Election Fallout: Cogen's Choice to Run Against Adams Now More Difficult


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Anyone handicapping the 2012 Portland mayor's race—as we did in our print edition this week—should note one down-ballot result from the just-concluded 2010 election that could play a crucial role in one potential candidate's decision to run. Multnomah County voters soundly defeated Measure 26-110, with 62 percent voting against it. If that proposed change to the county charter had ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Adams on Illegal Guns: 'The City Has Sat on Its Hands and Ignored It'


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Mayor Sam Adams this morning vigorously defended his controversial proposal to crack down on illegal guns, telling WW it will not detract from other efforts to fight gang violence in Portland. Adams said the city has invested millions in gang outreach efforts in the last two decades but has done very little to eradicate the illegal guns used to perpetrate gang violence. "When you look back ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Mayor Adams Highlights Greek Cusina Building's New Start


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No downtown Portland building attracted more controversy over the past couple of years than the structure at Southwest 4th and Washington that formerly housed the Greek Cusina. After a long battle with City Commissioner Randy Leonard's Housing Interdiction Team, Greek Cusina owner Ted Papas closed his restaurant last January and lost his building to foreclosure. In May, a group called Asia ...   More
 
Thursday, November 18, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Adams' Gun Plan Meets With a Mixed Reception at City Hall Hearing


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Mayor Sam Adams' plan addressing illegal guns got a mixed reception from the public during a crowded City Hall hearing today. But at least two city commissioners indicated they would support the ordinance when it comes up for a vote next month, providing Adams the majority he needs. Adams' proposed ordinance would penalize gun owners who endanger children or fail to report stolen guns. It would ...   More
 
Thursday, November 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Read the Letter: Sister of Man Killed in Police Shooting Asks Adams Not to Promote Officer


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As reported in this week's Murmurs, the sister of a man shot to death by a Portland cop in 2005 is now asking Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese not to promote the officer involved in the shooting. Officer Leo Besner tops the Police Bureau's list of officers to promote to sergeant. But Bobbie Jo Foster of Sammamish, Wash., argues in her Nov. 30 letter (PDF) that Besner has a history ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Mayor Says PDC Director Bruce Warner Will Step Down


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Mayor Sam Adams notified his tweeps this morning the Portland Development Commission Executive Director Bruce Warner will retire, effective April 2011. Here's that tweet: Warner, Ex Dir of @PdxDevelopment Commission, announces retirement; he will stay on until 4/1/11 http://bit.ly/gOF5OW Warner took over leadership of the city's urban renewal agency in June 2005, having previously led the ...   More
 
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

After Last-Minute Plea From Dead Man's Friend, Adams Seems to Indicate Controversial Cop Will Be Promoted (Updated)


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After a last-minute intervention in Portland Mayor Sam Adams' office by a friend of a man fatally shot in 2005 by Portland Police Officer Leo Besner, it appears Besner will be promoted today to sergeant. (Update 1:23 pm: Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson confirms Besner was promoted in a ceremony this morning.) Besner is atop the Police Bureau's list of candidates for sergeant. The city ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Chief of Staff's Promotion Comes with Big Raise


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Tom Miller, Mayor Sam Adams' new pick to replace Sue Keil as the director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, will get a hefty raise this month along with a new job title. As the mayor's chief of staff, Miller earned just under $100,000 in 2010. Today the Bureau of Human Resources reports Miller will earn $150,000 as the new transportation director under Adams. That's $30,000 more than ...   More
 
Friday, January 7, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mental Health Funding and the Mayor's 2011 State of the City Speech

Mental Health

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Mayor Sam Adams' annual state-of-the-city address takes place on Feb. 18, less than a month from now. And if you're wondering what the mayor may highlight at the City Club of Portland event, let us help narrow the field. Mental health won't be the only topic the mayor discusses, but it will be on his list. Last year, Portland's 2010-11 budget offered a relatively modest allocation of $540,000 ...   More
 
Friday, January 21, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

After Last-Minute Plea From Dead Man’s Friend, Adams Seems to Indicate Controversial Cop Will Be Promoted (Updated)


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  After a last-minute intervention in Portland Mayor Sam Adams‘ office by a friend of a man fatally shot in 2005 by Portland Police Officer Leo Besner, it appears Besner will be promoted today to sergeant. (Update 1:23 pm: Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson confirms Besner was promoted in a ceremony this morning.) Besner is atop the Police Bureau’s list of candidates ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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