Breaking: Randy Leonard Now To Vote Against Soccer Deal

Commissioner Randy Leonard says this afternoon he will now vote against his own ordinance resolution (PDF) to move forward on the Major League Soccer deal after Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson's announcement today that he will pull out of the Lents stadium proposal for minor-league baseball. Leonard says he was embarrassed by the reception Paulson got in Lents last night, but suggested ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

Round Two: Randy Leonard Vs. Lents Neighbors — Why Lents May Be Cheering Today

We'll have more on the stadium deal, as KGW is reporting that Beavers owner Merritt Paulson is pulling his Lents stadium proposal, in a bit. Maybe Paulson's decision arose from last night's community meeting, which did not go well for Paulson or Commissioner Randy Leonard. Leonard went before Lents residents again to make his pitch for putting minor-league baseball in Lents Park, but the ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Oliver P. Lent Speaks, Calls Baseball Proposal "Helluva Bad Idea"

The great-grandson of Oliver P. Lent, the founding father of the Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland, is -- wait for it -- 85-year-old Oliver P. Lent, a lifelong Portlander who was raised in Lents but now lives in Northeast Portland. This morning, the day before the Lents urban renewal advisory group is to vote on the proposal to build a new minor-league baseball stadium in Lents with $42.3 ...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

City Council Approves Renaming 39th Avenue for Cesar Chavez (UPDATED with additional Council quotes)

We'll flesh this news out in a bit with more from the scene, but the basic development for the moment is that City Council just voted 5-0 this morning to rename 39th Avenue for Cesar Chavez. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know the question of renaming a Portland street for the late labor icon has been contentious and long. "For my family, we would be honored to live on Cesar ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 HANK STERN

Updated: Landmarks Commission Rejects "Made in Oregon" Proposal

The city's Historic Landmarks Commission today unanimously rejected the University of Oregon's proposal to change the "Made in Oregon" sign on the west bank of the Willamette River, despite Commissioner Randy Leonard's campaign on behalf of the city this spring to strike a compromise deal with the university (pictured above) on the sign's wording. Leonard was not immediately available for comment ...   More
Monday, July 13, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Tenants in Aging Buildings Lose Housing Inspection Team

The cuts keep coming at Portland's Bureau of Development Services, which announced in June it would slash half of the bureau's 300 jobs. Last month, that news was tempered (however slightly) by the fact the reductions would happen in waves, with 45 people losing their jobs in July and another 45 people getting pink slips in August. By December, the bureau would eliminate a total of about 150 people, ...   More
Thursday, July 16, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Randy Leonard Sings

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 HANK STERN

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

Signs of The Times: University of Oregon Wants An Extension to Decisions on Downtown Signs

The University of Oregon wants a 120-day extension for today's vote on its proposed changes to the Made in Oregon sign and water tower. The city's Historic Landmarks Commission was scheduled today at 1:30 pm to hear U of O's appeal to the council's to formalize their tentative July 13 rejection of the university's proposal. The university wanted to change the sign's lettering from "Made in Oregon" ...   More
Monday, July 27, 2009 Katie Litvin

Leonard: I Am Not Sam's Mouthpiece

Jasun Wurster provoked an almost teary response from Commissioner Randy Leonard this morning after Wurster, head of the campaign to recall Mayor Sam Adams, addressed City Council earlier today. Wurster has addressed council many times during the public comment period at the beginning of the regular Wednesday morning session. His three minutes of testimony are typically earnest displays of his ...   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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