Water District Campaign Announces Ballot Initiative, Targets Nick Fish

UPDATE: Fritz, Novick trash plan for independently elected board


City Commissioner Nick Fish will have to run two races in May 2014. And they'll both be about water.A coalition of water activists and large ratepayers confirmed this morning it is filing a ballot initiative for the May 17, 2014 election to create an independently elected board called the Portland Public Water District, to grab political control of the city's water and sewer bureaus in an effort to ...   More
Thursday, July 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Activists Ready to Launch Ballot Initiative for Portland Public Water District


Activists are aiming to put the Portland water wars back on the ballot—this time with the goal of wresting control of the water and sewer bureaus from City Hall.A coalition of water activists and utility ratepayers say they'll officially announce Thursday morning what has been expected for months: They are collecting signatures for a May 2014 ballot initiative to create a "Portland Public Water District," ...   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 AARON MESH

Sam Adams' 10 Best Tweets of the E. Coli Scare

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In last Wednesday's cover story on Mayor Sam Adams' finest moments, Corey Pein pointed out that the mayor's copious use of Twitter allows him to keep connected to the day-to-day concerns of constituents. Adams put those Twitter skills to work this weekend in the face of catastrophe. Or maybe inconvenience. Anyway, Adams faced a boil-water notice after a Washington Park reservoir tested positive ...   More
Monday, July 23, 2012 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Working at the Water Bureau: More Dangerous Than the Fire Bureau

Mayoral candidate Eileen Brady continues her torrid fundraising—she’s brought in $486,000 to Charlie Hales’ $294,000 and Jefferson Smith’s $171,000. But Brady returned two contributions this w   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

The City of Portland's Winter Cycling Advice Sucks

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As a notorious skinflint who bikes through the winter, I sympathize with the spirit of these "cheap ways to stay warm and dry on a bike" tips from the Portland Bureau of Transportation. But when it comes to the particulars of the city's well-meaning winter biking tips, I'm left cold. Consider this advice to reuse rubber dish-washing gloves as rain gear: "While not breathable," the city's Commuter ...   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 COREY PEIN

Hose Festival

The City Auditor says spending on unrelated programs may be soaking water and sewer ratepayers.

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A new audit questions recent decisions by the Portland City Council to spend funds collected from water and sewer users on city programs    More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Guns & Hoses: The Emails On Portland's Plan to Arm Its Water Bureau

Commissioner Randy Leonard's proposal to make Water Bureau security guards armed police officers requires City Council approval, which could come this month. Commissioner Dan Saltzman is on record calling the idea —first reported Wednesday in WW— "totally unnecessary." What follows is the email exchange among Leonard; David Shaff, the Water Bureau director; John Minnis, former Republican ...   More
Saturday, October 17, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Randy Leonard And The Portland Water Bureau Get Into Homebuilding Biz

Commissioner Randy Leonard -- lead negotiator in Portland's deal with Merritt Paulson to bring Major League Soccer to PGE Park, the go-to-guy on the "Made in Oregon" sign debate, prime mover behind the leasing of McCall's Waterfront Cafe, champion of the Loo and all things duct tape, and a newly minted proponent of armed Water Bureau guards -- has a new project: earth-friendly homebuilding. Look ...   More
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Saltzman to Leonard: Let Portland Water Bureau Security Guards Use Pepper Spray

In response to the news that Commissioner Randy Leonard wants Water Bureau security guards to become armed peace officers, Commissioner Dan Saltzman today issued an eight-page memo [PDF] outlining all the reasons he opposes the effort. Saltzman, of course, oversees the Portland Police Bureau that Leonard at one point wanted to manage. The document, which proposes giving security guards less lethal ...   More
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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