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

Protesters Rally Against Portland's Participation in the JTTF

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Despite the cancellation of today’s City Council hearing on whether Portland should rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force, about 70 protesters still turned out at City Hall this afternoon to oppose the city’s participation in the JTTF. Chanting “No secrets, no spies, we want our civil rights” and carrying signs reading “Stop FBI Harassment,” protesters said participation in the ...   More
 
Thursday, March 10, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Blumenauer Dodges City Club Question on Whether He'll Run for Mayor

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 U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), often mentioned as a possible candidate to challenge Portland Mayor Sam Adams in 2012, dodged a question today at the City Club of Portland on whether he plans to run. Instead of answering the question from a City Club member on whether he's considering a mayoral run, Blumenauer launched into a diatribe against the "corrosive" effects of nonstop political campaigns."This ...   More
 
Friday, February 25, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Read the Document: Adams' Proposed New Urban Renewal Boundaries and Costs

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 WW has obtained a copy of a three-page information sheet detailing a new urban-renewal district proposed by Portland Mayor Sam Adams at his State of the City speech last Friday.The information sheet (PDF) includes a map of the proposed 31-year, 130-acre district centered around Portland State University. Unlike a much larger and highly gerrymandered new district previously floated by Adams, the ...   More
 
Thursday, February 24, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Obama Visits Oregon Next Week

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 This afternoon President Obama's office announced he will come to Oregon next week to talk about education during a visit to Intel in Hillsboro. And that visit creates two interesting local questions for political obsessives about whether a couple elected officials will be around to greet the president on Friday, Feb. 18.One of the questions stems from when Obama last came to Oregon in October ...   More
 
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