Read the Letter: Sister of Man Killed in Police Shooting Asks Adams Not to Promote Officer


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As reported in this week's Murmurs, the sister of a man shot to death by a Portland cop in 2005 is now asking Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese not to promote the officer involved in the shooting. Officer Leo Besner tops the Police Bureau's list of officers to promote to sergeant. But Bobbie Jo Foster of Sammamish, Wash., argues in her Nov. 30 letter (PDF) that Besner has a history ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Mayor Says PDC Director Bruce Warner Will Step Down


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Mayor Sam Adams notified his tweeps this morning the Portland Development Commission Executive Director Bruce Warner will retire, effective April 2011. Here's that tweet: Warner, Ex Dir of @PdxDevelopment Commission, announces retirement; he will stay on until 4/1/11 http://bit.ly/gOF5OW Warner took over leadership of the city's urban renewal agency in June 2005, having previously led the ...   More
 
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

After Last-Minute Plea From Dead Man's Friend, Adams Seems to Indicate Controversial Cop Will Be Promoted (Updated)


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After a last-minute intervention in Portland Mayor Sam Adams' office by a friend of a man fatally shot in 2005 by Portland Police Officer Leo Besner, it appears Besner will be promoted today to sergeant. (Update 1:23 pm: Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson confirms Besner was promoted in a ceremony this morning.) Besner is atop the Police Bureau's list of candidates for sergeant. The city ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Chief of Staff's Promotion Comes with Big Raise


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Tom Miller, Mayor Sam Adams' new pick to replace Sue Keil as the director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, will get a hefty raise this month along with a new job title. As the mayor's chief of staff, Miller earned just under $100,000 in 2010. Today the Bureau of Human Resources reports Miller will earn $150,000 as the new transportation director under Adams. That's $30,000 more than ...   More
 
Friday, January 7, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mental Health Funding and the Mayor's 2011 State of the City Speech

Mental Health

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Mayor Sam Adams' annual state-of-the-city address takes place on Feb. 18, less than a month from now. And if you're wondering what the mayor may highlight at the City Club of Portland event, let us help narrow the field. Mental health won't be the only topic the mayor discusses, but it will be on his list. Last year, Portland's 2010-11 budget offered a relatively modest allocation of $540,000 ...   More
 
Friday, January 21, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

After Last-Minute Plea From Dead Man’s Friend, Adams Seems to Indicate Controversial Cop Will Be Promoted (Updated)


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  After a last-minute intervention in Portland Mayor Sam Adams‘ office by a friend of a man fatally shot in 2005 by Portland Police Officer Leo Besner, it appears Besner will be promoted today to sergeant. (Update 1:23 pm: Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson confirms Besner was promoted in a ceremony this morning.) Besner is atop the Police Bureau’s list of candidates ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Mayor Issues Draft Plan on Joint Terrorism Task Force


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  Two weeks after federal law enforcement officials said they foiled a terrorist attack in downtown Portland, Mayor Sam Adams has responded to calls for re-evaluating Portland’s relationship with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2005, the City of Portland withdrew from the task force, and Adams, then a city commissioner, supported that move. His 2010 plan, released ...   More
 
Friday, December 10, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Saks Fifth Avenue Closing


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In a statement released this morning, Mayor Sam Adams announced the impending closure of the downtown Portland Saks Fifth Avenue stores. The men's store will close on April 25, 2010, and the main store will close by July 31, 2010. Over the past year, Mayor Adams and Portland Development Commission Chair Scott Andrews met with the owners of Pioneer Place and Saks CEO Steve Sadove in an effort to ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Retail Therapist

Paulson to Portland: Read My Lip$


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Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Beavers and Timbers, wants the City of Portland to spend $85 million to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer and to build his Beavers a new ballpark. That's a pretty big ask in the best of times, which these are not. And Paulson, the son of U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, is anything but another thinly-financed wannabe looking to leverage ...   More
 
Saturday, November 8, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

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