Fritz Throws Down $25,000 For Reelection Bid

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The biggest single infusion of cash so far in any of the 2012 Portland City Council races came late last week from a surprising source: Commissioner Amanda Fritz.On June 9, Fritz loaned her reelection campaign $25,000, her campaign finance records show. Fritz, who worked as a psychiatric nurse before joining the City Council, was not immediately available for comment. Fritz was a key booster and beneficiary ...   More
 
Monday, June 13, 2011 COREY PEIN

Friends of Last Thursday Makes Public Debut

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At a town hall meeting Saturday, city Commissioner Amanda Fritz introduced Friends of Last Thursday, an organization 15 months in the making that will assume the task of overseeing the monthly street festival on Northeast Alberta Street. Reaction was mixed as Fritz unveiled the steering committee-a long-awaited answer to Last Thursday’s fate amid complaints from some residents that the monthly event ...   More
 
Sunday, April 3, 2011 AILIN DARLING

City Hall: Commissioners Leonard, Saltzman and Fritz Brawl over Fire Vehicles

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A seemingly mundane discussion today at Portland City Hall about bonds related to a $72.4 million fire-equipment measure morphed into a verbal tussle over the planned purchase of four emergency vehicles.Those four emergency vehicles were part of the ballot measure that city voters narrowly approved last year to beef up emergency-response infrastructure in Portland. But, as Commissioners Amanda Fritz ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Council Votes 4-1 to Borrow Funds for Computer Upgrade

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When City Council voted 4-1 yesterday to approve a funding plan to pay for computer upgrades at the Bureau of Development Services, Commissioner Amanda Fritz was the lone "no" vote. No surprise there—it's a position she's found herself in before, but the plan and its back story combine for a more interesting tale.The computer upgrading plan—to borrow $6.6 million secured by the city's general fund—comes ...   More
 
Thursday, March 10, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioner Fritz Pushes National Search for New Director

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Commissioner Amanda Fritz on Friday briefed reporters on the new initiative she'll spearhead in the coming months: Mayor Sam Adams' recently proposed Office of Equity. Fritz, a longtime neighborhood activist before she joined the City Council in January 2009, will oversee the new office, which is expected to merge with the three-year-old Office of Human Relations. Adams announced the new office just ...   More
 
Monday, March 7, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioner Fritz Asks Human Relations Director to Step Down

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Commissioner Amanda Fritz has asked the director of Portland's Office of Human Relations to step down, WW has learned. Maria Lisa Johnson, the office director pictured on the left, has led the small bureau since then-Mayor Tom Potter created it in 2008 to end "discrimination and bigotry, strengthen inter-group relationships and foster greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, ...   More
 
Thursday, March 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mayor Reassigns Troubled Bureau


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Mayor Sam Adams announced today he had reassigned oversight of two city bureaus, the Office of Cable and Franchise Management and the Bureau of Development Services, to Commissioner Dan Saltzman.The move continues a City Hall tradition that Saltzman knows well. Since first taking office in 1999, Saltzman has taken the helm at many troubled bureaus. The Bureau of Development Services is only the latest. ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Down On The Corner

Buskers and the city revisit a 15-year-old deal.


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Fifteen years ago, then-Mayor Vera Katz, police, business associations and musicians signed an agreement that dictates when, where and how bucket drummers, fiddlers and human statues    More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL

City Hall: Council Approves Mayor's Gun Plan


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Portland City Council this morning unanimously approved Mayor Sam Adams' five-point plan to control illegal guns and curb youth violence. Before voting yes, Commissioner Amanda Fritz said the council should review the stricter measures against illegal guns in a year to see if the new rules are, in fact, suppressing violence. But Fritz supported the measure saying, "We need to try some new things." Commissioner ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Muslim Panel Discussion Touches on Alleged Bomb Plot


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The Muslim Educational Trust's monthly meeting this weekend at Portland State University chose a discussion topic inspired by the recent attempted Christmas tree bombing in downtown Portland. The point of the Saturday night discussion, sponsored by the Muslim Educational Trust board of directors, was to analyze Islam and discuss whether it is inherently a religion that promotes violence. The ...   More
 
Sunday, December 12, 2010 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

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