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Hillsboro Signal offers local, digital-first journalism for the city of Hillsboro, Oregon. We're starting with regular coverage of the city council and school board, and hope to expand with volunteers covering other aspects of civic life in the area.

Hillsboro stores have less than a month to stop offering single use plastic bags, thanks to a policy passed by city coun...
05/09/2019
Hillsboro’s plastic bag ban takes effect June 1 – Hillsboro Signal

Hillsboro stores have less than a month to stop offering single use plastic bags, thanks to a policy passed by city council last November.

Hillsboro’s plastic bag ban takes effect June 1 Posted onMay 9, 2019 by Justin Pot Hillsboro stores have less than a month to stop offering single use plastic bags, thanks to a policy passed by city council last November. The policy was initially spearheaded by the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a ...

Comcast recently added a seven per cent "city license fee" to residents' bills, even though the fee in question isn't en...
03/11/2019
Comcast raises prices on Hillsboro residents, blames city government – Hillsboro Signal

Comcast recently added a seven per cent "city license fee" to residents' bills, even though the fee in question isn't entirely new.

Comcast raises prices on Hillsboro residents, blames city government Posted onMarch 11, 2019 by Justin Pot Notices on the city’s official website tend to be…bland. And really, you can’t expect the mouthpiece of a municipal government to anything else. Every once in a while, however, a little b...

Why should regular citizens care? Because the city manager essentially runs the city.
02/07/2019
Hillsboro is launching a nation wide search for a new city manager – Hillsboro Signal

Why should regular citizens care? Because the city manager essentially runs the city.

Hillsboro is launching a nation wide search for a new city manager Posted onFebruary 6, 2019 by Justin Pot Hillsboro is launching a nationwide search for a new city manager and plan on contracting are hiring Portland-based consultants Waldron HR to run it. City Council opted for the nationwide searc...

"I believe that service to my local community is more important than anything else."
10/27/2018
Conversation with City Council candidate Eric Muehter – Hillsboro Signal

"I believe that service to my local community is more important than anything else."

Conversation with City Council candidate Eric Muehter Posted onOctober 27, 2018 by Justin Pot Eric Muehter is running for Hillsboro City Council, Ward 1 Position A. That position is currently held by Darell Lumaco, who is term limited. Muehter’s opponent in this race is Beach Pace. We set out to a...

"I jumped into this year's election to get a handle on what the whole process is about."
10/27/2018
Conversation with City Council candidate John Shepherd – Hillsboro Signal

"I jumped into this year's election to get a handle on what the whole process is about."

Conversation with City Council candidate John Shepherd Posted onOctober 27, 2018 by Justin Pot John Shepherd is running for Hillsboro City Council in Ward 2, Position A. His opponents are incumbent Kyle Allen and William Joseph Fields. We set out to ask every city council candidate the same five que...

"A person making minimum wage can't get an apartment right now. That's not okay."
10/27/2018
Conversation with City Council Candidate Beach Pace – Hillsboro Signal

"A person making minimum wage can't get an apartment right now. That's not okay."

Conversation with City Council Candidate Beach Pace Posted onOctober 27, 2018 by Justin Pot Beach Pace is running for Hillsboro City Council, Ward 1 Position A. That position is currently held by Darell Lumaco, who is term limited. Pace’s opponent in this race is Eric Muehter. We set out to ask ev...

A seeming typo spoke to the fundamental argument about the Orenco townsite this week: should we preserve history or prom...
10/27/2018
How a seeming typo changed development standards in Orenco – Hillsboro Signal

A seeming typo spoke to the fundamental argument about the Orenco townsite this week: should we preserve history or promote development?

How a seeming typo changed development standards in Orenco Posted onOctober 19, 2018 Edit onOctober 22, 2018 by Justin Pot A seeming typo spoke to the fundamental argument about the Orenco townsite this week: should we preserve history or promote development? In 2000 a line about building heights wa...

Typos matter.
10/19/2018
How a seeming typo changed development standards in Orenco – Hillsboro Signal

Typos matter.

How a seeming typo changed development standards in Orenco Posted onOctober 19, 2018 by Justin Pot A seeming typo spoke to the fundamental argument about the Orenco townsite this week: should we preserve history or promote development? In 2014 a line about building heights was removed from the Orenc...

There are two affordable housing issues on the ballot next month, here's a breakdown of each.
09/25/2018
Two affordable housing measures are on the ballot. Here’s how they’d affect Hillsboro. – Hillsboro Signal

There are two affordable housing issues on the ballot next month, here's a breakdown of each.

Two affordable housing measures are on the ballot. Here’s how they’d affect Hillsboro. Posted onSeptember 25, 2018 by Sarah Kay Moll This November, residents of the Portland Metro Area—which includes cities in Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas Counties—will find two separate measures on t...

We appeared in an arbitrarily defined list!
09/20/2018
Time Magazine: Hillsboro is the 39th best place to live in America – Hillsboro Signal

We appeared in an arbitrarily defined list!

Time Magazine: Hillsboro is the 39th best place to live in America Posted onSeptember 20, 2018 by Justin Pot Publications love to put out lists of the best cities, because people from those cities click on them and link to them. I will now add to the problem. Money, a property of TIME magazine, rank...

Local literature, anyone?
08/30/2018
Local author publishes first novel – Hillsboro Signal

Local literature, anyone?

Local author publishes first novel Posted onAugust 30, 2018 by Katie Turk Dark City is part thriller, part romance novel. It’s also the first published full-length novel by Hillsboro resident Sarah Kay Moll. The book, which will be the first in a series, was inspired by her interest in psychology ...

This could potentially means 850 homes built south of Witch Hazel. h
08/29/2018
Metro COO endorses Urban Growth Boundary expansion south of Witch Hazel – Hillsboro Signal

This could potentially means 850 homes built south of Witch Hazel. h

Metro COO endorses Urban Growth Boundary expansion south of Witch Hazel Posted onAugust 29, 2018 by Justin Pot A top Metro official recommended expanding the Metro urban growth boundary south of Witch Hazel, increasing the odds that 850 homes could be built in a 150 acre plot of land there. Martha B...

We need to talk about this, Hillsboro...
08/28/2018
Parking, and why affordable housing is so complicated – Hillsboro Signal

We need to talk about this, Hillsboro...

Parking, and why affordable housing is so complicated Posted onAugust 27, 2018 by Justin Pot Affordable housing touches on just about everything a city government does. That’s why it’s so complicated. Which brings me to last week’s city council meeting. Your city council attended an hour and a...

Explore where local election money is coming from with our new tool.
08/24/2018
Visualization: Explore where Hillsboro election money is coming from – Hillsboro Signal

Explore where local election money is coming from with our new tool.

Visualization: Explore where Hillsboro election money is coming from Posted onAugust 24, 2018 by Katie Turk We’ve created our first interactive tool just in time for election season! Now you, too, can see where local politicians are getting their money without sorting through large, unwieldy sprea...

More progress on municipal broadband this week, check it out:
08/23/2018
City approves $180,000 for next step in municipal fiber rollout – Hillsboro Signal

More progress on municipal broadband this week, check it out:

City approves $180,000 for next step in municipal fiber rollout Posted onAugust 23, 2018 by Justin Pot The City of Hillsboro took another step toward rolling out municipal fiber this week, authorizing a $180,000 contract for consultants who will help develop things like marketing and customer servic...

Three spots are on the ballot, but only four people are running.
08/21/2018
Why aren’t Hillsboro city council races more competitive? – Hillsboro Signal

Three spots are on the ballot, but only four people are running.

Why aren’t Hillsboro city council races more competitive? Posted onAugust 21, 2018 by Katie Turk There are three open seats on the Hillsboro City Council this year, but the elections are largely uncontested. Olivia Alcaire, the incumbent for Ward 3, Position A, is uncontested for re-election. Beac...

EXCLUSIVE: the Republican candidate for Hillsboro's State Senate seat is awash in money from outside the county. Read an...
08/20/2018
Flores Campaign out-raises incumbent Riley, but where is the money coming from? – Hillsboro Signal

EXCLUSIVE: the Republican candidate for Hillsboro's State Senate seat is awash in money from outside the county. Read and share, please.

Flores Campaign out-raises incumbent Riley, but where is the money coming from? Posted onAugust 20, 2018 by Katie Turk Alexander Flores (R), a relative political newcomer in Washington County, has raised just over $150,000 in cash and in-kind donations for his campaign for State Senate District 15.....

Confused by municipal borders? We've got you covered.
08/15/2018
How to find out whether you actually live in Hillsboro – Hillsboro Signal

Confused by municipal borders? We've got you covered.

How to find out whether you actually live in Hillsboro Posted onAugust 15, 2018 by Justin Pot Not sure whether you live in Hillsboro, but afraid to ask your neighbors? Don’t worry, we won’t judge you. Boundaries are a little confusing in Washington County, especially close to Beaverton. MetroMap...

Oh hey there's an election coming up...
08/10/2018
Who is on the midterm ballot in Hillsboro? – Hillsboro Signal

Oh hey there's an election coming up...

Who is on the midterm ballot in Hillsboro? Posted onAugust 10, 2018 by Katie Turk Oh hey, midterm elections. How did I fail to notice that you were just around the corner? While national political campaigns get all of the sexy news coverage, local elections have a huge impact on our day-to-day lives...

"A repeal of ORS 181A.820 would likely create a chilling effect in our community."
08/10/2018
Washington County’s District Attorney and Sherriff both oppose sanctuary repeal – Hillsboro Signal

"A repeal of ORS 181A.820 would likely create a chilling effect in our community."

Washington County’s District Attorney and Sherriff both oppose sanctuary repeal Posted onAugust 10, 2018 by Justin Pot Measure 105, on the ballot in November thanks to a petition drive, would overturn Oregon’s longstanding sanctuary law. Washington County’s district attorney and sheriff both o...

There won't be any public bike share programs in our city for a year or so. Here's why.
08/09/2018
Bike and scooter shares now need a permit inside Hillsboro, but no permits will be given out for a year – Hillsboro Signal

There won't be any public bike share programs in our city for a year or so. Here's why.

Bike and scooter shares now need a permit inside Hillsboro, but no permits will be given out for a year Posted onAugust 9, 2018 by Justin Pot Bike and scooter sharing programs now need a permit from the City Manager in order to operate inside Hillsboro, but city staff will not be issuing permits for...

Free Wi-Fi!
08/08/2018
Hillsboro Now Has Free Wi-Fi Downtown – Hillsboro Signal

Free Wi-Fi!

Hillsboro Now Has Free Wi-Fi Downtown Posted onAugust 8, 2018 by Justin Pot The City of Hillsboro now provides free Wi-Fi in the downtown area. The new system, announced at last night’s city council meeting, is called “HiHillsboro WiFi.” That name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it....

The city is moving forward with their municipal broadband plan, but telecom reps are starting to fight back with rhetori...
06/26/2018
City approves contract for municipal fiber rollout – Hillsboro Signal

The city is moving forward with their municipal broadband plan, but telecom reps are starting to fight back with rhetoric.

City approves contract for municipal fiber rollout Justin PotJune 25, 2018 City Council City council took two steps toward municipal gigabit internet access on Tuesday, June 19, approving a rough plan to staff the utility and executing a contract to design and build the first phase of the project. T...

If implemented this would cost between forty cents and four dollars a month, depending on frequency and other factors.
05/25/2018
Council split on potential curbside compost program – Hillsboro Signal

If implemented this would cost between forty cents and four dollars a month, depending on frequency and other factors.

Council split on potential curbside compost program Justin PotMay 24, 2018 City Council Hillsboro’s City Council seems divided about the prospect of adding food composting to city waste collection services. Councillors discussed the idea with staff during a May 15 work session. All councillors sup...

China just raised your garbage rates! Okay not exactly, but Chinese policy is a factor...
05/24/2018
Residential garbage rates go up $2.90 a month starting June 1 – Hillsboro Signal

China just raised your garbage rates! Okay not exactly, but Chinese policy is a factor...

Residential garbage rates go up $2.90 a month starting June 1 Justin PotMay 23, 2018 City Council Residential garbage rates are going up $2.90 a month in Hillsboro following a City Council vote last week. The change was prompted in part by new requirements in China for recycled goods. Waste collecti...

Polic will be wearing cameras later this year, here's what public records requests for the footage will cost.
05/22/2018
Hillsboro police will wear cameras but getting footage won’t be free – Hillsboro Signal

Polic will be wearing cameras later this year, here's what public records requests for the footage will cost.

Hillsboro police will wear cameras but getting footage won’t be free Justin PotMay 21, 2018 City Council Hillsboro plans to put a camera on every police officer later this year, but if you want to see any footage it’s going to cost you. City Council voted last week to approve a fee structure for...

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