Portland Enters the "Productive Zone" with Paulson

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

Merritt Paulson Makes The Rounds At City Hall

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

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

City Hall: Fritz and Saltzman to Push New Recommendations For Police Dealing With Mentally Ill

Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Dan Saltzman will present a new report, possibly as soon as April 7, outlining proposed changes to Portland Police Bureau policy on responding to incidents with mentally ill Portlanders. The work of drafting the recommendations, which will include a pilot program for pairing cops with social workers on service calls that involve people in mental-health crisis, predates ...   More
Thursday, March 25, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall Protesters Demand More Housing Money. Fritz Laments There Isn't Any.

Speaking to a crowd of about 50 protesters outside City Hall demanding safe and affordable housing, city Commissioner Amanda Fritz said this afternoon there simply wasn't enough money in the budget to do everything the demonstrators want. "The sad fact is, there isn't any money," Fritz said in response to protesters' call to restore money for the city's neighborhood inspections program and for ...   More
Thursday, April 22, 2010 Peter Griffin

City Hall: Fritz and Saltzman Push Sewer-Rate Compromise

Mayor Sam Adams is expected to release a "recalibrated" 2010-11 budget very soon. Meantime, Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Amanda Fritz are pushing ahead with a compromise on next year's sewer rates, an as-yet unresolved element of the mayor's proposed budget. This year, as part of a regularly scheduled rate review, the Bureau of Environmental Services asked the mayor to increase ratepayers' ...   More
Monday, May 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Common Cause vs. Portland Business Alliance

The City Council on Wednesday afternoon will take up a resolution that would put publicly financed elections on Portland's November ballot. The Portland Business Alliance has come out against that idea, prompting an angry reaction from Commissioner Amanda Fritz to the PBA's take. Joining Fritz, the only non-incumbent to win election to council with public financing, in that outrage is Common ...   More
Monday, May 24, 2010 HANK STERN

Portland Business Alliance to Council: Kill Public Financing Now

Days before City Council is scheduled to consider putting public campaign financing on the November ballot, the Portland Business Alliance has weighed in with a letter (PDF) to Mayor Sam Adams and the rest of the council. The PBA's message in that letter? Stop the 5-year-old public financing program now rather than wait for another election cycle. "In 2005, then-Commissioner Erik Sten led ...   More
Friday, May 21, 2010 HANK STERN

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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