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

Rob Ingram, Who Tried To Steer Portland Teens Away From Gangs, Dies

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Rob Ingram, director of Portland's Office of Youth Violence Prevention under three City Commissioners, died today of a heart attack, according to a friend. He was 38. In that position, created under Mayor Tom Potter, Ingram played a key civilian role in the city's gang counter-recruitment efforts, supervising a team of outreach workers who met with "disconnected" youth around the city. A self-described ...   More
 
Sunday, November 27, 2011 COREY PEIN

City Says Occupy Camp Needs To Clean Up—Or Else (Updated)

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Portland City Hall is taking steps that will likely accelerate a confrontation with the Occupy Portland camp one block away. ---Yesterday, the Bureau of Development Services, which is responsible for building code enforcement and answers to Commissioner Dan Saltzman, sent a notice of code violations to Portland Parks & Recreation, which is responsible for maintaining the land on which Occupy Portland ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 COREY PEIN

After Hearing, Equity Office Will Return For Vote Late Next Month

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Members of local civil rights organizations turned out by the dozens to support the proposed Portland Office of Equity at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.In public testimony, advocates called out numerous areas of social and racial disparity in Portland, citing statistics and disparity studies as evidence of the city’s need to move forward with the ordinance.Supporters told the council that ...   More
 
Thursday, September 1, 2011 EMILY GREEN

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