Thunderbird Hotel is Multnomah County's Biggest Property-Tax Delinquent


Howard Dietrich’s Thunderbird Hotel, which burned to the ground on Hayden Island in 2012, is the biggest property tax delinquent in Multnomah County, with $720,000 overdue. The county’s top 10 scofflaws owe a combined total of just under $2.5 million in unpaid taxes. The debts are cumulative: Most of the scofflaws have been ignoring their tax bills for at least two years, and a few have been ...   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

Multnomah County Audit Says Women and Minorities Still Have Lower Paying Jobs

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Multnomah County says a new audit of its workforce shows that women and minorities are earning less than white males. The audit generally found pay equity among people holding the same job, regardless of gender or race. But the audit found there are more women and minorities in jobs with a lower median wage, compared to white male co-workers.“Some of these differences mirror the local labor pool, ...   More
Thursday, July 9, 2015 EMILY VOLPERT

New Voters Have Until 5 pm Today to Register for May 20 Primary


The May 20 primary will determine who will vie for the U.S. Senate, governor of Oregon, and whether Portland's water remains in the hands of City Hall. The election could also determine who will take over as chair of Multnomah County, Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.If you want a voice in those decisions, and you're not registered to vote, you have until 5 p.m. today to register at the Multnomah ...   More
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Multnomah County Cuts Sonia Manhas' Job and Office from the Health Department Budget


Multnomah County is erasing all traces of Sonia Manhas, the health department employee who had an affair with county chair Jeff Cogen. They both quit, under duress, after Cogen admitted to the affair last summer. Many of the questions that dogged Cogen centered on whether he helped Manhas get promoted to run the health department's office of policy and planning, and why he stepped in to save the office's ...   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 AARON MESH

Search Warrant Reveals $600,000 May Be Missing From Safety Net Oregon—and the Non-Profit's Director Blames a "Software" Glitch


Investigators for the Social Security Administration seized computers, personnel and client files, bank records and correspondence when they executed a search warrant March 6 at Safety Net of Oregon, a Portland nonprofit that manages about $1 million in disability and veterans benefits. Search warrant records, obtained by WW from federal court files, reveal federal officials wanted ...   More
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Multnomah County Commissioners: We're Done Talking About Jeff Cogen


The five officials on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners put up a united front tonight: They're no longer discussing former Chairman Jeff Cogen's affair with a county employee."Any remaining questions should be directed to either investigators or the two people responsible for this situation: Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas, neither of whom are county employees anymore," the five commissioners ...   More
Monday, November 11, 2013 AARON MESH

Multnomah County's Chief Operating Officer Shifting to Health Department


The fallout from the Jeff Cogen scandal continues at Multnomah County headquarters. Last week, WW reported that Lillian Shirley, who heads the county health department, leaving to oversee public health for the state. That left the county's largest department leaderless just as state and local officials are rushing to implement the Affordable Healthcare Act. The solution, announced on Friday, is that ...   More
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Picking At The Scabs

Laborers’ Local 483 Union Workers say Multnomah County Inmates Are Stealing Their Jobs.

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Union leaders say the city of Portland’s contracts with the county jail and state prisons to perform general jobs amounts to “slave labor” and are stealing union work. “How can you have    More
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Ethics Commission Rejects County Employee's Complaint Against Jeff Cogen


A veteran Multnomah County employee has filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission against county Chairman Jeff Cogen for presiding over a board resolution July 25 that called for Cogen's resignation. The resolution came on the heels of revelations that Cogen had carried on a nearly-two-year affair with Sonia Manhas, also a county employee. Details of the affair led Cogen's ...   More
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

To Lead or Not to Lead

Commissioner Deborah Kafoury wants Jeff Cogen off the Multnomah county board. Is she willing to go for his job as well?

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Deborah Kafoury won election as fifth-grade class president of Irvington Elementary School in 1977 by deploying a secret weapon: a political button-making machine. “Her mom was an elected of   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH


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