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VIDEO: Jeff Cogen Presents Sonia Manhas the Chair's Excellence Award


Three months before Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen began an affair with Sonia Manhas, he presented her with one of the highest honors for a county employee: the Chair's Excellence Award.

The county workers who packed the board chambers on May 4, 2011 couldn't have known how the relationship between Cogen and Manhas would    More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by AARON MESH

Sonia Manhas Says Jeff Cogen Should Resign

She says Cogen has contacted her after admitting affair.


Sonia Manhas, the Multnomah County employee who resigned under duress today following an affair with County Chairman Jeff Cogen, tells WW she believes Cogen should resign.She says his resignation is needed partly so the county can move forward, and partly because if he kept his job, it would create a double standard."I think the responsibility as an elected offi...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by AARON MESH

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

Mayor Charlie Hales Wants to Replace Homeless Camp with Food Carts at City Hall

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Mayor Charlie Hales' decision to evict a growing homeless camp from the Southwest 4th Avenue sidewalk is only the first stage of a plan to transform the plaza in front of City Hall.

The next step: food carts.    More
Monday, July 22, 2013 by AARON MESH

Jeff Cogen Will Return to Work Monday


Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen plans to return to work around noon Monday, five days after admitting to an affair with an employee, a county spokesman says.

Cogen has been in seclusion since admitting July 16 to an 18-month affair with...   More
Sunday, July 21, 2013 by AARON MESH

Water District Campaign Using Mitt Romney's Oregon Fundraiser


Backers of a proposed May 2014 ballot initiative to create a Portland Public Water District are already seeking donations for the political fight to wrest utilities from City Hall.

They've contracted the most powerful Republican fundraiser in Oregon, the firm that raised money in the state for Mitt Romney's last two Presidential bids.

The Portland Mercury...   More
Friday, July 19, 2013 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Bans Camping in Front of City Hall


Mayor Charlie Hales is kicking the homeless camp off the front steps of Portland City Hall.

Portland Police officers quietly posted metal signs in front of City Hall Friday evening outlawing obstruction of the sidewalk along Southwest 4th Avenue—in effect serving an eviction notice to the homeless encampment that has swelled to more than 40 people in recent we...   More
Friday, July 19, 2013 by AARON MESH

Water District Campaign Announces Ballot Initiative, Targets Nick Fish

UPDATE: Fritz, Novick trash plan for independently elected board


City Commissioner Nick Fish will have to run two races in May 2014. And they'll both be about water.

A coalition of water activists and large ratepayers confirmed this morning it is filing a ballot initiative for the May 17, 2014 election to create an independently elected board called the Portland Public Water District, to    More
Thursday, July 18, 2013 by AARON MESH

Activists Ready to Launch Ballot Initiative for Portland Public Water District


Activists are aiming to put the Portland water wars back on the ballot—this time with the goal of wresting control of the water and sewer bureaus from City Hall.

A coalition of water activists and utility ratepayers say they'll officially announce Thursday morning what has been expected for months: They are collecting signatures for a May 2014 ballot initiative to create a <...   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by AARON MESH

Portland Streetcar Windshields Broken Three Times This Year in Traffic Crashes

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Collisions with traffic have broken Portland Streetcar front windshields three times this year—more than in the previous 12 years of the streetcar's operation combined.

"There's something in the water this year," says Rick Gustafson, president of Portland Streetcar Inc., the nonp...   More
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by AARON MESH

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