Stalking Saltzman: Candidate Jesse Cornett's Plan for the Police

In an interview with WW last month, Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman said he doesn't have any "specific plans" for how to reform the Portland Police Bureau or improve community trust in the cops. But one of his opponents in the May election sure does. City Council candidate Jesse Cornett today rolled out a six-point plan to reform the Police Bureau. Cornett's plan calls for changes in ...   More
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Council Unanimously Approves New Police Oversight Ordinance

With a 5-0 vote, City Council tonight approved the new ordinance from Commissioner Randy Leonard and Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade on strengthening police oversight. That decision followed more than three hours of impassioned public testimony and came after Police Chief Rosie Sizer voiced some objections to details of the measure, including its call to make the city auditor (rather than ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Bike Messengers: Saltzman And His Opponents Talk About Bicycles, Bike Funding

This week's WW has a story about City Commissioner Dan Saltzman's re-election race and the role of bikes and bike funding in the tough contest. Much of what the candidates told WW about their approach to bike funding came from a portion of WW's endorsement interview with them last week in advance of the May 18 election. Watch Saltzman and three of his opponents -- Jesse Cornett, Ed Garren and ...   More
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Jesse Cornett Spends Public Money to Pay Canvassers

Jesse Cornett, the only challenger to Commissioner Dan Saltzman who got public campaign financing, recently spent some of his $150,000 in public money in a novel way. According to Orestar, Cornett recently spent $25,000 on door-to-door canvassing with NW Democracy Resources. Cornett says the group is just about to start and that it will perform a variety of outreach activities. By comparison, ...   More
Thursday, April 22, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Council Candidate Debate: If Everybody Loves the Portland Beavers, How Come Nobody Watches Them?

At today's City Club debate with city Commissioner Dan Saltzman and candidates Jesse Cornett and Mary Volm, the two challengers went after Saltzman for being the third (and therefore decisive) vote approving Merritt Paulson's proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Portland. The underlying theme of the campaign is that Saltzman, who is seeking his fourth term, has outlived his usefulness. The ...   More
Friday, April 23, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Observer Challenges Cornett's Claims About Lobbying Record

Two days after raising questions about his opponent's ethics, Jesse Cornett, candidate for Portland City Council against Commissioner Dan Saltzman, finds that the tables have turned. The Portland Observer today reports that Cornett has "backed down from a claim he made in an interview with the Portland Observer (April 21 issue) that he worked with a former Portland State University student to ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Reaction to Mayor's Decision to Fire Sizer and Replace Saltzman As Police Commissioner

The person everyone wants to hear from, following this morning's major police shakeup, is Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But Saltzman wasn't at City Hall after Mayor Sam Adams announced at noon he was both taking over the Police Bureau (16 months after taking the unusual step for a mayor of assigning it to Saltzman) and firing Chief Rosie Sizer. Meanwhile, one of Saltzman's main opponents in the ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Jesse Cornett on Jesse Cornett: "Meh. Probably Not."

Just after the initial results in the City Council race for Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman's seat came in at 8 pm, publicly financed challenger Jesse Cornett was nowhere to be found at his own election-night party. He was "hiding," he said when I caught up with him later. Those first results showed Saltzman avoiding a runoff by getting well over 50 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, Cornett ...   More
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Election Hangover Report

We're just staggering back to life here at WW after a post-election soiree at nearby Joe's Cellar that lasted into the wee hours. But I'd hate to deprive anybody about the insightful analysis we shared over a few pitchers, so here are some highlights as we pored over the local and state numbers: 1) There was general surprise that Washington County Commissioner Andy Duyck won the county chairman's ...   More
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 HANK STERN


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