City Hall: Mayor Issues Draft Plan on Joint Terrorism Task Force

  Two weeks after federal law enforcement officials said they foiled a terrorist attack in downtown Portland, Mayor Sam Adams has responded to calls for re-evaluating Portland’s relationship with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2005, the City of Portland withdrew from the task force, and Adams, then a city commissioner, supported that move. His 2010 plan, released ...   More
Friday, December 10, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Saks Fifth Avenue Closing

In a statement released this morning, Mayor Sam Adams announced the impending closure of the downtown Portland Saks Fifth Avenue stores. The men's store will close on April 25, 2010, and the main store will close by July 31, 2010. Over the past year, Mayor Adams and Portland Development Commission Chair Scott Andrews met with the owners of Pioneer Place and Saks CEO Steve Sadove in an effort to ...   More
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Retail Therapist

Paulson to Portland: Read My Lip$

Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Beavers and Timbers, wants the City of Portland to spend $85 million to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer and to build his Beavers a new ballpark. That's a pretty big ask in the best of times, which these are not. And Paulson, the son of U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, is anything but another thinly-financed wannabe looking to leverage ...   More
Saturday, November 8, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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

Say Sayonara to Metro's Proposed Convention Center Hotel

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

HQ Hotel Project On Life Support

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

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

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

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

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: Live From the 'Blogosphere'

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


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