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Randy’s To-Do List

Five tasks for Portland’s toughest commissioner before he retires from City Hall.


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Love him or hate him, Portland will be a more boring place without City Commissioner Randy Leonard. Leonard’s face would turn scarlet at the comparison, but in his nine-plus years on the City Cou   More
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Hotseat: Charlie Hales

After 10 years, the former commissioner eyes a return to City Hall.


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Too early for 2012 election coverage, you say? Well, the people campaigning to unseat Portland Mayor Sam Adams are already busy raising money and sending out junk mail. It’s widely assumed Adams   More
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 COREY PEIN

Lights! Camera! Coliseum!

A local team wants to turn Memorial Coliseum into movieland. Featuring Sam Adams vs. Rob Cornilles


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Just as City Hall prepares to kick the giant glass box that is Veterans Memorial Coliseum down the road   More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ten For Your Money

What earmarks might Portland’s 2011-12 budget include?


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Mayor Sam Adams is supposed to introduce his proposed city budget this week for the fiscal year that starts July 1.  The majority of Portland’s $391 million discretionary general-fund budget,   More
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Kicked To The Curb

Why green Portland doesn’t recycle food waste citywide yet.


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A pilot program in Portland to collect food waste separately from residential garbage won’t expand to include the entire city this spring as expected. Two new Portland garbage transfer facilities   More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Hose Festival

The City Auditor says spending on unrelated programs may be soaking water and sewer ratepayers.


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A new audit questions recent decisions by the Portland City Council to spend funds collected from water and sewer users on city programs    More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Launch Pad

The Mayor plays “Will it float?” with a proposal to take control of Multnomah County’s River Patrol Unit.


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Late in Mayor Sam Adams’ third annual State of the City address last month, he proposed a change to give Multnomah County extra cash it badly    More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Second Life

Can public campaign finance be revived in Portland?


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Four months after Portland voters killed public financing of political campaigns for city office, a small cadre of supporters is organizing to bring the issue back. They got the OK last month from   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 HENRY STERN

Down On The Corner

Buskers and the city revisit a 15-year-old deal.


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Fifteen years ago, then-Mayor Vera Katz, police, business associations and musicians signed an agreement that dictates when, where and how bucket drummers, fiddlers and human statues    More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL

Don’t Do It

Why Portland shouldn’t rejoin the Joint Terrorism Task Force.


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In 2005, led by then-Mayor Tom Potter, Portland became the only U.S. city to pull out of the Joint Terrorism Task Force over civil-liberties concerns. The City Council should not reverse that deci   More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN
 

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