What The Water Bureau's "Water House" Would Look Like

Last week, Commissioner Randy Leonard's plan for a "water house" built by the Portland Water Bureau got its first nod of approval from his colleagues on City Council. Thanks to that council decision to accept donated supplies to build the house, residents in outer Northeast Portland will soon have an eco-friendly home in their neighborhood. The pictures above and below are what this house would ...   More
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Portland City Council: Domestic Violence, Sit-Lie, Chronic Offenders, Water Bureau Whatnots

First things first about Portland City Council's weekly meeting today. There was a lot of hand-clapping that's usually verboten, which just goes to show you can clap about things Mayor Sam Adams wants to acknowledge, but not about things he doesn't. Item No. 1 was a lengthy report on Sunday Parkways, which can be summed up in four words: bikes and happy kids. Here's what I didn't hear mentioned: ...   More
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Leonard Ups Ante In Water Bureau Flap

Commissioner Randy Leonard recently announced plans to arm the 19-member Water Bureau Security force. Although Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Police Chief Rosie Sizer panned the idea, Leonard has said he'd like to move forward. Leonard is now bringing in a trusted ally with strong law enforcement credentials into the Water Bureau. WW has learned that the commissioner has hired former ...   More
Friday, November 13, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Guns & Hoses: Saltzman Files Public Records Request on Leonard's Bureau

Here's an odd event at City Hall: Commissioner Dan Saltzman has filed a public records request for "all written Activity Reports, Dispatched Incidents, and written Security Reports produced by Water Bureau personnel over the past 12 months." That highly unusual move last Friday by a city commissioner followed a meeting the day before between Saltzman and the Water Bureau's director, David Shaff. ...   More
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Staging Area For Natural Disaster Response Still Uncertain

Three months after Mayor Sam Adams called the proposal for a new westside staging area a top city priority, City Council appeared no closer today to agreeing where on Portland's west side to site that staging area to respond to possible natural disasters. Until that siting decision happens, City Council won't begin to discuss how to pay for the staging area. The funding had been included in ...   More
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Guns and Hoses: Another Blow to Randy Leonard's Water Cops Plan

The state agency that trains cops has thrown more water on City Commissioner Randy Leonard's ongoing efforts to give greater police powers to security officers for the Portland Water Bureau. When last we reported on the issue, Leonard was exploring using an obscure state law that lets water bureaus form special police forces. The goal is to arm the bureau's security guards and give them power ...   More
Friday, August 27, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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