Paulson to Portland: Read My Lip$

Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Beavers and Timbers, wants the City of Portland to spend $85 million to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer and to build his Beavers a new ballpark. That's a pretty big ask in the best of times, which these are not. And Paulson, the son of U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, is anything but another thinly-financed wannabe looking to leverage ...   More
Saturday, November 8, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Potter's Legacy Project Stalled (Updated)

Lame-duck Mayor Tom Potter has kept a low profile in this, his last year in office. One project he hoped to make progress on — securing land for a new police training facility in Scappoose — ran full speed into a skeptical Commissioner Randy Leonard at the end of a marathon City Council meeting Wednesday night. Leonard, a former head of the firefighter's union, has historically been ...   More
Thursday, November 13, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Soccer Deal Comes To A Vote Tomorrow. Here's What To Watch For

Mayor Sam Adams and City Commissioner Randy Leonard this morning rolled out their draft agreement (PDF) with Portland Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson to renovate PGE Park into a soccer-specific facility and build a new ballpark for the Beavers where Memorial Coliseum is now located. Total cost of the deal: $88.785 million. This afternoon, proponents of the deal are lobbying skeptics, including ...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

How Randy Leonard and Brian Libby Spent Their Saturday

Whilst many Portlanders spent their Saturday running errands, catching up on sleep or doing something else off-line, Memorial Coliseum defender Brian Libby and city Commissioner Randy Leonard were busy e-mailing each other over the Coliseum and copying the rest of us conflict-loving reporters. Here's their entertaining exchange: Libby writes Leonard on Saturday morning to invite Leonard to tour ...   More
Sunday, April 26, 2009 HANK STERN

Rooftop Rose: A Thorn in the Side of Local Designers?

Jeff Joslin, a former city land use manager for urban design, design review, and landmarks review, "retired" earlier this year. Over at Portland Architecture, a bizarre thread of comments followed his announcement when a number of anonymous Portlanders criticized Joslin online for exercising what they called undue power during his 15-year reign at Portland's Bureau of Development Services. But ...   More
Thursday, April 16, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Bloggers, Architects Rally Against Memorial Coliseum Demolition

Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard may think tearing down Portland's 49-year-old Memorial Coliseum to make room for a new minor-league baseball stadium is a done deal. But a serious opposition has begun to coalesce. Writer Brian Libby has penned a sports-centric protest on his blog, Portland Architecture. Today the American Intsitute of Architects sent City Council a letter condemning ...   More
Monday, April 13, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Potty Parity Please at PGE Park

As if the powers behind a new minor-league baseball stadium in the Rose Quarter and revamping PGE Park for Major League Soccer didn't have enough to worry about, now this longstanding concern about potty parity at stadiums has made it to the front page of today's New York Times. Fortunately, Portland already has its own commissioner concerned with all things potty. We're sure he's already on ...   More
Monday, April 13, 2009 HANK STERN

Randy's Loo: The Movie

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Friday, April 10, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Randy Leonard vs. Lents Neighbors

The cafeteria of Lent Elementary School near the site of Merritt Paulson's proposed baseball stadium was crowded Wednesday night with Lents neighbors who had questions about the proposal and its funding as well as the stadium's possible impact on the Southeast Portland neighborhood. And, oh man, was it heated. Commissioner Randy Leonard was one of the first people to speak at the meeting convened ...   More
Thursday, May 21, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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