Rest easy, City Club of Portland. Mayor Sam Adams never tires of giving a State of the City speech.
We note this on the eve of the mayor's annual speech this Friday, Feb. 18 only because we asked Adams in this week's cover story if he ever felt like telling City Club "screw it" when officials asked him to do the traditional speech.You'd think Adams might at least consider skipping it one time given that he helped shape many of those speeches when he was former Mayor Vera Katz's chief of staff for more than a decade—and sat through even more of them when Tom Potter preceded him as mayor. (In fact, Adams sat down for our interview in the Starbucks of the Governor Hotel on Feb. 4 right before he was going to attend another "State" speech—that one by Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, who gave the annual "State of the County" speech.)
Alas, Adams responded to an impolitic question with this politic answer:
If you want more substantive video clips of questions and answers as well as the interview with Adams in its entirety, here you go.