Fire Union Boss Calls It Quits


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Portland Firefighters Association Local 43 President Ken Burns told his members in a letter [PDF] yesterday that he will not seek re-election to a second term next month. Time has sped by at an alarming rate. I have three boys still at home; two of whom will be out of the house within two years. So many of you have been very supportive and encouraging which has made this a difficult decision, ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Why City Council Will Consider Another Grant To The Rose Festival


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Does Portland's City Council still feel guilty about its duct tape ban for the Rose Festival? We'll find out Wednesday when the council considers a proposed ordinance [PDF] that would give the 2010 Rose Festival a $19,650 grant to help with parade amenities. It would be the third year in a row the Rose Festival received a grant to improve restroom facilities and sidewalk accessibility along ...   More
 
Monday, November 30, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

On City Council's Agenda: Minority Contracting


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The City Council agenda for Wednesday morning will include a discussion led by Commissioner Randy Leonard on the process for awarding city contracts. A resolution (PDF) that Leonard will introduce calls for city bureaus to "include at least one minority evaluator provided by the Alliance of Minority Chambers on all contractor evaluation and selection panels awarding City contracts." The ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Greek Cusina Gone, Owner Says He'll Sue the City


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After a long battle with Portland city officials, the Greek Cusina closed over the weekend. For the past couple of years, City Commissioner Randy Leonard's "HIT Team," which includes representatives of the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue and the Bureau of Development Services, has battled Cusina owner Ted Papas (above) over code violations. After the city slapped liens totaling ...   More
 
Monday, January 4, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

EPA Denies Portland's Request For Open Reservoirs


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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has denied [PDF] the City of Portland's request for a variance that would have allowed the city to keep its open reservoirs at Mt. Tabor and Washington Park. The EPA has recommended instead that the City follow its own plans from last year to build new, enclosed storage facilities. The letter from the feds is stamped Dec. 16, 2009. The Water Bureau ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Guns & Hoses: Saltzman Files Public Records Request on Leonard's Bureau


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Here's an odd event at City Hall: Commissioner Dan Saltzman has filed a public records request for "all written Activity Reports, Dispatched Incidents, and written Security Reports produced by Water Bureau personnel over the past 12 months." That highly unusual move last Friday by a city commissioner followed a meeting the day before between Saltzman and the Water Bureau's director, David Shaff. ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Enters the "Productive Zone" with Paulson


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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

City Council Votes 3-2 To Give Merritt Paulson Green Light on Preliminary Stadium Work


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Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Randy Leonard voted this morning to give Merritt Paulson's company the green light to perform limited construction work at PGE Park -- even without a final financial agreement in place. Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish voted no, with Fish noting that there are 81 issues still in dispute between the city and Paulson. The 3-2 split ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Randy Leonard Vows Fight in 2010 on Police Oversight (with Clarification and Sizer No-Comment)


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City Commissioner Randy Leonard tells WW his No. 1 priority in 2010 will be increasing oversight of discipline in the Portland Police Bureau. Leonard says he's working to bring before the City Council as soon as possible amendments to the city code. Leonard's chief of staff, Ty Kovatch, says Leonard is working with City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade, Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Portland's New Rescue Boat Will Get New Radar System


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Commissioner Dan Saltzman remained mum this morning when City Council approved its consent agenda, which included an update on Commissioner Randy Leonard's plan to buy a high-speed rescue boat. That rescue boat purchase was approved 4-1 last October in response to the death of a 4-year-old boy, who was pushed off the Sellwood Bridge along with his older sister. The girl survived. The mother ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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