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Tactics: Brammo

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Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 Tactics 01In retrospect, it seems almost inevitable that a supremely innovative, self-confessed “gearhead” like Craig Bramscher would eventually conceive the idea of building the world’s most advanced electric-powered motorcycle.

 

Rank and file: sick leave

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Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 FOB RankAndFile SickLeavePortland may soon mandate that all businesses with more than six employees provide paid sick leave, joining Seattle, San Francisco and Washington D.C., as one of the few cities to offer the benefit.

 

Getaround expands in Portland

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Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 FOB Dispatches CarSharing 02Getaround, a personal car-sharing startup, kicked off a three-month Portland ad campaign last month, with print, online, radio and TriMet bus ads aimed at raising the company’s profile in the city’s expanding but increasingly crowded car-sharing market.

 

Lighting the way

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Articles - March 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 FOB Dispatches LightFixtures"How may I light your world?” asks Kay Newell as a potential customer walks through her door. Newell, also known as the Light Bulb Lady, is the founder and owner of Sunlan Lighting.

 

Food for thought

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Articles - March 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 FOB GamePlan CulinarySchoolFor many people around the country, Portland sounds like a place where the streets are paved with bacon-maple doughnuts, meticulously roasted coffee and artisan charcuterie. Yes, the city has a vibrant culinary scene, but it also is a hub of food banks, stores and eateries touting local- food sourcing, farmers markets and community gardens.

 

Building urban community: Living Room Realtors

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Articles - March 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 FOB GamePlan LivingRoomRealtorsOn a recent Tuesday morning, the Southeast Portland office of Living Room Realtors feels more like a Pearl District art gallery than, well, a real estate company. About 30 people are milling about a warehouse-style space featuring an open-cubicle environment, exposed brick walls and a collage series made of recycled packaging labels resembling brightly colored flowers.

 

State prisons by the numbers

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Articles - March 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013

0313 FOB ByTheNumbers StatePrisonsIn December a 12-member public safety commission convened by Gov. Kitzhaber delivered its final report, which is expected to impact budget decisions in the current legislative session. The report zeroed in on the Department of Corrections and recommended sentence reductions and cost-effective alternatives to incarceration. The goal is to reduce the state’s rising prison population and prevent an estimated $600 million increase in costs over the next 10 years.

 
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