JTTF: WTF?


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Last week, Mayor Sam Adams canceled for the third time a hearing on whether Portland should rejoin the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.  And so far, Commissioner Randy Leonard is the only p   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

How Mayor Sam Adams Blows Off Steam

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Monday, March 14, 2011 HANK STERN

Portland School District Pens New Contract to Evaluate Sale of Headquarters

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Portland Public Schools plans to ink its own contract to study the possible sale of the school district's headquarters, a site Mayor Sam Adams wants to consider for his massive Rose Quarter redevelopment plans. On Monday night, the Portland School Board will consider that new $25,000 contract with Macadam Forbes, Inc., a commercial real estate firm, to evaluate "district options on selling or leasing" ...   More
 
Friday, March 11, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Council Votes 4-1 to Borrow Funds for Computer Upgrade

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

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When City Council voted 4-1 yesterday to approve a funding plan to pay for computer upgrades at the Bureau of Development Services, Commissioner Amanda Fritz was the lone "no" vote. No surprise there—it's a position she's found herself in before, but the plan and its back story combine for a more interesting tale.The computer upgrading plan—to borrow $6.6 million secured by the city's general fund—comes ...   More
 
Thursday, March 10, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mayor Vows to "Review" Display of Neil Goldschmidt Photo

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After listening to a rousing one-hour presentation at City Hall devoted to the arts in Portland, Mayor Sam Adams this morning turned his attention to one troubling piece of public art in the city: the photo of former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt that still hangs in the entryway to the mayor's office. While Portland's mayor from 1973 to 1979, Goldschmidt sexually abused a minor named Elizabeth Dunham. Dunham ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

No Joint Terrorism Task Force Hearing This Thursday

Mayor Sam Adams

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The wait will go on for City Council to decide whether Portland police should rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.Mayor Sam Adams said today that there's not a draft proposed agreement yet ready between the city and the feds, so there will be no council hearing this Thursday, March 10 to take more public testimony on rejoining the JTTF .Adams said in a news release (PDF) that he, the council ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 HANK STERN

City Hall: Commissioner Fritz Pushes National Search for New Director

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

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Commissioner Amanda Fritz on Friday briefed reporters on the new initiative she'll spearhead in the coming months: Mayor Sam Adams' recently proposed Office of Equity. Fritz, a longtime neighborhood activist before she joined the City Council in January 2009, will oversee the new office, which is expected to merge with the three-year-old Office of Human Relations. Adams announced the new office just ...   More
 
Monday, March 7, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mayor Reassigns Troubled Bureau


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Mayor Sam Adams announced today he had reassigned oversight of two city bureaus, the Office of Cable and Franchise Management and the Bureau of Development Services, to Commissioner Dan Saltzman.The move continues a City Hall tradition that Saltzman knows well. Since first taking office in 1999, Saltzman has taken the helm at many troubled bureaus. The Bureau of Development Services is only the latest. ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City of Portland and School District Enter $5 Million Agreement

Portland School Board

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This week, the Portland School Board and the Portland City Council are poised to sign a memorandum of understanding that commits $5 million of the district's proposed $548 million construction bond to transportation improvements around several schools should Portland voters approve the school district's new tax levy in May.That agreement, set for a vote at the School Board tonight and at City Council ...   More
 
Monday, February 28, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

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