Mayor-elect Sam Adams Blows Up PDC — And Why Nick Fish Is All Smiles About It


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The systematic dismantling of the city-owned Portland Development Commission took a major leap forward today. In perhaps the most consequential decision from his reorganization of the City that Works, Mayor-elect Sam Adams took away the Portland Development Commission's responsibilities for housing. And as a result, now gone are 42 of the agency's 209 employees (about 20 percent of the staff) ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

HQ Hotel Project On Life Support


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As reported over the weekend on WWire, Metro staffers have decided a "headquarters hotel" that tourism boosters want to build next to the Oregon Convention Center, is a non-starter in the current environment. This morning, Mayor-elect Sam Adams convened government leaders and tourism industry representatives to see if there is any way to keep the project alive. That will be tough, considering ...   More
 
Monday, December 8, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Say Sayonara to Metro's Proposed Convention Center Hotel


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Barring a last-minute miracle, Metro, City of Portland and Multnomah County leaders will pull the plug Monday morning on the latest chapter in the long-running effort to finance a so-called "headquarters hotel" next to the Oregon Convention Center. Speaking on background, sources familiar with the decision-making process say that the hotel is dead unless Mayor-elect Sam Adams produces a previously ...   More
 
Saturday, December 6, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Check Out The Names on Mayor-Elect's Stadium Task Force


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Some interesting names on the task force Mayor-elect Sam Adams has put together to evaluate the merits of Merritt Paulson's proposal to renovate PGE Park for a Major League Soccer franchise and build a new stadium somewhere else in town for the baseball Beavers. One sign that Adams is taking Paulson's proposal seriously: the counsel to the committee is heavyweight lawyer Steve Janik, who worked ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Adams Admission Reaction: Live From the 'Blogosphere'


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News of Mayor Sam Adams' admission of a sexual relationship with 18-year-old Beau Breedlove is — as the MSM invariably puts it — "lighting up the blogosphere." And in the brave tradition of the Internet, most of the people lighting those fires are keeping themselves completely anonymous. "Debatablepolitics" over at Daily Kos writes that Adams "had no business taking advantage ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Adams' Admission Reaction: Mayor Repentant at City Hall Press Conference


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A somber Mayor Sam Adams told reporters at a jammed City Hall press conference this afternoon that he doesn't plan to quit but did add that "if it's in the city's best interest ... I'll resign." Adams made his remarks in the wake of an admission to WW yesterday that he lied in 2007 about having had sex with a legislative intern named Beau Breedlove in 2005 when Breedlove was 18. "I'm ashamed, ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Adams Admission Reaction: Adams and Breedlove's Stories Differ (Plus KATU Reports A New Detail on Breedlove)


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In an interview with WW on Jan. 19 and in a press conference the next day, Mayor Sam Adams said his sexual relationship with Beau Breedlove—a relationship he had previously denied—lasted "maybe two months" in the summer of 2005. That's different from the story that Breedlove told The Oregonian yesterday. "Breedlove says their only sexual encounters took place that [July 5, 2005]," ...   More
 
Monday, January 26, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Adams' Admission Reaction: Business Leaders Unenthused


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As Mayor Sam Adams returns to work today for the first time since admitting to WW last week that he had lied in 2007 about having sex with former legislative intern Beau Breedlove, one unanswered question is how Portlanders will respond to Adams. Here's one answer below from the Portland Business Alliance, which issued its statement yesterday. The PBA, the city's largest mainstream business ...   More
 
Monday, January 26, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Adams' Admission Reaction: Ted Wheeler is Worried, Tom Potter is Silent


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Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler, a close political collaborator with embattled Mayor Sam Adams, told WW today he's "shell-shocked and disappointed" that Adams lied to the public about his sexual relationship with 18-year-old Beau Breedlove. Wheeler, who once wrote a book on good government, declined to say whether Adams should step down. He said only that City Council members were correct ...   More
 
Friday, January 23, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

BREAKING: Mayor Sam Adams Retains Lawyer Bob Weaver And Says, "I'm Not Going to Keep People Waiting Much Longer"


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Mayor Sam Adams told WW about 3:45 pm today that he is close to making a decision about whether he will resign or fight to keep his office. Adams is meeting individually with city commissioners tomorrow morning. "I'm not going to keep people waiting much longer," Adams told WW. "I need to make a good decision and make it soon." Adams, who has not been back to City Hall since a Tuesday press ...   More
 
Friday, January 23, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

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