Hitting Rewind As City Hall Considers Police Oversight

City Hall is packed tonight as city commissioners and the mayor continue their discussion of the new ordinance to strengthen oversight of Portland Police. We'll have more from City Hall later. Meantime, we're hitting the rewind button and posting excerpts from a press release Mayor Sam Adams put out when he was still a commissioner. Issued in the fall of 2008, it explained why Adams wanted to ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Adams Promises More Visibility on Police

After a briefing from Portland Police earlier today, Mayor Sam Adams said this afternoon he has not reconsidered his decision to hand police management to Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But the mayor does say he will play a higher-profile role on police matters going forward. "I've decided to be more visible," he told WW, two days after the second fatal shooting of a man this year by a Portland ...   More
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Fritz and Saltzman to Push New Recommendations For Police Dealing With Mentally Ill

Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Dan Saltzman will present a new report, possibly as soon as April 7, outlining proposed changes to Portland Police Bureau policy on responding to incidents with mentally ill Portlanders. The work of drafting the recommendations, which will include a pilot program for pairing cops with social workers on service calls that involve people in mental-health crisis, predates ...   More
Thursday, March 25, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Spencer Burton Promises "To Be The Loving Vibration That You Long To Know"

Stonemason Spencer Burton didn't qualify for public financing in his race for City Commissioner Dan Saltzman's seat. But that's not stopping Burton from spreading his of-the-people message across Portland. I ran into Burton yesterday at Kenny & Zuke's in Northwest Portland as Burton was distributing the first of 10,000 newspapers he printed for $1,000 to communicate his platform to Portland ...   More
Thursday, April 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Election 2010: Nick Fish, Jeff Cogen Pull Big Bucks From Nike

Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber, running in the Democratic gubernatorial primary for his old job, isn't the only one getting political donations from Nike. The company also swooshed into Portland politics last week when it gave $2,000 apiece to two candidates who each have little-financed challengers in the May primary. The recipients of the Nike contributions are City Commissioner Nick Fish and Multnomah ...   More
Monday, April 19, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Council Candidate Debate: If Everybody Loves the Portland Beavers, How Come Nobody Watches Them?

At today's City Club debate with city Commissioner Dan Saltzman and candidates Jesse Cornett and Mary Volm, the two challengers went after Saltzman for being the third (and therefore decisive) vote approving Merritt Paulson's proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Portland. The underlying theme of the campaign is that Saltzman, who is seeking his fourth term, has outlived his usefulness. The ...   More
Friday, April 23, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Police Commissioner Gets First New Challenge (UPDATED with Adams comments this morning)

Before nightfall of his first day as Portland's new self-appointed police commissioner, Mayor Sam Adams got his first challenge in the form of a fatal police shooting — the third in less than five months this year. Many details about this shooting will emerge in the coming days as they did with the deaths of Aaron Campbell and Jackie Collins. New police chief Mike Reese —appointed ...   More
Thursday, May 13, 2010 HANK STERN

Election Hangover Report

We're just staggering back to life here at WW after a post-election soiree at nearby Joe's Cellar that lasted into the wee hours. But I'd hate to deprive anybody about the insightful analysis we shared over a few pitchers, so here are some highlights as we pored over the local and state numbers: 1) There was general surprise that Washington County Commissioner Andy Duyck won the county chairman's ...   More
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 HANK STERN

Saltzman, Collymore and Cogen Celebrate at Curious Comedy

The photo above shows Karol Collymore checking the preliminary results of the primary vote. After initial results came in showing Collymore with 34 percent of the vote and in first place in an eight-candidate field in the race for Multnomah County commission, Collymore wasn't quite ready for an interview. "I'm going to wait for my legs to work again," said Collymore, who now advances to the ...   More
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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


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