Remember Portland's $5 Million Gift to Portland Public Schools?

Former Mayor Sam Adams' 2012 rescue will now cost PPS $4.5 million.


Former Mayor Sam Adams made a major splash in 2012 when he announced he would prop up local school district budgets with $7 million in city funds, including $5 million specifically earmarked for Portland Public Schools.At PPS, Superintendent Carole Smith, school board members and the Portland Association of Teachers union applauded the rescue, crediting it with saving 110 teaching positions and ...   More
Monday, April 20, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Vigil for Street Musician Kirk Reeves Spotlights Suicide Prevention


More than 200 people huddled under the Hawthorne Bridge on Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil to remember "Working" Kirk Reeves—the 56-year-old street musician who for a decade played trumpet at the bridge's onramp in his distinctive white tuxedo and Mickey Mouse ears, until he shot himself earlier this month.Mayor Sam Adams declared Sunday as "Kirk Reeves Day," and an assembly of trumpeters and ...   More
Monday, November 19, 2012 AARON MESH

UPDATED: Pearl District Occupation Ends with 27 Arrests

Watch video of police pushing Occupiers out of Jamison Square


A tense and protracted standoff between Occupy Portland protesters and City Hall ended in the early hours of Sunday morning as police arrested 27 Occupiers in the Pearl District’s Jamison Square. --- The Occupiers’ move into the Pearl defied Mayor Sam Adams’ prohibition of any expansion of the political protest into city parks outside Chapman and Lownsdale squares, where Occupy Portland has ...   More
Sunday, October 30, 2011 Hannah Hoffman and Aaron Mesh

City Hall: Adams Makes a Big Bet on JTTF


By his 11th-hour addition of language unacceptable to federal law enforcement officials, Mayor Sam Adams has effectively scuttled the City of Portland's re-entry into the Joint Terrorism Task Force. And he's done it in a way that illustrates some clever political calculations.In a letter [PDF] to Adams sent yesterday, U.S. Attorney for Oregon Dwight Holton made clear that Adams' new proposal—that ...   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Streetcar Named Desire

The proposed Lake Oswego streetcar won’t reduce congestion, nor will it cost city taxpayers a bundle.

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When Mayor Sam Adams and his council colleagues vote April 20 whether to move forward with a streetcar extension to Lake Oswego, they will do so before answering many key questions. “There’s a    More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Hall: The Agenda Behind the Agenda, April 6

Portland City Hall March 30

Portland City Council is full this morning with students and education activists to hear Mayor Sam Adams' "State of Education" report.  Also on the council agenda is the city's tree code, a tax-credit program for businesses that create job-shadowing opportunities for teenagers, a scholarship program to send high-school graduates to community college, Commissioner Dan Saltzman's new technology ...   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mayor's New Transportation Chief Tours Spain

Tom Miller

Tom Miller, who racked up plenty of frequent flier miles as Mayor Sam Adams' chief of staff, is continuing his globe-trotting ways as the new director of Portland's perennially cash-strapped Bureau of Transportation.Miller, whose promotion in January came with a 50 percent raise, is in Rotterdam this week on personal vacation until Friday. Then he flies to Spain on PBOT's dime for Greenlight Greater ...   More
Thursday, March 31, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: More Details on Neighborhood Opportunity Districts

Mayor Adams' proposal for Neighborhood Opportunity Districts

Among the many proposals Mayor Sam Adams announced in his February State of the City address was one he called the "neighborhood opportunity district." The concept is a sort of small-scale urban renewal zone that doesn't use long-term bonds to finance improvement projects."Without the larger scope or length of traditional urban renewal debt, these micro districts can jumpstart small-scale, big-impact ...   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioners Approve Parking Plan

Portland City Hall in January

In a 4-0 vote with Commissioner Nick Fish absent on vacation, City Council today approved the parking plan for the streets around Jeld-Wen Field formerly known as PGE Park.That plan, which Mayor Sam Adams introduced as an emergency ordinance, calls for expanding the hours for paid parking around the revamped stadium on Portland Timbers game nights and increasing the hourly rates from $1.60 to $3.50 ...   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by

Launch Pad

The Mayor plays “Will it float?” with a proposal to take control of Multnomah County’s River Patrol Unit.

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Late in Mayor Sam Adams’ third annual State of the City address last month, he proposed a change to give Multnomah County extra cash it badly    More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 BETH SLOVIC


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