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

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

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

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

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

Jesse Cornett Expects To Get Public Financing And Other City Council Election News


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First piece of city election news today in Portland: Jesse Cornett, one of the seven candidates running against City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, says he expects to qualify for $150,000 in public financing for the May primary. That achievement, which requires 1,000 signatures and $5 matching donations, would make Cornett the only candidate to qualify for that financing this election season in ...   More
 
Monday, February 8, 2010 HANK STERN

Two Very Different Views on a Police Shooting: Saltzman and Westerman


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City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees Portland's police bureau, tells WW he hasn't reached a conclusion yet on whether the fatal Jan. 29 police shooting of an unarmed man was justified. Officer Ronald Frashour shot 25-year-old Aaron Campbell with an AR-15 assault rifle outside the Sandy Terrace Apartments in Northeast Portland. Campbell, who was despondent after his younger brother's ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Saltzman Criticizes Response Time in Campbell Shooting (with Correction)


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Critical of the fact it took more than 25 minutes to reach the body of a man recently shot by Portland police, City Commissioner Dan Saltzman has ordered money set aside to equip all Portland cops with ballistic shields. The shields would allow cops on the scene to more quickly approach a shooting victim in situations like the one that unfolded Jan. 29 in the shooting death of 25-year-old Aaron ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Saltzman on Campbell Shooting: Promises "Unsparing" Internal Review


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City Commissioner Dan Saltzman elaborated at a news conference this morning about his request to the federal Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for a full civil rights investigation into last month's fatal Portland police shooting of Aaron Campbell. "It's going to the top -- the top of the top -- of the U.S. Department of Justice," said Saltzman, who's in charge of the ...   More
 
Friday, February 19, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

African American Leaders Share Message With Portland Elected Officials In Call For Federal Inquiry


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The African-American Alliance, Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Mayor Sam Adams this morning announced their joint request to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for an independent federal civil rights investigation of the Jan. 29 shooting death of Aaron Campbell. That investigation, which comes via the written request [PDF] of U.S. Sen Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland), ...   More
 
Friday, February 19, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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