Terminal 1 homeless campus proposal ramps up; Oregon ups the ante in Oracle legal battle.
— Commissioner Dan Saltzman has declared his support for a homeless housing campus at Terminal One along the Willamette River. He intends to ask the council for permission to move forward next week. The campus was proposed by developer Homer Williams, who sought to construct the development with funding from the business community. The Portland Business Journal reports Commissioner Nick Fish is still against the plan, citing issues with zoning.
— Oregon may soon be home to the second mega-dairy. Willow Creek Dairy would house 30,000 animals in Eastern Oregon, making it second only to Threemile Canyon Farms with 70,000 animals. The dairy is in the hearing process now, and proprietors must demonstratae show how they would manage 187 million gallons of manure produced annually. If approved, Willow Creek would open in January. The Statesman Journal has more.
— The state could spend more than $27 million in legal fees building its case against Oracle for the bungled Cover Oregon launch. About $16 million has been spent so far. This includes a proposal to seek punitive damages against Oracle, which would be on top of the damages awarded if Oregon wins its false claims charge. The Oregonian has more.
— The Oregon Department of Forestry reports the state’s 2015 timber harvest faced an 8% decline. Between 2009 and 2014, state timber harvests had been on a steady incline. Read more from the Register Guard.
— Portland mini-doughnut shop Pip’s Original Doughnuts is in trouble after posting a help-wanted ad that called for applicants without dietary restrictions. The requirement was described as necessary because dietary restrictions would prevent tasting the product. Owner Nate Snell said the flak he’s received only strengthens his position. The Oregonian has more.
— Google is making changes to its mobile app. The tech-giant announced yesterday in a blog post that its maps will now feature “areas of interest,” ushering users toward shaded orange areas. Read the post here.
— Starbucks has issued a new, expanded dress code for its employees, which the company says moves toward a workplace of self-expression. The 15-page update includes a lookbook of what’s appropriate and what’s not. Fedoras are allowed, for example, but bucket hats are not. Read more from the Washington Post.