City Hall: Mayor Releases Budget Memo, Calls For Immediate Cuts

Mayor Sam Adams today released his budget memo [PDF] about the need for further cuts to this year's budget and the next. The news Tuesday comes a day later than expected. The mayor's memo to his City Council colleagues singled out the Portland Police Bureau, already battered by recent events, as having overspent its budget by "up to $5 million" but offered no explanation for how that happened ...   More
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Council Postpones Vote On New Sidewalk Rules; Opponents Continue Protests

As promised, Sisters of the Road led a "sidewalk parade" through downtown Portland this afternoon to protest the sidewalk management plan proposed by Mayor Sam Adams. The 30-person march began in Old Town at Sisters of the Road Cafe, the source of several vocal opponents of the mayor's plan. It ended at City Hall, where City Council held a public meeting to review the emergency ordinance behind the ...   More
Thursday, April 29, 2010 Peter Griffin

Read the Memo: Portland's Human Resources Director Explains the Overtime Flap

City commissioners aired a disagreement on Wednesday that concerns contract negotiations with Portland's municipal labor unions, most of which saw their contracts expire this week. The disagreement centered on the 40-hour work week and how some City of Portland employees can actually earn overtime without working a full 40 hours. The debate Wednesday was nearly as complicated as the contract language ...   More
Friday, July 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Pledges Details on Plastic-Bag Ban by Friday

Mayor Sam Adams offered no new details today about his promise to ban single-use plastic bags in Portland. But he did announce he will have a draft ordinance describing that plan by the end of the week. That new promise satisfied opponents of the petroleum-based product who staged a rally outside City Hall this afternoon after anti-bag activists testified in front of City Council this morning. The ...   More
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

State Lawmakers and Portland Mayor Agree to Collaborate on Plastic-Bag Ban (Updated)

Mayor Sam Adams has backtracked on his pledge to bring an anti-plastic-bag ordinance to City Council, conceding to state lawmakers' wishes that he instead support a non-binding resolution calling first for an Oregon-wide ban. In a memo signed July 22 [PDF], the mayor says he will bring an ordinance banning the petroleum-based bags in Portland only if the proposed state ban fails in the 2011 ...   More
Friday, July 23, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Firefighters Accept Zero Cost-of-Living Increases

When Mayor Sam Adams unveiled the initial details of his 2010-11 budget proposal this winter, he said the City of Portland would ask its employees to make wage concessions in the form of zero cost-of-living increases. Now for the first time in recent history, several labor unions, including the one that represents the politically influential Portland firefighters, have agreed to that salary freeze ...   More
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Farmer Don Says STOP Watering Your Tomatoes

It's not as though City Hall in 2010 has seen any less--bad joke alert!--"manure" than in 2009, but the dirt in City Hall's Better Together Garden sure seems to be suffering. Last year at this time, the organic garden (pictured above) outside City Hall's east entrance had produced 50 pounds of tomatoes. This year, I haven't seen a single ripe tomato yet. And the plants (pictured below) appear ...   More
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Updated: City of Portland Prepares for Possible Strike

City of Portland managers are preparing for the possibility of a strike this fall if talks with the District Council of Trade Unions continue to go badly. DCTU represents about one-third of the city's 6,000 employees, including utility workers, transportation maintenance workers, equipment operators, meter readers, engineers, and others. The two sides entered mediation yesterday. But if a settlement ...   More
Friday, September 24, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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