Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen Admits to Affair With County Health Department Official

He says he has no plans to resign

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Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen tonight admitted an extramarital affair with a female county employee.Cogen told WW Tuesday night in an interview about the affair at county headquarters he deeply regretted the harm he'd done to his wife and two children, and said he was sorry. "It was a mistake," Cogen says of the affair. "People will have to decide whether to forgive me or not. I'm hoping ...   More
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Second Amendment Activists File Suit to Stop Multnomah County's Gun Control Law


A Gresham woman has filed suit to stop Multnomah County's fledgling gun control law, saying county commissioners overstepped their bounds by making it apply to all cities in the county.As WW first reported, Roxanne Ross and her lawyer, Bruce McCain, believe the county's gun control laws—requiring residents to lock up guns near minors and prohibiting carrying a loaded weapon in public, among other ...   More
Monday, July 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Gun Battle

Second Amendment activists say a Multnomah County gun ordinance doesn’t apply within cities.

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Roxanne Ross says she was raised to believe every responsible citizen should own a gun. When she picked out her own handgun last fall, Ross went old school and chose a .357 Magnum revolver, whic   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

A Sheriff on Probation

The Multnomah County board prepares to crack down on Staton’s overtime spending.

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Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is about to see his runaway overtime spending put into lockdown. Staton routinely spends nearly twice the money he budgets for overtime, and he’s on pace to   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Director of Multnomah County Health Department Arrested for Assault: Updated


Lillian Shirley, the director of the Multnomah County Health Department, was arrested on Monday for alleged domestic violence.Shirley was booked at the Justice Center but her husband, the alleged victim, declined to press charges.Shirley, 65, is one of the highest ranking officials in county government. Her department employs just under 1,000 people, which is more than any other county department. ...   More
Thursday, May 23, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

UPDATED: Tanuki Registered as Store, Not Restaurant

So Stop Buying so Much Food There!

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Tanuki owner and chef Janice "Janis" Martin has always insisted her shop is not a restaurant.Now we know why.The Montavilla izakaya closed Wednesday, March 20, one day before an anticipated positive Oregonian review. Owner and chef Janis Martin said she didn't want the additional restaurant business. "As I begged a prominent local paper," wrote Martin on her Facebook page, "to not review ...   More
Friday, March 22, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

African-American Students Face Big Disparity in How Often They're Disciplined in Multnomah County Schools

African-American students across Multnomah County are being suspended and expelled from middle and high schools at nearly 3.5 times the rate of white students, according to a report released Jan. 10 by the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families & Community.The report finds disparity among the treatment of Hispanic and Native American students as well—a trend that's been also been found ...   More
Thursday, January 26, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Study Suggests Soda Tax Won't Solve Obesity Crisis


Proponents of a potential ballot measure to put a once-cent-per-ounce wholesale tax on sugared soft drinks in Multnomah County say the tax will help curb childhood obesity, since studies have conclusively shown drinking sugared beverages increases a child’s likelihood of being fat.But the most recent study to come out of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity suggests the tax ...   More
Friday, January 20, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Metro's Burkholder Signs On To Soda Tax Campaign, Proposes Another Use Of Funds


Supporters of a proposed ballot measure that would place a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-added drinks sold in Multnomah County have added another use for the expected $35 million in revenue: Outdoor School.The proposed measure, spearheaded by Portland physician Gregg Coodley, would funnel tax proceeds through Multnomah County to pay for after-school and P.E. programs administered by school districts, ...   More
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN


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