Updated: A Sixth Candidate Joins Race Against Dan Saltzman


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Rudy Soto, student body president at Portland State University from 2007 to 2008, will file next week to run against Commissioner Dan Saltzman, joining five others who have already announced their intention to challenge the three-time incumbent. Soto says he plans to make an official announcement next Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Soto, 24, has already seen the dark side of political ...   More
 
Monday, January 11, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Council Votes 3-2 To Give Merritt Paulson Green Light on Preliminary Stadium Work


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Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Randy Leonard voted this morning to give Merritt Paulson's company the green light to perform limited construction work at PGE Park -- even without a final financial agreement in place. Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish voted no, with Fish noting that there are 81 issues still in dispute between the city and Paulson. The 3-2 split ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Enters the "Productive Zone" with Paulson


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Just before City Council voted 3-2 today to let Merritt Paulson begin some construction work at PGE Park, city commissioners considered a separate ordinance related to the publicly owned stadium: the thrice-delayed zoning code change to allow limited office space at PGE Park. (They'll vote next week on that proposal.) Both agreements gave Commissioners Nick Fish and Amanda Fritz, who voted against ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Randy Leonard Vows Fight in 2010 on Police Oversight (with Clarification and Sizer No-Comment)


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City Commissioner Randy Leonard tells WW his No. 1 priority in 2010 will be increasing oversight of discipline in the Portland Police Bureau. Leonard says he's working to bring before the City Council as soon as possible amendments to the city code. Leonard's chief of staff, Ty Kovatch, says Leonard is working with City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade, Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Dan Saltzman's Challengers Have A Novel Plan


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With the Jan. 29 public financing deadline looming in the race for Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman's seat, his challengers met last Sunday to brainstorm strategies to secure public financing. And what did they come up with? A series of Candidates' Collective events in which candidates will each speak for five minutes and spend the rest of the evening collecting 1,000 signatures and the ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Ari Phillips

Who Will Get Public Financing? (UPDATED)


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The race to get 1,000 signatures and $5 contributions from registered Portland voters to qualify for public campaign financing ends tomorrow. Now there are more signs not all of the candidates running against Commissioner Dan Saltzman are going to make it. This morning, for example, Mary Volm withdrew her name from the list of people seeking public campaign financing. Fellow candidate Ed Garren ...   More
 
Thursday, January 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Major League Soccer Gets Four Votes


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The final financial deal is not without some risk to the City of Portland's general fund, but this afternoon Mayor Sam Adams and three city commissioners said they would support the terms of the renovation project at PGE Park for Major League Soccer. Adams and Commissioners Randy Leonard, Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman have all said they'll vote "yes" next week when the $31 million project goes before ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Merritt Paulson Makes The Rounds At City Hall


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This afternoon at 2 pm, Portland commissioners will discuss the city's deal with Merritt Paulson to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer in 2011. They'll vote on the deal next week. Meantime, here is a summary of the deal from the budget gurus at the Office of Management and Finance, with the bureau's acknowledgment of the plan's risk (as has been pointed out elsewhere) to the general fund: The ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

About Last Night: Some Winners, Losers and Notable Absences


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The 53 percent to 47 percent margin by which Oregonians approved Measures 66 and 67 surprised even those responsible for crafting the campaign that convinced voters to raise personal and corporate income taxes during a deep recession. "I was nervous," says Kevin Looper, the campaign manager for the tax hike proponents. Here are a few other observations about last night: 1. Notable Absences: ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland's New Rescue Boat Will Get New Radar System


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Commissioner Dan Saltzman remained mum this morning when City Council approved its consent agenda, which included an update on Commissioner Randy Leonard's plan to buy a high-speed rescue boat. That rescue boat purchase was approved 4-1 last October in response to the death of a 4-year-old boy, who was pushed off the Sellwood Bridge along with his older sister. The girl survived. The mother ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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