legislature say they want to encourage more housing to be built and to reduce the number of homeless people. That’s what they say, but their legislation does nothing to achieve that goal.


Council stymied in allocating housing cash

Written October 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council lacked sufficient votes Wednesday to allocate part of the $1 million the city got from the state to spend toward easing various housing problems including homelessness.


Legislature quits; we’re safe!

Written July 8th, 2013 by

We can breathe a little easier now. The legislature has adjourned, and the damage has been relatively minor. Lawmakers convened in January, started work in February and called it quits on Monday, just five days before the constitutional deadline. During all that time they allocated more money to schools and various other programs, but they […]

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Self-service gas in emergencies?

Written March 8th, 2013 by

Senate Bill 127 in the Oregon legislature is rekindling an old debate that had all but died out: Self-service gas, yes or no? Oregon and New Jersey remain the only states in the country where motorists are not allowed to pump their own fuel at gas stations open to the public. It’s a silly law, […]


 
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