Sam Adams Drops Sustainability Center

"I don’t have the votes."


 Mayor Sam Adams announced this afternoon that he will stop pursuing the Oregon Sustainability Center—even though he secured a private tenant last month in a late-stage effort to salvage his pet project. Adams said in a statement that he doesn't have enough City Council support for the green tower, the tallest in the world without a carbon footprint."At the request of my City Council colleagues, ...   More
Friday, October 5, 2012 AARON MESH

Police Union Says Adams Has Vendetta Against Frashour

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Mayor Sam Adams' determination to to keep fired Portland Police Officer Ronald Frashour off the force is "to justify his tenure as police commissioner," Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner said Tuesday morning in a press conference."[Adams] has turned this into his personal vendetta," Turner said. He said the mayor is conducting a "politically motivated witch hunt" and "using taxpayer ...   More
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Sustainability Center Has Private Partner


One of Mayor Sam Adams’ pet projects, the Oregon Sustainability Center, is back on the table—this time with a private tenant. The proposed $62 million, eight-story building is supposed to be the world’s tallest without a carbon footprint. But it’s been criticized as a waste of money. And lawmakers earlier this year refused to authorize state bonds to help finance it. City officials, including ...   More
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 AARON MESH

Steve Novick Wants Sam Adams' Anti-Walmart Flag


City officials including Mayor Sam Adams have softened their stance against Walmart recently as the shopping giant hires local software talent for its downtown Portland mobile-apps headquarters, WalmartLabs. But the company can still expect one determined opponent in City Hall: Steve Novick.The city commissioner-elect tells WW he opposes Walmart's presence in the city in any form. And he wants to dig ...   More
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 AARON MESH

Value Shopping

Sam Adams tried to keep Walmart from expanding here. He failed.

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The company moving into an 8,500-square-foot office above Rock Bottom Brewing in downtown Portland on Sept. 7 is the sort of tech-sector success...    More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 AARON MESH

Fluoridation Opponents Propose New Ballot Initiative


Oregon Citizens for Safe Drinking Water, an activist group opposed to fluoridating Portland's water supply, has announced that they will seek to file a city ballot initiative, the "Clean Drinking Water Measure", that would halt the addition of any fluoride to Portland's water supply. The announcement comes mere days after Mayor Sam Adams tweeted that he planned to vote in favor of fluoridation ...   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Judge Rules CAN Arts Tax Isn't a Head Tax


 A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge has ruled that the Creative Advocacy Network arts tax backed by Mayor Sam Adams isn't an unconstitutional poll tax or head tax.That means the arts tax, approved by the City Council last month, can head to the November ballot unhindered by two legal challenges. The tax would take a flat $35 from the income of each Portland resident, so long as that person ...   More
Friday, August 17, 2012 AARON MESH

Sam Adams' 10 Best Tweets of the E. Coli Scare

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In last Wednesday's cover story on Mayor Sam Adams' finest moments, Corey Pein pointed out that the mayor's copious use of Twitter allows him to keep connected to the day-to-day concerns of constituents. Adams put those Twitter skills to work this weekend in the face of catastrophe. Or maybe inconvenience. Anyway, Adams faced a boil-water notice after a Washington Park reservoir tested positive ...   More
Monday, July 23, 2012 AARON MESH

Adams Brokers Deal with TriMet on YouthPass


Mayor Sam Adams' gambit to save the YouthPass has worked.Three weeks after the mayor threatened to raise the transit agency's bus-shelter fees by $2 million unless it agreed to restore free bus and train rides for Portland Public Schools students, the city has brokered a deal. The cost is split three ways: The city will pay TriMet $200,000, and Portland Public Schools will pay $950,000. TriMet swallows ...   More
Friday, July 20, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

City Says Library Tax Would Gobble Children's Money

Cogen: "That is chutzpah."


The City of Portland fired a shot across Multnomah County's bow on Wednesday, opening what promises to be a prickly skirmish over whether the county will put a library taxing district on the November ballot. The city's Office of Management and Finance, overseen by Mayor Sam Adams, says that ballot measure will hurt the city, and yesterday it said why. The OMF brief says that creating the Multnomah ...   More
Thursday, July 19, 2012 AARON MESH


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