City Hall: Now More Accessible

  If you happened by City Hall about five months ago, you might have witnessed Commissioner Amanda Fritz wheeling outside the building in a wheelchair. Fritz did that as part of an effort to experience what it’s like for disabled residents to get access to public spaces in Portland. Now there’s new evidence City Hall is taking those access issues seriously. New chairs ...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Campaigns on Both Sides of Public Campaign Finance Agree: Race Remains Too Close to Call

  The initial returns for Measure 26-108, Portland’s test of public support to continue public campaign financing, suggest the city’s five-year experiment with giving tax dollars to candidates for mayor, city commissioner and auditor is likely to end. But both opponents and supporters of the measure say tonight that it’s too early to declare victory or defeat. Just ...   More
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Adams Admission Reaction: Oregonian Scoop Leaves Leonard "Numb" (UPDATED with Adams comment)

This morning's Oregonian story about the relationship in 2005 between Mayor Sam Adams and then 17-year-old legislative intern Beau Breedlove advances the story in three important ways: 1. The O got Adams' cell-phone records, which show a level of communication that was earlier, more frequent and more driven by Adams (rather than Breedlove) than has previously been reported. 2. The O found, ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Leonard Takes Aim at Fritz for "Delay Tactics"

City Council wasn't in a kumbaya mood this morning. Veteran city Commissioner Randy Leonard sharply criticized newbie Commissioner Amanda Fritz at this morning's City Council session after Fritz sought a delay on an ordinance (PDF) from Leonard and Mayor Sam Adams that would extend the expiration dates of land-use decisions. The goal of the ordinance is to give builders more time to complete ...   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Amanda Fritz Will Give You The Shoes Off Her Feet

Shelby Spencer, 18, and Josh Cole, 21, came to City Council today to ask Mayor Sam Adams to declare a state of emergency and create a new tent city to help address Portland's homeless problem. Spencer and Cole live in a tent themselves in a Portland park. During her three minutes of testimony, Spencer told city commissioners that Cole, her boyfriend, couldn't join her inside council chambers because ...   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

What Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish Say About Major League Soccer Now

Well, the final two City Council voices are now in on this resolution (PDF) that proposes moving forward on negotiations to revamp PGE Park by 2011 for a Major League Soccer team separately from plans to find a new home to build a minor-league baseball stadium for the Portland Beavers. Commissioner Amanda Fritz said this evening that she stands by her original objections to tapping urban renewal ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

City Council Quick Hits: Tax Breaks, Soccer, Furloughs and Merit Pay

Portland City Council has waded through a number of topics this morning and afternoon, after its marathon session last night on the topic of renaming 39th Avenue for Cesar E. Chavez. Mayor Sam Adams referred a proposal to give a 10-year tax break to a new housing complex back to his office Commissioner Nick Fish's office. A handful of neighbors from North Portland had testified against the proposal ...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

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

Saltzman, Fritz And Sizer Meet with Mental Health Advocate

Given all the issues swirling around Portland police, here's a meeting worth noting. City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Police Bureau, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, a former psychiatric nurse, and Police Chief Rosie Sizer are scheduled to meet this afternoon with Richard Harris, according to Fritz's calendar. Harris is the Oregon Department of Human Services' assistant director ...   More
Monday, December 7, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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