Most Portland Housing Bureau Loans Won't Be Repaid, Audit Warns


Less than 15 percent of the $357 million in outstanding Portland Housing Bureau loans is expected to be repaid, a new city audit reveals.City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade criticizes the bureau for not being transparent in reporting the loans it makes for affordable housing to City Council in a complete or timely fashion. The bureau and its director have discretion to make loans of up to $3 million ...   More
Monday, March 24, 2014 AARON MESH

Audit Says Portland "Provides Little Supervision" To Its Construction Inspectors


Do you know what Portland’s construction inspectors do on the job? A new city audit says their employer, the Bureau of Development Services, has no idea, either. WW reported earlier this year that the bureau suspended four commercial electrical inspectors and fired one after an investigation found they routinely enjoyed long brunches on city time at a Northwest Industrial District diner. City ...   More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Hose Festival

The City Auditor says spending on unrelated programs may be soaking water and sewer ratepayers.

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A new audit questions recent decisions by the Portland City Council to spend funds collected from water and sewer users on city programs    More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall to Audit Police Taser Use (Updated with Rosie Sizer and Police Union Comment)

City Auditor Lavonne Griffin-Valade has taken on a controversial topic a few weeks into her term: investigating Taser use by the Portland Police Bureau. Griffin-Valade tells WW she kicked off the audit Monday with a conference in Police Chief Rosie Sizer's office among Sizer, city audit staff, and Leslie Stevens, director of accountability and professional standards at the Police Bureau. The ...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Council Unanimously Approves New Police Oversight Ordinance

With a 5-0 vote, City Council tonight approved the new ordinance from Commissioner Randy Leonard and Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade on strengthening police oversight. That decision followed more than three hours of impassioned public testimony and came after Police Chief Rosie Sizer voiced some objections to details of the measure, including its call to make the city auditor (rather than ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Auditor: Job-Creation Plan Still a Work in Progress

City of Portland Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade today issued a status report on Mayor Sam Adams' 2009 stimulus plan designed to fast-track $500 million in local spending and create 4,985 jobs. Her conclusion? That last part of fewer jobs than expected didn't surprise Portland auditors. "Those are not Portland problems," says Drummond Kahn, director of the city's Audit Services Division. ...   More
Monday, June 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Randy Leonard Calls New Police Oversight Board a "Significant Community Change"

City Council this morning voted unanimously 3-0 to approve the 19 members of Portland's new Police Review Board, one outcome of last winter's successful but arduous police-oversight reforms. Neither Mayor Sam Adams nor Commissioner Nick Fish attended today's meeting. Both are on vacation. But all three of the remaining commissioners waxed poetic about the significance of the change, none more ...   More
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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