Fritz, Hales Split on Sex Trafficking Funds


Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is breaking away from Mayor Charlie Hales' budget proposals—for the second time this year. The reason is the same: They can't reach an agreement on how much money the city should give to help teenage victims of sex trafficking.Hales' refusal in May to restore $117,000 in funding to help children who have been forced into prostitution on Portland’s streets, ...   More
Friday, November 8, 2013 AARON MESH

Grimm Filming Ignites Flame War... On a Brick Wall

Resident has faith Amanda Fritz will fix the problem


If that pesky earthquake ever hits, it's encouraging to know that comment board trolling isn't limited to the web in Portland.Consider this exchange of ideas, taped to a brick wall at a location we're still trying to identify. According to a thread on Reddit, several city residents recently decided to weigh in on the filming of the NBC TV show Grimm. The popular show, filmed in and set in the city, ...   More
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Inbox: Convention Center Hotel

Letters to the Editor
Metro consultant Tom Hazinski told a City Club audience during a debate Sept. 6 that Portland is different from other cities. “There’s a sense of vibrancy and place other cities have a hard ti   More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Unhappy Campers

A stickler for City Hall process, Amanda Fritz takes a new tack with Right 2 Dream Too.

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has always demanded that City Hall follow its own rules. She often railed against ex-Commissioner Randy Leonard’s backroom maneuvers and held up the City Council o   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 EMILY SCHIOLA

Pearl District Neighborhood Association and Homer Williams May Sue City Over Homeless Camp Move


The Pearl District Neighborhood Association voted last night to release $10,000 in funds for legal action against the City of Portland over City Commissioner Amanda Fritz's plan to move homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too beneath the Broadway Bridge.Neighborhood Association president Patricia Gardner tells WW the group is weighing whether to sue the city or challenge it at the state's land-use board. She ...   More
Friday, September 13, 2013 AARON MESH

City Reaches Deal to Move Right 2 Dream Too


The City of Portland has reached a deal to move homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too from Old Town to a property under the Broadway Bridge, says the camp's lawyer.WW reported last week that City Commissioner Amanda Fritz was trying to broker a deal with the camp and Old Town property owner Michael Wright to lease a Portland Development Commission property under the bridge. "We have reached an agreement," ...   More
Friday, September 6, 2013 AARON MESH

Fritz Votes No on Hales' Budget Over Cuts to Sex Trafficking Shelter

"Our current level of law enforcement cannot stop men for paying for sex with children and enslaved women."


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz stunned her four colleagues on Portland City Council today by casting the lone vote against Mayor Charlie Hales' city budget. In a speech lasting nearly 15 minutes, she placed herself at odds with the new mayor's first signature project, and did so days before Hales is scheduled to assign city bureaus to council members.Her reason for this self-imposed exile in the last ...   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

City Council Questions FBI Task Force Report

Commissioners, public testimonials raise concerns about civil liberties

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 Even as Portland City Council today accepted the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force's annual report in a 3-2 vote, several commissioners voiced reservations about the lack of specific information in the report about the cases the task force investigates."I had different expectations for the report than what was in it. I was expecting more information," said Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who voted ...   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 MICHAEL MUNKVOLD

Fiscal Bluff

The proposed budget cuts city bureaus are betting mayor Charlie Hales won’t make.

News Stories
It’s budget season at City Hall, the time of year when we’re told what a dystopian Portland would look like. Streets without cops. Homes burning out of control. Empty swimming pools, vagrants    More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

City Commissioners Seeking $1.7 Million in One-Time Money

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A $25 million hole in the city budget isn't stopping Portland City Commissioners from seeking one-time funding for projects outside city bureaus. WW first reported yesterday that the city's budget shortfall doesn't include $6.4 million in one-time funds doled out by City Council last year. Mayor Charlie Hales has asked all 27 city bureaus to cut 10 percent out of their budget requests. The deadline ...   More
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 AARON MESH


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