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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is proposing a massive increase in some of the fees the city charges developers of new homes and commercial buildings. Fritz is proposing an overhaul of the fees   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz Will Seek Third Term


Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz says she will seek a third term on the City Council in 2016. She hadn’t planned to run again but changed her mind after her husband, Dr. Steven Fritz, died in a September car crash on Interstate 5 near Salem. “I was hoping to be able to retire and spend time with my husband,” Fritz tells WW. “I have lots of goals for the city, and ...   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz Says She'll Vote Against Latest Street Fee Proposal

She says City Council should send its plan to voters.


Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed street fee to raise money for Portland road repairs and safety projects may not have enough votes to get out of City Hall. City Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced this afternoon that she will not support Novick's latest proposal for a residential fee, which estimates gas use based on income. She says the new plan places too large a ...   More
Monday, January 5, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

Portland Street Fee Didn't Have Crucial Third Vote: City Commissioner Amanda Fritz


Here's one of the reasons Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick today announced a five-month delay in passing a street fee: Commissioner Amanda Fritz, their crucial third vote, told them she wasn't ready to vote for it.Fritz tells WW she informed Novick and Hales she didn't think their proposal was ready after a contentious May 29 public hearing."After the hearing, it was very ...   More
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 AARON MESH

Former Portland Finance Chief Jack D. Graham Will Sue City for Racial Discrimination


The City of Portland's former finance chief, Jack D. Graham, has filed notice of his intent to sue the city for racial discrimination and defamation.The tort claim filed by Graham this afternoon says Graham intends to individually sue three city commissioners—Nick Fish, Amanda Fritz and Steve Novick—for comments they made about a city investigation into his handling of a money transfer."Even more ...   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 AARON MESH

Fritz Forgives $123,000 Loan to City Hall Campaign

She tells supporters to donate to Jeff Merkley instead.


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz rang in the new year by dropping some campaign debt from the old. Fritz has forgiven $123,418 in loans she made to her own campaign last year. That's a holiday gift to the supporters she'd been asking to reimburse her self-funded election.She had been accepting donations to recoup the money she spent on a hotly contested 2012 race for her City Council seat against former ...   More
Thursday, January 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Hales Wants Right 2 Dream Too in This Old Town Warehouse

UPDATE: Camp likely to reject offer, its lawyer says.


UPDATE, 5:30 pm: The lawyer for homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too says the camp is likely to turn down the warehouse site offered by Mayor Charlie Hales today. "It does not appear that the Hoyt Street option is a viable option," Mark Kramer says. "It would put Right 2 Dream Too out on the street in 15 months."Kramer tells WW he'll meet with the Right 2 Dream Too board tomorrow, but that he still believes ...   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Fritz, Hales Split on Sex Trafficking Funds


Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is breaking away from Mayor Charlie Hales' budget proposals—for the second time this year. The reason is the same: They can't reach an agreement on how much money the city should give to help teenage victims of sex trafficking.Hales' refusal in May to restore $117,000 in funding to help children who have been forced into prostitution on Portland’s streets, ...   More
Friday, November 8, 2013 AARON MESH

Grimm Filming Ignites Flame War... On a Brick Wall

Resident has faith Amanda Fritz will fix the problem


If that pesky earthquake ever hits, it's encouraging to know that comment board trolling isn't limited to the web in Portland.Consider this exchange of ideas, taped to a brick wall at a location we're still trying to identify. According to a thread on Reddit, several city residents recently decided to weigh in on the filming of the NBC TV show Grimm. The popular show, filmed in and set in the city, ...   More
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Inbox: Convention Center Hotel

Letters to the Editor
Metro consultant Tom Hazinski told a City Club audience during a debate Sept. 6 that Portland is different from other cities. “There’s a sense of vibrancy and place other cities have a hard ti   More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 WW Editorial Staff


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