Charlie Hales Takes a Shot at Mayor Adams

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In our lengthy interview with Mayoral Candidate Charlie Hales, the subject of hiring bureau chiefs came up.  Without mentioning any names, Hales fired a shot at Mayor Sam Adams' January promotion of his chief of staff Tom Miller, to become the head of the Portland Bureau of Transportation.  The $150,000 job involves the management of 700 people and Hales thinks that the lack of a search process ...   More
 
Saturday, July 2, 2011

Many Questions Remain After Press Conference for Police Shotgun Shooting

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After a Friday afternoon press conference with Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese, plenty remains unclear about why a Central Precinct officer on Thursday shot a 20-year-old man with a gun that under police rules should never carry lethal ammunition. Police bureau managers suggested Officer Dane Reister violated several safeguards when he fired four live rounds from a bright-orange shotgun ...   More
 
Friday, July 1, 2011 COREY PAUL

Mayor Sam Adams' Delay Prompts Multnomah County Sheriff to Close the File on River Patrol Plan (Updated With Adams' Response)

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After waiting more than three months to hear back from Mayor Sam Adams about Adams' own plan to have Portland take over river-patrol duties, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton on Tuesday sent Adams a stinging letter calling the matter "closed.""Unfortunately, even after numerous attempts by my staff to contact your office over the last three months, we have been unable to further the inquiry or come ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Feds Announce 'Collaborative' Investigation Of Portland Police Bureau

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent one of his top deputies to Portland on Wednesday to announce a review of the Portland Police Bureau, aimed at determining whether police officers have exhibited a pattern of civil rights abuses. The review is a part of the Obama Justice Department's renewed pursuit of civil rights cases following years of neglect during the George W. Bush years—and ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 COREY PEIN

The Next Election: Cogen Eyes the Mayor's Office

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While ballots are still being counted in Tuesday's election, one high-profile local politician is already looking to the future.Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen told WW earlier this week that he was waiting until after the election to begin seriously exploring whether to run for Portland mayor in 2012. Besides running the county, Cogen had also been working on the campaign to pass the Portland Public ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Winners and Losers in Adams' Proposed Budget

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Last week's print edition of WW looked at 10 earmarks Mayor Sam Adams and city commissioners wanted in the mayor's upcoming budget. Today Adams unveiled his $400-plus million spending proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Here are the winners and losers from among the 10 groups we highlighted last week.Winners:Oregon Food Bank: Adams upped Commissioner Randy Leonard's $75,000 request for ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioners Leonard, Saltzman and Fritz Brawl over Fire Vehicles

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A seemingly mundane discussion today at Portland City Hall about bonds related to a $72.4 million fire-equipment measure morphed into a verbal tussle over the planned purchase of four emergency vehicles.Those four emergency vehicles were part of the ballot measure that city voters narrowly approved last year to beef up emergency-response infrastructure in Portland. But, as Commissioners Amanda Fritz ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portlanders for Schools Cross $500,000 Mark

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Portlanders for Schools, the campaign fund for both Portland Public Schools' $548 million construction bond and its $57 million-a-year operating levy, recently crossed the half-million mark in fund-raising.To date, the group has raised just over $577,ooo for the two tax-increase measures on the May ballot.Among the top donors in recent weeks: Walsh Construction gave $12,500, for a total now of $25,000; ...   More
 
Thursday, March 24, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Adams' River Patrol Proposal: Deputies Union is Opposed

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Last week we blogged about the Oregon State Marine Board boss's skepticism regarding Portland Mayor Sam Adams' proposal to save Multnomah County money by taking over the river patrol.Now we can add one more naysayer to the plan: Detective Todd Shanks, head of the Multnomah County Deputy Sheriffs Association.Shanks says his 90-member union—which is heavily influential in sheriff's elections with its ...   More
 
Monday, March 21, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Adams' River Patrol Proposal: Sheriff Mum, State Marine Board Deeply Skeptical

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In his State of the City speech last month, Portland Mayor Sam Adams took Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton by surprise when Adams proposed that the city take over the sheriff's duty of providing law enforcement on local waterways.Adams said that by absorbing river-patrol costs (currently $1.8 million, according to city estimates), the city would let the county invest that money in cash-starved mental-health ...   More
 
Friday, March 18, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

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