Major League Soccer Gets Four Votes

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

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

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?

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

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

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

Election 2010: Nick Fish, Jeff Cogen Pull Big Bucks From Nike

Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber, running in the Democratic gubernatorial primary for his old job, isn't the only one getting political donations from Nike. The company also swooshed into Portland politics last week when it gave $2,000 apiece to two candidates who each have little-financed challengers in the May primary. The recipients of the Nike contributions are City Commissioner Nick Fish and Multnomah ...   More
Monday, April 19, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Reaction to Mayor's Decision to Fire Sizer and Replace Saltzman As Police Commissioner

The person everyone wants to hear from, following this morning's major police shakeup, is Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But Saltzman wasn't at City Hall after Mayor Sam Adams announced at noon he was both taking over the Police Bureau (16 months after taking the unusual step for a mayor of assigning it to Saltzman) and firing Chief Rosie Sizer. Meanwhile, one of Saltzman's main opponents in the ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Summer World Cup Events in Portland Parks

The Oregon Sports Authority announced today that two downtown parks will sprout Jumbotrons and host World Cup viewing parties this summer. The other soccer news announced today is that the first World Cup screening will include the Portland Timbers unveiling their new uniform and logo designs for 2011, their first season as a Major League Soccer franchise. The first World Cup screening will ...   More
Thursday, May 20, 2010 Jacob Reingold

Community Members Blast Forest Park Trail Proposal

Disagreement, anger, and passionate discourse dominated tonight's meeting between Commissioner Nick Fish and the citizen advisory committee assigned to make recommendations on how to accommodate mountain bikers in Forest Park. As some mountain bikers collide with one of Portland's most valued natural environments, community members expressed fears about trail-sharing, safety, and preserving ...   More
Monday, June 14, 2010 Hadley Malcolm

City Hall Denounces Unjust Arizona Law

Portland City Council this morning approved a resolution calling for U.S. immigration reform and a halt to racial profiling in Arizona in the wake of that state's passage of Senate Bill 1070. The vote this morning was 4-0 because Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who supported the measure, was absent due to illness. Senate Bill 1070 [PDF] became law in Arizona in April. It calls on local law-enforcement ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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