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December 15th, 2010 WW Editorial Staff | Murmurs
 

News That Flows Like John Boehner’s Tears.

     
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  • Prominent Portland real-estate developer Homer Williams is being sued by one of the city’s premier law firms for $16,977 in alleged unpaid bills. As first reported on wweek.com, the lawsuit filed Dec. 10 in Multnomah County Circuit Court by the law firm Greene & Markley indicates Williams owes the money for work involving the IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue. Greene & Markley is best known for bankruptcy cases, but online federal court records do not indicate Williams has filed for bankruptcy. Williams declined to comment.

  • Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber requested state agency heads’ resignations last week with an eye toward rehiring only those eager to transform state government when he takes office next month. But Kitzhaber’s revamp ran into snags: Some agency directors report to commissions rather than the governor, and resignations submitted are deemed accepted within three days if they are not acted upon. Tom Imeson, Kitzhaber’s transition adviser, says the hiccups won’t be a problem. “The main point is to make sure the governor-elect and agency heads are on the same page,” Imeson says.

  • Mayor Sam Adams last week introduced his plan for reconsidering Portland’s role in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Following the Nov. 26 arrest of Mohamed Mohamud for allegedly plotting to blow up Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland’s 2005 decision to withdraw its police officers from the task force came under greater scrutiny. Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who opposed the withdrawal five years ago, called for an immediate return to the task force. But Adams advocates a slower reevaluation. Under the plan released Friday, Dec. 10, Adams doesn’t expect a public hearing on the topic until Feb. 24.

  • The Lincoln High School football coach whose firing from the athletic department made headlines last fall continues to draw a $17-an-hour paycheck from Portland Public Schools. But he’s not currently working for the school district. Chad Carlson, whose alleged run-in with Portland Police on a MAX platform in August 2009 ended his five years as the high school’s head coach, left Lincoln altogether in 2010. He then took a job as a campus monitor at Cleveland High School for the current school year. But district records show Carlson has been on paid leave since Oct. 18. Carlson, who announced his intention to sue PPS as a result of the coaching kerfuffle, was not available for comment.

  • Green giant gets some green: The Meyer Memorial Trust will give 250,000 to pay for a conference room and educational facilities in the proposed Oregon Sustainability Center (see “Green Giant,” WW, Nov. 24, 2010). Perhaps more importantly, at least three for-profit companies—including Skanska, the general contractor for the OSC—have expressed serious interest in leasing space within the 132,000-square-foot building that could break ground next summer.
 
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