East Portland Secessionists File Initiative to Create 9-Member City Council

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The East Portland secessionists are back, and they have a new plan. WW reported in March that Gateway neighborhood residents Collene Swenson and Pat Edwards had petitioned to create a ballot initiative that would, if passed, allow the 13 neighborhoods east of I-205 to secede and incorporate as a new city.Their latest petition abandons the secession idea and instead calls for a structural overhaul of ...   More
Friday, July 24, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

Anti-Fluoride Activist Yolanda Whyte to Address City Council

UPDATE: No, she won't

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UPDATE, 6:10 pm: Whyte has cancelled her testimony. Though Whyte is in Portland, she has "other time commitments" tomorrow, according to Kimberly Kaminski, Executive Director of Clean Water Portland. Whyte is scheduled to speak at 7 pm tonight at Portland State University, and at 7 pm tomorrow at Emmanuel Temple.ORIGINAL POST: Controversial anti-fluoride activist Dr. Yolanda Whyte is scheduled to address ...   More
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Michael Munkvold

Voter-Owned Redux

Amanda Fritz bankrolled her own re-election. Now she wants to resurrect public campaign financing.

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz spent her nest egg last year—more than $375,000 of her own money—to buy four more years in Portland City Hall. “Most people could not and would not do what   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 AARON MESH

Voices 2013: Charlie Hales

A decade away made the new mayor a different kind of (political) barnyard animal.

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Once again, Charlie’s in charge. Ten years ago, Charlie Hales quit his job as city commissioner to start selling streetcars. On Jan. 2, the downtown...   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 AARON MESH

City Council Unanimously Votes to Fluoridate, but Fight Far From Over


The Portland City Council voted unanimously this morning—amid catcalls, hisses and shouts, with eight separate citizen ejections from council chambers—to fluoridate Portland's drinking water. During the vote, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz said she suspected this issue will ultimately be decided by the voters.She may be right. Before the ink even dried on the fluoridation vote, Kim Kaminski, ...   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Fritz-Nolan City Council Race is Even

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State Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland) has pulled even in her challenge to City Commissioner Amanda Fritz with less than two weeks to go before the May 15 primary election. A new KATU poll conducted by SurveyUSA shows Nolan with 34 percent and Fritz with 31 among likely voters. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percent. There’s still a lot of ground for either woman to gain: the poll ...   More
Monday, May 7, 2012 WWeek Editorial Staff

Video: Fritz Explains How She Differs From Nolan

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The mayoral race may be the most prominent electoral contest that Portland voters will see on the May 15 primary ballots, but the City Council race between incumbent Commissioner Amanda Fritz and State Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland) is just as closely contested.In this clip from WW's endorsement interview with Fritz and Nolan, we asked the candidates explain what they see as their fundamental differences. ...   More
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by Corey Pein

How Steve Novick Might've Handled Occupy Portland (Updated)


Steve Novick, the environmental lawyer and former U.S. Senate candidate who is running to replace Randy Leonard on the Portland City Council, laid out his platform yesterday in a lengthy BlueOregon post.The post went on in what Novick calls "mind-numbing detail" about his proposal for a city-backed health care clinic targeting workers who have disproportionately high health care expenses, modeled on ...   More
Friday, March 2, 2012 COREY PEIN

Let the 2012 Council Speculation Begin: A Potential Candidate Surfaces


 Besides Mayor Sam Adams' expected bid for re-election next year, the prospect also exists for two open seats on the Portland City Council.Neither Commissioner Randy Leonard or Amanda Fritz has said whether they will seek re-election in 2012. But that doesn't mean other potential candidates aren't already considering their prospects for a seat on the five-person council.One name bubbling up as ...   More
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