Adams Steps Into Campbell Controversy


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After more than a week spent standing back while City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and, more recently, City Commissioner Randy Leonard addressed last month's fatal Portland police shooting of Aaron Campbell, Mayor Sam Adams stepped forcefully into the debate this morning. Hours before Rev. Jesse Jackson brings the national spotlight to Portland tonight by speaking at a rally, Adams made an unannounced ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Rally Places Blame for Fatal Police Shooting on City Leaders


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African-American leaders from Portland this morning blasted City Hall and Portland police, calling for reforms at a rally in the wake of a Multnomah County grand jury's decision not to indict an officer involved in a fatal shooting. Nearly 100 people including religious leaders, former state lawmakers, political candidates and activists gathered on the steps on the downtown Justice Center. They ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Saltzman 'Out of Context' on Sizer's Retirement? Here's the Audio


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I was out of town yesterday reporting on another story. So I just got around to reading the flap about the item in this week's Murmurs about City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Police Chief Rosie Sizer. I reported that Saltzman, who oversees the police bureau, said in an interview that Sizer has said she plans to retire when she's eligible for full benefits in July. Now I read on Jack Bogdanski's ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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

Saltzman to Grand Jury in Campbell Shooting: 'Immediate Action'


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City Commissioner Dan Saltzman just issued a letter to the grand jurors who yesterday strongly criticized the Portland Police Bureau's actions leading up to the fatal shooting Jan. 29 shooting of Aaron Campbell. Saltzman's letter (PDF) tells grand jurors he shares their concerns and vows "immediate action," including a full review of the bureau's training on handling people in crisis "utilizing ...   More
 
Friday, February 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

The Campbell Shooting: Leonard Speaks Up, Will Adams?


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Only Mayor Sam Adams knows why he made the unusual decision to assign the Police Bureau to Commissioner Dan Saltzman rather than over-seeing it himself as nearly every mayor in modern Portland history has done. There's at least one logical reason why Adams might not have wanted the bureau after he won election in 2008. As proven by the furor over the fatal Jan. 29 shooting of Aaron Campbell, ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tracking The Mayor's Attention To Luxury Store's Closure and Officer-Involved Shooting


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As Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman (above) deals with the fallout from the latest officer-involved fatal shooting in Portland, Mayor Sam Adams is bracing Portlanders for the July closure of Saks Fifth Avenue, the downtown luxury retail store. Adams issued a 600-word press release about Saks' closure at 10:48 am today: “The property owners, the Portland Development Commission and I made ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

More Sunshine Week Fun! Read City Hall's Expense Reports! (Updated)


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Quick. Which City of Portland elected official charged $18.90 to his city-issued credit card at Spartacus Leathers on Oct. 29, 2009? A: Commissioner Dan Saltzman B: Commissioner Nick Fish C: Commissioner Randy Leonard D: Mayor Sam Adams Read their recent expense reports* [PDF] plus Commissioner Amanda Fritz's to find the answer. Then head to Berbati's Pan at 9 pm to see Pep Assembly, Bombs ...   More
 
Thursday, March 18, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Read the Redacted Memo. Then Celebrate Sunshine Week!


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What follows is a two-fer! It's a brief explanation of an obscure City of Portland funding stream called the utility license fee and, in a round-about way, it's an example of local government's end-run around transparency. It's just not exactly straightforward. So bear with me. Here goes. Last month, Commissioner Dan Saltzman suggested using Portland's utility license fee to help fund the ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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