Two 2012 Campaigns Still Carrying Big Debts


Two campaigns that spent big money last year remain deeply in the red, according to state filings. Portland mayoral candidate Eileen Brady finished third in the May primary, despite spending a record $1.4 million. Her campaign still owes $343,000, all in loans she made to her campaign.The other campaign carrying a big IOU, the Libraries Yes! committee, has a tougher task ahead. That committee went ...   More
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Library Taxing District Campaign, Nearly Out of Cash, Borrows Big

Backer Kicks in a $300,000 Loan


The campaign for a permanent Multnomah County Library taxing district has already spent more than $1 million but is leaving nothing to chance in its effort to pass Measure 26-143 on Nov. 6. Over the weekend, the campaign disclosed borrowing $300,000 from William R. Swindells, a local investor who earlier made a $100,000 contribution to the campaign. The campaign agreed to pay Swindells 3.5 percent ...   More
Monday, October 29, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Multnomah County Puts Library Taxing District on Fall Ballot


 Multnomah County Commissioners voted unanimously this morning to place a $65 million library taxing district on the November ballot."Don't celebrate," said County Chair Jeff Cogen. "I don't wanna kid ya, this is going to be a very difficult campaign. But I believe that we will do what we have long wanted to do, which is provide adequate and stable funding for the library. So I'm voting yes."The ...   More
Thursday, August 2, 2012 AARON MESH

When Stacks Attack

The costly Multnomah County Library has never been controversial—until now.

Cover Story
The Central Library in downtown Portland is a gorgeous 1913 building with 17 miles of shelves, ornate marble staircases and an eco-roof planted with flowers. The flagship branch of the Multnom   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 AARON MESH

City Says Library Tax Would Gobble Children's Money

Cogen: "That is chutzpah."


The City of Portland fired a shot across Multnomah County's bow on Wednesday, opening what promises to be a prickly skirmish over whether the county will put a library taxing district on the November ballot. The city's Office of Management and Finance, overseen by Mayor Sam Adams, says that ballot measure will hurt the city, and yesterday it said why. The OMF brief says that creating the Multnomah ...   More
Thursday, July 19, 2012 AARON MESH

Library District Could Appear on November Ballot After All


Multnomah County Commission Chair Jeff Cogen drew the ire of Multnomah County Library supporters a month ago when he said he wouldn’t support a proposal to enact a special library tax on the May ballot. Instead, the county planned to ask voters to renew an existing library levy of 89 cents per $1,000 for another three years.But at a press conference today, Cogen announced that he'd changed his ...   More
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Voodoo Doughnut Went Through 44 Tons of Dough a Week

...and 49 other stats from Portland in 2011.

Culture Features
We've compiled a Harper's Willamette Week Index of fascinating Portland facts and stats from 2011.    More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 WW Culture Staff

Poll Results Helped Convince County Chair Jeff Cogen to Oppose Bringing a Library District Measure to the 2012 Ballot


Recent public opinion polls paid for by the Library Foundation, the nonprofit that helps support the Multnomah County library system, showed that there is less than 50 percent support among voters for a measure to create a library taxing district, according to sources familiar with the numbers.Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen told county employees last week he would oppose sending a taxing district ...   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Murmurs: Cat’s Rights, CRC Concerns and Blazertime!

The cats haven’t asked for their own lawyer.

A Portland State University student is suing the school, claiming it violated her rights by trying to evict her cats—and then her—from student housing earlier this year. Jasmine Batiste, 24, s   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 WW Editorial Staff


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