Goodman and Mark Families Compete to Develop the Morrison Bridgehead

Morrison Bridge

 Two of Portland's wealthiest and most powerful families are competing to buy and develop a potentially iconic property on the downtown Willamette River waterfront.Multnomah County is selling off the four-block parcel at the west end of the Morrison Bridge. The four blocks are currently occupied by surface parking lots.The county and the Portland Development Commission put out a request for proposals ...   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Civilian Oversight, Minorities and Crime Solving: Excerpts from the Police Bureau Budget


If you're like 60 percent of Portlanders, you feel safe walking in your neighborhood at night. And if you're like 87 percent of Portland cops, you're white.Those are two of the more interesting statistics to come out of the proposed police bureau budget released by the City of Portland this week.We'll have a piece in tomorrow's WW with a look at proposed new spending by the Police Bureau as well as ...   More
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Five Take-Aways from Cogen's State of the County Speech

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Delivering his first State of the County speech to the City Club of Portland, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen left us with these five impressions:1. As usual at City Club events, the audience of mostly progressive and aging Portlanders left the most pressing question of the moment unasked. No one followed up previous media inquiries by putting Cogen on the spot with questions about his political ...   More
Friday, February 4, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Rod Underhill on MultCo DA Job: "I Would Very Seriously Look at It"


As reported in this week's Murmurs column, word in political circles is that longtime Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk (pictured left) is considering stepping down after 30 years on the job.Sean Riddell, a former deputy for Schrunk who now heads the criminal division at the Oregon Department of Justice, is already gunning to take over the DA's office.But the lawyer often viewed as the ...   More
Thursday, February 3, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Sean Riddell on MultCo DA Position: "I very much want that job"

Sean Riddell

In today's Murmurs column, we reported Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk is rumored to be considering whether to step down before his four-year term expires in 2012.Insiders mentioned two candidates actively seeking to replace Schrunk, if and when he retires. Rod Underhill did not immediately return a phone call for comment. As a chief deputy in Schrunk's office, Underhill has long been ...   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Collymore Vs. Smith: Election-Night Plans as Prologue?

If a candidate's election-night plans are any indication of their campaigns' mindsets, we found recent announcements from Karol Collymore and Loretta Smith particularly interesting. The two women are vying to represent North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Collymore's friend, Stephen Marc Beaudoin, sent out Facebook invitations last week to "join us in ...   More
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Ballot Counting at MultCo: 'Could Be a Late Night'

Counting ballots in Multnomah County to decide the Oregon governor's race and other contentious ballot questions could continue into the wee hours tonight, says county Elections Division spokesman Eric Sample. "I think we're going to be counting throughout the day and into the evening," Sample tells WW. "It could be a late night." Elections workers so far have counted about 77 percent of the ...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Election Fallout: Cogen's Choice to Run Against Adams Now More Difficult

Anyone handicapping the 2012 Portland mayor's race—as we did in our print edition this week—should note one down-ballot result from the just-concluded 2010 election that could play a crucial role in one potential candidate's decision to run. Multnomah County voters soundly defeated Measure 26-110, with 62 percent voting against it. If that proposed change to the county charter had ...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Suspended Lawyer Allan Knappenberger Fights for Reinstatement

The Oregon State Bar's board of governors will decide this week whether to recommend reinstating one of Portland's most notorious lawyers. Divorce lawyer Allan Knappenberger has asked the bar to return his license to practice law—a necessary step for lawyers under lengthy disciplinary suspension. The bar's 16-member board is set to vote Saturday whether to recommend returning Knappenberger's ...   More
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

The Big Quake: Is Your Furniture Bolted?

Recent news about the eruption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia reminded us of a WW cover story this year about the Northwest's own looming natural disaster—a massive earthquake scientists warn is already overdue. So we were reassured but somewhat bemused last week when we ran across this flyer about earthquake preparedness (PDF) in the Multnomah County Courthouse. State and county administrators ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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