Yoo-hoo, Any Exporters Out There? Sam Adams Wants to Hear From You

Mayor Sam Adams' new "international business" awards program has extended its application deadline for would-be "Exporters of the Year," "Service-Based Exporters of the Year" and "Global Traders of the Year " from May 1 to May 8, which suggests competition for the prizes (that Adams is supposed to announced publicly on May 19) is about as heated as the 2008 general election for mayor. The extension ...   More
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

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

Why The Recall Sam Adams Committee Will Wait For a Bit To Start Collecting Signatures

As first noted on bojack this morning, organizers of the effort to recall Mayor Sam Adams have announced a slight delay in their gathering of signatures to get that recall question on a city ballot. Recall spokesman Jasun Wurster tells WW that the filing of the campaign documents to get 32,000-plus valid signatures will begin July 7 instead of July 1, the first day they could legally begin their ...   More
Monday, June 15, 2009 HANK STERN

'Mexico with Sam': Breedlove's Stalking Petition and The Oregonian's Question

In the weeks since the Sam Adams-Beau Breedlove scandal broke, some of the most persistent rumors involve buzz about a trip Adams may have taken to Mexico. One of those rumors has now surfaced in a court document: specifically, Breedlove's May 28 petition unsuccessfully seeking a stalking order in Multnomah County Circuit Court against Oregonian reporter Brent Walth. In the petition (PDF), ...   More
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Interview With John Kroger: Part 2

Here's Part II of WW's June 30 interview with Attorney General John Kroger. In this segment, Kroger discusses Mayor Sam Adams' level of cooperation with the investigation along with Beau Breedlove's motives (Since WW's interview earlier this week with Kroger, Breedlove has given his own interview with KGW in which he asks what his motive would be to lie) Check back throughout the week for new video ...   More
Thursday, July 2, 2009 Shawn O'bryant


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