Investing in infill is a better effort than more SDCs

L ast week at the Bend City Council meeting, Councilor Bill Moseley floated the idea of an additional targeted system development charge, aimed at developers building in the areas inside the new Urban Growth Boundary expansion that will need new infrastructure, including roads.

Like Wards, City Council Pay is an Equity Issue

A  lot has been said—and continues to be said—about the notion of establishing wards within the city of Bend, allowing voters to elect city councilors who would represent their geographic region in the city.

The City is Walking the Walk on SDCs. Parks Should, Too

A t its Oct. 18 meeting, the Bend City Council also voted 6-0 in favor of allowing for exemptions of System Development Charges—those fees levied to developers to offset the cost of streets, water and other infrastructure that comes along with a new development—for "deed restricted Affordable Housing Projects."

Bridge Over Troubled Water

How the far right acts as a "bridge phenomenon" for white supremacists
I n his tax speech in Pennsylvania this month, President Trump gave a shout out to "The great Jeffrey Lord."He went on to explain that Lord "was on fake news CNN for a long time.

Have a grievance with your government?

Sometimes it costs money to redress it
T his week, we've been witness to numerous discussions around public process.

Why did Local Oregon Legislators Oppose New Distracted Driving Laws?

We dissect why Knute Buehler voted no.
Nearly every week, an alert like this comes into our newsroom from a local law enforcement agency:

State of Emergency: The prospect of a failed real estate transaction, #inBend

D uring the Sept. 20 Bend City Council meeting, councilors sent a clear message to the community about one thing: When a real estate transaction hangs in the balance, our City Council will step up to declare an emergency to right the wrong—no matter what that might look like to those struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

Some people have transportation options. Others don't have "options" at all

A mong the things that can be said about the foibles of humanity, one thing seems to be true: We don't always choose the things that are good for us.

Music is a business, too. Don't treat it different from other businesses.

Our opinion on the noise ordinance
Ah, the gentle sound of commerce.


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