Money Watch: Collymore Bags Biggest Contribution Yet in General Election MultCo Race


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Following up on our election story this week, we note that Karol Collymore recently hauled in the largest single contribution to date in the fall race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Service Employees International Union Local 49 donated $5,000 to Collymore's campaign on Sept. 17. The union represents about 100 janitors who subcontract ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

JUICY SUITS: Bear Hugged at Marathon Taverna


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A University of Portland grad is suing a Vancouver man for subjecting him to an uninvited bear hug outside a dive bar on West Burnside Street. In a lawsuit filed Sept. 10 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Patrick Geraghty claims that Brian Yoakum and his friends were standing outside the Marathon Taverna on Sept. 13, 2008. Yoakum, "without warning, clutched [Geraghty] in a 'bear hug' and ...   More
 
Monday, September 20, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Judge Tosses Lawsuit by Former Spokesman for Mayor Adams


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It appears Mayor Sam Adams will avoid being questioned under oath about his relationship with Beau Breedlove—at least in the immediate future. Multnomah County Judge Pro Tem Thomas Crist today tossed out a lawsuit against the City of Portland brought by a former spokesman for Adams. Crist wrote that the city was correct in arguing that Wade Nkrumah had no grounds to sue the city for ...   More
 
Thursday, September 16, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

More of What We Learned From the Adams-Nkrumah Lawsuit


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Reporting our story today about former mayoral spokesman Wade Nkrumah's lawsuit against the City of Portland revealed some interesting items and new information within the hundreds of pages of court documents in the case. Nkrumah's lawsuit alleges that his duty to provide open government as the mayor's spokesman in January 2009 was compromised by repeated lies told to him by Adams and his staff. ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Lawyers: 'The Coverup Killed James Chasse'


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Two lawyers for the family of James Chasse Jr. went public today with newly released documents they say lead to a chilling conclusion: Chasse died in police custody in 2006 because cops tried to hide his injuries and lied about who he was. "If there hadn't been a coverup by police, James Chasse would be alive today," said lawyer Tom Steenson at a news conference in downtown Portland's Ace Hotel. The ...   More
 
Monday, October 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Mother of Murdered Son Rails Against Gangs; Mayor Adams Announces Hotline


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At a news conference this morning with a murdered man's family, Mayor Sam Adams announced one of his solutions to Portland gang violence: a phone number for callers to connect with gang outreach services. Adams described the hotline as "one-stop shopping" for gang members to connect with "the bureaucracy." He said the hotline should be ready in three weeks. Meanwhile, Portlanders continue ...   More
 
Friday, October 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Lapping the City, Multnomah County Bans Bottled Water (Updated)


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Continuing to leave the City of Portland in the dust on some environmental efforts, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously this morning to restrict the county's purchase of bottled water. Commissioner Barbara Willer pushed for the effort. She says the "Take Back the Tap" initiative will save the county money and help the environment by reducing waste and pollution associated ...   More
 
Thursday, October 14, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Pickett's Charge: Read This Cop's New Column in Street Roots


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The latest issue of Street Roots debuts a new monthly column by Officer Robert Pickett, a beat cop from the Portland Police Bureau's Central Precinct. I confess I was doubtful when Street Roots director Israel Bayer told me a few weeks back about the new column in the paper. But Pickett does an admirable job of putting a human face on his job—and of highlighting the troubled intersection ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

A One-Man Show: Kitzhaber at City Club


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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber shared the stage this afternoon with an empty lectern after Republican Chris Dudley declined to appear in a candidate forum sponsored by the City Club of Portland. The empty podium left on stage by City Club wasn't the only dig at Dudley for being a no-show at the event in the downtown Governor Hotel. KGW anchor Russ Lewis, the forum's "moderator" ...   More
 
Friday, October 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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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