City Club of Portland Names Mike Marshall Its New Executive Director

Veteran politico replaces Sam Adams.


The City Club of Portland today named Mike Marshall its new executive director. Marshall takes over City Club after three decades in Democratic politics. He came to Oregon in 2013 to run the campaign for same-sex marriage. When court victories eliminated the need for that campaign, Marshall shifted over to running former Gov. John Kitzhaber's 2014 general-election campaign. "The Board of Governors ...   More
Monday, May 4, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland City Hall: See What Mayor Charlie Hales Pays His Staff


Mayor Charlie Hales made a big show of hiring fewer mayoral staffers than his predecessor, Sam Adams. When Hales took office in 2013, he had just 14 people in his shop, compared to 25 that Adams had on his staff through much of his term. Critics questioned Hales’ move, saying he eventually would be forced to add more people. No way could Hales run a city with just over a dozen aides. Two ...   More
Friday, April 24, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

With Sam Adams Gone, City Club Seeks New Director


With City Club of Portland executive director and former Portland Mayor Sam Adams heading off to Washington, D.C., the city's premier civic organization is looking for a new boss. The job pays between $70,000 and $80,000 and comes with an increasingly valuable perk—a downtown parking spot. City Club holds Friday forums at the Sentinel (formerly known as the Governor) Hotel; generates thorough ...   More
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sam Adams Leaving City Club for Climate Job in Washington D.C.

Adams says he'll retain Oregon residency


Former Mayor Sam Adams is leaving his job as executive director of the Portland City Club after two years to take a job working on climate change in Washington, D.C.Adams announced the change in internal email to the City Club Board of Directors on Monday.Here's that email: From: Sam AdamsDate: Monday, January 12, 2015 11:30 AMSubject: What's Next for Me and a Big Thank You To: ...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jan. 19, 2009: Mayor Sam Adams admits his relationship with Beau Breedlove…

40th Anniversary
For a long time, the political ascent of Sam Adams seemed to have no ceiling.  Adams started as an intern for then-Lane County Commissioner (now Congressman) Peter DeFazio in 1984. He dropp   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sam Adams: Five Stars for Fluoride Backer's Bar

Wilder bar and cafe in Concordia, run by former fluoride booster, opens to a rave from the former mayor


Food & Drink
Willamette Week reported in August that Raquel Luz Bournhonesque, co-director and co-founder of Upstream Public Health—the lobbying group best known for its campaign to fluoridate Portland’s water—planned to open a local-sourced, organic-heavy Northeast Portland bar and cafe called Wilder.Well, it opened up at the end of November at 5501 NE 30th Ave., and Michael Russell over at The ...   More
Friday, December 6, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Headout: Checklist Charlie

On Dec. 6, Mayor Charlie Hales opens his Eastmoreland home to the public. Here’s what we’ll be looking for inside his “graciously decorated” abode.

□ Choo-choo room. Scale model of Portland showing planned streetcars    More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Water Rebels Spurn City Club

They've rejected Portland Utility Review Board, too.


The backers of a ballot initiative to overthrow Portland's water and sewer bureaus aren't just fighting City Hall—they're fighting Portland City Club. And, for that matter, the Portland Utility Review Board.The leaders of the campaign, lawyer Kent Craford and activist Floy Jones, announced in a public letter this morning that they've declined former Mayor Sam Adams' invitation to make their case ...   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Sam Adams Bans Hotel Critic From City Club Debate

UPDATE: City Club debate will now feature dueling national experts


Before he left office at the beginning of this year, former Mayor Sam Adams was a leading proponent of building a 600-room hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center. Despite Adams' repeated efforts to find a way to finance such a hotel, the project foundered during the deep recession that plagued his mayoral term.Now, Adams is the executive director of Portland City Club and critics of the resusitated ...   More
Friday, August 30, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Inbox: Cogen, Adams, Et Al.

Letters to the Editor
[Jeff] Cogen joins [Sam] Adams on a dirty laundry list—from U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood to Congressman David Wu—of Oregon’s politically elite men behaving like tumescent teens. [“Boys Behaving    More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 WW Editorial Staff


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