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Jeff Cogen’s Double Life

Public documents contradict the County Chairman’s account of his affair.

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Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen could not have seemed more sincere last week as he confessed an affair with a county employee named Sonia Manhas. “My family is hurting,” Cogen told WW o   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Bus Project Leader In Eliot Spitzer Campaign Ad

Caitlin Baggott, Bus Project

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, forced to resign in 2008 because of a prostitution scandal, is attempting a political comeback. Spitzer, who rose to fame by targeting Wall Streeters as New York's attorney general, now wants to watch over New York City's pension funds as the City's comptroller.
But there's a surprising face in a new campaign ad Spitzer just released—Caitlin Bagg...   More
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

County Commissioners Ask For Outside Investigation of Jeff Cogen


Four members of the Multnomah County Commissioner this afternoon asked today for an outside investigation of their colleague, County Chair Jeff Cogen.At issue is whether Cogen, county chair since 2010, misused county resources or the power of his office when conducting a nearly two-year-long affair with a county employee named Sonia Manhas.
The request, contained in a letter writt...   More
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Oregonian Calls for Jeff Cogen to Resign

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A week ago, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen's political future looked bright.
Cogen, 51, who became the chairman of Oregon's largest county in 2010, appeared to be the heir apparent to Mayor Charlie Hales and the man who until Hales retires would continue to preside over the county's return to respectability.What a difference a week makes. Last Tuesday night, Cogen   More
Monday, July 22, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

County Official In Affair With Chair Jeff Cogen Faced No Competition for Job That Gave Her a 20-Percent Raise

Cogen says he played no role in getting Sonia Manhas her promotion.


Sonia Manhas was the only person interviewed for the $103,299-a-year Multnomah County Health Department job she now holds—a promotion that gave her a 20 percent raise last year. Manhas is the woman with whom County Chair Jeff Cogen on Tuesday admitted to having an affair. Manhas is director of policy and planning for the county health department. She was promoted to...   More
Thursday, July 18, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Jeff Cogen Had Planned Lunch Today With Sonia Manhas, Two Months After He Claims Their Affair Ended

Multnomah County chairman deleted the calendar entry Monday

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Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and the county employee with whom he had an affair were scheduled to have a private lunch today, even though Cogen claims their relationship ended two months ago. WW has learned that Cogen, on July 11, personally entered the lunch with Sonia Manhas, the county’s health department planning and policy director, on his calendar. He r...   More
Thursday, July 18, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Bluebird Not For Early Birds

A very short play.

Food Reviews & Stories
A veteran news reporter and a grizzled editor are having a discussion in the Willamette Week newsroom. Reporter: So we go to this new bakery, Bluebird, at 24th and Thurman, to talk about a story. Ed   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , BRENT WALTH

No Good Deed

Heather Merrifield adopted an abused boy. Now he’s back where the abuse started—and she’s being blamed.

Cover Story
In 2006, Heather Merrifield tried to rescue a 6-year-old boy named Daniel. The boy had been so severely abused by his mother and father that the state of Oregon terminated their parental rights    More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Anti-Fluoride Group Raising Money Again


Clean Water Portland, the political action committee that won a landslide victory over proponents of fluoridating Portland's water in May, is not finished yet.
The group reported last week reported raising $11,000, most of it in ...   More
Monday, July 15, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Local MMA Fighter Chael Sonnen's Adventures Continue


In some ways, it's a pity that MMA fighter Chael Sonnen pulled the plug on his budding political career back in 2010 (he was running as Republican candidate for a House seat in West Linn when a looming federal indictment for mortgage shenanigans caused him to withdra...   More
Thursday, July 11, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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