What Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish Say About Major League Soccer Now


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Well, the final two City Council voices are now in on this resolution (PDF) that proposes moving forward on negotiations to revamp PGE Park by 2011 for a Major League Soccer team separately from plans to find a new home to build a minor-league baseball stadium for the Portland Beavers. Commissioner Amanda Fritz said this evening that she stands by her original objections to tapping urban renewal ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

Nick Fish Says Kroger's Report "Ends The Matter"


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City Commissioner Nick Fish says the report issued today by Attorney General John Kroger should close the inquiry into Mayor Sam Adams. "I think this ends the matter," Fish said. "I was the person who pushed to have the AG take up this investigation because I had great confidence in his abilities. This report effectively clears the mayor of any criminal wrongdoing. I accept the report and am prepared ...   More
 
Monday, June 22, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Council Quick Hits: Tax Breaks, Soccer, Furloughs and Merit Pay


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Portland City Council has waded through a number of topics this morning and afternoon, after its marathon session last night on the topic of renaming 39th Avenue for Cesar E. Chavez. Mayor Sam Adams referred a proposal to give a 10-year tax break to a new housing complex back to his office Commissioner Nick Fish's office. A handful of neighbors from North Portland had testified against the proposal ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

City Council Approves Renaming 39th Avenue for Cesar Chavez (UPDATED with additional Council quotes)


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We'll flesh this news out in a bit with more from the scene, but the basic development for the moment is that City Council just voted 5-0 this morning to rename 39th Avenue for Cesar Chavez. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know the question of renaming a Portland street for the late labor icon has been contentious and long. "For my family, we would be honored to live on Cesar ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 HANK STERN

Portland City Council OK's Remodel of PGE Park For Major League Soccer


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The $31 million revamp of PGE Park, which will allow Major League Soccer to begin play there in 2011 and force the Portland Beavers to find a new baseball home, was approved Thursday by the City Council. The vote on the resolution (PDF) authorizing the city's term sheet (or as Mayor Sam Adams put it, the "basic concepts and shape" of the deal with more definitive details to come) with Merritt ...   More
 
Thursday, July 23, 2009 HANK STERN

Beaumont Neighborhood Rallies Against Hate Crime


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Beaumont-Wilshire residents gathered in the Beaumont Middle School parking lot tonight to speak out against the recent hate crime reported in their neighborhood by a 22-year-old Vietnamese American man. On the morning of Aug. 2, Bao Vuong says four white males verbally assaulted and aggressively approached him at a stop-light on NE 41st and Fremont and threw bagels at him. Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, ...   More
 
Friday, August 7, 2009 Allison Ferre

More News from Lents


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The Trib reported last week that the Portland Development Commission had selected a firm to develop the old Lents Little League site. Now comes more evidence the City of Portland has not forgotten about Lents even though an effort to relocate the Triple-A Portland Beavers to a proposed new baseball stadium at Lents Park is dead. On Monday, Aug. 17, Commissioner Nick Fish, who's in charge of ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Why The Barney Frank Video Got An Insider's Chuckle From Portland City Hall


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This video making the rounds today in which U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) tells some woman waving an Obama-as-Hitler sign that having a conversation with her would be like arguing with a "dining room table" got a huge laugh from a former Frank staffer in Portland. That ex-staffer is city Commissioner Nick Fish, who in the early 1980s both volunteered for Frank's campaign and worked as a paid ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 HANK STERN

Nick Fish's Chief of Staff Resigns


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Commissioner Nick Fish's office is getting smaller by the day. This afternoon his chief of staff, Sam Chase, announced he would resign. Here's his statement. "After helping Nick in his election to City Council, I committed to launching his office as Chief of Staff. Our accomplishments in just over one year have been some of the most rewarding in my career-creating a new Portland Housing Bureau, ...   More
 
Friday, September 25, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

And Nick Fish's New Chief Of Staff Is ...


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On Friday, city Commissioner Nick Fish's chief of staff Sam Chase announced his departure after little more than a year on the job. Today, Fish — who faces re-election next May — announced his new chief of staff will be City Hall veteran Betsy Ames. Ames' City Hall experience dates back nearly 15 years to January 1995 when she was appointed as assistant ombudsman for then-Mayor Vera ...   More
 
Monday, September 28, 2009 HANK STERN

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