Soccer Deal Comes To A Vote Tomorrow. Here's What To Watch For

Mayor Sam Adams and City Commissioner Randy Leonard this morning rolled out their draft agreement (PDF) with Portland Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson to renovate PGE Park into a soccer-specific facility and build a new ballpark for the Beavers where Memorial Coliseum is now located. Total cost of the deal: $88.785 million. This afternoon, proponents of the deal are lobbying skeptics, including ...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Adams Admission Reaction: One Protester Explains In Painful Detail Why She's So Mad

Mayor Sam Adams has regularly faced angry citizens at City Council meetings demanding he resign in the wake of his admission in January that he lied about a 2005 sexual relationship with then-teen-aged Beau Breedlove. Today, the only person who signed up to call for the mayor's ouster was Rondine Ghiselline, a West Linn woman who has been among the mayor's fiercest critics. In emotional council ...   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Adams Admission Reaction: Critics Take Aim At Mayor's Peers

Four citizens showed up at City Council's weekly session this morning to ask Mayor Sam Adams to resign, in what's become a regularevent since Adams admitted on Jan. 19 that he'd lied about having a sexual relationship with then teen-aged Beau Breedlove in 2005 Today's testifiers were more measured than in previous weeks (video will be archived here later today). And while seemingly not coordinated, ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Adams Admission Reaction: Mayor's State of City Address

"Give bikes a round of applause, somebody," Mayor Sam Adams said midway through his State of the City address at Portland City Club today. That odd request typified a rambling speech that began with Adams introducing his mother and grandmother, and that ended with Adams getting a standing ovation from about two-thirds of the room. Early on in his first State of the City speech, the mayor ...   More
Friday, February 27, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Some Economic Hiccups on Portland's Path to Sustainability

Last October, then-Mayor-Elect Sam Adams announced big plans for the North Broadway building known as the leftbank project. In Adams' speech back then at the "Go Green" conference, Adams announced that two organizations set up to market the city and the state's sustainability cred, PDX Lounge and Portland + Oregon Sustainability Institute would be setting up shop in the leftbank building. PDX ...   More
Thursday, March 26, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Panel Gives Mayor Sam Adams Cautious OK for HQ Hotel

At a time when the City of Portland is preparing to cut such basic services as street cleaning and pavement repair, prospects for a heavily-subsided 600-room "headquarters hotel" adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center are looking brighter. Earlier this month, a task force that Mayor Sam Adams asked to review the long-planned project gave a cautious thumbs-up to moving forward. "The Task Force ...   More
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Beau Breedlove: The Cover!

To all of you Beau Breedlove saga lovers, your wait is over for hot, steamy pictures of the ex-legislative intern at the center of the state Attorney General investigation into Mayor Sam Adams. Thanks to Unzipped magazine, here's the cover photo, But don't just stop there: the issue has tons of fun inside too! A full spread nude photo session and interview where Breedlove tells all about his ...   More
Monday, March 23, 2009 Megan Brescini

Adams Juggles Competing Demands for Urban Renewal Dollars

This week, Mayor Sam Adams made an unscheduled appearance at a meeting of the Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Advisory Committee. Although that group may be obscure, it is involved in overseeing money earmarked for projects crucial to Adams' vision for Portland. The group was meeting Tuesday Monday afternoon to discuss its budget—which shows that it has about $35 million to spend ...   More
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Wanna Get Your Picture Taken With Sam Adams? CEOs Apply Here

Mayor Sam Adams is pretty busy these days, pushing forward on such big ticket items as bringing Major League Soccer to Portland and the resurrection of the long-stalled "Headquarters Hotel" project. Now for something new: Adams has come up with the "Mayor's International Business Awards," designed to be an annual program to recognize promising local businesses. Entrants for the new honors ...   More
Friday, April 17, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS


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