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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


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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


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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

Portland City Council: Domestic Violence, Sit-Lie, Chronic Offenders, Water Bureau Whatnots


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First things first about Portland City Council's weekly meeting today. There was a lot of hand-clapping that's usually verboten, which just goes to show you can clap about things Mayor Sam Adams wants to acknowledge, but not about things he doesn't. Item No. 1 was a lengthy report on Sunday Parkways, which can be summed up in four words: bikes and happy kids. Here's what I didn't hear mentioned: ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

What The Water Bureau's "Water House" Would Look Like


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Last week, Commissioner Randy Leonard's plan for a "water house" built by the Portland Water Bureau got its first nod of approval from his colleagues on City Council. Thanks to that council decision to accept donated supplies to build the house, residents in outer Northeast Portland will soon have an eco-friendly home in their neighborhood. The pictures above and below are what this house would ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

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


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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

Leonard Ups Ante In Water Bureau Flap


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Commissioner Randy Leonard recently announced plans to arm the 19-member Water Bureau Security force. Although Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Police Chief Rosie Sizer panned the idea, Leonard has said he'd like to move forward. Leonard is now bringing in a trusted ally with strong law enforcement credentials into the Water Bureau. WW has learned that the commissioner has hired former ...   More
 
Friday, November 13, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Guns & Hoses: Saltzman Files Public Records Request on Leonard's Bureau


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Here's an odd event at City Hall: Commissioner Dan Saltzman has filed a public records request for "all written Activity Reports, Dispatched Incidents, and written Security Reports produced by Water Bureau personnel over the past 12 months." That highly unusual move last Friday by a city commissioner followed a meeting the day before between Saltzman and the Water Bureau's director, David Shaff. ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Staging Area For Natural Disaster Response Still Uncertain


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Three months after Mayor Sam Adams called the proposal for a new westside staging area a top city priority, City Council appeared no closer today to agreeing where on Portland's west side to site that staging area to respond to possible natural disasters. Until that siting decision happens, City Council won't begin to discuss how to pay for the staging area. The funding had been included in ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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