Isabella Garcia

Isabella Garcia

Isabella Garcia is the News Editor for the Portland Mercury. She covers City Hall, transportation, the environment, breaking news, and more.

Recent Articles

UPDATE: Seven Warming Shelters Open in Portland as Temperatures Plunge Below Freezing

Officials stress the need for volunteers as winter storm persists.

Portland City Council Stops Transparency Advocate Proposal from Going to Voters In May

Instead, they proposed (and passed) their own surprise resolution.

Will City Council Allow Portlanders to Vote on New Transparency Watchdog?

If approved Wednesday, the proposal would go before Portland voters in May.

Cops Feb 17 12:53 PM

Portland Police and City in a Stalemate Over Body Camera Policy

Should the Portland police be allowed to review body camera footage before giving statements? The police union says yes.

News Feb 13 12:40 PM

Three Emergency Shelters Open in Portland Area Ahead of Expected Snow

Forecasts predict anywhere from one to three inches of snow accumulation Monday evening into Tuesday.

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Transportation Feb 7 10:00 AM

From Face Chewing to Chronic Code Violations: How Does TriMet Determine the Length of Rider Bans?

TriMet issued its second-ever lifetime ban after the Gresham MAX station attack.

labor Feb 6 10:12 AM

City of Portland Worker Strike Ends with Contract Compromise

While workers won higher cost of living increases, fear of rising costs in Portland remains.

Housing Feb 3 2:04 PM

Multnomah County Announces Plan to House at Least 300 Homeless Residents in Vacant Apartments

The county has not identified any landlord partners or available rentals at this time.

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Cops Feb 2 2:48 PM

Portland Police Bureau Reinstates Officer Who Leaked False Information About Former Commissioner Hardesty

State labor officials find that city officials didn’t prove Brian Hunzeker retaliated against Hardesty.

labor Feb 2 9:27 AM

Hundreds of Critical Portland Operations Workers on Strike After Mediation Fails

Wastewater and street maintenance workers are asking the city to keep wages competitive with the private sector.

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News Jan 27 8:15 AM

City Unveils Plan to “Reset” Central Eastside By Picking Up Trash, Increasing Police Presence, and Removing Homeless Portlanders

Wheeler acknowledged that the sweeps aren't a solution to homelessness in Portland.

News Jan 26 10:11 AM

More Than 600 City Workers are Poised to Strike Over Cost of Living Concerns

Organizers say the strike could have immediate impacts on wastewater treatment and freezing weather road maintenance.

News Jan 25 2:14 PM

Following Public Scrutiny, Mayor Wheeler Pivots to Competitive Process for Gunshot Detection Pilot Program

Pilot program will begin in March, pending City Council approval and public input.

City Hall Jan 25 11:32 AM

Portland Moves a Step Closer to Overhauling Government with a New Voting District Commission

City officials say they are concerned, but on schedule to transition to a new form of government by 2025.

News Jan 19 11:15 AM

Success of Measure 110 Remains in Question, According to State Audit

Oregon must collect better data to evaluate impact of drug decriminalization program.

City Hall Jan 14 6:17 PM

Mayor’s Office Warned of Adviser Sam Adams’ Concerning Behavior in 2021

Majority of the allegations that Adams violated the city’s professional conduct rules were recorded a full year before he was allegedly terminated

News Jan 13 1:56 PM

Debate Over Police Presence in Portland Schools Heats Up as Leaders Discuss Gun Violence

School leaders say they are looking for a holistic safety approach as pressure grows to make a decision about School Resource Officers.