Blowback: Pot Activist Paul Stanford Criticizes DOJ After Arrest


As noted in today's Murmurs column, noted Portland marijuana activist Paul Stanford is hitting back at the Oregon Department of Justice after his March 8 arrest for failing to pay taxes.On March 21, Stanford filed a motion to dismiss (PDF) the two felony charges against him in Marion County Circuit Court. In Stanford's motion, he accuses the DOJ of engaging in a politically motivated attack and smear ...   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by

Name Changes of the Month: The Roman Empire vs. the Great Northwest


Every day in Multnomah County Circuit Court, a handful of Portland-area residents applies to change their name—for marriage, divorce or more inscrutable reasons.This month saw two interesting name-change applications. In an apparent coincidence, both were submitted on the same day: March 4. First was Michael Patrick Wedel of Southeast Portland, who requested to change his name to Michael Erasmus ...   More
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 by

Adams' River Patrol Proposal: Deputies Union is Opposed


Last week we blogged about the Oregon State Marine Board boss's skepticism regarding Portland Mayor Sam Adams' proposal to save Multnomah County money by taking over the river patrol.Now we can add one more naysayer to the plan: Detective Todd Shanks, head of the Multnomah County Deputy Sheriffs Association.Shanks says his 90-member union—which is heavily influential in sheriff's elections with its ...   More
Monday, March 21, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

The JTTF Debate: Randy Leonard vs. Dan Saltzman

Randy Leonard

 Last Friday, when we covered Mayor Sam Adams' decision to delay once again a hearing on Portland rejoining the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, Commissioner Randy Leonard told us he could not support City Hall's latest proposal.But last week, Leonard declined to go public with the reasons why he says he made that decision. He cited the ongoing negotiations between City Hall and the FBI.In today's ...   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 by

JUICY SUITS: Bicycle Dangers Include Dogs and Driver Arguments


 Two new lawsuits filed this week in Portland by two cyclists reveal two different dangers for bicycle riders: argumentative drivers and dogs.The plaintiff in one of the two lawsuits, Halley Weaver, is a former blogger at She's also a musician billed as "Portland's zero-emissions harpist" for hauling her instrument using a bike and special trailer.Weaver's suit filed Mondya ...   More
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 by

Randy Leonard Kills City Hall's JTTF Agreement


Mayor Sam Adams' office has just announced it has once again canceled a hearing—this one scheduled for next week—on whether Portland should rejoin the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.Commissioner Randy Leonard tells WW the move came after he met today with representatives from the mayor's office and the city attorney's office. They met to discuss the latest draft of a new resolution on rejoining ...   More
Friday, March 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

JUICY SUITS: Troubled Thai Restaurant Typhoon! Sued for Unpaid Produce Bills


 A Tigard-based Thai restaurant chain's legal troubles continue this week with a series of lawsuits in Multnomah County Circuit Court for alleged unpaid produce bills.According to three lawsuits filed March 8, Typhoon! locations in Northwest Portland, downtown Portland, Beaverton and Gresham owe a total of more than $88,500 in unpaid bills to Portland-based T.P. Produce. The lawsuits include attached ...   More
Friday, March 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

After Tweeting From Work at MultCo, Collymore Cuts Twitter Account


Followers of Karol Collymore's Twitter account know that she has not been shy about tweeting socially while on the job as an aide to Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen.Consider a couple of recent tweets from Collymore, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a seat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.There was this tweet Collymore sent around 1:10 pm on Wednesday, March 2.Or this tweet from ...   More
Thursday, March 10, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Read the Document: Adams' Proposed New Urban Renewal Boundaries and Costs


 WW has obtained a copy of a three-page information sheet detailing a new urban-renewal district proposed by Portland Mayor Sam Adams at his State of the City speech last Friday.The information sheet (PDF) includes a map of the proposed 31-year, 130-acre district centered around Portland State University. Unlike a much larger and highly gerrymandered new district previously floated by Adams, the ...   More
Thursday, February 24, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Activist: Feds' Statements on JTTF May Help Mohamud Defense

Mohamed Mohamud

 As City Hall gears up for another hearing this Thursday on the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, a longtime Portland progressive activist points out that the feds' efforts last week to convince City Council to rejoin the JTTF may have damaged their position in a high-profile terrorism case. When Portland pulled out of the JTTF in 2005, the feds and the city agreed that the mayor get notification ...   More
Monday, February 21, 2011 JAMES PITKIN


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