Portland City Council OK's Remodel of PGE Park For Major League Soccer

The $31 million revamp of PGE Park, which will allow Major League Soccer to begin play there in 2011 and force the Portland Beavers to find a new baseball home, was approved Thursday by the City Council. The vote on the resolution (PDF) authorizing the city's term sheet (or as Mayor Sam Adams put it, the "basic concepts and shape" of the deal with more definitive details to come) with Merritt ...   More
Thursday, July 23, 2009 HANK STERN

Why The Barney Frank Video Got An Insider's Chuckle From Portland City Hall

This video making the rounds today in which U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) tells some woman waving an Obama-as-Hitler sign that having a conversation with her would be like arguing with a "dining room table" got a huge laugh from a former Frank staffer in Portland. That ex-staffer is city Commissioner Nick Fish, who in the early 1980s both volunteered for Frank's campaign and worked as a paid ...   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 HANK STERN

Nick Fish's Chief of Staff Resigns

Commissioner Nick Fish's office is getting smaller by the day. This afternoon his chief of staff, Sam Chase, announced he would resign. Here's his statement. "After helping Nick in his election to City Council, I committed to launching his office as Chief of Staff. Our accomplishments in just over one year have been some of the most rewarding in my career-creating a new Portland Housing Bureau, ...   More
Friday, September 25, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

And Nick Fish's New Chief Of Staff Is ...

On Friday, city Commissioner Nick Fish's chief of staff Sam Chase announced his departure after little more than a year on the job. Today, Fish — who faces re-election next May — announced his new chief of staff will be City Hall veteran Betsy Ames. Ames' City Hall experience dates back nearly 15 years to January 1995 when she was appointed as assistant ombudsman for then-Mayor Vera ...   More
Monday, September 28, 2009 HANK STERN

Four Inspiring Women Pick Up Their Skidmore Prize Honors

Four women doing incredible work in local non-profits each got a $4,000 check today as part of this year's Skidmore Prize ceremony hosted by City Club of Portland at the Governor Hotel. The prize winners (from left to right in the photo above) are Fowzia Abdulle, an advocate and case manager at Bradley Angle House's Healing Roots center; lawyer Jennifer Gilmore of Child Centered Solutions; Amy ...   More
Friday, November 20, 2009 Brittany Rogers

Look What Nick Fish Found Under His Christmas Tree

What better way to kill a few minutes if you're stuck at work this Christmas Eve than to head over to ORESTAR and check the state campaign finance website for who's been getting campaign donations Christmas week? Today's visit turns up Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, who's up for re-election in 2010, collecting some significant donations for his campaign. Among the $1,000 donors of ...   More
Thursday, December 24, 2009 HANK STERN

Paulson Again Clarifies Statements In Beaverton

Two months ago, Timbers/Beavers owner Merritt Paulson confused Portland officials when he told Beaverton pols this, according to The Oregonian: "[I]f I don't get a baseball deal done, I'm not going to finalize the deal with Portland. So MLS will not come to Portland unless I do a deal for a new baseball park." Paulson — who has since withdrawn his baseball stadium proposal in Beaverton— ...   More
Monday, December 21, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Fred Stewart Will Decide By Jan. 1 Whether To Run Against Nick Fish

Real estate broker Fred Stewart, no stranger to seeking public office, just called (on his 45th birthday no less) to tell us he's turning his attention to making a run next year against City Commissioner Nick Fish. Not that Fish should be quaking in fear necessarily, given that Fish easily beat Stewart and three others in 2008 to complete the rest of Erik Sten's council term when Sten resigned ...   More
Friday, December 11, 2009 HANK STERN

Updated: A Sixth Candidate Joins Race Against Dan Saltzman

Rudy Soto, student body president at Portland State University from 2007 to 2008, will file next week to run against Commissioner Dan Saltzman, joining five others who have already announced their intention to challenge the three-time incumbent. Soto says he plans to make an official announcement next Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Soto, 24, has already seen the dark side of political ...   More
Monday, January 11, 2010 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


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