City Council Candidate Debate: If Everybody Loves the Portland Beavers, How Come Nobody Watches Them?


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At today's City Club debate with city Commissioner Dan Saltzman and candidates Jesse Cornett and Mary Volm, the two challengers went after Saltzman for being the third (and therefore decisive) vote approving Merritt Paulson's proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Portland. The underlying theme of the campaign is that Saltzman, who is seeking his fourth term, has outlived his usefulness. The ...   More
 
Friday, April 23, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Police Commissioner Gets First New Challenge (UPDATED with Adams comments this morning)


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Before nightfall of his first day as Portland's new self-appointed police commissioner, Mayor Sam Adams got his first challenge in the form of a fatal police shooting — the third in less than five months this year. Many details about this shooting will emerge in the coming days as they did with the deaths of Aaron Campbell and Jackie Collins. New police chief Mike Reese —appointed ...   More
 
Thursday, May 13, 2010 HANK STERN

Election Hangover Report


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We're just staggering back to life here at WW after a post-election soiree at nearby Joe's Cellar that lasted into the wee hours. But I'd hate to deprive anybody about the insightful analysis we shared over a few pitchers, so here are some highlights as we pored over the local and state numbers: 1) There was general surprise that Washington County Commissioner Andy Duyck won the county chairman's ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 HANK STERN

Saltzman, Collymore and Cogen Celebrate at Curious Comedy


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The photo above shows Karol Collymore checking the preliminary results of the primary vote. After initial results came in showing Collymore with 34 percent of the vote and in first place in an eight-candidate field in the race for Multnomah County commission, Collymore wasn't quite ready for an interview. "I'm going to wait for my legs to work again," said Collymore, who now advances to the ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Fritz and Saltzman Push Sewer-Rate Compromise


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Mayor Sam Adams is expected to release a "recalibrated" 2010-11 budget very soon. Meantime, Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Amanda Fritz are pushing ahead with a compromise on next year's sewer rates, an as-yet unresolved element of the mayor's proposed budget. This year, as part of a regularly scheduled rate review, the Bureau of Environmental Services asked the mayor to increase ratepayers' ...   More
 
Monday, May 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Albina Ministerial Alliance Speaks on Chasse Settlement, Last Week's Shooting and the New Chief


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The Albina Ministerial Alliance held a news conference this morning in Northeast Portland's Allen Temple C.M.E. Church to catch up on a busy week of big news dealing with police. The AMA's Coalition for Peace and Justice was formed to push for police reform after the Jan. 29 shooting of Aaron Campbell. In the last week, much has occurred to draw the AMA's attention. First came the announcement ...   More
 
Monday, May 17, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

New Chief Makes Heads Roll on the 15th Floor of the Police Bureau (Updated with Press Release)


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Cops say Mike Reese has wasted no time as Portland's new top cop before purging the chief's office of several high-profile figures. Three sources close to the police bureau tell WW that Leslie Stevens and John Eckhart have been told they'll no longer be employed on the 15th floor of the Justice Center. Two of those sources say Brian Martinek also is out. Stevens is head of the bureau's Office ...   More
 
Thursday, May 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Jesse Cornett Accuses Dan Saltzman of Ethical Breach


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The Merc reported today on an interesting 2009 decision by Commissioner Dan Saltzman regarding the City of Portland's Children's Levy. Saltzman sits on the levy's allocation committee, which decides who gets grants from a taxpayer-supported initiative that Saltzman often touts as a personal accomplishment. And last year, the allocation committee awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant to CARES ...   More
 
Monday, May 3, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Saltzman Calls Adams "Vindictive," Claims Explanation for Timing Is "Ridiculous"


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Sixteen months after accepting the job Mayor Sam Adams originally didn't want, Commissioner Dan Saltzman responded this afternoon to the mayor's abrupt decision to strip Saltzman of his job as police commissioner and to fire Chief Rosie Sizer. Saltzman called Adams' decision an example of the mayor's vengeful and headline-driven style of governance. "I've experienced vindictiveness by the mayor," ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Reaction to Mayor's Decision to Fire Sizer and Replace Saltzman As Police Commissioner


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The person everyone wants to hear from, following this morning's major police shakeup, is Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But Saltzman wasn't at City Hall after Mayor Sam Adams announced at noon he was both taking over the Police Bureau (16 months after taking the unusual step for a mayor of assigning it to Saltzman) and firing Chief Rosie Sizer. Meanwhile, one of Saltzman's main opponents in the ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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