Switcheroo? Uniformed Cops to Take Over Civilian Jobs Cut in Police Budget


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When Mayor Sam Adams and new Police Chief Mike Reese rolled out their revised police budget last month, they said it was all about preserving public safety in Portland by keeping cops on the streets. "This budget is about protecting the operational integrity of the Portland Police Bureau," Reese was quoted as saying in a news release. "Units like Mounted Patrol and Cold Case are what Portlanders ...   More
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

With Saltzman Gone From Police, is Testing Cops for Drugs off the Table?


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Back when he was still in charge of the police, city Commissioner Dan Saltzman was making noise about drug-testing for cops. Disturbed by a widening FBI steroid investigation that began in the Canby cop shop and that has spread to neighboring agencies, Saltzman told KOIN 6 he wanted to make drug testing part of ongoing contract negotiations with the police union. Now that Mayor Sam Adams ...   More
 
Thursday, May 27, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Police Union Shredded No-Confidence Ballots on Sizer and Saltzman (UPDATED With Election Results)


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The Portland Police Association announced today it has two candidates heading for a runoff to be president of the 900-member union. Officer Daryl Turner got 44 percent of the 671 votes cast. Sgt. Doug Justus got 39 percent. A third candidate, Officer John Grable, did not make the runoff. Ballots in the runoff election will be counted July 21. Whichever candidate wins the election, there's ...   More
 
Friday, June 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Adams Vows (Another) Crackdown on Gang Violence


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A year and a half ago, it was then-Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman's "Operation Cool Down." Today, Mayor Sam Adams didn't borrow Saltzman's operational title for his own effort to crack down on gang violence. But he might have. After the dreariest June on record, the mayor linked gang violence to hot weather. "Law enforcement data shows an increase in gang activity in the Portland area. ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Fire Bond Picks Up Donations from Two Big Names


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The political action committee supporting a proposed $72.4 million Portland fire bond (PDF) that recently got put on the fall ballot has picked up a little seed money for its campaign. Portlanders For Public Safety today recorded a $1,000 contribution from city Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who had weighed in with some changes to the bond proposal, and a $2,500 donation from Portland Timbers/Beavers ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 HANK STERN

New Center for Victims of Domestic Violence Hosts Grand Opening


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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


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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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