UPDATED: Pay Raises in Ted Wheeler's Office Anger Leader of Multnomah County's Biggest Union


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The leader of Multnomah County's largest employee union this week traded heated emails with county Chairman Ted Wheeler over recent salary increases for two members of Wheeler's staff. Becky Steward, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 88, says the raises send the wrong message to county employees who agreed to salary freezes this year to help ...   More
 
Friday, August 7, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Conflict Continues over Ted Wheeler Staff Salaries (Updated with Lunch Date)


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The controversy continues over recent raises for two top staffers to Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler while other county employees agreed to a pay freeze. First, from Wheeler's Twitter feed: That tweet follows an email last week where Wheeler asked Becky Steward and Michael Hanna out to lunch to discuss the controversy. Steward is president of the American Federation of State, County ...   More
 
Monday, August 10, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Wheeler Lays Out His Requirements for Oregon Senate (And Asks for Yours)


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Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler tells WW he has three qualifications he wants to see in candidates seeking to replace outgoing state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-North/Northeast Portland). And Wheeler is in a key position to lay down those requirements for contenders. The five-member board of commissioners he heads will vote Sept. 24 on who will replace Carter, choosing from up to five candidates ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Convention Center Hotel Finally Gets Buried


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Friday, September 18, 2009 HANK STERN

Ted Wheeler Screams from His Hospital Bed (with Audio)


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In between calls to his staff and updating his Twitter account, Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler spoke with WW from St. Charles Hospital in Bend to say he's recovering from a ski accident at Mount Bachelor on Saturday. Wheeler suffered two broken vertebrae and a broken shoulder in the fall. He says he doesn't expect he'll need surgery and hopes to return home to Portland later today. "My ...   More
 
Monday, November 30, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Wheeler Quietly Kicks Off MultCo Re-Election Campaign (with Correction)


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Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler hasn't yet officially declared he's running for re-election. But the one-term county boss is quietly laying the groundwork for his 2010 campaign, shelling out $2,500 this month to local political communications firm Mandate Media. Wheeler confirms to WW he's running again for county chair — despite some observers expressing hope he'll run for City ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

'Mountain Man' Ted Wheeler on Mt. Hood and Locator Beacons


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Rescuers today called off the search for two missing climbers on Mt. Hood. But while the five-day operation is now over, the debate is sure to continue over whether climbers should be required to carry emergency beacons. The devices, known as Mountain Locator Units or MLUs, allow searchers to pinpoint a climber's location. Rules to require such beacons have been proposed in the past. But many ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Ted Wheeler Files For Re-Election


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For the record, Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler filed today [PDF] for re-election to another four-year term. In terms of least surprising news, this ranks somewhere between the sun rising and the sun setting each day. But we note this to record the other following pieces of news: 1) Wheeler currently has one opponent, retired physicist James Lee [PDF], who ran in 2008 for mayor of Portland. 2) ...   More
 
Friday, January 22, 2010 HANK STERN

State of the City Follow-Up: Adams To Delay Funding For Sellwood Bridge To Build Sidewalks


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Among the many announcements from Mayor Sam Adams in his "State of the City" address last week was one related to sidewalks. Specifically, Adams announced last Friday he was going to devote $16 million to building new sidewalks in parts of the city that still lack them. "If I'm talking innovation and greater resilience through transportation, I gotta talk about sidewalks," Adams said in his ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Wheeler Draws a Conservative Challenger for MultCo Chair


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Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler today drew a second challenger in his re-election bid. Mike Darger, whose somewhat-vague candidate filing (PDF) identifies him as a Gresham resident in the insurance business, claims to have been affiliated with the national conservative group Americans for Prosperity. AFP, founded by billionaire David Koch (whose holdings include Georgia-Pacific) was recently ...   More
 
Monday, March 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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