Guns & Hoses: Leonard Explores Arming Water Guards Without State Certification


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Commissioner Randy Leonard's push to arm and certify Portland Water Bureau security guards as Oregon police officers has taken a turn. Five months after WW first disclosed Leonard's proposal, the commissioner is now exploring a plan to arm Water Bureau security personnel under a state law that lets water authorities in Oregon create their own special police officers. Those officers would have ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Big Trouble in China: 'Tibet Day' to Threaten Trail Blazer Broadcasts? (UPDATED with Randy Leonard)


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When Commissioner Randy Leonard and the rest of the City Council declared March 10 as Tibet Awareness Day, Leonard says a delegation from the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco suggested there could be economic consequences for Portland. But Leonard and Mayor Sam Adams refused to yield to Chinese pressure and renounce their city proclamation declaring Tibet is independent. Now, a Beijing ...   More
 
Friday, March 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

READ THE EMAIL: One Portlander's Soundoff on City Hall's Tibet Foray


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Here's one Southeast Portland resident's take on the controversial decision by the City Council — led, in this case, by Commissioner Randy Leonard — to declare March 10 as Tibet Awareness Day in Portland. The council's proclamation — which stated outright that Tibet is independent — drew fire from the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco as well as local Chinese leaders. Here's ...   More
 
Friday, March 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Events around City Hall's Tibet Awareness Day


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After a week of controversy over City Commissioner Randy Leonard's push to make today Tibet Awareness Day in Portland, here are the events on the calendar for local Tibetan activists. • 10 a.m. — Raising of the Tibetan flag in front of City Hall, with speeches and prayers for those who died in the 1959 Tibetan uprising. • Noon — March through downtown. • 1:30–2 ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Tibetans Greet Chinese Delegation, Randy Leonard Defends his Proclamation


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Since introducing a City Council proclamation last week recognizing Tibet's struggle for freedom, Commissioner Randy Leonard has heard from quite a few angry parties. The local Chinese business community, Portland's Suzhou sister city committee and the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco have all pressured Leonard over his action. Leonard says the Tibetans warned him the proclamation would ...   More
 
Monday, March 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Bureau of Development Services Asks For $1.5 Million, Now


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Commissioner Randy Leonard's Bureau of Development Services is so broke it's asking for an immediate $1.5 million loan. In a resolution that will go before City Council on Wednesday, the bureau asks for interim funds from Portland's "Bancroft Bond Interest and Sinking Fund," a pot of local improvement district money that topped $15 million at the start of this fiscal year. If approved, the loan ...   More
 
Monday, March 8, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Randy Leonard Compares Some Cop Critics to Teabaggers


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City Commissioner Randy Leonard currently has an ordinance before City Council that would beef up oversight of the Police Bureau. But don't think that ordinance gives Leonard sympathy for the city's most virulent police critics. On those who have described the recent police shooting of Jackie Collins as murder, Leonard had this to say in a WW interview last week: "You just watched the health-care ...   More
 
Monday, March 29, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Council Unanimously Approves New Police Oversight Ordinance


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With a 5-0 vote, City Council tonight approved the new ordinance from Commissioner Randy Leonard and Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade on strengthening police oversight. That decision followed more than three hours of impassioned public testimony and came after Police Chief Rosie Sizer voiced some objections to details of the measure, including its call to make the city auditor (rather than ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Reaction to Mayor's Decision to Fire Sizer and Replace Saltzman As Police Commissioner


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The person everyone wants to hear from, following this morning's major police shakeup, is Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But Saltzman wasn't at City Hall after Mayor Sam Adams announced at noon he was both taking over the Police Bureau (16 months after taking the unusual step for a mayor of assigning it to Saltzman) and firing Chief Rosie Sizer. Meanwhile, one of Saltzman's main opponents in the ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Greek Cusina Owner Sues City of Portland, Randy Leonard (Updated)


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The fall-out from Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard's Housing Interdiction Squad (also known as the "HIT Team") continues. The HIT Team's enforcement actions contributed to the closure of at least two controversial downtown businesses: Cindy's Adult Bookstore and the Greek Cusina. Last November, the owners of Cindy's sued Leonard and the City of Portland. On May 13, Ted Papas, (below) ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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