Which Restaurants Force Servers to Show Up When They're Puking and Pooping?


As City Commissioner Amanda Fritz puts her much-debated sick leave requirement on next Wednesday's City Council agenda, her staff has run into an odd problem: Nobody in city government knows which businesses offer their employees sick days, and which don't."I've been staring into that darkness," says Fritz's chief of staff Tom Bizeau.Fritz's proposal, mandating that all Portland businesses give employees ...   More
Friday, January 25, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Voter-Owned Redux

Amanda Fritz bankrolled her own re-election. Now she wants to resurrect public campaign financing.

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz spent her nest egg last year—more than $375,000 of her own money—to buy four more years in Portland City Hall. “Most people could not and would not do what   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 AARON MESH

Vigil for Street Musician Kirk Reeves Spotlights Suicide Prevention


More than 200 people huddled under the Hawthorne Bridge on Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil to remember "Working" Kirk Reeves—the 56-year-old street musician who for a decade played trumpet at the bridge's onramp in his distinctive white tuxedo and Mickey Mouse ears, until he shot himself earlier this month.Mayor Sam Adams declared Sunday as "Kirk Reeves Day," and an assembly of trumpeters and ...   More
Monday, November 19, 2012 AARON MESH

Fritz Defeats Nolan in City Council Race


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has survived a challenge to her City Council seat.In early returns Tuesday night, Fritz leads her challenger, state Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland), 58 percent to 41 percent.Fritz for much of the year looked vulnerable to Nolan, known for her flinty approach and ability to raise plenty of campaign cash. (She spent more than $500,000.) She started the campaign appearing weak ...   More
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

In City Council Race, Fritz Has an Edge Over Nolan, With Many Still Undecided


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is a slight favorite to be re-elected Nov. 6 over her challenger, Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland), according to new polls.A poll released Tuesday by Fox 12 and Oregon Public Broadcasting shows respondents favored Fritz over Nolan by 37 percent to 29 percent, with 34 percent undecided. And a survey released Monday night by The Oregonian shows similar results: 38 percent ...   More
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Hitting the Spending Limits

Education reformers are absent at school.

Self-imposed campaign spending limits are often little more than a publicity stunt for candidates, but they can turn out to be a headache. City Commissioner Amanda Fritz raised her contribution    More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Risky Business

There’s a time for playing it safe... and our 2012 Endorsement Issue says this is one of them.

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Portland, you have a gambling problem. We’re telling you this as a friend. For too many years, the voters of this city have rolled the dice on engaging but tro   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan Weigh In on CRC


Many special interest groups routinely ask city candidates to fill out questionnaires as part of their endorsement process, but the Portland Business Alliance is among the most detailed. Some of the group's questions force candidates to answer direct and sometimes difficult questions. Here are the responses incumbent City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and her challenger, State Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland) ...   More
Friday, September 7, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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