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Police Begin Sidewalk Sweep of Homeless

Starting in Chapman Square, they move to a secret list of locations.


The Portland Police Bureau began to sweep out homeless people living on downtown sidewalks this morning, starting in Chapman Square and moving to a undisclosed list of locations they've been monitoring for weeks.

The sweep reveals Mayor Charlie Hales' latest tactic in    More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by AARON MESH

Here's One of the Camping Citations Police Are Using to Sweep Out Homeless in Three City Quadrants

UPDATE: Police make five arrests in sidewalk sweep


Portland Police are issuing citations and making arrests in at least three quadrants of the city today, extending their sidewalk sweep of homeless camps well beyond downtown and its aggressive street kids.

Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete ...   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by AARON MESH

Justice League

Cogen faces a state criminal investigation. He’s not happy. But should he be worried?

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This month, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen will answer questions in a criminal investigation aimed at finding out if he abused his public office while having an affair with a county employee   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 AARON MESH

Thousands of Redheads Will Converge on Pioneer Courthouse Square


Gingerphobes had best avoid Pioneer Courthouse Square on Aug. 17. They'll be outnumbered.
It’s the Redhead Event, an attempt by Portland software engineer Rusty Weise and Sammamish, Wash., photographer Anne Lindsay to break the Guinness World Records’ mark for the most natural redheads ...   More
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by AARON MESH

Neighbors File State Appeal of North Portland Condos


For the second time in a year, disgruntled neighbors are asking a state appeals board to squash a Portland building they think is too tall.

In February, the state Land Use Board of Appeals briefly halted construction on an 81...   More
Monday, August 5, 2013 by AARON MESH

The 10 Questions Jeff Cogen Refuses to Answer

The county chair cuts a deal with The Oregonian for softball questions only. We declined the same offer.


This morning's edition of The Oregonian features an exclusive interview with embattled Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen. In the interview Cogen expresses confidence he will be cleared of all wrongdoing in the current criminal investigation into his...   More
Friday, August 2, 2013 by AARON MESH

Department of Justice Blocks All Cogen Records Requests

Rosenblum's actions halt further public disclosures


The state of Oregon has closed off access to public records about Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen and evidence of his improper use of his office regarding his nearly two-year affair with a county employee.The Oregon Department of Justice on Wednesday asked Multnomah County to stop responding to public-records requests regarding Cogen and county emplo...   More
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by AARON MESH

Multnomah County Commissioners Stop Talking About Jeff Cogen, Citing DOJ Investigation

"The DOJ investigation is the only game in town."


Multnomah County commissioners say the start of an Oregon Department of Justice criminal investigation of County Chair Jeff Cogen means they will no longer talk to the media about evidence of his improper use of his office regarding his nearly two-year affair with a county employee.
The Oregon Department of Justice on Wednesday asked Multnomah County to    More
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by AARON MESH

Boys Behaving Badly

How Cogen followed Adams’ fall.

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Jeff Cogen never wanted Sam Adams’ reputation. He wanted Adams’ job. Two years ago, Adams was mayor of Portland, hobbled by revelations in 2009 that he had lied about a sexual relationship w   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 AARON MESH

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen Rescued Funding For Sonia Manhas' Office

His 2013-14 budget doubled her funding to $225,000 while the two were having an affair.


Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen placed a last-minute addition in this year's county budget: $225,000 to help save the county office run by Sonia Manhas, who was having an affair with Cogen at the time.

County documents obtained by WW show Cogen reversed an earlier budget draft that provided no money to the health department's office of policy ...   More
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by AARON MESH

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