On Jan 13, six days before he admitted
lying about having had sex with a teen named Beau Breedlove, Mayor Sam Adams announced a $500 million stimulus package for the City of Portland.
Tomorrow, Oregon's two U.S. Senators, Ron Wyden (D-Portland) and Jeff Merkley (D-Portland) are holding a press conference to introduce the local roll-out of the $787 billion federal stimulus package Congress passed last week.
On Friday, Sen. Wyden's office sent out an announcement of the event (details below). Among those joining the senators on the dais tomorrow are top local officials, including Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler, Metro Council President David Bragdon, Oregon Department of Transportation director Matthew Garrett and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish.
Conspicuously missing from the list: the architect of Portland's stimulus package and the man who, as the city's transportation commissioner, is most likely to be involved in stimulus-related projects, Mayor Adams.
Asked to explain Adams' absence from the list, Wyden spokesman Tom Towslee says Adams was simply not invited.
"We thought Commissioner Fish could handle it and we expect Commissioner [Randy] Leonard to be there also," Towslee told WWire Sunday night. (Adams' spokesman was not immediately available for comment).
The snub reinforces a point Oregonian
metro columnist Anna Griffin made
in her Feb. 14 column: while top elected officials are not asking Adams to resign, nor do they want to associate with him.
Here's the announcement Wyden's office sent out on Feb. 13:
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FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
February 13, 2009
Contact: Tom Towslee
NEWS CONFERENCE on Monday, February 16:
Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Jeff Merkley, County Chair Ted Wheeler, Metro Council President David Bragdon, City Commissioner Nick Fish, and others
On the same day that President Obama signs the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, Oregon's senators and local officials will talk about what it means for Oregon
WHO: Senator Ron Wyden
Senator Jeff Merkley
Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler
Metro Council President David Bragdon
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish
Cathy Mincberg, COO, Portland Public Schools
Matthew Garrett, director, ODOT
Other local appointed and elected officials
WHAT: News conference on what the economic stimulus package means for Oregon
WHEN: Noon, Monday, February 16, 2009
WHERE: Multnomah County Office Building (lobby), 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
Portland, OR – On the same day that President Obama is expected to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, Oregon's two senators and local officials will hold a news conference to discuss what the stimulus plan means for Oregon.
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