Council Unanimously Approves New Police Oversight Ordinance


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With a 5-0 vote, City Council tonight approved the new ordinance from Commissioner Randy Leonard and Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade on strengthening police oversight. That decision followed more than three hours of impassioned public testimony and came after Police Chief Rosie Sizer voiced some objections to details of the measure, including its call to make the city auditor (rather than ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Hitting Rewind As City Hall Considers Police Oversight


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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

Bike Plan for 2030: New Questions on Sewer Money for Bike Boulevards


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Mayor Sam Adams' decision to take $20 million from the Bureau of Environmental Services to support the Bicycle Plan for 2030 is a done deal; City Council voted 5-0 on March 17 to approve the idea. Now the question is where to spend the money. And if that seems like an easy set of decisions to make, well, that's not the case in Portland. Adams, committed to promoting "equity" in spending across ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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


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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

Adams Promises More Visibility on Police


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


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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

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


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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


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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

Albina Ministerial Alliance Speaks on Chasse Settlement, Last Week's Shooting and the New Chief


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The Albina Ministerial Alliance held a news conference this morning in Northeast Portland's Allen Temple C.M.E. Church to catch up on a busy week of big news dealing with police. The AMA's Coalition for Peace and Justice was formed to push for police reform after the Jan. 29 shooting of Aaron Campbell. In the last week, much has occurred to draw the AMA's attention. First came the announcement ...   More
 
Monday, May 17, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Election Hangover Report


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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

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