After Hearing, Equity Office Will Return For Vote Late Next Month

Mayor Sam Adams releases budget

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Members of local civil rights organizations turned out by the dozens to support the proposed Portland Office of Equity at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.In public testimony, advocates called out numerous areas of social and racial disparity in Portland, citing statistics and disparity studies as evidence of the city’s need to move forward with the ordinance.Supporters told the council that ...   More
 
Thursday, September 1, 2011 EMILY GREEN

City Hall: Winners and Losers in Adams' Proposed Budget

Pork? Or Charity?

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Last week's print edition of WW looked at 10 earmarks Mayor Sam Adams and city commissioners wanted in the mayor's upcoming budget. Today Adams unveiled his $400-plus million spending proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Here are the winners and losers from among the 10 groups we highlighted last week.Winners:Oregon Food Bank: Adams upped Commissioner Randy Leonard's $75,000 request for ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

One Local Politician Who Says David Wu Should Step Aside

David Wu

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The political musings of a local elected official about a federal lawmaker's future in Congress aren't automatically newsworthy.But having gone on the record today to say U.S. Rep. David Wu should not run again, Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman became the first, if not the only, local elected leader to openly criticize Wu.Saltzman, a fellow Democrat who lives in Wu's district, says he has no ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioners Leonard, Saltzman and Fritz Brawl over Fire Vehicles

Portland City Hall March 30

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A seemingly mundane discussion today at Portland City Hall about bonds related to a $72.4 million fire-equipment measure morphed into a verbal tussle over the planned purchase of four emergency vehicles.Those four emergency vehicles were part of the ballot measure that city voters narrowly approved last year to beef up emergency-response infrastructure in Portland. But, as Commissioners Amanda Fritz ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

The JTTF Debate: Randy Leonard vs. Dan Saltzman

Randy Leonard

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 Last Friday, when we covered Mayor Sam Adams' decision to delay once again a hearing on Portland rejoining the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, Commissioner Randy Leonard told us he could not support City Hall's latest proposal.But last week, Leonard declined to go public with the reasons why he says he made that decision. He cited the ongoing negotiations between City Hall and the FBI.In today's ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 by

City Hall: Council Votes 4-1 to Borrow Funds for Computer Upgrade

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

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When City Council voted 4-1 yesterday to approve a funding plan to pay for computer upgrades at the Bureau of Development Services, Commissioner Amanda Fritz was the lone "no" vote. No surprise there—it's a position she's found herself in before, but the plan and its back story combine for a more interesting tale.The computer upgrading plan—to borrow $6.6 million secured by the city's general fund—comes ...   More
 
Thursday, March 10, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mayor Reassigns Troubled Bureau


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Mayor Sam Adams announced today he had reassigned oversight of two city bureaus, the Office of Cable and Franchise Management and the Bureau of Development Services, to Commissioner Dan Saltzman.The move continues a City Hall tradition that Saltzman knows well. Since first taking office in 1999, Saltzman has taken the helm at many troubled bureaus. The Bureau of Development Services is only the latest. ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Technology Oversight Comes Amid Ongoing Challenges

Portland City Council

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As Portland city commissioners beef up their efforts to manage technology projects in the wake of a devastating November audit of Portland's new software program, city bureaus continue to struggle with that updated technology.Yesterday, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the formation of a new Citizen Information Technology Oversight Committee. The brainchild of Commissioner Dan Saltzman, ...   More
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Five Take-Aways from Cogen's State of the County Speech

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Delivering his first State of the County speech to the City Club of Portland, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen left us with these five impressions:1. As usual at City Club events, the audience of mostly progressive and aging Portlanders left the most pressing question of the moment unasked. No one followed up previous media inquiries by putting Cogen on the spot with questions about his political ...   More
 
Friday, February 4, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Saltzman Calls for Portland to Rejoin Joint Terrorism Task Force


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While we await this afternoon's initial court appearance by the suspect in the alleged Pioneer Courthouse Square bomb plot, Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman is urging the rest of the council to take immediate action to rejoin the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Saltzman issued a release this afternoon saying the arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud at the downtown holiday tree lighting Nov. 26 ...   More
 
Monday, November 29, 2010 HANK STERN

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