MultCo Budget Wrangling: McKeel Offers to Save the DA's Misdemeanor Budget

Like clockwork each year, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk rides into battle against the county chair's office to fend off budget cuts in the DA's office. After 29 years in office and 10 straight years of shrinking county budgets, Schrunk is regarded as a quiet master at such fights. This year he's found allies in traditionally law-and-order-oriented East County with county Commissioner ...   More
Friday, June 4, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

County Budget Battles: DA Gets Flexibility on Misdemeanors

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners this morning unanimously approved a $392 million general-fund budget that gives District Attorney Mike Schrunk greater flexibility in setting priorities for his office. The dust-up over Schrunk's budget has been the big county story in a year when the county had to cut $5.4 million from its general-fund budget, the 10th straight year of cuts. County ...   More
Thursday, June 10, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Under Proposed County Charter Changes, Cogen Could Run for Mayor in 2012

The Multnomah County Charter Review Committee will present recommendations [PDF] to the county commission tomorrow on a series of measures they suggest putting on the November ballot. Such committees sometimes handle mundane technical fixes, but tomorrow's recommendations — which follow a series of 13 public meetings held since September 2009 — include a proposals for number of high-profile ...   More
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

MultCo Charter Review Recommendations to Go to Ballot

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners today unanimously approved an ambitious package of recommendations from the county Charter Review Committee. The committee now will submit the proposed changes to county code for approval by voters in the November election. Committee member Brian Wilson noted several of those changes been shot down by county voters in the past — including eliminating ...   More
Thursday, July 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Kyron Horman Investigation Costs Top $400,000

Multnomah County's estimated costs for its investigation into the disappearance of 7-year-old Kyron Horman have climbed past $400,000. But County Chair Jeff Cogen believes law enforcement is close enough to cracking the case that cost will not become an issue. "If they were continuing to spend money like this six months from now, I'd be concerned," Cogen tells WW. "But I don't think anyone ...   More
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Oregon Historical Society Levy Heads to Ballot

Add one more money measure to the Nov. 2 ballot. The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners today unanimously approved asking county voters to OK a five-year, $10 million levy to fund the financially threatened Oregon Historical Society, which runs the society's museum and library in downtown Portland. If county voters OK the levy, it would add a nickel per $1,000 of assessed property value, ...   More
Thursday, August 19, 2010 Jacob Pierce

Last Thursday, Part II: Alberta Street Not Taken Over by Lemonade Vendors

The Lemonade Revolt planned for Last Thursday on Northeast Alberta Street last night turned out to be a fizzle. Perhaps the appearance of just seven lemonade vendors was because Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen had already told inspectors to ease up on enforcement at the event after inspectors earned national headlines for cracking down on a 7-year-old girl's stand last month on Alberta. No ...   More
Friday, August 27, 2010 Jason Slotkin

New Center for Victims of Domestic Violence Hosts Grand Opening

For victims of domestic violence in Multnomah County, finding support has become a little easier. The new Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services holds its grand opening this afternoon at 1 pm. City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and County Chairman Jeff Cogen will co-host the event at Gateway, a city-county venture that is expected to be a “one-stop services center in the Portland area” ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 Jacob Pierce

Amanda Fritz Chooses Sides in the Multnomah County Commission Race

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has thrown her weight behind Loretta Smith in the race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. On her personal blog, Fritz (photo by Darryl James) says it was a tough choice between Smith and her opponent in the race, Karol Collymore. "It is truly exciting and satisfying that there are two dynamic, ...   More
Friday, October 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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