First things first

It's such a classic Portland story. The voters of the Metro Extra Layer of Government™ vote in a couple of billion in new taxes "for the homeless." And immediately $150,000 of it is ladled out for p.r. strategy to a political consultant who gets many of the politicians around Portland re-elected. This on top of a 32-person $4.75 million in-house flack payroll that Metro's already burning money on.

And then the consultant's work can't be used.

It doesn't get more Portland than that. Jack Ruby has the story, here.