New MERC Commissioners Named: Next Round Looms in Governance Battle (UPDATED with Woolson resigning)

UPDATE: Woolson resigned Thursday evening, as reported here by the Portland Business Journal. Below is the original story WW ran earlier Thursday. Next Thursday, July 9, will bring the next round in the face-off between Metro Council President David Bragdon and Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission CEO David Woolson (above). As previously reported, Bragdon wants to oust Woolson. Through ...   More
Thursday, July 2, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bill To Rename Killingsworth Post Office After Martin Luther King

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is back with a bill proposing to rename the U.S. Postal Service office at 630 NE Killingsworth Ave. the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Post Office. The measure failed to pass in the last congressional session. But Blumenauer spokeswoman Erin Allweiss says the Oregon Democrat is “feeling optimistic” the bill he introduced last Friday will pass this ...   More
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Allison Ferre

Metro Council President Race: Bob Stacey Officially In

Our previous reports that 1000 Friends of Oregon executive director Bob Stacey was considering a run for the $114,000-per-year Metro Council President's job next year have advanced a step. Stacey made his candidacy official last week, when he quietly filed a committee with the Secretary of State, as candidates are required to do. The job, which entails heading an agency responsible for land ...   More
Thursday, July 9, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Final (For Now) Nail in HQ Hotel's Coffin

Metro Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan has "regretfully" filed [PDF] a "formal notice of termination" with the group hired to develop a "headquarters hotel" adjacent to Metro's Oregon Convention Center. This notice on Tuesday formalizes what elected officials had already concluded. But like dandelions, kudzu and Freddy Krueger, the proposed hotel —which has been in some stage of ...   More
Thursday, October 1, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Zoo Audit Due Tomorrow: Two Staffers Scram

Two top officials at the Oregon Zoo stepped down abruptly last Friday, just days ahead of what is expected to be a negative audit of the zoo's management of capital construction projects. Metro spokesman Jim Middaugh confirmed today that the second ranking zoo manager, deputy director Carmen Hannold, who was in charge of maintenance and guest services, is no longer employed by the zoo. And neither ...   More
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tom Hughes Enters Metro Prez Race

Former Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes told WW today that he is entering the Metro Council President's race. Hughes, a 66-year-old retired school teacher, served two terms as Hillsboro mayor. He finished his service in January 2009 and is currently employed as a lobbyist at the Tonkon Torp law firm. "I won't do an official announcement until the new year, but I'm in the race," says Hughes, who ...   More
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon League of Conservation Voters Endorses in the Metro Prez Race

No, we are not going to report every endorsement handed out this election season. But the Oregon League of Conservation Voters carries weight in the Metro race, since many of those who follow the regional government are environmentally conscious. And, OLCV is clearly looking to raise its profile after the hiring last October of Jon Isaacs, who formerly ran FuturePac —the Oregon House Democrats ...   More
Thursday, January 14, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Prez Race Heats Up

The three-way Metro Council President's race figures to be a compelling battle among three-term Councilor Rex Burkholder (above) a founder of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance; an environmental leader with broad experience in Bob Stacey (below), the former director of 1000 Friends of Oregon; and Tom Hughes, a popular two-term Hillsboro mayor with strong economic development credentials. At ...   More
Monday, January 25, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Does This Man Need A Shirt?

Tom Hughes' campaign for Metro president reports that our cover image from this week's endorsement issue has caused people to call the campaign in the last 24 hours offering ....... to buy the candidate a shirt. For the record, the image on our cover is a photo collage of Hughes' face on somebody else's body. And for the record, WW is endorsing Hughes, the former mayor of Hillsboro, in that ...   More
Thursday, April 29, 2010 HANK STERN

A Fine Evening at the Aladdin: Candidates Gone Wild

Who knew Multnomah County commission candidate Tom Markgraf once unpacked John Kerry's underwear? Or that his fellow commissioner wannabe, Paul van Orden, once opened for Fugazi? You do, if you attended Candidates Gone Wild last night at the Aladdin Theater. It was the ninth incarnation of the unique political infotainment extravaganza put on by WW, Live Wire and the Bus Project. Once again, ...   More
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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