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

Guns & Hoses: Leonard Explores Arming Water Guards Without State Certification


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Commissioner Randy Leonard's push to arm and certify Portland Water Bureau security guards as Oregon police officers has taken a turn. Five months after WW first disclosed Leonard's proposal, the commissioner is now exploring a plan to arm Water Bureau security personnel under a state law that lets water authorities in Oregon create their own special police officers. Those officers would have ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Saltzman's Defense of Police/Fire Disability Fund Reforms


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Commissioner Dan Saltzman says his push [PDF] to defend the City of Portland's voter-approved reforms around disability pay for firefighters and police officers will come before City Council this week. "We need to take a stand," Saltzman says. That push, which calls for Portland to fight legal challenges such as those from ex-firefighter Tom Hurley, was supposed to have been debated at City ...   More
 
Monday, March 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Dan Saltzman's Newest Campaign Contributors


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A quickie check of Oregon's online campaign finance records shows a nice fresh haul today of $500 donors for Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman in his run against eight challengers. Among the newest $500 donors to the three-term incumbent: Plaid Pantries, Williams & Dame Development (as well as $500 apiece from name partners Homer Williams and Thorndike "Dike" Dame), Local 48 Electricians ...   More
 
Thursday, March 11, 2010 HANK STERN

Bike Plan for 2030: City's 'Hiring Freeze' Is Melting


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On Monday, the City of Portland implemented a new, citywide "hiring freeze" — with one exception. The Portland Police Bureau can fill any vacancies for front-line police officers. Make that two exceptions. Later today on Wednesday morning, the City Council will consider a new funding mechanism for the Bicycle Plan for 2030. That plan from Mayor Sam Adams calls for taking $20 million ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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