City Hall: Fritz and Saltzman Push Sewer-Rate Compromise

Mayor Sam Adams is expected to release a "recalibrated" 2010-11 budget very soon. Meantime, Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Amanda Fritz are pushing ahead with a compromise on next year's sewer rates, an as-yet unresolved element of the mayor's proposed budget. This year, as part of a regularly scheduled rate review, the Bureau of Environmental Services asked the mayor to increase ratepayers' ...   More
Monday, May 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Business Alliance to Council: Kill Public Financing Now

Days before City Council is scheduled to consider putting public campaign financing on the November ballot, the Portland Business Alliance has weighed in with a letter (PDF) to Mayor Sam Adams and the rest of the council. The PBA's message in that letter? Stop the 5-year-old public financing program now rather than wait for another election cycle. "In 2005, then-Commissioner Erik Sten led ...   More
Friday, May 21, 2010 HANK STERN

Common Cause vs. Portland Business Alliance

The City Council on Wednesday afternoon will take up a resolution that would put publicly financed elections on Portland's November ballot. The Portland Business Alliance has come out against that idea, prompting an angry reaction from Commissioner Amanda Fritz to the PBA's take. Joining Fritz, the only non-incumbent to win election to council with public financing, in that outrage is Common ...   More
Monday, May 24, 2010 HANK STERN

City Hall Denounces Unjust Arizona Law

Portland City Council this morning approved a resolution calling for U.S. immigration reform and a halt to racial profiling in Arizona in the wake of that state's passage of Senate Bill 1070. The vote this morning was 4-0 because Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who supported the measure, was absent due to illness. Senate Bill 1070 [PDF] became law in Arizona in April. It calls on local law-enforcement ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall Can't Take the Heat; Portland School Board Calls an Executive Session

Portland City Council cancelled its regular morning session today due to the lack of a quorum. Commissioners Randy Leonard and Amanda Fritz, plus Mayor Sam Adams are out today. On the other side of the river, the Portland School Board has called for an executive session tonight [PDF] to discuss labor negotiations and the 2010-11 budget. Under Oregon's Public Meetings Law, members of the media ...   More
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioners Air Labor Dispute

Most of the City of Portland's contracts with its unions expire today, June 30. And as city officials work to settle those contract negotiations, one big-bucks issue bubbled to the surface in City Hall this morning. On the agenda was City Council's tentative agreement with Laborers Local 483. Local 483 is the first City of Portland labor group to reach a settlement, and Local 483's contract ...   More
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Public Campaign Financing Kick-Off Party

The campaign to keep Portland's 2005 "voter-owned elections" kicks off Saturday in North Portland. The location for the 10 am rally is Dawson City Park, at the corner of North Williams Ave and Stanton Street. Rep. Ben Cannon (D-Portland), whom WW recently named the "best politician money cannot buy" will be there. You can bet Commissioner Amanda Fritz will be there as well. Proponents ...   More
Thursday, August 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: One Commissioner Objects to Legal Fees. Guess Who?

Commissioner Amanda Fritz found herself in familiar territory this morning when she was the only member of the five-person City Council to vote against the contract extension for Ball Janik, LLP, the go-to law firm that helped the City of Portland negotiate the terms of its PGE Park deal with Merritt Paulson. That initial contract grew substantially in July 2009 from $100,000 to $225,000. It grew ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Bike Plan for 2030: Pricey City Contract Goes to Bike Plan Advocates

City Council today approved a $214,940 contract with Alta Planning + Design led by Mia Birk, the former City of Portland transportation administrator who recently served as a co-chairwoman of the city's Bicycle Plan for 2030 steering committee. (The vote was 4-0 with Commissioner Dan Saltzman absent.) Don't let the unanimity fool you. Before the vote today, the contract raised questions in ...   More
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Who's Financing the Public Candidate Financing Campaign in Portland

Here's a quick follow-up for those of you who watched our endorsement interview last week with supporters and opponents of public campaign finance in Portland. Fresh fund-raising reports show that proponents of public campaign finance (Measure 26-108) continuing in City Hall elections have raised more than $93,000 in cash, compared to a little over $6,000 in cash collected by opponents. Among ...   More
Monday, October 4, 2010 HANK STERN


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