Adams Admission Reaction: Oregonian Scoop Leaves Leonard "Numb" (UPDATED with Adams comment)

This morning's Oregonian story about the relationship in 2005 between Mayor Sam Adams and then 17-year-old legislative intern Beau Breedlove advances the story in three important ways: 1. The O got Adams' cell-phone records, which show a level of communication that was earlier, more frequent and more driven by Adams (rather than Breedlove) than has previously been reported. 2. The O found, ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

WW's Interview With Mayor Sam Adams

Last Jan. 15, four days before WW broke the story about Mayor Sam Adams and Beau Breedlove, WW interviewed Adams in his City Hall office. Also present for the interview were Adams' then-spokesman Wade Nkrumah (who resigned later that month) and Adams policy adviser Amy Ruiz, the Portland Mercury's former City Hall reporter whom Adams hired in December. WW's interviewers were reporter Nigel Jaquiss, ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2009 HANK STERN

The Daily Gets a Scoop on Sam Adams

This evening The Oregonian published on its web site a story about Mayor Sam Adams' relationship with Beau Breedlove. The story reveals that Adams made more than 30 phone calls to Breedlove between the time they first met and when Breedlove turned 18, far more contact than Adams has acknowledged. The O also secured a copy of the taped interview this newspaper had with Adams on January 15 of ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2009 MARK ZUSMAN

A Night With The Recall Sam Adams Campaign

There were three TV news vans out front of Nick's Coney Island restaurant Thursday evening by 5:30pm, a half hour before the first rally for the Recall Sam Adams political action committee. Too many bulky cameras, microphones, and stiff newscaster hair left the already tight Nick's easily packed by 6 pm. The bartenders were busy pouring beers, and TV newscasters were “testing testing ...   More
Thursday, May 14, 2009 Megan Brescini

Former Mayoral Spokesman Wade Nkrumah Files Notice of Tort Claim Against Mayor Sam Adams and City

Wade Nkrumah, who resigned as Mayor Sam Adams' spokesman in January, has filed a notice of tort claim (PDF) against the mayor and the City of Portland alleging Adams "damaged his business reputation" when he told KATU that Nkrumah resigned because the job was "not what he signed up for in terms of stress." Nkrumah, a former long-time reporter for The Oregonian, is seeking more than $162,000 ...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 HANK STERN

Breedlove to The Oregonian: Stay the Hell Away

If you were waiting for another bizarre twist in the Sam Adams-Beau Breedlove scandal, here it is: The Oregonian is reporting that Breedlove today filed for a restraining order — against one of the daily's own reporters, Brent Walth. According to the O, Breedlove alleged Walth said he would publish damaging information about Breedlove unless he agreed to an interview. Editor Sandy ...   More
Thursday, May 28, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Watch This Video From The Recall Sam Adams Committee: It May "Save Your Life."

[youtube psW_9emrzik] Earnest, thy name is Jasun Wurster. He's the spokesman for the Recall Sam Adams Committee. And with the recall effort gearing up to begin July 7, he has put up this training video to instruct wanna-be recallers how to gather signatures safely when they go door-to-door. Among the vital tips: carry water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. And oh yeah, take a cell phone. That ...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 HANK STERN

Mayor Sam Adams' (Troubled) Property Empire

In recent years, Mayor Sam Adams has accumulated a mini-empire of properties in North Portland's Kenton neighborhood — and the multiple mortgages that go with them. In January 2003, property records show, he bought two properties for $130,000 each: 2121 N. McClellan, which appears to be his primary residence and the property next door at 2131 N. McClellan, which the Portland Mercury reported ...   More
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Mercury: Mayor's Property in Foreclosure

Credit goes to the Portland Mercury for breaking this piece of news about a sign of Mayor Sam Adams' financial troubles: A property Adams owns in Kenton is on the list of local homes in default. The paper reports that Adams is behind on his monthly mortgage payments by $4,995 and quotes him responding that "This is a private issue, but if you must know, I've had to pay some significant upfront legal ...   More
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 HANK STERN

Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association Voices "Strong Opposition" to Stadium

The Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association, which overlaps the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area, has officially voiced its opposition [PDF] to Merritt Paulson's minor-league baseball stadium proposal. In the letter posted above, Erica Bjerning, chair of the Southeast Portland neighborhood association, writes: Residents were polled months ago on their opinion of having a lovely stadium in ...   More
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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