Sam Adams' Latest Low-Paying "Job"

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Friday, April 24, 2009 HANK STERN

Metro and Multnomah County: Go Slow on HQ Hotel

After Mayor Sam Adams recently jump-started the on-again, off-again quest for a headquarters hotel, the next step in the 20-year-long process is supposed to be a vote by July 1 by the City of Portland, Metro, and Multnomah County. The question each of those three governments must decide? Whether to proceed with the spending of $12 million to generate design drawings and a firm price for the proposed ...   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Realtors Sue City Over Change in Business Tax

On a day when millions of Americans are reluctantly paying their taxes, two Portland real estate brokers filed a lawsuit (PDF) against the City of Portland, claiming that a 2008 City ordinance illegally imposed a business license tax on them — and by extension, the 3,000 or so other brokers who do business in Portland. The two, Beth Proctor (who works for Windermere Cronin & Caplan) ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Rose Quarter "Open House": Adams as Phil Donahue

The "open house" at the leftbank project about the city's proposal to revamp the Rose Quarter for a new Triple-A baseball stadium, an entertainment district, a Nike museum and a small theater, brought out dozens of Portlanders last night to vent their anger about the destruction of Memorial Coliseum. To manage the anger, Mayor Sam Adams rolled up his sleeves and wandered through the crowd of ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Interested in Clean Energy? Go Here

Remember when clean, alternative energies for the future were a fairly big concern, back before the current economic deathmatch began and clean energy opponents seized on the freefall to say now's not the time to change our approach? The nonprofit Focus the Nation is coming to Portland to remind you that the time is now for cleaner energy. Founded in 1999 by Portland's own Green House Network, ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Ryan Fleming

Mayor Sam Adams' Latest DC Trip

[youtube -RYOSdEnHPM] The last time Mayor Sam Adams went to Washington D.C., he had to cut his trip short. Last week, the mayor returned to Washington on a lobbying trip and he took a video camera with him. Excerpts here include Adams talking with Reps. David Wu and Peter DeFazio (both D-Ore.) — unlike some Dems, two pols apparently OK with being in the same frame as the mayor — and ...   More
Monday, April 6, 2009 HANK STERN

Adams Announces Proposed Locations for Baseball: Bye-Bye Memorial Coliseum

About 30 people met all day Monday and Tuesday, at Mayor Sam Adams' direction, to design a new Rose Quarter district that would accommodate a new stadium for both Merritt Paulson's AAA baseball Beavers and the Trail Blazers' longstanding plans for an entertainment zone. And this afternoon, Adams publicly announced at a 4 p.m. press conference what was previously just a possibility: That the ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

New Era of Good Feelings? Adams' First City Council Meeting Without Protesters

For the first time in several weeks there were no community members signed up at this morning's City Council session to address Mayor Sam Adams' relationship with Beau Breedlove. Instead, the first person to speak in this new Era of Good Feelings during the introductory moments of public testimony was Kristine Akins. She wanted to commend the mayor for helping her small business connect with city ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

What Toronto Learned about MLS that Portland Hasn't?

Mayor Sam Adams is moving fast on plans to tear down Memorial Coliseum and start construction on a new minor-league baseball stadium for Merritt Paulson in the Rose Quarter. At the same time, city leaders and Paulson are trying to finalize Paulson's other plans -- to rebuild PGE Park for his new Major League Soccer team. During a two-day planning process convened by the mayor earlier this week ...   More
Thursday, April 9, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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