Toronto's Take on Mayor Sam Adams

Early reports are in on Mayor Sam Adams' travels to Canada. And if these accounts from Toronto are any indication, Adams—who spoke at a green-building conference—is probably going to feel like he should hit the road more and leave behind his political and personal travails in Portland. The Toronto Star called it a a "shame not a single mayoral candidate showed up for what was ...   More
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 HANK STERN

New Urban Renewal Proposal Includes Waterfront Amphitheater

The lobster antenna that extends from the newly proposed downtown Portland urban-renewal district to the Willamette River offers one example of what city officials and Mayor Sam Adams hope to accomplish with a new district, if City Council approves the idea. Urban-renewal districts take tax increases from defined areas to pay for redevelopment projects for a period of decades. Under state law, ...   More
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

County Chairman Voices Concern over Mayor's Urban Renewal Proposal

A proposal for a new 345-acre urban renewal district running through downtown, Northwest and Southwest Portland has opened another chapter in the ongoing Portland-Multnomah County budget drama. In an email last week to city and county officials, Peter Englander, a Portland Development Commission manager, delivered a message that startled Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen. That message had ...   More
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Sam Adams' Embarrassing High School Memories

Mayor Sam Adams joked he would have two fewer staff members this morning after the "embarrassing" scene that unfolded last night. Adams said members of his staff assembled high school pictures of him for his appearance on Mortified: Live! – an event at which community members share embarrassing tidbits from their past. This edition of Mortified featured Adams and six other speakers. ...   More
Friday, October 8, 2010 Jacob Pierce

Sewer Money for Bikes: Mayor's "Contract Savings" Decline Again

A 5-0 council vote today to increase a City of Portland construction contract by $4 million had an unspoken downside: The additional spending approved today will further diminish the potential "contract savings" in the city's sewer budget that Mayor Sam Adams allocated back in February to the Bicycle Plan for 2030 . This isn't the first time the price tag on the $19 million winning bid for this ...   More
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Promotes "Flexible" Neighborhood Spending

Mayor Sam Adams and Portland city commissioners will meet tomorrow for a budget "retreat" at City Hall. And one topic up for discussion is a real head-scratcher—it's called "flexible neighborhood spending." Unclear about what that means? At least some portion of tomorrow's televised retreat will be devoted just to clarifying the concept. That's because on Tuesday the mayor asked some City ...   More
Thursday, October 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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