Portland Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott Placed on Leave After City Audit of Sewer Office Building

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A longtime Portland bureaucrat has been put on paid administrative leave as the result of a city audit into a Bureau of Environmental Services building project that went out of control. BES director Dean Marriott was sent home Tuesday because of the $11.5 million services building that opened this spring at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. The audit was triggered by stories in WW ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

Dan Saltzman Aims to Turn Portland Children's Levy into Permanent Taxing District

The city commissioner is lobbying Salem to allow a "children's services district."

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City Commissioner Dan Saltzman wants to make the Portland Children's Levy a permanent feature of local property-tax bills.Oregon has special taxing districts to fund libraries, transit and ports. In fact, state law gives local voters the power to create 26 different kinds of taxing districts to raise revenue and provide services. If Saltzman gets his way, the state will add a 27th district category—for ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Airbnb Has Spent $24,000 Lobbying Portland City Council

Its new hotel taxes won't be earmarked for affordable housing.

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Airbnb's visit to Portland City Hall was very successful—but it wasn't cheap.As reported in this morning's Murmurs, Airbnb spent $19,782 from April through June lobbying City Hall to grant the city’s unprecedented seal of approval on the San Francisco startup’s short-term rental operations. That brings Airbnb's year-to-date lobbying expenses to $24,282—and that's not counting what it spent ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Sami Edge and Aaron Mesh

Nick Fish, Dan Saltzman Cruise Back Into Portland City Hall

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Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman are returning to City Hall.Unofficial returns show Fish sailing into his third term with 73 percent of the vote. His opponents, Sharon Maxwell and Michael Durrow, had 19 percent and 7 percent, respectively.Saltzman will serve a fifth term after winning 64 percent of the vote. His strongest challenger, living-wage activist Nicholas Caleb, received ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick Yanking Endorsement of Fellow Commissioner Dan Saltzman's Re-election

Saltzman criticized Novick's plan for a $12-a-month transportation fee.

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Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick is furious over comments his fellow Commissioner Dan Saltzman made to WW this week questioning whether the Portland Bureau of Transportation needs a new street maintenance fee.How angry is he? Sources in City Hall tell WW that Novick has threatened to revoke his endorsement of Saltzman's reelection bid.WW reported Wednesday in Murmurs that Saltzman and Commissioner ...   More
 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 AARON MESH

Fire Bureau Storing Disaster Supplies in Warehouse that Doesn't Meet Seismic Code

Gideon Building was purchased from relative of former chief.

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Portland Fire & Rescue has been storing equipment used to respond to disasters in a building that would fall down in a major earthquake. It’s a building the fire bureau paid $408,550 to buy—double what the building was valued at a little more than a year before its purchase—from an owner related to a former fire chief and bureau battalion chief. As WW first reported in this week’s Murmurs, ...   More
 
Friday, November 29, 2013

Homeless Camp Right 2 Dream Too Removes Anti-Saltzman Sign

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Here's one immediate effect of new city bureau assignments: Chinatown homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too has called off its very public feud with Commissioner Dan Saltzman. Mayor Charlie Hales announced on Monday that Amanda Fritz will be taking over Bureau of Development Services from Saltzman. A sign at the homeless camp at Northwest 4th Avenue and Burnside Street reading "COMMISSIONER DAN SALTZMAN ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ANN-DERRICK GAILLOT

City Commissioners Seeking $1.7 Million in One-Time Money

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A $25 million hole in the city budget isn't stopping Portland City Commissioners from seeking one-time funding for projects outside city bureaus. WW first reported yesterday that the city's budget shortfall doesn't include $6.4 million in one-time funds doled out by City Council last year. Mayor Charlie Hales has asked all 27 city bureaus to cut 10 percent out of their budget requests. The deadline ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 AARON MESH

Saltzman Too Sick to Attend Sick-Leave Hearing

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This week's WW cover story on new Portland Mayor Charlie Hales takes a closer look at how most of the real deal-making in City Hall takes place in an improvised dance of one-on-one office meetings between commissioners and their staff.Those handshake deals have led to predictable results this winter: A wave of vicious head colds—coughing, followed by fever—has laid low dozens of City Hall staffers ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 AARON MESH

Burning Money

Portland loves its firefighters—and that’s allowed the fire bureau to become one of the most wasteful operations in the city.


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Portland Fire & Rescue’s newest ladder truck is one of the most sophisticated machines of its kind, a 78,000-pound, gleaming red...   More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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