First Item on Hales' Agenda: Bike Projects

Portland Ranked #1 for Number of Bicycle Commuters

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Let's play a guessing game. What is the first transportation item on Mayor-elect Charlie Hales' agenda the day of his swearing in?A. $4 million in grants for more "bikeway improvements" fashioned by outgoing Mayor Sam Adams.B. Gathering state money for paving sidewalks east of Interstate 205. The answer, of course, is both. The Jan. 2 City Council agenda includes one transportation item offered by ...   More
 
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Metro Pushes Headquarters Hotel Decision Back

Decision another blow for Mayor Adams

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The Metro Council had been scheduled to vote on a pending proposal to develop a hotel next to the Oregon Convention center next month but as Metro's in-house news reporter Nick Christensen wrote this afternoon that is not going to happen.The long-planned, on-again off-again 600-room project has been a top priority for Metro Council President Tom Hughes and for Mayor Sam Adams. It's the second delay ...   More
 
Thursday, November 29, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

At Hales' Victory Party, Well Wishers and A Tool Belt for the Work Ahead

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Before the line of well-wishers began giving him hugs, before any results were announced, Portland Mayor-elect Charlie Hales had scheduled a meeting with outgoing Mayor Sam Adams. "I'll be meeting with the mayor tomorrow at 1:30," Hales told WW shortly before 8 pm at his election-night party at Holocene.Minutes later, the first wave of election results showing Hales' decisive victory over Rep. Jefferson ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 AARON MESH

Portland Police, U.S. Department of Justice, Release Agreement on Mental Health Reforms

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The U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Portland released a settlement agreement Friday on changes the city must make in order to stay out of court, in the wake of the DOJ’s findings that police have a pattern of using excessive force against the mentally ill.The agreement ramps up both internal and external supervision of the department, expands police crisis training and response and further ...   More
 
Friday, October 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

What The Hell is a "Fork to the City"?

And How Do You Get One?

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Two Portland chefs have made high-profile appearances on reality television cooking shows lately—first Beast's Naomi Pomeroy, who is currently competing on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, and Sunday night, Paley's Place chef Vitaly Paley appeared as a challenger on the Food Network's Iron Chef America.At the respective local premieres of each show, the City of Portland (Pomeroy got an appearance from Mayor ...   More
 
Monday, April 18, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Portland Rehires Officer Frashour, Who's On Paid Leave While City Fights His Reinstatement

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In a short statement released late this afternoon, Mayor Sam Adams says that the city has reinstated fired police officer Ron Frashour—and now has him on paid administrative leave.The move comes following a ruling by the state Employment Relations Board ordering Portland to rehire Frashour—who was fired after he shot and killed unarmed 25-year-old Aaron Campbell in the back in 2010. The city must ...   More
 
Friday, October 19, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Sam Adams Drops Sustainability Center

"I don’t have the votes."

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 Mayor Sam Adams announced this afternoon that he will stop pursuing the Oregon Sustainability Center—even though he secured a private tenant last month in a late-stage effort to salvage his pet project. Adams said in a statement that he doesn't have enough City Council support for the green tower, the tallest in the world without a carbon footprint."At the request of my City Council colleagues, ...   More
 
Friday, October 5, 2012 AARON MESH

Police Union Says Adams Has Vendetta Against Frashour

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Mayor Sam Adams' determination to to keep fired Portland Police Officer Ronald Frashour off the force is "to justify his tenure as police commissioner," Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner said Tuesday morning in a press conference."[Adams] has turned this into his personal vendetta," Turner said. He said the mayor is conducting a "politically motivated witch hunt" and "using taxpayer ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Sustainability Center Has Private Partner

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One of Mayor Sam Adams’ pet projects, the Oregon Sustainability Center, is back on the table—this time with a private tenant. The proposed $62 million, eight-story building is supposed to be the world’s tallest without a carbon footprint. But it’s been criticized as a waste of money. And lawmakers earlier this year refused to authorize state bonds to help finance it. City officials, including ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 AARON MESH

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