City Hall: Mayor Reassigns Troubled Bureau

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: Commissioners Approve Police Contract (Updated)

Portland City Hall in January

Portland city commissioners unanimously voted to approve a new three-year contract with the police union  that gives the 900 union members a 2-percent raise in exchange for concessions on overtime, police oversight and random drug testing. And while other City of Portland unions gave up cost-of-living increases in 2010 in light of the recession (see update below), Commissioner Randy Leonard called ...   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Leaf Fee: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Leaves on Portland street

Mayor Sam Adams plans to survey all Portland residents on their level of support for the city's new leaf fee as part of an effort to see whether to keep the program in the next budget cycle. The new fee ranging from $15 to $65 on about 30,000 Portland households and businesses has so far raised less than half of the city's $800,000 goal. And many assessed property owners are still smarting over the ...   More
Thursday, January 27, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Who Approves Elected Leaders' Junkets?

As you head to the airport this afternoon or stand in line awaiting your pat down from friendly TSA agents, here's a timely question to ponder, one put to WW by a reader recently: "Who approves elected leaders' junkets?" In Portland, the answer is ... the elected leaders themselves. In March, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission successfully adopted new statewide rules clarifying when and ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Five-Year Budget Forecast Expected Next Week

City officials will present Portland's five-year general fund forecast to City Council members next week. Until then, Mayor Sam Adams' budget memo [PDF] from November offers a close look at the city's current financial health. That memo notes: Most city bureaus will be expected to make cuts in the range of .75 to 1.5 percent in the 2011-12 budget. Bureaus won't be allowed to add new ...   More
Thursday, December 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Now More Accessible

If you happened by City Hall about five months ago, you might have witnessed Commissioner Amanda Fritz wheeling outside the building in a wheelchair. Fritz did that as part of an effort to experience what it's like for disabled residents to get access to public spaces in Portland. Now there's new evidence City Hall is taking those access issues seriously. New chairs reserved for disabled residents ...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mayor Presides over Pedestrian Bridge Kickoff

It's not quite as exciting as yesterday's 5:30 pm kickoff in Arizona but at least it promises more successful results. Sorry, Ducks fans. At noon, Mayor Sam Adams was scheduled to kick off the new bicycle-and-pedestrian bridge over Interstate-5 at a press conference. The $12.6 million project will connect South Waterfront to Lair Hill. When completed in about a year, the span will run 700 ...   More
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall Garden Yields 50 Pounds of Tomatoes

One could make the argument that growing tomatoes right outside of City Hall is not a good idea, given the fruit's other uses. This morning, however, volunteers harvested 50 pounds of them from City Hall's Better Together garden (pictured above on Wednesday) for a good cause -- Loaves & Fishes. Jen Aron, a volunteer from Oregon State University's Master Gardener Program, says she also picked: 5 ...   More
Friday, August 7, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

What's Planned Locally For World AIDS Day

Tomorrow is the 21st World AIDS Day. And local organizers have scheduled several events as part of the effort to raise awareness of the 25 million-plus people who have died from AIDS and the estimated 33 million people worldwide currently living with HIV. Cascade AIDS Project has hung 500 posters around the city and bought space on 25 billboards around the metro area. And there will be ...   More
Monday, November 30, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

City Hall in Pictures

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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