City Hall: Mayor and Commissioners Disagree on Flexible Neighborhood Spending

Leonard Fish

Mayor Sam Adams began today's discussion of "flexible" neighborhood spending with a caveat, telling his City Hall colleagues he didn't want his new budget exercise to "inflame inaccurately people's concerns about geographic equity." Here's the basic premise of what Adams is talking about: The city will create maps that show where bureaus spend their money so bureaus and neighborhood associations can ...   More
Friday, October 29, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

UPDATED: City Council to Consider PGE Park Re-Zoning Next Week

Portland City Council tomorrow morning will consider whether to change the zoning code to allow limited office space at PGE Park. The proposed change is part of an effort to bring a sports medicine clinic, sponsored by Providence Health & Services, to the stadium to support Merritt Paulson's new Major League Soccer team when it begins play in 2011. Here's the ordinance [PDF]. Updated on ...   More
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Adams All "Atwitter" About Lincoln High

Mayor Sam Adams is weighing in on Portland Public Schools' high school redesign process. Judging from the emails I'm now getting from anxious parents about the upcoming changes, he may want to be careful what he Tweets. Here's the mayor's latest: David Wynde is a two-term school board member. Dick Spies is a former Lincoln High parent from Group Mackenzie Architects. Lincoln, Portland's ...   More
Thursday, November 19, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

The Fabulous Life of Mayor Sam Adams

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Friday, November 20, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Surprise Resolution Offers Paulson Green Light on PGE Park Construction

The City Council agenda for Jan. 6 now lists Mayor Sam Adams' resolution to allow Merritt Paulson's company to begin tearing out turf at PGE Park. The surprise resolution would allow Paulson to begin renovating the city-owned PGE Park for Major League Soccer — without a final financial agreement in place with the city. Or, as the resolution says: "to execute a Revocable Permit of Entry ...   More
Thursday, December 31, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Enters the "Productive Zone" with Paulson

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

Mayor Promises Opinion On High Schools, Just Not Yet

Mayor Sam Adams met Sunday with a few Grant High School parents who are concerned about Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign. Technically speaking, the mayor has absolutely no control over Portland Public Schools. (Then again, neither does Bill Gates, and he's managed to exert plenty of influence at Jefferson, Roosevelt, Madison and Marshall High in recent years.) Two days after the ...   More
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City of Portland Gives Mayoral Recall Campaign The Boot From Office Space

The City of Portland won't give a new office-space lease to the campaign that wants to force a recall vote on Mayor Sam Adams. In a strange twist of geographic fate, the recall campaign had been using city-owned retail space on the corner of Southwest 10th Avenue and Morrison Street as the home base for the campaign since Feb. 1. That will end officially on March 10. Recall volunteer Teresa McGuire ...   More
Monday, March 1, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

The Search For Mayor Sam Adams' "Mike" and "Jean" Continues

Last week, KATU had about as much luck as WW with its search for Mayor Sam Adams' "Mike" and "Jean," the Portlanders he talked about in his State of the City address on Feb. 5. Here's the station's story from Friday -- "Who are Mike and Jean? Mayor mum on further details" -- which includes footage of Adams walking away from KATU's Anita Kissée without so much as a single comment. Click ...   More
Monday, February 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Portland Implements Hiring Freeze, But Not For Police (Updated)

The budget-strapped City of Portland has implemented a hiring freeze, effective March 8, and the only Portland employees excluded from the freeze are certain public safety officers. But that exemption could create a problem for the city's general fund because the freeze won't apply fully to the one bureau that has exceeded its personnel budget the most this year, the Portland Police Bureau. "[V]acancies ...   More
Thursday, March 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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