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'Tis the Season: Pothole, Bike and Pedestrian Woes

'Tis the Season: Pothole, Bike and Pedestrian Woes

'Tis the season, with snow largely melted from city streets, when drivers begin to bemoan one consequence of a big winter storm: Potholes. While it can be a jarring experience to hit one unawares, we advise those wanting to complain to walk just a few minutes in another's shoes.

City leaders are cultural bellwethers, in addition to being public servants

Last month, the Bend City Council convened away from City Hall for its biannual goal-setting process. The goals-in-process differ slightly from the goals set two years prior—at least in how they're categorized.

If time is money, Deschutes County Commissioners may care less about yours than they say they do

Most people have heard the phrase, "time is money." If that is true, it might follow that people who profess to be "fiscally responsible" would take the time—and the time of others—into consideration when attempting to be fiscally responsible.

Women's Issue: Important conversations emerge when we acknowledge our diversity

This week, Editor Nicole Vulcan has elected to write a personal note to readers, in honor of the 2019 Women's Issue. Every year, the Source dedicates one issue to highlighting the work of some of the women doing impactful work around social, environmental and cultural change in our community.

When it comes to paying for transportation infrastructure, locals may be paying twice

In Central Oregon, housing and transportation infrastructure represent two of the region's biggest challenges. With explosive growth in recent decades, people know the housing shortage can drive up rents and make buying more difficult.

Marijuana: Let "Oversupply" Become "Export"

It's no secret that Oregon produces good weed—and a lot of it. Along with other bastions of marijuana, such as Humboldt County, Calif., Oregonians have a very green thumb that's put the state near the top of the heap when it comes to production of the stuff.

Pet rent ban would do away with hidden "fee" for pet owners

As Oregon continues to grapple with a housing supply problem, the Oregon Legislature has introduced a number of bills in the current session, covering everything from rent control to no-cause evictions to pet rent. Some bills surrounding housing can have unintended consequences.

Hit the Reset Button on the City Council Position

At the time of this writing, messages continue to come into the inboxes of Bend City Councilors, in regard to—to use the words of one resident—the "opaque process" by which the Council selected its recent appointee, Chris Piper. At no point in the past several years have we seen so much public outrage about a political figure.

Transparency and listening fall off in appointee process

Ahead of the November election, then-Mayor Pro Tem Sally Russell promised, were she to be elected as Bend's first directly elected mayor, that she would prioritize listening to constituents as she makes City decisions. Following the election, then Mayor-Elect Russell, tasked, along with the rest of the council, with appointing someone to fill the council seat she'd vacate upon ascension to mayor, promised to offer a council appointee process that would be "as transparent as possible."

Apartment fight reveals Bend's latent—and damaging—xenophobia

Our editorial board has already established its position regarding the construction of the proposed apartment complex near The Pavilion in Bend. In a housing crisis, it is unconscionable for a city not to approve apartments on land that's been privately, legally obtained by owners who have adhered to the rules for developing such a property.

Thank Walden for supporting workers over his party

In the past, we have criticized our U.S. representative when he's made moves that don't appear to benefit his constituents—such as when he moved in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act, for example. We also know it's important to offer praise when it's due.

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