Clackamas County Earns Unwanted Attention from Wall Street Journal


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Today's Wall Street Journal highlighted a fact Clackamas County probably would prefer went unpublicized: it took the county 274 days after the end of fiscal 2009 to publish an audited financial statement. That time period of about nine months, for those not champing at the bit to read such documents, is a very long stretch. Municipal bond investors, who provide money to the county, want current, ...   More
 
Thursday, November 18, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Panel Paints Dim View of Sheriff's Office


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The "Best Practices" report delivered earlier this week to Clackamas County commissioners on the county's troubled Sheriff's Office runs to 93 pages—and is well worth reading for anybody interested in why Clackamas County deputies have been in the news for committing crimes so often. But if there are two points that capture the good old boys network in the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, ...   More
 
Thursday, January 13, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

No More Free Buses in Fareless Square


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TriMet's board voted this morning to eliminate free buses rides within Fareless Square beginning Jan. 3. The 5-1 6-1 vote followed months of public commentary and was contingent on the expansion of two additional MAX lines being routed through Fareless Square. MAX and Streetcar travel in the square will remain free. Board members Rick Van Beveren and Robert Williams supported the ordinance, ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Allison Ferre

Read the Decision: Judge Suggests Cheaper Solution to Clackamas Ballot Screwup (Updated)


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Marion County Court Judge Dennis Graves provided a lesson today about conserving scarce public resources. Judge Graves addressed [PDF] a dispute between Clackamas County and the Secretary of State's Elections division this morning by proposing that rather than spending $120,000 to replace inaccurately printed ballots, the county insert a piece of colored paper alerting voters to the error. "The ...   More
 
Thursday, April 29, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

D'oh! Clackamas County Botches Ballot; New Ones Cost $120k, Will Be Late


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Here's a statement from Clackamas County on an embarrassing and costly screw-up that will mean late arrival of ballots for about 217,000 county voters in the May 18 election: The secretary of state has issued a directive ordering the Clackamas County Clerk to reprint ballots for the May 18 election because of an error that was discovered on Monday. As a result, newly printed ballots will be sent ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Update on Clackamas County Elections Dispute


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Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall's decision to reprint ballots to fix an error in earlier versions has set off quite the battle between the county board of commissioners and Hall, who oversees the county's elections office. County chairwoman Lynn Peterson tells WW that she finds the original error "unacceptable" and has asked the Secretary of State's office to investigate and do a performance ...   More
 
Friday, April 30, 2010 HANK STERN

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