Jim Francesconi Has A New Job


Former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi has a new job—he's the vice president of public policy for Moda Health.Francesconi, who served as a city commissioner from 1997 to 2005, attempted a political comeback this year, running against Deborah Kafoury for the vacant Multnomah County chair's position. Kafoury defeated him handily in the May primary. Following that defeat, Francesconi, then a partner ...   More
Friday, December 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Multnomah County, AFSCME Agree on $15 Minimum Wage


Multnomah County and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have reached a tentative agreement raising the lowest-paid county employees pay to $15 per hour by July 2016. The deal still needs to be approved by AFSCME members and by the five-member county commission. "We understand that by doing this we are setting the bar," County Chair Deborah Kafoury tells WW. "Multnomah ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2014 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Deborah Kafoury Wins County Chair Race

"This time, I'm really done," Jim Francesconi says.


Former Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury will get the promotion she’s been asking for.Voters elected Kafoury as county chair Tuesday night. Early results show her leading former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi 65 percent to 18 percent. Four other candidates split the remaining vote.Kafoury will fill out the remaining term this year for ex-chair Jeff Cogen, who resigned last year in ...   More
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 WW Staff

New Voters Have Until 5 pm Today to Register for May 20 Primary


The May 20 primary will determine who will vie for the U.S. Senate, governor of Oregon, and whether Portland's water remains in the hands of City Hall. The election could also determine who will take over as chair of Multnomah County, Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.If you want a voice in those decisions, and you're not registered to vote, you have until 5 p.m. today to register at the Multnomah ...   More
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Back to the Garden

Multnomah County’s farmer tends the fields as his job is targeted for cropping.

News Stories
Jerry Hunter wants to get rid of the rabbits.  They come in waves at the Multnomah County CROPS Farm, across from McMenamins Edgefield, to gnaw the tops of the broccoli, carrots and cabbage   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH

One Question: Would You Cut Business Taxes?

It’s a perennial query that politicians running for office face, and we tracked down the answers from the leading candidates for Multnomah County chair, Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.    More
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: County Programs to Fund and Functions to Cut

OK, this week it’s actually two questions for the leading candidates in the May 20 primary election for Multnomah County chair. But the questions to Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury are close   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Great Race

This spring, voters will choose between two seasoned politicos who want to rehab Multnomah County’s scandal-plagued brand.

Cover Story
Multnomah County government is like plumbing: essential but only noticed when there’s a mess. The most recent pipe break occurred last summer, when the tawdry personal life of then-Multnomah C   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

To Win Union Endorsements, Jim Francesconi Made Big Promises


Former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi and former county commissioner Deborah Kafoury are competing in the May 20 primary to be the next chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.Both are experienced politicians with strong lists of supporters but Francesconi has claimed an advantage in one key area—support from public employees.Francesconi won key endorsements from two public employee ...   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS


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