Rev. Chuck Currie: Don't Put the Street Fee Burden on the Poor

UPDATE: Low-income housing managers say fee would harm the vulnerable.


A Portland minister is warning City Hall that passing a residential street fee and delaying a vote on charging businesses threatens to offload the tax burden onto the poor. The letter from the Rev. Chuck Currie to the City Council hints at how today's 2 pm hearing on Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick's street fee plan could turn into a donnybrook. Opposition to the proposal—which ...   More
Thursday, May 29, 2014 AARON MESH

Multnomah County Commissioner District 2

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 HANK STERN

Now Look Who's Mad at Dan Saltzman

Karin Hansen, who's never been shy about weighing in on what's roiling City Hall, is now upset with Commissioner Dan Saltzman in the wake of his reinstatement of Officer Christopher Humphreys to desk duty pending investigation into Humphreys' use of a beanbag gun against a 12-year-old girl who was resisting arrest. Hansen, who's married to former Mayor Tom Potter, responded to a Facebook thread ...   More
Thursday, December 10, 2009 HANK STERN

Domino Effect: Rev. Chuck Currie to Run for Cogen's County Seat

Rev. Chuck Currie, a United Church of Christ minister, is the second new candidate to say he'll run for Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen's seat. Cogen aide Karol Collymore's move to file to run for her boss's seat has set off strong speculation that Cogen will run to replace county Chair Ted Wheeler, who has been tapped to replace Ben Westlund as state treasurer. "Multnomah County ...   More
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Collymore and Currie Racking up Endorsements in County Race

Two of the candidates in the suddenly interesting Multnomah County commission District 2 race are racking up endorsements almost as quickly as former county Chair Ted Wheeler accepted the job of state treasurer this week. The District 2 race to represent North and Northeast Portland was set off after Wheeler's decision prompted Commissioner Jeff Cogen to abandon his re-election bid in that district. ...   More
Friday, March 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Currie Recruits Familiar Names for County Campaign

Chuck Currie, one of eight candidates vying in the May primary to replace Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen, has recruited two familiar names for his campaign team. Currie announced this morning that Bob Durston, a City Hall veteran who served as chief of staff to Erik Sten when Sten was a city commissioner, will chair Currie's campaign. And Wade Nkrumah, a longtime Oregonian reporter, ...   More
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Candidates Gone Wild Takes Over The Aladdin Theater on April 26!

Witness acts of political mischief hosted by Storm Large! See candidates do battle! Included on that list of worthies are Metro president wannabes Rex Burkholder, Tom Hughes and Bob Stacey and candidates for Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Drink beer, listen to live performances, be entertained by surprise guests! You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll pee your pants! The event takes ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Christie Wright

County Candidate Gets Big Lift from Ron Wyden (Updated with New Numbers)

In a rare move for Portland politics, a sitting U.S. senator has put his weight behind a candidate for local office. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has plowed $5,000 from his federal PAC into Loretta Smith's campaign for Multnomah County commissioner. Smith has been an aide to Wyden for 20 years. Josh Kardon, Wyden's former chief of staff, has also given $1,000 to Smith's campaign. Those contributions ...   More
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Multnomah County Race: Markgraf Surges in Money Chase, Currie Takes Most from Out-of-State

With less than a month to go before the May 18 primary, one candidate in the seven-way race for Multnomah County commissioner has recently surged into the top three for fundraising prowess. Tom Markgraf, a communications consultant and former aide to U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), has now raised $27,586 in campaign contributions — putting him at a close third behind Rev. Chuck Currie ...   More
Friday, April 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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