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

Stalking Saltzman: Candidate Jesse Cornett's Plan for the Police


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In an interview with WW last month, Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman said he doesn't have any "specific plans" for how to reform the Portland Police Bureau or improve community trust in the cops. But one of his opponents in the May election sure does. City Council candidate Jesse Cornett today rolled out a six-point plan to reform the Police Bureau. Cornett's plan calls for changes in ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Bike Plan for 2030: New Questions on Sewer Money for Bike Boulevards


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Mayor Sam Adams' decision to take $20 million from the Bureau of Environmental Services to support the Bicycle Plan for 2030 is a done deal; City Council voted 5-0 on March 17 to approve the idea. Now the question is where to spend the money. And if that seems like an easy set of decisions to make, well, that's not the case in Portland. Adams, committed to promoting "equity" in spending across ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Saltzman Puts Chasse Cop on Desk Duty after Road Rage Case


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Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman tells WW he and Chief Rosie Sizer decided today to take Sgt. Kyle Nice off the street following a recent off-duty road-rage incident in Washington County. Nice — one of the cops involved in the 2006 death of James Chasse Jr. in police custody — is currently on paid leave pending an internal Portland police investigation of the road-rage incident. ...   More
 
Monday, April 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

After Road Rage, Saltzman May Take Chasse Cop Off Street


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After Portland Police Sgt. Kyle Nice's reported road-rage incident last weekend, Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman may take Nice off the street. "I am considering it," Saltzman said this morning in a WW endorsement interview. Saltzman said he has spoken with Chief Rosie Sizer about the matter and is scheduled to do so again today. He says he will make a decision by Monday. Saltzman also ...   More
 
Friday, April 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Council Unanimously Approves New Police Oversight Ordinance


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With a 5-0 vote, City Council tonight approved the new ordinance from Commissioner Randy Leonard and Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade on strengthening police oversight. That decision followed more than three hours of impassioned public testimony and came after Police Chief Rosie Sizer voiced some objections to details of the measure, including its call to make the city auditor (rather than ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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