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March 31st, 2010 12:00 am WW Editorial Staff | Murmurs

News That Always Goes Boom.


  • Now that City Council has voted 5-0 to spend $20 million from the Bureau of Environmental Services on the Bicycle Plan for 2030, the question is where to spend the money in Portland. On that question Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Mayor Sam Adams have different perspectives. Saltzman’s enviro services bureau wants to spend the money for bicycle boulevards and “green streets” where the sewer system also could use improvement most—largely in inner Northeast and Southeast. But Adams, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation, wants the money spread out more equally across the city’s five main sections, a priority that doesn’t neatly align with BES preferences.

  • Chuck Currie, an ordained minister running in the eight-way race to replace Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen, has recruited two familiar names for his campaign. One of those is Wade Nkrumah, a longtime Oregonian reporter who had a brief stint as Mayor Sam Adams’ spokesman in 2009 that ended in Nkrumah suing the city and Adams. Nkrumah, who has a grant-funded $18,000 contract to write an online quarterly newsletter for Portland Public Schools (see “Murmurs,” WW, March 3, 2010) and is still collecting on his two-year buyout from The O, will serve as Currie’s spokesman. Currie’s other new recruit is Bob Durston, a City Hall veteran who served as chief of staff to Erik Sten when Sten was a city commissioner. Durston will chair Currie’s campaign.

  • A licensed practical nurse accused of manipulating an elderly man into giving up his Southwest Portland home and investment accounts worth a combined $900,000 has lost her state license. Patricia McIntosh, accused by a Multnomah County judge last year of wielding “undue influence” over 91-year-old Warren Cummins (see “Estate of Denial,” WW, Jan. 7, 2009), surrendered her license Feb. 10 after the Oregon State Board of Nursing accused her of “conduct derogatory to the standards of nursing.” Cummins died four months after McIntosh became his live-in caregiver, leaving his entire estate to her. But Cummins’ children later won a court challenge over his will. McIntosh, who is believed to have moved to Texas, could not be reached for comment.

  • “Dear Vulcan, leave Pritchard and the Blazers alone,” reads the online petition begun recently by Trail Blazers fan Brian Libby in hopes of getting Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard off the hot seat with owner Paul Allen’s Vulcan operation. As of press time Tuesday, 934 people had signed the petition to let Pritchard continue prospering as GM of a team that’s a surprisingly strong 45-29 heading into its March 31 game with New York, despite season-ending injuries to centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla. To see Libby’s petition, go to wweek.com/pritchard_petition.

  • We’re sad to report former WW news intern Sarah Jennings Lahey lost her battle with brain cancer on March 15. She was 25. A 2002 graduate of Parkrose High School, Sarah was an intern here from December 2008 through March 2009. She was smart, kind and hard-working. And she will be missed.

  • Sisters of the Road, Street Roots and the Community Alliance of Tenants will hold a vigil Wednesday, March 31, at 4:45 pm in South Waterfront in front of Elizabeth Caruthers Park at 3508 SW Moody Ave. The vigil will “mourn the loss” of 400 housing units that had been planned in the neighborhood for low- to middle-income families.
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