Portland Enters the "Productive Zone" with Paulson


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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

City Council Votes 3-2 To Give Merritt Paulson Green Light on Preliminary Stadium Work


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Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Randy Leonard voted this morning to give Merritt Paulson's company the green light to perform limited construction work at PGE Park -- even without a final financial agreement in place. Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish voted no, with Fish noting that there are 81 issues still in dispute between the city and Paulson. The 3-2 split ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Nick Fish Gets A New Challenger


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And his name is Walt Nichols, a 51-year-old bookkeeper who's chairman of the Mt. Scott Arleta Neighborhood Association. Fish (pictured below) now has three challengers for his re-election bid this spring to Portland City Council — Nichols, Jason Barbour and Sylvia Evans. Nichols (pictured above) says he doesn't plan to seek public financing because he considers it a drain on public ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 HANK STERN

Updated: A Sixth Candidate Joins Race Against Dan Saltzman


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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

About Last Night: Some Winners, Losers and Notable Absences


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The 53 percent to 47 percent margin by which Oregonians approved Measures 66 and 67 surprised even those responsible for crafting the campaign that convinced voters to raise personal and corporate income taxes during a deep recession. "I was nervous," says Kevin Looper, the campaign manager for the tax hike proponents. Here are a few other observations about last night: 1. Notable Absences: ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Merritt Paulson Makes The Rounds At City Hall


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This afternoon at 2 pm, Portland commissioners will discuss the city's deal with Merritt Paulson to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer in 2011. They'll vote on the deal next week. Meantime, here is a summary of the deal from the budget gurus at the Office of Management and Finance, with the bureau's acknowledgment of the plan's risk (as has been pointed out elsewhere) to the general fund: The ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Major League Soccer Gets Four Votes


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The final financial deal is not without some risk to the City of Portland's general fund, but this afternoon Mayor Sam Adams and three city commissioners said they would support the terms of the renovation project at PGE Park for Major League Soccer. Adams and Commissioners Randy Leonard, Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman have all said they'll vote "yes" next week when the $31 million project goes before ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

A Different Pro-Israel Nonprofit To Launch A Local Chapter in Portland


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This Thursday, a pro-peace nonprofit called J Street will kick off its national grassroots campaign by launching local chapters in Portland and dozens of other locations nationwide. J Street differs from longer-established pro-Israel organizations such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee because it supports a two-state, peaceful solution in the Middle East, and because it's willing ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

Jesse Cornett Expects To Get Public Financing And Other City Council Election News


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First piece of city election news today in Portland: Jesse Cornett, one of the seven candidates running against City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, says he expects to qualify for $150,000 in public financing for the May primary. That achievement, which requires 1,000 signatures and $5 matching donations, would make Cornett the only candidate to qualify for that financing this election season in ...   More
 
Monday, February 8, 2010 HANK STERN

Bike Plan: City Council Exacts Revenge on Saltzman. Cyclists Win. Did Saltzman, Too?


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Without consulting Commissioner Dan Saltzman or the Bureau of Environmental Services, Mayor Sam Adams this afternoon proposed using $20 million of BES money to help build Portland's Bicycle Plan for 2030. The last-minute move appears to have been a calculated case of retribution directed at Saltzman for his surprise funding amendment last week. And the tapping of BES certainly caught BES head ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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