Poll Results Helped Convince County Chair Jeff Cogen to Oppose Bringing a Library District Measure to the 2012 Ballot


Recent public opinion polls paid for by the Library Foundation, the nonprofit that helps support the Multnomah County library system, showed that there is less than 50 percent support among voters for a measure to create a library taxing district, according to sources familiar with the numbers.Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen told county employees last week he would oppose sending a taxing district ...   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Hearings Scheduled On County BPA Ban

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New water bottles for everyone!As expected, the Multnomah County Commission will move forward with a countywide ban on some plastic food and drink containers containing the Bisphenol A, a chemical linked to a number of adult illnesses and developmental problems in infants, and better known as BPA.A draft of the order names "baby bottles, children’s spill proof cups, sippy cups, sports bottles, thermoses," ...   More
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 COREY PEIN

Jeff Cogen Announces He Will Not Run for Mayor of Portland

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Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen announced this morning he will not run for mayor of Portland in 2012."After thinking about it, I've decided there's a lot still to do at Multnomah County," Cogen said. "It does not feel like the right time to walk away."Cogen was seen as a strong potential challenger to incumbent Mayor Sam Adams, should Adams decide to seek re-election. Cogen had said he was considering ...   More
Monday, July 18, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

The Next Election: Cogen Eyes the Mayor's Office

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While ballots are still being counted in Tuesday's election, one high-profile local politician is already looking to the future.Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen told WW earlier this week that he was waiting until after the election to begin seriously exploring whether to run for Portland mayor in 2012. Besides running the county, Cogen had also been working on the campaign to pass the Portland Public ...   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Karol Collymore Quits Her Job at Multnomah County


 Karol Collymore, who ran an unsuccessful campaign to join the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners last year, is stepping down from her job as an aide to Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen.Collymore could not immediately be reached for comment. Her last day in her $67,000 $68,750-a-year job as a senior policy adviser to Cogen is Thursday, March 31."Karol has been with my office since 2007 and ...   More
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portlanders for Schools Cross $500,000 Mark


Portlanders for Schools, the campaign fund for both Portland Public Schools' $548 million construction bond and its $57 million-a-year operating levy, recently crossed the half-million mark in fund-raising.To date, the group has raised just over $577,ooo for the two tax-increase measures on the May ballot.Among the top donors in recent weeks: Walsh Construction gave $12,500, for a total now of $25,000; ...   More
Thursday, March 24, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

After Tweeting From Work at MultCo, Collymore Cuts Twitter Account


Followers of Karol Collymore's Twitter account know that she has not been shy about tweeting socially while on the job as an aide to Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen.Consider a couple of recent tweets from Collymore, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a seat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.There was this tweet Collymore sent around 1:10 pm on Wednesday, March 2.Or this tweet from ...   More
Thursday, March 10, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Head To Head

Two powerful Portland clans compete to develop a key downtown site.

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Multnomah County’s drive to sell some prime downtown Portland real estate has pitted two of the city’s wealthiest and most influential families in competition to    More
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Extra Credit

While the county struggled, commissioners spent money on professional fees, travel and their favorite charities.

In his first “State of the County” speech, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen recently described his government’s financial woes.    More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN


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