Gov. John Kitzhaber keeps rolling the dice on Elisa Dozono. In May, WW reported that Kitzhaber submitted Portland lawyer Dozonoâs name for a vacancy on the Oregon Lottery Commission, then withdrew it when lawmakers raised concerns about Dozonoâs law firm representing the biggest Lottery licensee, Dottyâs Delis (Murmurs, May 2, 2012). Now Kitzhaber has resubmitted Dozonoâs name. Dozono secured an opinion from the state Government Ethics Commission that says because she does not perform work for any Lottery retailers or receive a share of the firmâs profits from Lottery retailer work, she has no conflict of interest. âIâm honored that the governor has asked me to serve on this commission,â Dozono says.
Convicted sex offender Aaron L. Munter is not going back to law school. Although Lewis & Clark Law School Dean Robert Klonoff would not comment for last weekâs cover story (âBarred,â WW, Aug. 22, 2012), subsequent inquiries from community members prompted Klonoff to send an email revealing his decision about Munterâs request to be re-admitted. âWhile federal privacy law prevents me from telling you what that decision was,â Klonoff wrote, âI can inform you that the applicant [Munter] is not enrolled as classes begin for the new academic year.â
The City of Tucson, Ariz., just canât seem to get transportation products from Oregon. The Arizona Daily Star reported Aug. 26 that Clackamas-based company United Streetcar is three months behind schedule on delivering the first of seven new streetcars to Tucsonâbecause itâs so far behind schedule building five streetcars for Portland. Tucson now hopes to gets its cars by January; Portland is expected to receive its first this November, two months after the eastside line opens (âSlow Ride,â WW, Aug. 22, 2012). Earlier this month, The Oregonian reported that Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Tom Miller was offered the job of transportation director in Tucson, but the offer was rescinded when he failed a background check.
We have a new sibling! City of Roses Newspaper Company, which owns Willamette Week and its sister paper, the Santa Fe Reporter, is buying another media company, the Independent Weekly of Raleigh, N.C., and its website, Indyweek.com. Steve Schewel, the current owner of the 29-year-old North Carolina paper, announced the sale Aug. 22 and cited his lengthy relationship with WW Publisher Richard Meeker and Editor Mark Zusman, who own City of Roses. âMark and I are incredibly honored Steve has provided us this great opportunity,â Meeker says. âWeâre evangelistic about journalism.â