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CUB Wraps Up Utility Oversight Commission’s Final Meeting



CUB Wraps Up Utility Oversight Commission’s Final Meeting

Last night (Monday, November 24th, 2014) the Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission held its third public hearing followed by a work session to finalize its final report to the Portland City Council. The group demonstrated its hard work and commitment by listening, discussing, and making final decisions from 6:00pm—9:30pm. The Commission reviewed input from a work session with the City Council that took place on November 16th, resulting in several enhancements of the Commission’s final report. I have been honored to serve on the… Full Post >>

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You’re Invited: CUB’s 30th Anniversary Party!



You’re Invited: CUB’s 30th Anniversary Party!


30 Years of CUB: Born in ‘84!


WHEN:

     Thursday December 4th, 2014

     5:30-8:30pm


WHERE:

     Ecotrust Building

     (Jean Vallum Natural Capitol Center)

     721 NW 9th Ave.

     Portland, OR 97209

     Click here for travel directions.

COST:

     $50 per person

     $80 per couple

     $500 - table sponsorship (seats 10)


As Thanksgiving draws closer this week, we at CUB are feeling thankful for lots of things: the enduring natural beauty of Oregon, the people who make our state a national leader in environmental protection and… Full Post >>

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Heat Or Eat: An Unfair Proposition



Heat Or Eat: An Unfair Proposition

Changes in seasons bring to the forefront any number of topics related to household comfort and safety. Home weatherization and other energy efficiency measures become important during bouts of extreme weather (a well-insulated home is paramount whether the thermometer dips below freezing or tops one-hundred) but the effect is not felt equally. The biting old, the persistent winter rains, and even hot summer spells are all felt to a much greater degree by those forced to live in housing that consistently exposes residents to dangerous seasonal… Full Post >>

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From Boondoggle to Boon: 30 Years of CUB Success



From Boondoggle to Boon: 30 Years of CUB Success

In early 1984, when Oregonians for a Citizens’ Utility Board were collecting signatures to mandate the formation of CUB on the ballot, utility companies shrugged their corporate shoulders…they weren’t worried.


You see, in 1983 the utilities had managed to stop an Oregon House Bill that would mandate a Citizens’ Utility Board. This bill, it was said, had more bi-partisan co-sponsors than any bill that had come to the legislature to that point. Despite this strong support, says CUB’s Executive Director… Full Post >>

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CUB and Blue Ribbon Commission Prepare Final Report to City Council on Portland Utility Oversight



CUB and Blue Ribbon Commission Prepare Final Report to City Council on Portland Utility Oversight

Yesterday (Thursday November 13th), the Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission presented its preliminary recommendations at a work session of the Portland City Council. The work session format provided the opportunity for an engaging discussion between Oversight Commission members and the City Council. Suggestions and ideas from the City Council will inform the Utility Oversight Commission’s final report, as will input received at the group’s third and final public hearing next week.


The Council Work Session… Full Post >>

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