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Ziba Design Weaves Portland into an International Scene

Led by Iranian-born Sohrab Vossoughi, Ziba Deseign is at the cutting edge of creative solutions for its global industrial customers. Its own Pearl District headquarters are a study in sustainability, creativity and productivity.

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The Governor’s Race

The gubernatorial candidates for Oregon face a state with an uncertain economy, a wall of debt, declining revenues and an unemployment rate of 10.6 percent, a full percentage point more than the national average. 1859 Oregon’s Magazine caught up with John Kitzhaber, the Democratic candidate and Chris Dudley, the Republican hopeful, to ask them, what they see as the greatest challenge facing Oregon.

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The New Wave in Energy

Columbia Power Technologies launches a commercial-scale wave energy production in the reliable surf of the Oregon Coast. The environmental impact remains uncertain. 

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The Oregon Kicker Law

Time to repeal the kicker law? Governor Kulongoski and anti-tax crusader Don McIntire slug it out over Oregon’s controversial tax rebate.

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A Commuter’s Green Machine

An ultra-green commuter car hits the streets of Portland reaching speeds of 85 mph while getting 100 miles per gallon. 

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Land Use vs. Property Rights

Are Oregon’s land-use laws a public good or an infringement on personal property rights? A pointed debate from Oregonians in Action and Friends of the Columbia Gorge. 

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Oregon School Funding

Oregon schools are funded through two mechanisms: the State School Fund, carved primarily from state personal income tax, and local property taxes from homes, businesses and other properties within a school district’s boundaries. The majority of Oregon’s tax revenue (82%) comes from personal income tax, which is a volatile basis for education funding.

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The First Lady of Green

An interview with Oregon’s LEED-ing lady and what’s next in sustainability. Christine Ervin was the first president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council—home of LEED and Greenbuild. Under the Clinton administration, she was the Assistant Secretary of Energy overseeing $1 billion in annual investments for clean energy. Today she runs her own consulting firm, e/co.

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The Great Tax Debate

Oregon is one of five states that has no sales tax, thus making this topic a biennial favorite when the state budget is in critical condition. State services typically ride the boom/bust cycle with the two-legged property and income tax. Oregon Democrats and Republicans alike have argued for a more stable tax base to fund our public school system, which is often the biggest loser. A sales tax may never happen in this state, but the debate continues to shape this debate for 1859.

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Slash and Earn

Along milepost 224 heading north through Klamath County, sits an abandoned sawmill that’s become the hope for economic revitalization in south Central Oregon and perhaps a sustainable energy paradigm throughout the western states.