After Hearing, Equity Office Will Return For Vote Late Next Month

Mayor Sam Adams releases budget

Members of local civil rights organizations turned out by the dozens to support the proposed Portland Office of Equity at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.In public testimony, advocates called out numerous areas of social and racial disparity in Portland, citing statistics and disparity studies as evidence of the city’s need to move forward with the ordinance.Supporters told the council that ...   More
Thursday, September 1, 2011 EMILY GREEN

An Unreliable Housing Audit

A city-funded housing audit misrepresented evidence, making discrimination in Portland look worse than it really is.

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In May, Portland got smacked in the face with embarrassing news: Nearly two of every three times they sought   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Fish Identifies Apartment Owners Named in Discrimination Audit

Nick Fish

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish has released the names of the owners and managers of 26 apartment buildings where a recent audit found evidence of housing discrimination. The documents list the properties where the Fair Housing Council of Oregon audit found evidence of discrimination based on race or national origin. One document (PDF) lists specific incidents discovered by investigators, and ...   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 BRENT WALTH

City Hall: Winners and Losers in Adams' Proposed Budget

Pork? Or Charity?

Last week's print edition of WW looked at 10 earmarks Mayor Sam Adams and city commissioners wanted in the mayor's upcoming budget. Today Adams unveiled his $400-plus million spending proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Here are the winners and losers from among the 10 groups we highlighted last week.Winners:Oregon Food Bank: Adams upped Commissioner Randy Leonard's $75,000 request for ...   More
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioners Leonard, Saltzman and Fritz Brawl over Fire Vehicles

Portland City Hall March 30

A seemingly mundane discussion today at Portland City Hall about bonds related to a $72.4 million fire-equipment measure morphed into a verbal tussle over the planned purchase of four emergency vehicles.Those four emergency vehicles were part of the ballot measure that city voters narrowly approved last year to beef up emergency-response infrastructure in Portland. But, as Commissioners Amanda Fritz ...   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Collymore Concedes Multnomah County Race; Smith Thanks Supporters

At 8:05 pm, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen took the microphone in a crowded bar to announce his aide, Karol Collymore, had lost the race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the county commission. His conclusion came right after the first results showed Collymore losing to Loretta Smith 36 percent to 63 percent. "It was an amazing campaign; she did a phenomenal job," Cogen said ...   More
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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

The Newest Big Donors to Revived Portland Schools Campaign

A week after the Portland School Board voted to refer a $548 million construction bond to the May ballot, fundraising for a long-dormant political action committee for schools has picked up considerably. In recent days, big-money donations have poured into the "Portlanders for Schools" committee, which supported the successful 2006 local-option levy for Portland Public Schools. Advocates resurrected ...   More
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Nick Fish is Stuck in New York and He Isn't Happy

For those of us not lucky enough to travel on the holidays, here's an update on the vacation of one Portland city commissioner. Commissioner Nick Fish was scheduled to fly back to Portland with his wife and two children from New York last night after visiting his wife's mom in Westchester County. But as you might have read, snow has paralyzed travel in New York City and along the East Coast. ...   More
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 HANK STERN

Nick Fish is Stuck in New York and He Isn’t Happy

Nick Fish is Stuck in New York and He Isn’t Happy 9:26 AM December 28th, 2010 by Hank Stern City Hall / News | Edit |  Email This Post |For those of us not lucky enough to travel on the holidays, here’s an update on the vacation of one Portland city commissioner.Commissioner Nick Fish was scheduled to fly back to Portland with ...   More
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 HANK STERN


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