City Council Approves Renaming 39th Avenue for Cesar Chavez (UPDATED with additional Council quotes)

We'll flesh this news out in a bit with more from the scene, but the basic development for the moment is that City Council just voted 5-0 this morning to rename 39th Avenue for Cesar Chavez. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know the question of renaming a Portland street for the late labor icon has been contentious and long. "For my family, we would be honored to live on Cesar ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 HANK STERN

Pro-Adams Campaign Warms Up To Counter Recall Bid

Blogger Jack Bogdanski alerted readers today of an alleged poll that appears to be aimed at gauging and perhaps rallying support for embattled Mayor Sam Adams. WW spoke to the person who tipped Bogdanski to the poll. That person requested anonymity but reiterated that the questions seemed to be directed at strengthening public perception of the mayor, who races a recall effort that kicked off ...   More
Friday, July 10, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

May We Interrupt Your Day, July 13, 2009

has begun to collect the 32,183 signatures needed to get a recall question on the ballot, May We Interrupt Your Day wanted to know how the Sam Adams situation has shaken out on the street. In this episode we ask: "Would you support a recall vote for Mayor Sam Adams?" has begun to collect the 32,183 signatures needed to get a recall question on the ballot, May We Interrupt Your Day wanted to know ...   More
Monday, July 13, 2009 Shawn O'bryant

City Council Quick Hits: Tax Breaks, Soccer, Furloughs and Merit Pay

Portland City Council has waded through a number of topics this morning and afternoon, after its marathon session last night on the topic of renaming 39th Avenue for Cesar E. Chavez. Mayor Sam Adams referred a proposal to give a 10-year tax break to a new housing complex back to his office Commissioner Nick Fish's office. A handful of neighbors from North Portland had testified against the proposal ...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Sam and Beau: The Text Messages

The Attorney General's office just released a log (PDF) of text messages between Beau Breedlove and Mayor Sam Adams. The texts in the document span one week beginning Jan. 20, the day Adams held a news conference in which he publicly admitted to having a sexual relationship with Breedlove after lying about it for 16 months. The AG's office included texts between Breedlove and Adams, and redacted ...   More
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Oliver P. Lent Speaks, Calls Baseball Proposal "Helluva Bad Idea"

The great-grandson of Oliver P. Lent, the founding father of the Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland, is -- wait for it -- 85-year-old Oliver P. Lent, a lifelong Portlander who was raised in Lents but now lives in Northeast Portland. This morning, the day before the Lents urban renewal advisory group is to vote on the proposal to build a new minor-league baseball stadium in Lents with $42.3 ...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Sam Adams' Property Problems Clarified

There has been a little confusion about Mayor Sam Adams' personal real estate holdings since yesterday when the Portland Mercury first reported that Adams had received a notice of default for a property Adams owns in North Portland's Kenton neighborhood. WW reported the details of the three properties he owned there and The Oregonian then advanced the story by noting that in fact two of the ...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Mayor as Mentor: Portland Vs. Toledo

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Mayor Sam Adams Moving Forward With Soccer Deal

While Commissioner Randy Leonard has committed to voting against the Major League Soccer deal going forward now that Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson announced he's done with the baseball stadium proposal in Lents, Mayor Sam Adams announced this afternoon that "the City's mission is clear: focus our energies on guaranteeing that Portland is the new home of a Major League Soccer team." While ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN


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