Portland Water Bureau Chief David Shaff is Retiring


Portland Water Bureau director David Shaff, who oversaw controversial spending and successfully defended the city's utilities from a coup by business customers, is retiring.Shaff announced his departure, planned for this summer, in an email to Portland City Council this morning. "I cannot describe how proud I am to have worked for the Portland Water Bureau these past ten years," Shaff writes. "While ...   More
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 AARON MESH

Murmurs: News With Many Rivers To Cross.

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, when he ran for mayor, Jim Francesconi outraised his opponent, Tom Potter, by more than a 4-to-1 margin. In this year’s race for Multnomah County   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

City of Portland Sues Roseburg Toilet Company Over Lookalike Loo


The City of Portland is suing a Roseburg company for copyright infringement for selling a knockoff Portland Loo. The city sued Romtec, Inc., a restroom manufacturer 178 miles south of Portland, in U.S. District Court yesterday for trademark violation on Portland's patented public toilet.WW first reported in May that while city officials are struggling to sell the Portland Loo to other cities, Romtec ...   More
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 AARON MESH

Money Bucket

Portland wants every city to have its patented toilet.

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Anne Peterson is a problem solver. She may not look like one—her dyed maroon hair and gold-rimmed sunglasses hint at her second life as a “Burner” (one who regularly attends Burning Man)��   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Alaska Would Like to Buy a Portland Loo, Please

Randy Leonard loo

 The city's Bureau of Environmental Services has sold a second Portland Loo—to Ketchikan, Alaska. The Ketchikan Gateway Bureau has ordered one of the city's patented stainless steel, solar-powered, open-air public toilets. But Portland can't complete the sale until the City Council gives environmental services director Dean Marriott the power to sign off on deals. The council is scheduled to ...   More
Monday, February 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Double Standard? No Sweat.

Randy Leonard busted businesses for code violations. His own sauna was off-limits.

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Former City Commissioner Randy Leonard was a stickler for the rules when it   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

Fluoridation Opponents Propose New Ballot Initiative


Oregon Citizens for Safe Drinking Water, an activist group opposed to fluoridating Portland's water supply, has announced that they will seek to file a city ballot initiative, the "Clean Drinking Water Measure", that would halt the addition of any fluoride to Portland's water supply. The announcement comes mere days after Mayor Sam Adams tweeted that he planned to vote in favor of fluoridation ...   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Randy Leonard Endorses Jefferson Smith


City Commissioner Randy Leonard today became the first current member of the city council to weigh in on the mayor's race. Leonard, the former fire union boss who joined the council in 2002 is endorsing State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland). Although Smith attended Harvard Law School after college and Leonard joined the Marines before enrolling at Portland State University, the two actually ...   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Chief Looks Like A Lady

Commissioner Leonard takes a fire ax to the glass ceiling in choosing a chief for a troubled fire bureau.

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Twenty years ago, Portland Fire & Rescue employed only four female firefighters.  Last week, City Commissioner Randy Leonard stunned...   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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