City of Portland and School District Enter $5 Million Agreement

Portland School Board

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

Portland's Joint Terrorism Task Force Decision Delayed Until Next Month

Joint Terrorism Task Force FBI

 Tomorrow is no longer decision day for the Portland City Council on whether the city should rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.Mayor Sam Adams' office announced that the hearing scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24 has been pushed back two weeks to March 10 at 2 pm. What is expected to be released this week, the mayor's office said, is a draft of a document that the council would consider.Here's ...   More
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 HANK STERN

State of the City: Long and Confusing

Sam Adams

 Mayor Sam Adams broke some news in his third state of the city address today at Portland City Club.In order of importance, Adams proposed a new urban renewal district centered on Portland State University; announced the hiring of Patrick Quinton as the new executive director of the Portland Development Commission; and offered for the city to take the duty of patrolling the rivers off Multnomah ...   More
Friday, February 18, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

One Last Sam Adams Clip Before His State of the City Speech

Sam Adams

 Rest easy, City Club of Portland. Mayor Sam Adams never tires of giving a State of the City speech. We note this on the eve of the mayor's annual speech this Friday, Feb. 18 only because we asked Adams in this week's cover story if he ever felt like telling City Club "screw it" when officials asked him to do the traditional speech.You'd think Adams might at least consider skipping it one time ...   More
Thursday, February 17, 2011 HANK STERN

Mayor Sam Adams' Thoughts on the Joint Terrorism Task Force


One of the unknowns in the upcoming decision by Portland's City Council whether to rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force is how Mayor Sam Adams will vote. Adams, along with commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish, has not indicated which way they are leaning. Commissioner Randy Leonard opposes rejoining the JTTF, and Commissioner Dan Saltzman supports the idea of rejoining the JTTF, which ...   More
Monday, February 14, 2011 HANK STERN

Mayor Sam Adams on Misconceptions and the Media


 In advance of Mayor Sam Adams' annual State of the City speech this Friday, reporter Beth Slovic and I sat down with the mayor for an hourlong interview that will run in tomorrow's WW.We asked the mayor in our Feb. 4 interview what he thought was the biggest public misconception of him and what media outlet provided the fairest coverage of him. He didn't much feel like answering either question, ...   More
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 HANK STERN

City's Budget Includes Millions for HQ Hotel


 One of the longest running sagas in local political history—proponents' two-decade long quest for a "headquarters hotel" adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center—may have new life again.The Portland Development Commission budget released Jan. 31 by PDC director Bruce Warner in consultation with Mayor Sam Adams shows the agency will spend 32 percent less money next year overall—$144 million, ...   More
Thursday, February 10, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Help Us Find Mike and Jean, Sam Adams' Own Joe and Jane the Plumber

In his second State of the City address last week, Mayor Sam Adams introduced two "Joe the Plumber"-style Portlanders as real-life examples to weave residents' needs for jobs, education and transportation into a tale of where the mayor hopes to steer the city. Using real people is a common device for politicians and journalists to highlight points they are trying to make. Think back, for example, ...   More
Friday, February 12, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Hall: Mayor Wants to Give $100,000 to David Douglas

Mayor Sam Adams wants to give $100,000 of city money to David Douglas High School for a new SUN School, a program managed by Multnomah County with funding from the county, local school districts, the City of Portland's parks department as well as other agencies.The David Douglas School District in Southeast Portland already has SUN Schools at its elementary and middle-school facilities but not at its ...   More
Thursday, February 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Leaf Fee: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Leaves on Portland street

Mayor Sam Adams plans to survey all Portland residents on their level of support for the city's new leaf fee as part of an effort to see whether to keep the program in the next budget cycle. The new fee ranging from $15 to $65 on about 30,000 Portland households and businesses has so far raised less than half of the city's $800,000 goal. And many assessed property owners are still smarting over the ...   More
Thursday, January 27, 2011 BETH SLOVIC


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