Pearl District Neighborhood Association and Homer Williams May Sue City Over Homeless Camp Move

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The Pearl District Neighborhood Association voted last night to release $10,000 in funds for legal action against the City of Portland over City Commissioner Amanda Fritz's plan to move homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too beneath the Broadway Bridge.Neighborhood Association president Patricia Gardner tells WW the group is weighing whether to sue the city or challenge it at the state's land-use board. She ...   More
 
Friday, September 13, 2013 AARON MESH

City Reaches Deal to Move Right 2 Dream Too

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The City of Portland has reached a deal to move homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too from Old Town to a property under the Broadway Bridge, says the camp's lawyer.WW reported last week that City Commissioner Amanda Fritz was trying to broker a deal with the camp and Old Town property owner Michael Wright to lease a Portland Development Commission property under the bridge. "We have reached an agreement," ...   More
 
Friday, September 6, 2013 AARON MESH

Fritz Votes No on Hales' Budget Over Cuts to Sex Trafficking Shelter

"Our current level of law enforcement cannot stop men for paying for sex with children and enslaved women."

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz stunned her four colleagues on Portland City Council today by casting the lone vote against Mayor Charlie Hales' city budget. In a speech lasting nearly 15 minutes, she placed herself at odds with the new mayor's first signature project, and did so days before Hales is scheduled to assign city bureaus to council members.Her reason for this self-imposed exile in the last ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

City Council Questions FBI Task Force Report

Commissioners, public testimonials raise concerns about civil liberties

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 Even as Portland City Council today accepted the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force's annual report in a 3-2 vote, several commissioners voiced reservations about the lack of specific information in the report about the cases the task force investigates."I had different expectations for the report than what was in it. I was expecting more information," said Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who voted ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 MICHAEL MUNKVOLD

Fiscal Bluff

The proposed budget cuts city bureaus are betting mayor Charlie Hales won’t make.


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It’s budget season at City Hall, the time of year when we’re told what a dystopian Portland would look like. Streets without cops. Homes burning out of control. Empty swimming pools, vagrants    More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

City Commissioners Seeking $1.7 Million in One-Time Money

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A $25 million hole in the city budget isn't stopping Portland City Commissioners from seeking one-time funding for projects outside city bureaus. WW first reported yesterday that the city's budget shortfall doesn't include $6.4 million in one-time funds doled out by City Council last year. Mayor Charlie Hales has asked all 27 city bureaus to cut 10 percent out of their budget requests. The deadline ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 AARON MESH

Which Restaurants Force Servers to Show Up When They're Puking and Pooping?

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As City Commissioner Amanda Fritz puts her much-debated sick leave requirement on next Wednesday's City Council agenda, her staff has run into an odd problem: Nobody in city government knows which businesses offer their employees sick days, and which don't."I've been staring into that darkness," says Fritz's chief of staff Tom Bizeau.Fritz's proposal, mandating that all Portland businesses give employees ...   More
 
Friday, January 25, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Voter-Owned Redux

Amanda Fritz bankrolled her own re-election. Now she wants to resurrect public campaign financing.


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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz spent her nest egg last year—more than $375,000 of her own money—to buy four more years in Portland City Hall. “Most people could not and would not do what   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 AARON MESH

Vigil for Street Musician Kirk Reeves Spotlights Suicide Prevention

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More than 200 people huddled under the Hawthorne Bridge on Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil to remember "Working" Kirk Reeves—the 56-year-old street musician who for a decade played trumpet at the bridge's onramp in his distinctive white tuxedo and Mickey Mouse ears, until he shot himself earlier this month.Mayor Sam Adams declared Sunday as "Kirk Reeves Day," and an assembly of trumpeters and ...   More
 
Monday, November 19, 2012 AARON MESH

Fritz Defeats Nolan in City Council Race

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has survived a challenge to her City Council seat.In early returns Tuesday night, Fritz leads her challenger, state Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland), 58 percent to 41 percent.Fritz for much of the year looked vulnerable to Nolan, known for her flinty approach and ability to raise plenty of campaign cash. (She spent more than $500,000.) She started the campaign appearing weak ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

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