Metro's Burkholder Signs On To Soda Tax Campaign, Proposes Another Use Of Funds


Supporters of a proposed ballot measure that would place a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-added drinks sold in Multnomah County have added another use for the expected $35 million in revenue: Outdoor School.The proposed measure, spearheaded by Portland physician Gregg Coodley, would funnel tax proceeds through Multnomah County to pay for after-school and P.E. programs administered by school districts, ...   More
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Burkholder Cleared of Elections Violation


Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder won't have to pay a fine for a false statement in his 2010 Voters' Pamphlet statement.That's because Burkholder prevailed recently in his arguments before an administrative law judge that the statement appeared without his knowledge.The issue arose during the 2010 primary election for the Metro council president's position. During that race, in which Burkholder ultimately ...   More
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland-Vancouver Will Try Again to Host 2012 Presidential Debate


It's the year before a presidential election, and supporters of bringing a presidential debate to Portland are trying again for 2012.Similar efforts have failed before. But project manager Mark Kirchmeier says debate organizers have met with officials at the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission and Oregon Convention Center to discuss details on submitting an application to the U.S. Commission ...   More
Friday, January 28, 2011 HANK STERN

Tom Hughes Establishes A Road Map for Future Candidates

There are at least a couple of interesting lessons in Tom Hughes' narrow victory over Bob Stacey in the Metro Council president's race. That victory, finally decided on Nov. 11, ended up with a difference of less than one percentage point—about 1,000 votes out of nearly 400,000 counted. As noted earlier, the unusually high number of write-in votes far exceeded Hughes' margin of victory. Here ...   More
Monday, November 15, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 HANK STERN

Metro Councillors Move to Oust MERC Boss

Two members of the seven-person Metro Council have joined Council President David Bragdon in a move to take firmer control of the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission, which is part of Metro. The commission has a $40 million budget, owns assets worth $500 million and has an independent board. But that last fact—the independent board—is where the current conflict lies. Although ...   More
Friday, June 5, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Council President Race: Bob Stacey Officially In

Our previous reports that 1000 Friends of Oregon executive director Bob Stacey was considering a run for the $114,000-per-year Metro Council President's job next year have advanced a step. Stacey made his candidacy official last week, when he quietly filed a committee with the Secretary of State, as candidates are required to do. The job, which entails heading an agency responsible for land ...   More
Thursday, July 9, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. Jackie Dingfelder Says No Thanks to A Metro Run in 2010

Scratch state Sen. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland) from the list of candidates next year for Metro Council president. Dingfelder, who said in May during the legislative session that people had approached her about running, says she has now decided against it because she likes being in the majority party in the Legislature where she is chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources ...   More
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 HANK STERN

Tom Hughes Enters Metro Prez Race

Former Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes told WW today that he is entering the Metro Council President's race. Hughes, a 66-year-old retired school teacher, served two terms as Hillsboro mayor. He finished his service in January 2009 and is currently employed as a lobbyist at the Tonkon Torp law firm. "I won't do an official announcement until the new year, but I'm in the race," says Hughes, who ...   More
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon League of Conservation Voters Endorses in the Metro Prez Race

No, we are not going to report every endorsement handed out this election season. But the Oregon League of Conservation Voters carries weight in the Metro race, since many of those who follow the regional government are environmentally conscious. And, OLCV is clearly looking to raise its profile after the hiring last October of Jon Isaacs, who formerly ran FuturePac —the Oregon House Democrats ...   More
Thursday, January 14, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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