Mayor Sam Adamsâ proposed $408 million general-fund discretionary budget includes a provision to keep the cityâs controversial leaf-removal fee. The $15 to $65 fee riled some Portlanders last year when the mayor introduced it without a great deal of notice. Adams will also keep the opt-out program. âIf you clean the leaves in front of your yard, you donât have to pay a thing,â Adams announced. âWe think this is a good value for Portlanders.â
What doesnât Adamsâ budget include? The River Patrol for one. At his annual State of the City address In February, Adams proposed that the city take over Multnomah Countyâs function of performing rescues on the Willamette and Columbia rivers. This caught county Sheriff Dan Staton by surprise, even though Adams said it was intended to save the county money. As a result, talks about the proposal are ongoing. âItâs going to take longer,â Adams says.
ROSENBAUMCredits: dpo.orgEven as lawmakers work to eliminate more than 100 exemptions from Oregonâs Public Records law (see here), Sen. Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland), at the behest of City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, is seeking to shield recordings of 911 calls from disclosure. That legislation, Senate Bill 346, currently sits in the Senate Rules committee, which Rosenbaum chairs. Fritz says she wants callersânot public employeesâto be able to veto the release of 911 audio. âItâs a patient privacy issue,â Fritz says. Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton), a former television reporter, disagrees. âI have voted against this concept before and will do so again,â Hass says. âDisclosure is a good check and balance to see how 911 operators handle the cases weâve entrusted to them.â
Speaking of Rosenbaumâ¦. As Senate majority leader, she is the Legislatureâs top-ranking woman and widely mentioned as a possible successor to Brad Avakian as commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries. Both are up for re-election next year, but Avakian has announced heâll try instead to unseat U.S. Rep. David Wu in the 1st Congressional Districtâs Democratic primary. âIâm really concentrating on being Senate majority leader right now, and will be through the end of session,â Rosenbaum says. âBut I care a lot about BOLI and its mission to help workers and administer important programs like the minimum wage.â
A recently retired Portland cop is taking a novel path to try to secure discipline for the lieutenant he claims forced him out of his job. The retired sergeant, Doug Justus, has filed a complaint at City Hallâs Independent Police Review division against Lt. Rachel Andrew. Justus says Andrew, his supervisor, subjected him to repeated verbal abuse in an attempt to hound him out of his former position as the police bureauâs point man on human trafficking (see âMissing Justus,â WW, Feb. 16, 2011). âThatâs pretty rare,â says IPR Assistant Director Constantin Severe, adding that he canât recall another instance where a cop has put his name to an IPR complaint against a fellow officer. Justus tells WW he turned to IPR because he doesnât trust the police Internal Affairs Division.