High-School Redesign: District Reveals Mayor's "Blue Ribbon Taskforce"

One huge, unresolved issue surrounding Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign concerns career training. Under Superintendent Carole Smith's School Board-approved plan, Benson Polytechnic High School will offer fewer career-training classes to a smaller number of students. However, the remaining eight high-school campuses will offer students access to jobs-focused classes that they now lack. To ...   More
Monday, November 1, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Sam Adams' Snow Warning

Mayor Sam Adams told our friends at KATU in this video below that the city isn't kidding around when it comes to SNOWSTORM 2010 (aka we may get up to two inches of snow this afternoon). And since mayors are often judged by their handling of snow, we assume Adams means it when he says that city officials will tow abandoned cars this time and require drivers to use traction devices on streets ...   More
Monday, November 22, 2010 HANK STERN

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

There's No Such Thing as Free Lunch or Free Parking Today

Fair warning: While most non-emergency City of Portland employees have the day off today, parking-meter attendants do not. They're working overtime, which means there is NO free parking in Portland today. And now that Thanksgiving is over, you're free to complain about this situation. Just make sure to leave Commissioner Randy Leonard out of your kvetch-fest. When city commissioners approved ...   More
Friday, November 26, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Council Approves Mayor's Gun Plan

Portland City Council this morning unanimously approved Mayor Sam Adams' five-point plan to control illegal guns and curb youth violence. Before voting yes, Commissioner Amanda Fritz said the council should review the stricter measures against illegal guns in a year to see if the new rules are, in fact, suppressing violence. But Fritz supported the measure saying, "We need to try some new things." Commissioner ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 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: Mayor Issues Draft Plan on Joint Terrorism Task Force

Two weeks after federal law enforcement officials said they foiled a terrorist attack in downtown Portland, Mayor Sam Adams has responded to calls for re-evaluating Portland's relationship with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2005, the City of Portland withdrew from the task force, and Adams, then a city commissioner, supported that move. His 2010 plan, released this afternoon, is ...   More
Friday, December 10, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: While the Mayor Tweets, His Chief of Staff Travels

Mayor Sam Adams' gusto for globe trotting is well known among City Hall watchers, who can read about the mayor's travels in real-time as Adams sometimes tweets about his trips. But Adams' chief of staff, Tom Miller, is also a bit of a passport junkie, according to his most recent public calendars. In October and November alone, Miller took four almost back-to-back trips to Stockholm, Detroit, ...   More
Thursday, December 16, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Police Shootings Pile Up

When Mayor Sam Adams took over management of the Police Bureau last May, we wrote the task has potential political risks but also potential political rewards if the "mayor demonstrates to Portlanders that he can manage the bureau most fraught with potential peril." The mayor said then that "This is not like any other assignment. There'll be bumps along the way, I'm sure.” At the midway ...   More
Monday, January 3, 2011 HANK STERN

Mayor and Police Chief Address Officer-Involved Shootings

Police Chief Mike Reese told reporters this afternoon that Portland had experienced "too many" officer-involved shootings in recent weeks but that even one would be "unacceptable" in his view. And though Portland historically has had far fewer officer-involved shootings than other similar-sized cities, Reese and Mayor Sam Adams said at today's press conference they would commit to an outside ...   More
Monday, January 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC


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