City Selects Two Sites for New Portland Loos

Randy Leonard loo

Visitors to the North Park Blocks and South Park Blocks in downtown Portland will soon have a new place to relieve themselves. City officials have selected those sites for two new Portland loos.Commissioner Randy Leonard, who heads the  Water Bureau, says the sites were chosen after consulting with the Downtown Neighborhood Association. But he acknowledges controversy could still erupt after other ...   More
Thursday, June 30, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Novick Hires Political Team, But is Mum on When Randy Leonard Decided to Retire

Steve Novick

Today, on the same day Commissioner Randy Leonard announced he would not seek re-election in 2012, candidate Steve Novick went live with his own campaign website in a bid to take over Leonard's seat on Portland City Council.Novick and Leonard are longtime friends (Leonard endorsed Novick in the 2008 U.S. Senate race), and as previously reported in WW, some political observers had suspected that Leonard ...   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City, Residents Scout Locations for Randy Leonard's Next Portland Loo

Randy Leonard loo

City Commissioner Randy Leonard's effort to defend Portland from unhygienic tinklers continued today as city and downtown neighborhood officials scouted for new locations to build two public toilets, or "loos." There's about $152,000 in the general fund devoted to the new toilets. "We're just basically trying to do a little outreach, keep the neighborhood as a stakeholder and see what the sense is ...   More
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 COREY PAUL

City Hall: Winners and Losers in Adams' Proposed Budget

Pork? Or Charity?

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

Randy Leonard: I'll Announce Election Plans After Labor Day

Randy Leonard loo

 After City Commissioner Amanda Fritz recently announced her plans to run for re-election in 2012, we asked Commissioner Randy Leonard on Wednesday whether he plans to run next year for a fourth term in City Hall.Rumors about Leonard's plans are rife in Portland political circles, but Leonard tells WW the public will have to wait a bit longer to learn of his plans. Leonard says he won't announce ...   More
Thursday, April 28, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Water Bureau Pays Retiree to Write History of Water Bureau


The Portland Water Bureau, recently the subject of a critical financial audit, has hired a formerly retired Water Bureau employee to update the history of—you guessed it—the Portland Water Bureau.Casey Short, a longtime city employee who first got a job in city government with former Mayor Frank Ivancie in 1982, wrote the original history of the utility bureau in 1983. That book, called Water: ...   More
Thursday, March 31, 2011 by

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

Portland City Hall March 30

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

Jack Shack Attack

The Legislature takes on Oregon’s proliferating lingerie shops.

News Stories
You’ve seen them along Northeast 82nd Avenue and lining the suburban strips of Washington County. With names like Hotties, Pussy Cats and Private Rendezvous, they advertise services from    More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

The JTTF Debate: Randy Leonard vs. Dan Saltzman

Randy Leonard

 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


Cops and Courts
Last week, Mayor Sam Adams canceled for the third time a hearing on whether Portland should rejoin the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.  And so far, Commissioner Randy Leonard is the only p   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN


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