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

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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

Multnomah County Cuts Sonia Manhas' Job and Office from the Health Department Budget

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Multnomah County is erasing all traces of Sonia Manhas, the health department employee who had an affair with county chair Jeff Cogen. They both quit, under duress, after Cogen admitted to the affair last summer. Many of the questions that dogged Cogen centered on whether he helped Manhas get promoted to run the health department's office of policy and planning, and why he stepped in to save the office's ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 AARON MESH

Search Warrant Reveals $600,000 May Be Missing From Safety Net Oregon—and the Non-Profit's Director Blames a "Software" Glitch

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Investigators for the Social Security Administration seized computers, personnel and client files, bank records and correspondence when they executed a search warrant March 6 at Safety Net of Oregon, a Portland nonprofit that manages about $1 million in disability and veterans benefits. Search warrant records, obtained by WW from federal court files, reveal federal officials wanted ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Multnomah County Commissioners: We're Done Talking About Jeff Cogen

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The five officials on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners put up a united front tonight: They're no longer discussing former Chairman Jeff Cogen's affair with a county employee."Any remaining questions should be directed to either investigators or the two people responsible for this situation: Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas, neither of whom are county employees anymore," the five commissioners ...   More
 
Monday, November 11, 2013 AARON MESH

Multnomah County's Chief Operating Officer Shifting to Health Department

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The fallout from the Jeff Cogen scandal continues at Multnomah County headquarters. Last week, WW reported that Lillian Shirley, who heads the county health department, leaving to oversee public health for the state. That left the county's largest department leaderless just as state and local officials are rushing to implement the Affordable Healthcare Act. The solution, announced on Friday, is that ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Picking At The Scabs

Laborers’ Local 483 Union Workers say Multnomah County Inmates Are Stealing Their Jobs.


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Union leaders say the city of Portland’s contracts with the county jail and state prisons to perform general jobs amounts to “slave labor” and are stealing union work. “How can you have    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Ethics Commission Rejects County Employee's Complaint Against Jeff Cogen

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A veteran Multnomah County employee has filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission against county Chairman Jeff Cogen for presiding over a board resolution July 25 that called for Cogen's resignation. The resolution came on the heels of revelations that Cogen had carried on a nearly-two-year affair with Sonia Manhas, also a county employee. Details of the affair led Cogen's ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

To Lead or Not to Lead

Commissioner Deborah Kafoury wants Jeff Cogen off the Multnomah county board. Is she willing to go for his job as well?


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Deborah Kafoury won election as fifth-grade class president of Irvington Elementary School in 1977 by deploying a secret weapon: a political button-making machine. “Her mom was an elected of   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

The Real World: Portland

10 people who are living in the city without homes.


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It’s been an eventful month for Portland’s homeless. On July 15, an employee of the Portland Outdoor Store downtown was attacked by a young male who was described by police as a “street ki   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 PETE COTTELL

The 10 Questions Jeff Cogen Refuses to Answer

The county chair cuts a deal with The Oregonian for softball questions only. We declined the same offer.

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This morning's edition of The Oregonian features an exclusive interview with embattled Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen. In the interview Cogen expresses confidence he will be cleared of all wrongdoing in the current criminal investigation into his actions regarding Sonia Manhas, a county employee with whom he had a nearly two-year affair.What you won’t see in the interview are any serious questions ...   More
 
Friday, August 2, 2013 AARON MESH

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