Civilian Oversight, Minorities and Crime Solving: Excerpts from the Police Bureau Budget

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If you're like 60 percent of Portlanders, you feel safe walking in your neighborhood at night. And if you're like 87 percent of Portland cops, you're white.Those are two of the more interesting statistics to come out of the proposed police bureau budget released by the City of Portland this week.We'll have a piece in tomorrow's WW with a look at proposed new spending by the Police Bureau as well as ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Five Take-Aways from Cogen's State of the County Speech

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Delivering his first State of the County speech to the City Club of Portland, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen left us with these five impressions:1. As usual at City Club events, the audience of mostly progressive and aging Portlanders left the most pressing question of the moment unasked. No one followed up previous media inquiries by putting Cogen on the spot with questions about his political ...   More
 
Friday, February 4, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Police Bureau Considers Flashlights with Built-In Pepper Spray

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The Portland Police Bureau is researching the acquisition of new weapons in its effort to tamp down the number of fatal officer-involved shootings in Portland, according to a budget proposal. And one of the tools the bureau wants to consider is the so-called TigerLight, a flashlight that contains a stealth pepper-spray canister that can "drop a 250 pound man to his knees," according to the maker of ...   More
 
Friday, February 4, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

All Kinds of Awkward: Sam Adams at MultCo for the Sellwood Bridge

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Observers at Multnomah County headquarters this morning witnessed a remarkable scene, as officials who have been feuding publicly for months over funding a new Sellwood Bridge met to congratulate one another over finally reaching an agreement.For a few minutes, the players managed to bury their mutual mistrust and make nice in a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination.First to deliver his lines was ...   More
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

NW Examiner Smokes Out Critic


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 Anybody who has ever wondered about the identity of an anonymous blog commenter will enjoy the current edition [PDF] of the NW Examiner, the scrappy neighborhood paper that covers Northwest Portland.The Examiner's Allan Classen and Mike Ryerson figured out that a Portland real estate executive named Brian Owendoff was making nice to Mayor Sam Adams in public and then using the veil of anonymity ...   More
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Election Fallout: Cogen's Choice to Run Against Adams Now More Difficult


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Anyone handicapping the 2012 Portland mayor's race—as we did in our print edition this week—should note one down-ballot result from the just-concluded 2010 election that could play a crucial role in one potential candidate's decision to run. Multnomah County voters soundly defeated Measure 26-110, with 62 percent voting against it. If that proposed change to the county charter had ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Adams on Illegal Guns: 'The City Has Sat on Its Hands and Ignored It'


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Mayor Sam Adams this morning vigorously defended his controversial proposal to crack down on illegal guns, telling WW it will not detract from other efforts to fight gang violence in Portland. Adams said the city has invested millions in gang outreach efforts in the last two decades but has done very little to eradicate the illegal guns used to perpetrate gang violence. "When you look back ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Mayor Adams Highlights Greek Cusina Building's New Start


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No downtown Portland building attracted more controversy over the past couple of years than the structure at Southwest 4th and Washington that formerly housed the Greek Cusina. After a long battle with City Commissioner Randy Leonard's Housing Interdiction Team, Greek Cusina owner Ted Papas closed his restaurant last January and lost his building to foreclosure. In May, a group called Asia ...   More
 
Thursday, November 18, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Adams' Gun Plan Meets With a Mixed Reception at City Hall Hearing


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Mayor Sam Adams' plan addressing illegal guns got a mixed reception from the public during a crowded City Hall hearing today. But at least two city commissioners indicated they would support the ordinance when it comes up for a vote next month, providing Adams the majority he needs. Adams' proposed ordinance would penalize gun owners who endanger children or fail to report stolen guns. It would ...   More
 
Thursday, November 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Read the Letter: Sister of Man Killed in Police Shooting Asks Adams Not to Promote Officer


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As reported in this week's Murmurs, the sister of a man shot to death by a Portland cop in 2005 is now asking Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese not to promote the officer involved in the shooting. Officer Leo Besner tops the Police Bureau's list of officers to promote to sergeant. But Bobbie Jo Foster of Sammamish, Wash., argues in her Nov. 30 letter (PDF) that Besner has a history ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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