County Settles for $27,500 with Woman Allegedly Beaten in Jail

The newly constituted Multnomah County Board of Commissioners this morning unanimously agreed to pay $27,500 to a woman who alleged she was beaten by jail guards. Tina Phillips was 36 years old and living in Northeast Portland when Portland police pulled her over on Feb. 8, 2008, and cited her for reckless driving and DUII. According to a federal lawsuit (PDF) filed Jan. 13 this year, Phillips ...   More
Thursday, April 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Currie Recruits Familiar Names for County Campaign

Chuck Currie, one of eight candidates vying in the May primary to replace Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen, has recruited two familiar names for his campaign team. Currie announced this morning that Bob Durston, a City Hall veteran who served as chief of staff to Erik Sten when Sten was a city commissioner, will chair Currie's campaign. And Wade Nkrumah, a longtime Oregonian reporter, ...   More
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

MultCo Commissioners Approve Plans for East County Courthouse

After years of delays and missteps, Multnomah County commissioners this morning unanimously approved the design for a new East County Courthouse in Rockwood. "I know this is a building. But it represents more than the stones, bricks and glass we see on paper," said Commissioner Diane McKeel, who represents East County on the five-member board. "It represents commitment to an area left behind ...   More
Thursday, April 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

A Fine Evening at the Aladdin: Candidates Gone Wild

Who knew Multnomah County commission candidate Tom Markgraf once unpacked John Kerry's underwear? Or that his fellow commissioner wannabe, Paul van Orden, once opened for Fugazi? You do, if you attended Candidates Gone Wild last night at the Aladdin Theater. It was the ninth incarnation of the unique political infotainment extravaganza put on by WW, Live Wire and the Bus Project. Once again, ...   More
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

County Candidate's Campaign Office Burglarized

Paul van Orden, one of the eight candidates on the ballot for Multnomah County Commissioner in District #2, got a bad break this morning. On the last weekend before ballots come due this Tuesday, van Orden learned this morning that his campaign office at 421 N. Broadway had been burglarized. But don't leap to a conclusion this was some campaign dirty trick by an opponent in the race. In fact, ...   More
Saturday, May 15, 2010 HANK STERN

Cogen Gives Birth to his First County Budget

New Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen this morning presented his proposed 2010-2011 budget to the board of commissioners, who will now spend a few weeks wrangling with department heads before passing a final spending plan next month. It was the 10th straight year of budget cuts in Multnomah County, due mainly to declining state revenues that pass through the county and Oregon's screwed-up property ...   More
Thursday, May 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

MultCo Sheriff Endorses Loretta Smith for County Commission (Updated with Kafoury for Collymore)

Three days into what's now the general-election race for Multnomah County commissioner, candidate Loretta Smith today picked up an interesting endorsement in her contest against Karol Collymore. Smith today announced she's been endorsed by county Sheriff Dan Staton, who easily beat out corrections Sgt. Mohammad Ra'oof in Tuesday's primary. Staton won the election to finish the rest of former ...   More
Friday, May 21, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Liability in Fatal Police Shooting of Keaton Otis

A Multnomah County grand jury has found no criminal liability in the Portland police's fatal shooting of Keaton Dupree Otis. The May 12 shooting death of the 25-year-old Otis during a traffic stop in the Lloyd District was the third fatal shooting by Portland police this year There have been no criminal indictments in any of those shootings, which has been the case involving every grand jury ...   More
Friday, May 28, 2010 HANK STERN

County Budget Battles: DA Gets Flexibility on Misdemeanors

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners this morning unanimously approved a $392 million general-fund budget that gives District Attorney Mike Schrunk greater flexibility in setting priorities for his office. The dust-up over Schrunk's budget has been the big county story in a year when the county had to cut $5.4 million from its general-fund budget, the 10th straight year of cuts. County ...   More
Thursday, June 10, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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