Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Oregon Liquor Chief
4:09 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Oregon Liquor Chief Announces Retirement

Steve Pharo, the director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, announced his retirement.
Northwest News Network

The embattled director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced Tuesday that he'll retire next month. Gov. John Kitzhaber pressured Steve Pharo to step down earlier this year. But the liquor agency head refused until now.

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Oregon Liquor Control Commission
4:42 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Embattled OLCC Head Says Business As Usual At Agency

OLCC Oregon Liquor Control Commission

The embattled head of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is downplaying an unusually public display of tension at the state agency he runs. Steve Pharo says the spat isn't affecting the OLCC's ability to do its job.

Governor John Kitzhaber has been pressuring Steve Pharo for months to step down as head of the agency that regulates alcohol sales in Oregon. Pharo has refused, saying he works at the pleasure of not the governor, but the five member board that oversees the OLCC.

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Oregon Liquor Privatization?
4:39 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Oregon Watches Washington Liquor Transition

As Washington moves to private sales of hard liquor, Oregon is not yet set for the same transition.
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The state of Washington is preparing for a seismic shift this week in the way people buy liquor. A similar transition from state-controlled alcohol sales is not yet on the horizon in Oregon. But some in the industry hope that will change.

Washington voters initially rejected the idea of turning control of hard liquor sales over to the private sector. But last fall, an initiative to do just that passed by a wide margin after an expensive advertising campaign by Costco.

The retail giant isn't planning a similar ballot run in Oregon this year. Instead, grocery industry lobbyist Joe Gilliam says retailers will try their hand at convincing the Oregon legislature first. And he says the industry will simply point north for an example of what happens when lawmakers don't compromise.

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