City Club Panel Endorses Ted Wheeler's Oregon Opportunity Initiative


A City Club of Portland research committee today issued a report endorsing a "yes" vote on Measure 86, otherwise known as the Oregon Opportunity Initiative.The measure, proposed by State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, would use the state's borrowing capacity to fund college scholarships for needy Oregon students. The Oregon Legislature referred the plan to the ballot last year.Although there are inherent risks ...   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Club Wants You to Pick a Water-Fluoridation Alternative


On May 21, Ballot Initative 26-151, the Portland measure that would have required the fluoridation of the city's drinking water, was soundly defeated by voters—and former City Commissioner Mike Lindberg turned out to celebrate. "It's really a reflection of the way that Portlanders treasure our Bull Run water," said Lindberg, the only major political figure the anti-fluoridation campaign had on its ...   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Portland Should Spend More on Bikes, New Report Says

Portland Ranked #1 for Number of Bicycle Commuters

Portland should spend more money on bicycle infrastructure—but the money should come from somewhere other than a mandatory licensing program. That's one of the recommendations of a report published today by the Portland City Club on bicycle transportation. Some people have pushed a licensing program that would require all bicyclists to register with the city and pay a small fee. The report found, ...   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kim MacColl, Who Explained How Portland Became Portland, Has Died

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E. Kimbark MacColl, an educator and school administrator who chronicled the history of Portland and its power establishment, died last night after a long illness, WW has learned. He was 86. Kim, as he was known, taught at Occidental and Reed colleges, Portland State University and Catlin Gabel School. He was a member of City Club and other prominent civic groups, and served on a number of committees ...   More
Thursday, September 1, 2011 COREY PEIN

"Tragic Intersection": Police Chief Mike Reese at City Club


Nearly one year after he became Portland's top cop, Police Chief Mike Reese today defended his officers, owed up to some of their mistakes and blasted the mental-health system in a speech to the City Club of Portland.Reese praised his officers' heroism in a non-lethal shooting encounter with a machete-wielding man earlier this year and discussed errors made in the January 2010 shooting of 25-year-old ...   More
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City Club Committee Slams Multnomah County on Mental Health Treatment


 The City Club of Portland today issued a study blasting Multnomah County's management of public mental-health services.The 42-page report (PDF), titled Improving the Delivery of Mental Health Services in Multnomah County, hammers county managers for operating under an opaque budget, failing to assess treatment outcomes and allowing needy patients to fall through the cracks."'Blow up the system ...   More
Thursday, March 31, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Kitzhaber: Oregon is Not Wisconsin


Gov. John Kitzhaber brought a message of change to an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd at Portland's City Club today. "Putting people back to work – as important at that is – will not, by itself, reduce our prison population or the escalating cost of health care; it will not ensure that all our children are ready to learn when the reach kindergarten; or increase the number of Oregonians ...   More
Friday, March 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Blumenauer Dodges City Club Question on Whether He'll Run for Mayor

Earl Blumenauer

 U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), often mentioned as a possible candidate to challenge Portland Mayor Sam Adams in 2012, dodged a question today at the City Club of Portland on whether he plans to run. Instead of answering the question from a City Club member on whether he's considering a mayoral run, Blumenauer launched into a diatribe against the "corrosive" effects of nonstop political campaigns."This ...   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

One Last Sam Adams Clip Before His State of the City Speech

Sam Adams

 Rest easy, City Club of Portland. Mayor Sam Adams never tires of giving a State of the City speech. We note this on the eve of the mayor's annual speech this Friday, Feb. 18 only because we asked Adams in this week's cover story if he ever felt like telling City Club "screw it" when officials asked him to do the traditional speech.You'd think Adams might at least consider skipping it one time ...   More
Thursday, February 17, 2011 HANK STERN

Adams Admission Reaction: Mayor's State of City Address

"Give bikes a round of applause, somebody," Mayor Sam Adams said midway through his State of the City address at Portland City Club today. That odd request typified a rambling speech that began with Adams introducing his mother and grandmother, and that ended with Adams getting a standing ovation from about two-thirds of the room. Early on in his first State of the City speech, the mayor ...   More
Friday, February 27, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS


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